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Warwick

Composition

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I’m interested in how people on the forum compose photos.

I have a multi-stage approach.

I have my camera set up with a rule-of-thirds grid in the viewfinder, with my focus point typically around the top left or top right intersection.

Then I take lots of photos to get one shot - sometimes 50 or 100.

I’ll go through them in Lightroom looking for the ones where my subjects are interacting with each other or the camera, where there’s a story and emotion to what they’re doing.

Then I’ll crop using one of the Lightroom composition overlays. I use the spiral a lot, and then diagonals or rule of thirds.

This picture was cropped using the spiral.

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Here’s a slightly more detailed Golden Ratio spiral overlaid onto it:

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Interestingly in this case the spiral also works in the other main orientations

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A couple of good books I’ve read lately that really help with composition: The Phtotographer’s Eye is one and Magnum Contact Sheets is the other.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Photographers-Eye-Composition-Digital-Photographs/dp/1905814046

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnum-Contact-Sheets-Kristen-Lubben/dp/0500292914/ref=sr_1_1/260-0199626-0032444?ie=UTF8&qid=1518003529&sr=8-1&keywords=magnum+contact+sheets&dpID=616Bhj-%252BqCL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

 

 

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Two principles in this one: a triangle made by the three faces, and within the faces you have a sort of ‘odd one out’ thing going on: two human faces, with glasses, in profile, both looking at (and leading the viewer’s eye towards) a dog face, which is looking directly at the camera.

Camera: Fujifilm X70

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