Although I do enjoy speaking about cameras, lenses, and technology, they don’t necessarily help with improving your photography. There are only three things that really matter in an image and they are, composition, lighting and, use of color. of the three, composition is king.
In my opinion, there is nothing more important than composition. It’s the one thing that makes or breaks an image. Of course, lighting and color are important too but for architecture, those aspects can be forgiven to some extent, more so than composition anyway. If you’re photographing a building, chances are you’re using ambient lighting. This means that you’ll have limited control over lighting and color. The only thing you can truly control is your framing and how you compose your shot. In a recent video by James Popsys he outlines four ways that can help you compose your shots more effectively. My favorite point from Popsys is an extremely basic but crucial point and that is “what do you want to include in an image”. I love this point because of how simple and straight forward it is but at the same time it’s probably the most important factor when framing your image. Without thinking about this aspect properly it’s difficult to produce great images.
Check out the full video and let me know if you have any great tips to help with improving composition.