One of the biggest puzzle for a new photographers is how to position the subject in their composition of a shot. When you search for composition ideas online, hundreds of feeds such as rule of thirds, symmetry, leading lines etc comes up. While reading all makes sense but actually when you go to shooting mode, you forget which rule to apply and finally end up picture putting the subject in the center. For today’s session I thought it would be good idea to explore upon this area of composition.
Check the about two pictures individually on full view, do you see totally different story? For me first picture shows “end of the journey”, while second one “begining of journey”. You see that? if so why is that? Just by positioning of same subject in a identical setup differently makes up a totally opposite story. That means how you place your subjects in your frame is very important in photography.
Check the above two pictures, one on the left shows you a motion of water and the stationery rocks. Where as the picture on the right shows just the rocks!
Check the comments on individual images above.
Basically when we compose our shot we must provide a space for our subjects so that in your picture they are placed comfortably. When the subject of our photo look comfortable, viewers also feel comfortable looking at them. Looking at a picture should always be a pleasing experience for the viewers. Only then they will spend more time on your image. As I said in the first lesson.”if a viewer spends more time on your picture, more interesting is your story and more satisfied he is”. But now the question is, “how do I decide where to add space?”. Well, instead of me explaining check the images below and the corresponding caption.
The space you are adding to your picture intentionally is called “Breathing Space“. We should make sure that we position our subject such a way that its “not suffocated”. That’s where the rule of thirds shines. Rule of thirds (if you don’t know what it is google for it) tells you where to position your subject. But use that rule only for guidance, don’t mechanically place objects at the the rule of thirds intersection and assume your job is done!
But now another question.. that means we will never put objects in the center? …No, we do. Check the following examples. No way we can put the below subjects in the sides. Also we add a “breathing space” all around! Our eyes have a tendency to focus better on the things in the center and not the extreme edges. Most of the times the symmetrical images go in the center of the frame as shown below.
Now the final question, is there a situation where we will fill the picture with our subject without any “Breathing Space”? Yes we do.. Check the below examples. Watch them full screen with the comments.
Whenever we have a subject whose story line is simple one, end to end we fill the screen with that subject. We will avoid any space or any other detraction in the picture. So that message from image is very clear one. Generally abstract type of images or closeups are the good candidates for such type of composition.
Liked this session? make sure to check out my earlier sessions here.
So, what you think now? Does it make sense? have a question? post it below. I like comments.
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Although these lessons are geared towards newbies, expert photographers also welcomed hearty. I need to learn too! There are no teachers here everyone is learning.
Cheers and Happy clicking!