Week 4: Composition – Dominance and Simplicity

Tweet Last week I covered balance in a composition and how the rule of thirds can help you achieve a more dynamic look by creating an asymmetrical balance. This week’s video looks at dominance and simplicity, two concepts that will help you insure that the main subject of your photo takes center stage (though it […]

Last week I covered balance in a composition and how the rule of thirds can help you achieve a more dynamic look by creating an asymmetrical balance. This week’s video looks at dominance and simplicity, two concepts that will help you insure that the main subject of your photo takes center stage (though it should probably be a little off-center…) Whenever you take the time to get your camera out of your pack you are obviously struck by some aspect of the scene enough to want to take a picture. Take a moment to think about what it is you are interested in and then find a composition that makes that subject dominate the photo. The video describes some techniques for doing this and it also talks about the importance of simplifying your photo, which will further help your viewer focus on your main subject.

This climber's red shirt gives him dominance in the scene despite his small size relative to the landscape.

Here’s your assignment for the week:

1) Watch the video to learn about dominance and simplicity.

2) Get out and shoot, making simple photos that have an obvious, dominant subject. Try different techniques described in the video to do this. make some photos where your main subject is the biggest part of the photo, as well as photos where your main subject may be smaller, but is dominant due to its color, the light, or a shallow depth of field.

3) Post your photos to our on-line Flickr Group before Wednesday, March 14th.

On Thursday, March 15th, I’ll select one photo to critique and mail a copy of The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography to the photographer.

On a side note,  I’ll be merging my two other websites this weekend, www.ecophotography.com and www.jerryandmarcymonkman.com. They’ll be sharing a common URL, www.ecophotography.com, at some point over the weekend. I mention this because all of my workshop and book info is currently at www.jerryandmarcymonkman.com. If you go looking for info in those places this week and funky things happen, please try again a few hours later. Hopefully, by next Monday, everything will be running smoothly.

Thanks for watching, and have fun!

-Jerry

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