Composition

When selecting a location, always look at the way you can compose that location within a frame. If the scene is flat overall (like an interesting textured wall), it will affect the way you shoot, compose your image, and pose your client. Ideally, you would look for environments with leading lines and depth.

Leading lines serve as a way to lead viewers' eyes to the center of interest in a photo. The most typical example of a leading line would be a stream in a landscape, guiding viewers' eyes throughout the scene. Leading lines are important compositional elements in fashion photography as well. Although these are not typical leading lines, the two brick walls converge to act as visual leading lines in Figure 2.5.

Figure 2.5

Leading lines are a powerful visual tool that can draw viewers' eyes to the subject.

If you are going for a graphic image, you may consider a background with graphic patterns, bright colors, or little depth. This allows you to focus primarily on composition and color theory.

If you are trying to tell a story, you may want to choose an environment with depth. To have depth, you are looking for a foreground, middle ground, and background. By adding depth, you add reality to the scene and allow the viewer to feel as though she is living in the world of this environment, not just an element in front of a background.

With green screen techniques these days, it is relatively easy to fake a subject within a surreal environment if you realistically match the light. In fact, several famous conceptual portrait photographers use green screen with celebrities and models to achieve high-impact conceptual portraiture.

Also, finding unique ways to frame your subject provides for interesting composition. You can frame your subject with a doorway, window, branches, other people, or anything else. Get creative! Using frames within your image focuses the viewer's eye on the subject and helps control the viewer interaction with the image. Furthermore, it makes your photograph more interesting.

Frames do not literally need to be frames within the picture. I have seen this done often, and it is a bit cliché. In Figure 2.6, the subject is framed by the opening in the stairway. She is nicely framed by her environment, and viewers' eyes are drawn to this part of the image.

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Figure 2.6

Framing is a powerful compositional tool to draw viewers' eyes to the subject and add visual interest.

Figure 2.6

Framing is a powerful compositional tool to draw viewers' eyes to the subject and add visual interest.

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