February 2021 // The Post-Production Edition

Shooting for a Signature Shot: Posing. Lighting. Expression. Composition. | Sal Cincotta

COMPOSITION

If you have done your job and focused on all the little details, it’s time to focus on one of the most important items to ensuring great bones to an image: composition. Photographers are notorious for getting too excited when they roll up to a cool scene and just start shooting before they really take a moment to assess the scene. Try this the next time you are out shooting. Keep the camera down and just get a lay of the land. Where is there symmetry? Where are the brightest and darkest parts of the scene? Tip: The viewer’s eye will always move towards the highlights of an image. Where are the leading lines? Where will the natural parts of the image drive the viewer’s attention? These are typically high contrast areas like mountains, buildings, fence lines, etc. These are objects that are typically immovable. So, instead of trying to move the immovable or worse, ignoring it altogether, move your subject and change your perspective to ensure that the leading lines are driving us to the most important part of any image: your subject.

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