Constructive feedback is always welcome to both practical and intuitive photographers.
A Powerful Image For Love
just loved the sentiment here and wanted to save it somewhere, so here is as good a place as any
In Photography, Rules Aren't Laws is a great read which examines some rules and when it can be beneficial to break them.
Composition Articles - Breaking all the rules Gloria Hopkins suggests using the word guidelines rather than rules - I like that perspective!
Some helpul guidelines for effective composition
- Rule Of Thirds – add a sense of balance to your photo.
- Leading Lines –Use this to draw the eyes to the subject or to express the concept of traveling through the scene.
- Symmetry and Pattern – Have a symmetrical shot which is broken up by some sort of discord or irregularity.
- Viewpoint - Should you shoot from above, below, at an angle, far away, or close up?
- Background - Remove any distracting and/or unwanted elements before pressing the shutter button.
- Depth – Our eyes see three dimensionally, but the camera is two dimensional -have objects/subjects in the foreground, middle-ground, and background of the scene. Also, overlapping some elements can help the eyes to interpret depth in a scene.
- Cropping - Whenever possible, it is best to “fill the frame” with your subject.
What Do You Think ?
The following examples were provided on Digital Photography Tips.Net which I've referred to elsewhere because it is such a comprehensive resource. They were used to compare the same shot taken by two photographers, one experienced and the other a novice (interestingly, it was written by the husband of the duo)
With respect to subject interpretation, Edward Weston says it in a nutshell, "I see no reason for recording the obvious."
What is a good photograph ? at Photoluminary