When you compose a frame to shoot a photograph, you are utilizing a vision that is uniquely yours in the way you see the world and how you want it shown in the photo. This makes composition a very subjective aspect of a photo: the first choice being what subject to choose to photograph and the next one being how to shoot it.
With time and practice, you usually develop your own photography style, but if you are starting out in photography or haven’t quite found your unique creative style yet, we have put together some free eBooks to help you get going. Be sure to check them out.
1. Photography Composition
Composition plays an important role in creating remarkable photographs. Loosely composed shots will never have the kind of visual impact that a photo with a strong composition will have. This guide discusses compositional rules and how you can utilize geometry, framing, leading lines, symmetry and patterns to produce visually captivating photographs.
2. The Art of Seeing
In this concise guide on ‘the art of seeing’, Kent DuFault shares how he discovered his way of seeing and how it completely transformed his professional photography career. He also provides helpful tips and exercises on how to nurture your own art of seeing along with examples from his own portfolio to emphasize his point.
3. Telling Stories Through Your Photography
An old adage goes, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. And not without reason, as a photograph can encapsulate a story into a single frame. While it’s true that you can tell stories through your photos, it’s not always an easy task to accomplish. This guide gives you practical tips on how to become a good storyteller through your photography.
4. Essays on Inspiration, Vision and Creativity in Photography
This is an inspiring compilation of essays by photographer Scott Bourne. Coming from his personal experiences, the essays touch upon his insights on topics like storytelling, seeing, creativity, and vision. The wide variety of tips scattered across the eBook are sure to help you grow as a photographer.
5. Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear
This free guide by David duChemin lists 10 things that you can do to produce stronger images, in terms of subject, composition, and much more. The tips range from getting pickier with subjects to photograph and changing perspective to creating depth and achieving balance in your composition. Accompanying each tip is a creative exercise to put it all to practice.
If you are looking for a more complete training on improving your photographic composition, you can take a look at the guide Understanding Composition over at Photzy. It covers everything related to the topic of composition, and provides valuable tips on how to avoid composition mistakes, how to spot a great composition, and much more. Go here now to check it out.
Thanks for these tips. I have been looking for all way on how to improve my photography composition and with these i think i have got that. And i agree with telling stories with your photography, its a good way on how to attract clients.