This is a new series I will be starting and I hope you enjoy it! I want to give you tips and advice to help you improve the way you take pictures, be that with professional equipment or on your smart phone.
What is composition and how is it exactly important to your photography?
Let me start of first by saying it is actually really important... and that it isn't. It just depends on how you look at it and how it affects the way you take pictures.
Ask any photographer that is by the books so to speak and they will with out a doubt say yes. Many have their little graph things turned on in their cameras.
Judging by the fact that I don't even know what they are called you can guess my stance on the topic. I hate it when anyone talks composition. Leading lines and a focal point are both very important but you can throw that rule of thirds garbage away most of the time.
Here is my take. When you are framing up your shot; be it a high end DSLR, mirrorless, or your phone, as long as is looks good then great!
I mean seriously think about it...
If the image turns out to be something you love, does it really matter what someone says about balance?
Yes I know the image has to look good, lets say it does, then it doesn't matter.
Many of my images have the focal point sitting right on the edge of the frame and the rest of the entire images job is to draw your attention all the way across the image to that one point.
So if you worry about what everyone else is thinking, stop. Just get out and shoot; if it looks good that is all that matters!
Below are a couple examples of how the focal point of my shot does not follow any rule, because in photography there should be no rules.