Friday, August 31, 2012

Composition: The Strongest Way of Seeing, or Crop My Pictures and You Are a Dead Man!

Edward Weston said: Composition is the strongest way of seeing.

I love that quote . . . and it's the title of my latest Kelby Training Class.

The photographs here, taken in Iceland two weeks ago, illustrate some important composition techniques.

Above: use a foreground element to place the viewer in the scene.

Above: The name of the game is to fill the frame.

Above: Crop my pictures and you are a dead man! Actually, that's my own quote . . . one that I used to use (lovingly) with my book publishers.

I am a nut about cropping. I shot this picture knowing that I'd crop off the boring top and bottom in Photoshop.

Be a nut about cropping, and you will get pictures with impact.

Again, for more info in composition, check out my Composition class. My Composition class goes hand-in-hand with my class on lighting: Light - the main element in every photograph.

To learn more about composition, join one of my workshops. We work hard, but we also have a ton of fun.

Explore the light,

P.S. All images: Canon 5D Mark III, in-camera HDR and Canon 17-40mm lens. All my gear is listed on my Gear page.


georgi said...

I agree...great post, the composition is the most important, no one should crop someone else's

Anonymous said...

I hear so many photographers say how they don't like to crop their photos without really giving post production composition at least one chance. I like how you don't spare any boring part (as you said) any sentiment and have no problems cropping it off!