Digital Photography Composition

Think about your Digital Photography Composition!

When we talk about digital photography composition, we mean how we set up a photograph and make it look good - really good. In fact digital photography composition is probably the most important aspect of a really good photograph. So it stands to reason, if you want to achieve a really, really good picture, you are going to have to come to terms with the technique, and get it right.

First and foremost, you need to recognise how to frame up a picture and balance all the elements. This, quite simply is what composition is all about.

Number one, you decide whether to use a portrait (longer than wide) format or a landscape (wider than tall) format. Then you decide what to fit into the picture, for example whether to fill the frame with your subject or to allow scenery to take up much of the background.

Depending on the camera you are using, you will either look through a lens or you will look as a screen that shows you the picture you are going to capture. Look very carefully to see what the photograph will look like. Then take the picture.

The beauty of digital photography is that even if the composition of your picture is horrible, you won't need expensive film to do the job - so you can take lots and lots ... and lots ... of shots. Then look to see which look better than others. You WILL learn by experimenting.

The funny thing is that you will find you can take the same picture (or capture the same subject) many different ways.

One really amazing aid is something that is known traditionally as the rule of thirds. If you are battling with composition, try it. What you do is to imagine that the screen of your camera is divided into a grid that divides it into nine equal blocks, by drawing two vertical and two vertical lines across the screen. You can then use these imaginary lines to balance the various elements you are planning to photograph, including the horizon and any people who are in the picture.

Try experimenting - it is an incredible tool for creative digital photography composition!

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