Composition in photography is easily one of the most crucial elements once the art of light and story telling (refer T&P Tip#2) has been mastered to a certain level. Composition in most shots determines the end result – if it turns out to be a stunning shot, perfectly captured or a shot that was left wanting.

Some BASIC RULES of COMPOSITION when travelling.

  1. Keep your eyes OPEN: Look around
  2. Choose the BEST ANGLE : Look for the best view first and then Be Innovative
  3. Look for the direction of LIGHT. (Go with | Go Against – Play with Light)
  4. Follow the “RULE OF THIRDS” : (frame your shot in the 1/3rd part of your frame, see image below) – will be posting more about the RULE OF THIRDS in upcoming posts.
  5. Take MORE than one shot : (I prefer two)
  6. Go CANDID : (Be wary of what you’re capturing especially children and women).
  7. In addition to RULE # 3 – try shooing during GOLDEN HOURS : 1 to 2 hours after Sunrise and before Sunset

Make your composition talk. When the composition communicates it brings out unseen dimensions of the shot you took. This is the secret ingredient that get added to the perfect photography recipe.

dsc_0578The image alongside, that of a holy man sitting in a small temple alongside the Narmada river in Maheshwar – a holy place in Madhya Pradesh  caught my eye. His shining eyes, long beard and glowing skin and the long “tilak” (vermilion) on his forehead made me crouch on my heels and take this shot. I had to frame him right to make the most of this shot. I took a step to the right so that the empty space in the shot was in the direction of his gaze also fulfilling the RULE OF THIRDS. This plays a critical role in adding volume or direction to your shot. Additionally I locked my focus on his eyes and paused for the right moment. As he stopped moving – I fired away.

(read more about Maheshwar – Click here)

This covers the very basics of composition. In case you would like to know more – fill up the form below and I will get in touch with you.

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