Struggling to understand/practice composition

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OP PerAE Regular Member • Posts: 399
Re: Struggling to understand/practice composition

barbara j wrote:

PerAE wrote:


I’m new to this photography thing (besides using my phone) and I’m having a hard time understanding how to compose my photos in a good way. There’s a tendency to put the subjects smack in the middle when I look at my photos. Not in all of them, but a lot.

I probably learned the most about composition when I started cropping my images. As I began to crop different ways, I started to learn how I liked images arranged. That's all that counts in the end, does it look good to you.

I still find something I missed when cropping for social. Sometimes I will go back and reshoot the location with the crop in mind. Then I find the low slung wires across the scene that forced me to shoot too far to the left in the first place. But sometimes, if the light is right, and the wind is coming in from my shoulder, I get what I came back for

That sounds and feels like what I’ll do too, I think. Practice with cropping where there’s more time to think and hopefully that will learn me how to think faster on my feet after a while

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