HOP 5: The Best Photo Composition Tip

Really enjoyed this episode, of course my wife Angela and I were the first subjects, but still I’m picking up pointers all the time thanks to @ant_pruitt.

3 Likes

THANKS for sharing the pictures and your support.:fist_right:t5::camera_flash:
Hope you’re doing well, bro

1 Like

Ant,
Thanks for using my photos, I appreciate the help as I try honing my skills. As I progress I’ll be looking at various editors, currently I have Pixelmator and Photoscape on my iMac 5K, I do basic cropping and adjustments but I need some practise getting round the GUI’s, a bit daunting at first, but I’ll get there.

Thanks

Andy

2 Likes

My pleasure. Photoshop still gives me chills. Lol! I did this video as a favor to someone. Hopefully it can help you out.

2 Likes

Thanks for this show! I just caught several episodes thanks to the composition show. Though I don’t do much real camera photography anymore, I still use my phone a lot! I’m really interested in topics around the ART of photography, from composition to cropping to ways of edit photos. I’m curious about WHY a photographer makes certain edits more than the tools to make them. I hope to see more about the how’s and why’s (that apply to any camera) rather than software and settings… Keep up the good work!

1 Like

Thanks for watching @Saguaro. Do you mind emailing hop@twit.tv so i can put this question in the queue. I have some ideas around it that may be helpful for you and others. Be sure to share HOP and FOP with others, too. #PleaseAndThankYou

1 Like

Great stuff Mr Pruitt, thank you. Saw this on Twitter and couldn’t help but post it in this thread. Don’t mind me…carry-on!

5 Likes

Regarding cropping; Do you pay attention to, or try to maintain certain aspect ratios when you crop? On the show using Lightroom you didn’t seem to pay it any regard.

When using the iOS photo app, for example, it gives me the option to ‘freeform’ crop or stick to certain ratios.

Why would you, or why wouldn’t you want to have photos in a freeform cropped ratio vs fixed aspect ratios? Obviously more creative freedom using freeform, but only reason I can think of for fixed is is maybe wanting to put prints in frames? Or perhaps just to have all photos in a uniform standard format?

2 Likes

LOL!!! Oh this is GOLD. Well played, sir. :joy:
Thanks a lot for sharing and for watching and sharing the show. :slight_smile:

2 Likes

Good question. How about this, @JohnG. I use your question as part of the next episode’s feedback?
I have an answer from my personal perspective and I’ll gladly mention this on the show. If you’re cool with that, please also share your instagram or twitter handle so I can let the viewers know.

Thanks for this. I will discuss the “why” soon on the show. With it being art, it can be a pretty polarizing discussion. (no pun intended)

And yes, you’re shooting “real” photography if you’re using your phone. That’s my two cents.

2 Likes

@ant_pruitt Sounds great, thank you! I don’t post much on Instagram or Twitter…no need for a plug but thanks! I’m John G in the twit community :grin:

2 Likes

It may seem a bit goofy but I have a less obvious tip for composing an outdoor scene to shoot.

Squint (or take off you glasses !)
Now you can only see the major shapes and colours, not detail.
This encourages you to try and balance the shot by weight of colour and light.

Then look at the composition in the viewfinder more clearly, and make any final adjustment to keep or ignore some detail you may want in the final shot.

2 Likes

Cool idea :sunglasses:

Filling for space

1 Like

Not my photograph, instead something posted by the National Weather Service Bay Area Twitter feed, hence the limited resolution. Could cropping and editing showcase the little bit of magic hidden in it: the segment of rainbow between the central tree and the clouds?

2 Likes

BRILLIANT. Not goofy.

3 Likes

I wonder if highlights being decreased and contrast increase would help

3 Likes

We were taught to do this in my graphic design course as a way to desaturate color and get a better feeling for tone.

I still do it 30 years later!

3 Likes

Using a quick guide by just resizing a window to cover parts of the picture, I would say get rid of the right hand section. The close cloud adds nothing much and under it also nothing you’ll miss.

Then you notice 3 distinct bands of colour and light.
Already you have a useful 3rds ratio to work with so lining up the final crop should be easier.

Alternatively removing the blue sky across the top gives you another dramatic scene, though leave enough to see a gradient into blue.
It suddenly looks a whole lot warmer and is satisfying in a different way.

2 Likes

I love HOP!! I’ve always used my iPhones to take pics of my family and on vacations, but never really thought about what goes into a photo - until Ant and HOP!! Post processing, heck no, no way, never thought about it!! Today, I just bought Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro and off we go…thank you soooooo much Ant😊

3 Likes