Which composition do you prefer?

Composition is a key element to photography. Whether you confirm to the rules or choose the break them, understanding framing and how to shoot a subject is the true creative side to photography. Here we take a closer look at three shots and tell you why we think they work compositionally well.

Catching the Big One, Jonas Nordigards

This is a really interestingly composed shot of an unusual subject. By shooting on a really wide lens Jonas has brought the viewer right into the action. Also by placing themselves in the boat gives us a first-hand perspective of the action. If this had been shot from the bank with a long lens it wouldn’t have had the same impact. Try to get in close to your subjects to draw the viewer into the action.

Last Light, Mr Alan Meikle

Mr Alan Meikle has really thought outside the box with this shot. Not only shooting wide to give us an idea of the landscape Alan has included lots of foreground detail by shooting over moss covered rocks. Using depth of field our attention is not too distracted by this foreground and interestingly Alan has positioned the cyclist in the first direct sun after the shaded area. Experimentation with composition is a great way to add variety to your action images.

Puffin, Dean Eades

It’s debatable if this image is a true action shot but it certainly captures a unique moment as this puffin holds its prey in its beak. Shot very tight Dean still had to work hard to seek this image out and capture it without disturbing the subject, a great effort.

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