The way the world is all connected is rather amazing. Whether you’re getting a massage and you realize that the muscles in the bottom of your feet are connected to your hamstrings or when you curse the breeze that disrupts the perfect photo of a butterfly on a flower. Everything ties together, especially when you’re looking to capture the best photo, it’s often just a matter of slowing down to look at your surroundings and how they’re connected.
There is an opportunity for a good photo in most any situation you’re in. We’re all familiar with the notion of art mimicking reality, in many cases an amazing photographer will see a unique moment and it’s the awareness to get the camera out (or having it poised at the ready) that results in the key shot. One aspect to consider when looking at how everything comes together is your photo composition, and this is where everything being connected plays an important part.
Whether you’re using trees in the foreground to lead the viewers eye to a perfectly lit rock ridge or the lines of buildings to show depth the way all of the various angles and connectivity of everything in your picture tell the story of where you are in that exact moment. Some people instinctively see these things and like any skill we adjust and grow as we take more and more pictures. We’ll get feedback from other people and start to develop a style over time.
Digital photography school will teach you about the rule of thirds. This is the most basic element of composition and connection: essentially if you divide your view with two lines vertically and two lines horizontally, equal distance apart, you will divide a photo into thirds. By segmenting the elements of your photo along these lines ultimately you’ll land on a more balanced photo, unless of course you are intentionally deviating from this simple rule but more on that another time.
Featured Photo Credit: Alex Grey