On Composition

Alain Briot compares a variety of different compositions from the same location and explains the points to consider in order to create your strongest work possible

In my previous essay we looked at how the image was created, from fieldwork to studio work, including shooting, converting, stitching, processing and image optimization. In this second part we are going to look at the composition of the image, not only in terms of how the image was composed in the field, but also in terms of what we can learn from comparing the different compositions considered when creating an image. To begin, a few words may be useful in order to explain how I approach composition.

Because of my approach to fieldwork, I return to my studio with many different options for the composition of the image. My approach is to shoot liberally, not being concerned with the final image but rather with returning home with plenty of material to work with. My approach with film was the exact opposite of what I do now. I would shoot very conservatively to make sure I got the final image in the camera, and that it was as perfect as can be in terms of composition, exposure, focus and other technical qualities. This was due to the …

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Alain Briot creates fine art photographs, teaches workshops and offers DVD tutorials. Alain’s three books are available as printed books on Amazon.com and as eBooks on his website.

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