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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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Shapes

Point and shoot – that’s how most pictures are taken. Look, raise your camera, point and shoot. What could be simpler? But we all know the difference between a grab shot and a striking image is down to the composition. Given that you’re in the right place at the right time, the arty bit is often how the picture is composed. An eye for the arrangement of shapes within a frame is one of the differences between the taking and making of a photograph.

Composition, or more simply where to point the camera, is all about arranging shapes in the frame. Our first natural instinct is to put the main object of interest in the centre, point and shoot, but a bit of thought about how to frame a picture can transform a snap into a work of art. The simple ...

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