I’ve been focusing on playing around with composition, as i’ve mentioned in a previous post. I’m trying to consciously break away from the rule of thirds, that seems to be the only thing people can talk about in photo composition classes and videos. I don’t have a formal education in photography, but I have taken quite a few art classes, and I don’t think that it’s the only or main or even a major guiding principle of composition. Sure, it’s a handy tool, but it quickly becomes a hindrance if you treat it like an actual rule.
I saw a video recently that is quite frankly horseshit. It seems that in what looks to be yet another pissing match (like Nikon vs Canon, FF vs APS-C, Digital vs film, whatever) about a concept that’s so fluid elusive and incredibly more complex than a simple this vs that comparison, the photo community - or at least this particular fringe - has lost its mind and began to apply meaningless metrics to aesthetics. The lady shows a photo of a cross section of a spiral shell and claims that it works because it’s on the Phi grid, missing the fact that it’s well balanced, has excellent movement and a well defined focal point which actually make it an interesting photo. But the frustrating thing isn’t the fact that they’re arguing grid, it’s the fact that they’re discarding basic compositional elements that are Art 101, such as eye movement, balance, motion, negative space, contrast, focal points, patterns, repetition, etc. What’s worse is the fact that in this completely useless argument, it’s impossible to find a good tutorial on taking photos, so I have to rely on my art training because even some of the better videos are still all about the stupid “rule”. To be fair, that last video is excellent as a source of good photographers to look at and actually teaches some of those principles, unfortunately while disguising them as “the rule of thirds”.
Well, that’s my rant. Here are some photos that I have amassed from the month of October that may or may not adhere to the rule of thirds. I hope they don’t.