I love Ed's tagline on his website, which pretty much tells you what he's all about,
"Learning to capture light will make extraordinary images out of ordinary subjects!"
There are a lot of you who are thinking that a post on composition is just too basic for a how-to blog post for professional photographers. Sadly, having looked at so many galleries over the last year, great composition seems to be one of the biggest challenges for so many photographers. And, while Ed may be focused on landscapes, the principles of great images never change, no matter what the subject!
When Ed's not shooting, he's teaching and without question he should be on your radar. It doesn't matter what your specialty is, this is about understanding how to capture and create extraordinary images. Follow Ed's workshop schedule for some great opportunities to grow your skill set and visit his site for some outstanding images in his galleries.
And after you read his guest post, wander over to his podcast and then check out this month's featured Tamron lens of the month, one of Ed's favorites!
Here a just a few tips for mastering composition.
Composition is the logical arrangement of elements so that their relationship is pleasing to the eye. The elements are things that make up the scene (e.g. lines, shapes, texture, patterns, colors, tones, light, etc.).
Let’s be honest, some people seem to have an easier time with composition. They appear to be born with an artistic eye or should I say an inner vision. The rest of us need to develop it through practice and visual stimulation.
You will have to pay special attention to all of the elements in a scene. Not just your main subject but also the small things. Once you start to notice these things, you are beginning to see. Once you are seeing, mastering composition is within reach.
Keep It Simple
One of the most effective tools you can use in composition is to simplify.
Elements and lines within the scene can be used to create implied or actual frames. Use these frames within the photograph to call attention to your subject.
Create a Sense of Depth
Images that are well executed tend to have three distinct regions.
Middle ground may contain the main subject of the image. It may also serve to move the viewer along to the background.
Background, like the middle ground, may contain the main subject, or it may merely provide a pleasing completion to the image.
Color, more than any other design element, determines the emotional content of a photograph.