draw attention to your subject
The subject of composition is enormous, and this lesson only begins to
But by now you should know that good composition is more than
just a matter of making pretty pictures that are pleasing to look at. Good
composition is mainly about making pictures to communicate on more than a
narrowly literal basis.
Good composition attracts the viewer's attention,
focuses his eyes on the subject at hand, and clarifies the message you
intend to send in the photograph.
It doesn't matter if the message is
something as simple as "here is a left-handed jammerfritz" or more complex,
such as "here is why air pollution is bad for you and should be cleaned up
no matter what the cost may be". No matter how simple or complex your goal,
properly applied composition will help you achieve what you set out to do
when you first thought of taking the picture. Now, see how well you can do
on the practice questions beginning on the next page, and after that, on
your examination. Good luck and good pictures!