Once you know more or less how the aperture, and the shutter speed and the ISO work, and how to expose your photos as you want (at least in theory, I know it takes lots, and lots of practice and that’s also fine) you’ll find yourself in wondering what’s the next step, and for me that’s the composition.
Because you can have the light right and you can make things work, but then you’ve missplaced things and you’ve to crop here, and move around and you have to try to fix things and everything turns out a little crazy. And even if you’ve more or less always had an eye and your pictures are nice, they sure can improve and get better, and if you’re starting like I am you might be a little bit lost on how to make that improvement happen.
That’s why I think composition plays a big role there, and the first thing we’d know about composition is the rule of thirds. This is the most simple one as far as I have read, and it works by using a grid, that you can even activate on your viewfinder or the liveview of your camera, or just imagine it, this grid will break the image in thirds, up down thirds and left right thirds.
With this we will be able to use for composition the intersection points of the four lines, as they are going to call the eye and atention of the viewers. Or even the main lines as a reference point, this will make your picture more balanced and pleasant, and it will feel more natural for those who see it.
Now we know the theory, how do we take it into practice? Well obviously shooting, but we should keep in mind two things, what are the interesting points of the shot, where I am going to place them and why? So we will develop some new skills and interiorize them a little bit so they will become natural when we shoot.
Have you ever tried the rule of thirds? Do you know other composition rules? Please feel free to share! I would love to hear them!