Crafting a photograph is, in some ways, like creating a musical score that sets out the rudiments of chord progression, melody and lyrics. Taken on their own each can be discordant prior to being layered together, and so can it be with the visual image, which just as vitally only sings when the composition is fully realised.
The photographer must decide on the frame – preferably before shooting – and choose the tempo of the picture, whether dramatic, hushed or atmospheric. Many things can affect this choice, from a fast shutter speed to freeze the crash of a wave or the wind’s effects upon the branches of a tree, through to weather and seasonal changes.
We are happiest in summer for good reason – the sun triggers the release of serotonin in our brains, a natural ‘feel good’ hormone, banishing lethargy and depression. Darker seasons can be disquieting, yet full of mood and tension waiting to be harnessed within an image, so pick your opportunities wisely to set the tone.
Structure is everything, and just as a song interweaves verse and chorus to create a whole, so do the elements within a picture to provide a sense of balance. Consider an unusual frame utilising heavy, offset negative space to punctuate a strong subject and challenge your viewers’ perceptions... [vision_notification style="tip" font_size="20px"]Read the whole article inside issue 68.[/vision_notification]