|Fence In January - Tehachapi, California|
You won't find me drawing lines on this image to show why the composition works.
The people who do that mean well. They are trying to be helpful. But it's kind of ridiculous. It's to the point that you can take any photograph and justify the composition by drawing stupid lines all over it.
But composition is a lot more simple than that. Composition works because it works or it doesn't work because it doesn't work. It's art, not science. You cannot apply formulas.
|On A Brighter Day - Tehachapi, California|
A didn't consult any composition rules prior to capturing this.
You could ask 10 different photographers to capture the same scene and you'll likely have 10 different compositions. Each one works because the composition fits the photographer's vision.
Likewise you could ask 10 novices to capture that same scene and you'll likely have 10 photographs where the composition doesn't work. Why? Because they lack vision, so they don't know where to put what within an image.
|Lines & Shadows In Monochrome - Tehachapi, California|
I'm pretty sure this image breaks a couple of composition rules.
If you think about these things too much while out photographing you'll screw up your photographs. Consider your vision. Creatively think about the scene. The most appropriate composition for whatever you are trying to nonverbally communicate through your photographs will come to you naturally. You'll see it. But if you are consulting "rules" first there's a good chance you'll miss it.
Don't consult composition rules before capturing images. Instead, rely on your vision of what the photograph should look like. You know in your mind already what composition will work.