Composition : Creating depth with visual separation

As a photographer are gifted with seeing in 3 dimensions, but the images we produce only ever exist as flat 2 dimensional representations of reality on either paper or a screen. Our spatial awareness we had when capturing the image, of the relationships between object A and object B or C is missing for our viewers. Consequently this places a massive onus on us as photographers to create that sense of depth in our composition; something we can achieve through visual separation.

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Composition : Don't Cut Your Corners

A photograph is essentially a strictly defined a view of the world, whose edges exclude everything else. However, these borders and corners can be much more than simply 'the beginning of the end' of our image, they can have a critical role as a component part of the whole composition and can add dynamism and flow helping to underpin the overall structure of a composition.

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Composition ; Misunderstanding S-Curves, Natural vs Implied

As a composition technique S-curves will ring familiar bells, however, explanations like this are often too overly simplistic, as if hunting down a naturally occurring S shape then photographing somehow creates a 'good composition' as a by-product.

For me, the real potential for S-curves to help create a strong compositions comes from embedding them through the positioning of elements in the frame -- implying them, as opposed to documenting them.

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The Rule of Thirds : Rule, Guideline, Myth?

The Rule of Thirds (RoT) is the most well known, oft-quoted, venerated and yet equally controversial composition technique in landscape photography. Review any list of compositional ‘top tips’ and it is a safe bet RoT will be high in the ranking.

Now, the very idea that a subject as dynamic, intricate, unpredictable and chaotic as the natural world could consistently be constrained and orientated into a grid sits at odds with me on several levels. Is anything that falls outside the ‘power points’ is poor photographic composition?

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