For this assignment I actually dug back into my photo archives and grabbed a handful that I feel represent some of the better composition that I’ve achieved or at least have found. These photos range from vacation snapshots to experiments in lighting and composition undertaken in a classroom setting.
Again, a lot of what I’ve learned about composition was under the unofficial tutelage of my friend at Delaware Camera twenty years ago. It was he who explained to me the notions of The Decisive Moment and the Rule of Thirds, ideas that seem obvious once they’re pointed out, but that revolutionized photography in their discovery.
In a small way, I almost miss the delayed gratification that came from having to wait until the film was developed and printed to see if I’d gotten the shots exactly right. But I say “almost” with good reason. I’m staggered by the fact that, with a 32GB SD card in my camera, I can shoot two thousand photos, the equivalent of more than fifty rolls of film, before I ever have to concern myself with either clearing the card or putting in an empty one. And considering, too, that the card cost me about as much in today’s dollars as I’d have spent on, say, three rolls of film, not including the cost to process it, and that an accident with the camera is far less likely to obliterate a day’s work than it was in the days of film, and I can really get behind the digital revolution with quite a bit of gusto.
|ESC — Composition assignment for Nov 25|