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Straight Outta Composition

90% of the time I'm talking about how important lighting is to photography. Today I'd like to spotlight something that's necessary in every well lit (and even some not so well lit) photographs: composition. 

Composition gives the photographer the ability to guide the viewer through their work. Composition also allows for infinite possibilities for any one subject. For example, nobody else in the world sees things exactly the same way you do (so take the picture!).

Sometimes it's as simple as shifting the camera up to cut off the parking lot below the lights. 

Or it can be a collection of existing objects that create interesting and/or abstract shapes.

Sometimes it's mathematical, like dividing the image into even parts (halves, thirds, quarters, etc). 

Yet another example is the coming together of many elements, like bright street lights, moving clouds and cast shadows.

There are endless ways to compose amazing photographs, so stop reading and go shoot. 

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A light just went off!

What kind of photographer are you? Are you a food shooter or do you take portraits? If you're a portrait photographer do you take family portraits or editorial photos? 

I get asked these questions fairly often and the best way to answer them is with a simple  "yes". I definitely have preference of subject, but when it comes to making something in front of my lens look good it's the lighting that does all the work. Once you have an understanding of how to work with light, it doesn't matter if your subject is three inches tall or life size, the lighting arrangement will be the same. 

Amelia

Amelia

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