We Must not Forget About Composition

When it comes to taking photos every photographer has a style and process by which he or she take their photographs, it’s part of we are as artists and part of what makes our work unique. With that said there are ways to be a more effective photographer and to continually improve the quality of our work.

Before we had digital cameras, film was the only way to take photos and there was no on the spot revisions of the images we took, we had to patiently compose and light every image before we released the shutter, it meant that we had one or maybe two attempts to get the perfect photo, it meant that imperfections were a part of how we capture a moment and told the story. But with the creation of DSLRS and with the influx of new generation of photographers who self learn how to use and these cameras we find a certain disregard for composition, we can take multiple shots from multiple angles until we get the result we want, we’re not limited by number of images allowed in a roll of film and we can check our work instantly and adjust as much as we want on the spot until we achieve the desire shot we want, and while this has made the process of taking photos simpler and somewhat more efficient, it is important to understand that composition is still the key to a great photo and that the time spent on composition while shooting is worthwhile.

Just like with film, development is just as important in digital photography, often times we will upload hundreds of images from a shoot into our preferred post processing software and sort through images to select the best ones to edit and perfect them. And just like with film you don’t see the final product until the image is developed. Therefore we should all focus more on quality over quantity because while quantity gives you options it also means more time sorting through images in post, while spending time during your shoot composing every shot will make the process of editing more effective and less prone to self doubt and overthinking on which the best shot out of the many you shot is the best one.

If you think about it from the perspective of your client the more effort they see you put while on set or location for the shoot and the faster your turnaround is on the images you created the better they will feel about the final product. Quality over quantity.

It also goes without saying that there are times when we must shoot and shoot a lot to capture the right moment as composition time my be limited by style of photography and or time allotted for the shoot. In these cases knowing what the best vantage point for your shoot will be is extremely important as this will allow you to somewhat precompose your shots before you have to take them and it will make adjustments easier.

Jay Flores

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