Using Focal Points in Photography: breaking the rules
Breaking the rules of composition doesn’t mean simply ignoring them, because that just leads to chaos.
It means understanding what they are and then deliberately doing the opposite.
And the rule that you should always give your subjects space to look or move into is one of the best ones to break.
Our example illustrates this. It’s perfectly all right for our subject to be in the corner of the frame, but he ought to be looking or moving towards the centre.
Instead, he’s running away from a wave, and the fact that he’s right at the edge of the frame and on the verge of leaving it altogether emphasises the sense of peril and speed. You can also create tension with a static subject.
If someone’s at the edge of the frame and looking out of it, what are they looking at?
PAGE 1 – Using Focal Points in Photography: focal position
PAGE 2 – Using Focal Points in Photography: movement
PAGE 3 – Using Focal Points in Photography: breaking the rules
PAGE 4 – Using Focal Points in Photography: leading the eye
PAGE 5 – Using Focal Points in Photography: negative space
PAGE 6 – Using Focal Points in Photography: exposure issues
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