Take two or three photographs in which a single point is placed in different parts of the frame (A `point` should be small in relationship to the frame if its too large it becomes a shape).
How can you evaluate the pictures? How do you know whether you got it right or not? Is there a right place and a wrong place for the point? For the sake of argument, lets say that the right place shouldn’t be too obvious and that the point should be clear an easy to see. As there`s now a `logic` to it, you can evaluate your composition according to the logic of the point.
As you look at the pictures you might find that you`re also evaluation the position of the point by its relationship to the frame.
2. Take a number of images in which a point is placed in relationship to the frame.
Can you find any place where the point is not in relationship to the frame? if its in relationship to the frame you can place a point in any part of the picture is balanced.
I will be honest I have struggled with this exercise. So I broke it down into its simplest form. I just followed the instruction first and set up my camera on a tripod over a blank piece of Black cloth. Then I scoured my home for a point to use. I decided on a pebble made of metal which I bought my wife in New York several years ago. I wanted to create the desired affect but still capture an interesting series of images.
I took two or three series of photos of landscapesn, points of light and a leaf among other leaves but they all had too much clutter which stopped me seeing what the exercise is all about. Position and Composition.
I read several websites in regard to composition and also looked at Leonardo Da Vinci work around proportions and composition. I did this because I was struggling to understand what I was going to get from this exercise.
Having done this reading I was able to learn by seeing differently. I have been out with my camera today and have found I am looking at my subjects differently already.
The tripod fixed the camera which I left set to Aperture Priority. I side lit the scene to ensure the light would remain the same. All I had to do was take the images after moving the point.
So here my obversations on the shots taken.
When I look at this shot I see the point straight away then I see the blank space and my interest is lost quickly.
This shot I see the point straight away but then don’t look elsewhere as I can see there is nothing else to see.
This shot caused my eye to search the scene and once the point was found I found my eye scanning around the shot to check I had seen the point intended.
This shot does the same as the previous shot but to me is balanced and more pleasing to my eye.
To me this is top heavy with everything going on in the top of the scene leaving a blank space. However it still works my eye checked the space out slowly to check I had seen everything.
Looking at this shot my mind was drawn into the empty space the point was quite a shock when my eye saw it.
The picture was quite challenging to look at.
This last shot doesn’t work for me I see the point instantly and start to look but give up as I know there will be little else to see, My mind switched off. The point seems to be lost and out of relationship with the frame.
In conclusion it is amazing how placing a point or subject in a different position within the frame animates the subject or in some cases makes the subject harder to see. It also is surprising how placement can affect your feelings ie inviting you to look deeper or stop looking feeling disappointed by the image.
Both these will have uses in upcoming projects I am sure.