photo compositionIn order to obtain a good photograph, you need to be able to arrange the different elements that are in it in order to aesthetically portray the subject you’re looking at. Photography is dependent upon the photographer’s capacity to capture a scene the way the camera sees it.

For the most part, a camera only sees and frames a limited area of what a photographer sees. It should be remembered that the camera frame limits the distracting things of a scene and the important subjects of a scene. It is important to compose our subjects very well in order to have subjects that are not disappointing to us when we view them after we push the shutter.

To the experienced photographer, good photos are rarely created by chance. These good photos taken by different photographers have common elements in them. It may be the balance that happens between two similar elements or the shifting of weight to the left of the photograph by a "heavier" element such as a subject which is closer to the foreground.

It could also be because the background is simple and does not have any distracting elements within it or it could also be that the contrast of the shadows in a picture is just enough for the viewer’s eyes to be drawn towards a leading line which eventually ends at the subject’s main focal point.

There is a misconception that arises from all of this and it is that people are seemingly born with these types of skills. Most of the photographers would beg to disagree. They would immediately say that those skills that they now possess are products of hours and hours of practice and hundreds if not thousands of pictures taken.

The skill that these photographers have is one that was forged out of their dedication and their experience from using their camera over and over. That same advice will be helpful for those people who will heed it. It is important that as you compose, you will also familiarize yourself with the different functions of your camera. If a certain setting will dramatically change the image, then it should noted.

Although, not entirely related to composition, familiarizing oneself with the different settings of one’s camera will be able to give the opportunity to the photographer to simply concentrate on composition and nothing else.

Another useful thing that could be done is whenever you come across a photograph that you absolutely love, try to think about how that photograph was composed and what are the defining highlights of that photograph. If there is something that caught your eye, what is it and how are the elements in the picture arranged?

All of these are the questions that one should wrestle with when studying photographs that work. And then in the future, you will be able to apply all of those things and concentrate on refining the way that you compose your subjects.