Advanced Composition 2

In this lesson we want you to start to think about developing your own style by experimenting with advanced composition techniques. This will be an experimental and embryonic process that will change over time. But it’s nice to be aware of what your style is. Ask yourself questions such as:

What are my main interests within photography?
What are the themes that I find myself interested in over and over again?
Considering this information what unique angle can I take on this style of photography?

At this point in the course you should have a good understanding of how to use your camera and you should be conscious of the differences between the human eye and the camera lens. The human eye is selective and interpretive while the camera simply records whatever is in front of it. When you look through the camera lens now you should be conscious of these things and looking for ways to simplify and compose your image in such a way that is pleasing to the human eye.

In photography’s early days photography was predominantly used as a recording medium. In fact, the art world showed some alarm that photography might actually replace painting as the medium of choice of portraits and landscapes. However, because photography has proved to be quite effective with applying the artistic concepts of the “higher” arts into its own medium it has gained the high reputation that it deserves.

We will now discuss various photographic elements which will add greatly to your photography arsenal.