In these bonus lessons, we cover the difference between intention, storytelling, photography goals and how design all contribute to the composition. We even cover how you can identify and develop your own style!
Before considering composition, we take a moment to consider the motivation and reason for taking the photo and the desired result. What was the stimulus that you are reacting to? Is it the tone, colour, shapes, form, or lighting that caught your attention? The next step is to provide those visual cues to assist the viewer recognise and share that intention with you.
Not all photographs need to tell a story. To remain an attention-grabbing, engaging photo it needs to have a fascination factor. Composition helps steer the viewer's attention to that fascination factor. The uniqueness could be the capture angle and perspective or a subject presented in a less common way.
The combination of intention and storytelling informs your decisions to select the best compositional techniques. The consistent selection of compositional techniques can inform and lead to a recognisable style as your own. These choices can be lens accessory field of view, create a unique field of view, and background blur amount.
Are you starting to see the transformation you are going to experience? This is so exciting.
Once you start taking the time to think about what it is you are capturing and the desired end result, dipping into the 4 composition toolboxes makes it easy to find the best tools for the situation.