The story behind this 4-step system
Despite over twenty years working in a technical genre of photography, my photos looked like snapshots.
They were boring, and nowhere near as engaging as the photos that inspired me on social media! That all changed
on an outing with landscape photographer Kyle from 20West Photography.
He explained that his creative journey involved mastering photographic principles and guidelines
to attract, hold, guide, or detract the viewer's attention.
I had a kind of epiphany. I realised, if I could master a sort of framing structure and introduce storytelling (the perspective of the viewer), then creativity would come more naturally.
I was still underwhelmed with my photos. The issue? Every time I tried to explore or experiment with photo composition, I was forcing a particular 'rule' of photography. At this point, I knew that photo composition was the key to creating more compelling photos and feeling more creative. So I set about learning as much about composition as possible. I spent months studying composition techniques in photography, painting, drawing, architecture and even garden design!
Quickly, I became overwhelmed, I went from unaware to learning over 100 different photo composition techniques and tools in excruciating detail. But I found myself stumped yet again. I'd be out on a shoot with a beautiful scene in front of me, and still, I couldn't decide which technique I should apply.
I sorted all my techniques and tools into groups, then fewer groups and fewer again until I separated them into 4 groups, I refer to as my toolboxes.
1. Prepare and position the camera
2. Position the subject in the frame
3. Position the supporting elements
4. Composition mobile editing tools