Composition…a Science? Part I

02 Feb

I FEEL. I feel energies, I feel rightness and wrongness (of course I know those aren’t words-I feel them though 😉 lol), I feel music, I feel good literature…and I feel photography. I know I have a great shot not because I see it or deliberately set it up, but because I feel it – can I tell you? *whisper* The shots that I actually attempt to manipulate come out horribly – they just lack depth and soul and I HATE them! :-/ smh… I FEEL when I have the correct exposure and when the foreground, background and focal point of my picture are in harmony…..I’m a feeler! lol I’m not a technical, detail person AT ALL but…if YOU are, here are some Useful-To-Know-If-You’re-Really-Into-Photography Tips about Shot Composition

There seems to be a NUMBER of things to bear in mind and keep track of if you’re into the “Science of Photography” …boy am I glad I’m into the “Art of Photography” lol – Anyhoo, here goes,

General Areas To Be Considered When Composing A Shot

1 The Centre of Interest – decide the element/object you wish to make the focal point of your photograph and decide what viewpoint it is best shot from to give your desired result/effect.

2 Possible Distractions or Intrusions – take careful note of your potential picture, the focal point/centre of interest, foreground and background, and remove any object that may detract from the focal point of your picture.

3 Enhancing the Foreground – it is important to decide whether there may be anything that could be added to the foreground to make it  more interesting without detracting from the centre of interest of your picture.

The Foreground

The foreground can make or break your picture – according to the experts. 🙂 The foreground can be used to frame your point of interest or as a tool to lead the eye into the centre of interest of the photo.

Using the Foreground as a Disguise

Foregrounds are sometimes used to hide uninvited to guests who decide to go ‘photocrashing’ and just HAD to start with your photo. 0_o Bastards lol Really though, if you have any unwanted intruders in the middle or background of your photo, call Mr. Foreground and he’ll throw them out. 🙂 You have to be careful though, cuz Mr. Foreground could very well believe it’s his party and try to do some dominating of his own. :-/

OBJECTS in the Foreground

Objects in the foreground can add interest to a piece, BUUUUT, you have to be super duper careful with its exposure in relation to the rest of the picture. You don’t want an object in the foreground that’s shadowy and seems to be a big dark blob (like a mobster) in your otherwise beautifully lit, well composed shot (I personally think it could work depending on what you’re feeling and envisioning for the piece and exactly what you want the piece to say), however, the men who write books say if you have an object in the foreground that’s shadowy, try to correct it using a reflector or fill in flash – and be sure that the object doesn’t fill the frame too much – that thing I said about Mr. Foreground thinking he’s the main attraction at the party, yeah… poor soul. smh 🙂

That’s it for now, m’daahlings 🙂 Look out for “Composition…a Science? Part II” tomorrow (Backgrounds and Viewpoint)

For more information, you may see

Freeman, J. (2007). The photographer’s manual: how to get the best picture every time, with any kind of camera. Hermes House. London.

Remember to visit to see some DARN good photos taken by moi :-)(and leave a comment-lemme know what u think or if I’m the only one who thinks my pictures are DARN good) lol  Thankies for supporting :-)

*Deuces* :-)

❤ Tomz


Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Art, Composition, Dream, How to, Passion, Photography


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2 responses to “Composition…a Science? Part I

  1. Sherjei

    February 2, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Now you see why you’re on my crew for tv class 🙂 ???

  2. tomekhaandphotography

    February 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    LOLZ ….and Lincoln’s 🙂


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