My 5 favourite storytelling compositions
Every time you take a photograph, you should be making a conscious decision as to the size and scope of the story being told. How much context you are including? Who is the hero? What range of emotion are you trying to portray? One way to successfully communicate your message is by composing your image in a way that draws viewers to the focal point.
These are some of my favourites:
1. The Classic Rule of Thirds
This is perhaps the most well known. Imagine your photograph is divided in a grid of 9 equal rectangles divided by 2 equally spaced vertical lines and 2 equally spaced horizontal ones. By positioning your subject on these lines or at the junction of the two, you help draw your viewer's attention as well as create an image that is more pleasing to the eyes. Some cameras even provide you with a guiding grid.
Frames are all around us! The can be found in nature or can be man-made. While keeping in mind the hero in your story, take a quick survey of the surroundings. What can you use? Trees, windows and play structures are good examples. Frames can also be more subtle. Always keep an eye out for a beautiful contrast of light versus shadows.
3. Leading Lines
I love lines! Like framing, leading lines really enhance your image. When you take your photograph, position yourself in a way that allows these lines to draw the viewer to your hero. Bridges, streets, stairways or walls are common examples, but also try to notice more subtle lines.