February 17th, 2013, 06:58 AM
I would like to improve my compositional skills, suggestions for educational resources wanted
I was looking at some street photography the other and lamenting that, while it was technically very good, the composition wasn't very compelling.
Then the thought occurred to me that my own compositional skills could use a lot of help. So I am looking for suggestions of resources that could teach me the principles of good composition. I am a top-down kind of guy: give me the principles of a thing, and pretty often I can apply them. But I am not very good at a looking at a photograph and figuring out what makes it work or not.
So, are there any books, websites, videos, or other resources that you think would be useful in learning to compose compelling photographs?
Thanks in advance for your help.
February 17th, 2013, 07:13 AM
What helped me understand this was not only looking at some of the fine street photography from the forum members here but also watching clips on youtube of street photographers who actually explain what they look for and how they get their shots. Look up Joel Meyerowitz on youtube for example, he's one of my all time favs. I just looked him up to show you some links but there are quite a few, I would just watch them all.
February 17th, 2013, 07:14 AM
February 17th, 2013, 07:19 AM
February 17th, 2013, 07:33 AM
I'm screwed as a left eye shooter, aren't I?
Originally Posted by TraamisVOS
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd" ~ Voltaire
February 17th, 2013, 07:36 AM
I, too, am a left-eyed shooter. Now, thanks to you, I'll have to investigate what I am screwed about! (grin)
February 17th, 2013, 07:41 AM
ok well... uhh .. fuhgeddaboudit.
February 17th, 2013, 07:45 AM
try this ... Don uses both eyes ... Streetshooter - Street Photographer
My photostream at Flickr.com is here
"We can not shake the illusion of the truthfulness of photography" - William Gedney
February 17th, 2013, 09:14 AM
I've enjoyed Don's photos for a couple of years, but after visiting his site and reading his words, I have a great deal more insight.
Just wow. In fact, some of the shots that I previously couldn't care less about were suddenly amazing. Now I gotta get a cup of coffee and watch those videos. Maybe I'll become a street photographer.
February 17th, 2013, 10:18 AM
Jock, are you looking for assistance in the selecting element(s) to photograph, or help in how to arrange the element(s) you selected into an image which is pleasing/impactful, or both?
PS- I shoot with both eyes. Often, I'll switch eyes just so I can keep a watch on the action and not get blindsided. Particularly useful for sports/motorsports. Like when I'm shooting American football and the action is flowing from left to right, I'll switch eyes and shoot with the left , using my right eye to peak around the camera every now-and-then, looking for a 250 lb. linebacker barreling my way.
Last edited by Gary; February 17th, 2013 at 10:32 AM.
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