When I’m working with my online class with the PPSOP, or conducting my “Stretching Yor Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet. I’m always handing out information on ways to take my students photos what I refer to as “Up a Notch”.
One of the first pieces of information I hand out is what I call my “Did It Do It” list for good composition. There are twelve of them I will to be discussing from time to time with you, and the first one I want to talk about now is: “DID IT convey your idea or thoughts”.
One of the issues I’m always exploring with my students is whether or not their idea or train of thought is too esoteric for everyone to understand. This happens a lot because we tend to give way toooooooooooo credit to the viewer. One of the few perks in being my age (66) is knowing through experience NOT to give too much credit to anyone. This especially holds true for photography. Unless you’re representing your idea in an abstract form, be sure to always consider the scene, and it’s outcome. Make sure it says what you intended.
Remember that you won’t always be around to explain your thought. It needs to stand on its own without any help. One of my favorite photo quotes comes from an Anonymous writer who said, “I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good”.
These are guidelines for good composition, not rules. A lot of my followers know that by now, I don’t like rules!!!!
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