I need help learning the rules of composition for photography or fine art. What makes a good photograph? What makes a bad photograph?
I want to become a better photographer, but most of the threads I've seen on the subject here
relate mostly to the technical aspects of photography, f-stops and the like, rather than how to compose a phoitograph. Not that it matters, but I have a DSLR with a 22-80mm zoom.
I understand the rule of thirds and leading lines, but I need a more formal understanding of composition in general. What are the basic rules of framing and composing a photograph? What should I be looking to balance or unbalance? Colors? Sizes? Shapes? What are the basic do's and don'ts?
A google search just reveals bits and peices, but I can't tell what are some photographers subjective opinions, and what are considered the "rules" or guidelines to be followed.
Are there agreed upon rules of photographic or fine art composition? Are there any web resources that articulate these rules? Any classic texts? I've checked kenrockwell.com
, for example, but his descriptions are very informal and subjective.
The advice is generally to take a lot of pictures, but I'd rather take a lot of pictures while training my eye rather than taking a lot of pictures that reinforce bad habits. I'll break the rules after I learn the rules.