Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk. -Edward Weston

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Composition, good composition, make that great composition, is one of those things that, for successful portrait photographers, should become instinctive and automatic much the way getting the technical elements correct in the camera should also become. Automatically framing your shots with good composition should become as natural as standing and knowing how to move one foot in front of another, again and again, without feeling the need, as Weston remarked, to first brush up on the laws of gravity before going for a walk.

Although we don’t need to learn the laws of gravity in order to walk, it’s a pretty good idea to know something of the rules of composition – what generally works and what doesn’t – in order to becomephotographers who naturally, instinctively, and automatically apply said rules of composition (or break them) in effective ways.

While it’s true some people seem gifted with a natural eye for composition, the good news is that we are all gifted with a natural ability, aware of it or not, to recognize good composition when we see it. Because of that, whether our natural recognition of good composition is consciously realized or not, it represents a universal gift enabling all of us to develop a good compositional-eye for use in our photography. ~ Author: James DiGiorgio (aka JimmyD) Los Angeles Photographer from his book Zen and the Art of Portrait Photography

Ready to DEMYSTIFY ~ Composition and Learn the secret behind compositional elements that will forever change the way you see and shoot!???  Find more info here about the DEMYSTIFY ~ Composition workshop. Sign up for the next class here.

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