For those of us in the club that were at the photo contest critique on June 19th, we heard our judge, Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston, give his opinion on each and every photo displayed. Derrald provided us with a positive, yet honest critique of each and every photo on display, which I thought was very educational.
If we had to name the most common concern he shared, I’m sure all of us would say it was composition and cropping. This is a common challenge for the photography enthusiast. We often read and hear about the commonly accepted rules of composition, such as the Rule of Thirds, leading lines and patterns, but sometimes it is difficult to apply these in practice.
In the last year and a half since I joined the club, I have watched a lot of videos on Youtube and have found them to help my photography immensely. Probably the best video I’ve seen regarding composition was one produced by Scott Kelby of KelbyOne called Scott Kelby’s Crush the Composition.
Scott briefly, and humorously, goes through the general rules of composition, but then spends the rest of the video giving practical examples of ways to improve composition techniques. The video is a little over an hour, but his delivery is entertaining and informative.
Give it a look and comment on the blog with your thoughts. Click this link to watch the video: Scott Kelby’s Crush the Composition.