Let’s talk Composition

The information in this column is intended to assist digital camera users, and attempts to look at those items that are common on all digital camera’s such as point-and-shoot, DSLR’s, mirror- less, and yes, even your cell phone.

It’s time to step up your game. This is the most effective way to improve your images, making them much more interesting than snapshots. We are going to discuss composition techniques.

There are number of established composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene.

These guidelines will help you take more compelling photographs, lending them a natural balance, drawing attention to the important parts of the scene, or leading the viewer's eye through the image.

Once you are familiar with these composition tips, you'll be surprised at just how universal most of them are. You'll spot them everywhere, and you'll find it easy to see why some photos "work".

As seen in the example image I took at the 2017 Genesee Valley Hunt, I have combined a number of these principles. I wanted to make the white horse and its rider the main subject of this image. You can see both the before and after images