One of the things that attracted me to the composition class I’m taking was the promise that if I paid attention and studied hard, I would be able to produce well-composed pictures on a more consistent basis. It’s very possible that that wish may come true. If nothing else, I’ve been entertained by the instructor’s writing style, and also by the current, seemingly simple assignment: confining myself to a 10′ by 10′ space, and without using the camera zoom, press the shutter release 5 times and (try to) produce 5 well composed pictures using what we’ve learned so far.
Well – my camera (the S90) does automatic exposure bracketing in such a way that the user only pushes the shutter release once, so with the help of Photomatix Pro – for HDR – I managed to complete the assignment with 5 shutter release clicks and 7 photo files. It involved spending my lunch hour at work hiding in my office and thinking. And thinking. And thinking some more. I don’t love any of the resulting pictures, but I’m not too embarrassed by them, either.
So here goes.
In the leading lines category, we have a stack of notebooks (plus a box of labels):
Next up, representing colors, we have a little tin container:
My electric kettle and the mug that I use for tea produced some nice shape contrast:
My original intention for this next shot was to show negative space. But that’s not it, I believe I misunderstood the concept (and I think I have it now), so instead I’ll offer this up as an example of perspective:
And finally, although I spent a lot of time composing this picture, I’ve decided that it doesn’t really incorporate any of the elements of composition. I’d throw it out, except that I do think that it is an example of one of the compositional rules: that the eye tends to be drawn to light areas first, then darker:
The exercise of restricting the number of clicks was the aspect of the assignment that really made it worthwhile. I proved to myself that I can think my way through a project instead of using the “spray and pray” method. My hard drive thanks me.