COMPLEXITY IN COMPOSITION
This great little article is from one of my favourite wedding photographers; I absolutely love his style and feel he has a very close match to my style, he’s still very passionate about his work and like myself has been photographing weddings for many years however there is always so much to learn with regards to wedding photography or any type of photography, take a read at his thoughts and maybe there will be just a couple of points you can take from him.
With all the activities of a wedding day, it is so easy to get caught up shooting situations you have always shot: focusing a narrow vision on what the bride is doing, becoming caught up in getting the safe-shot, and backing up your safe-shot with more safe-shots because you have not yet developed confidence to branch out and try new imagery. A real enemy to creativity is the all-encompassing dread of missing a safe-shot. I know that my overall wedding shoot will thrill the bride and groom.
Instead, why not learn to believe your LCD and recognize the safe-shot is in the bag so you can give yourself time to play? You may only have one minute or less to try a different angle, look for an unusual composition, or just have fun shooting images for yourself. You may have more time to really study a situation and attack a scene with passion, thus creating more art by increasing the complexity or narrowing down your compositional elements for more elegant simplicity. This playtime is your playground for enhancing your perception.
Now with any room there may be a limited amount of natural light. How do you see what is there very quickly and utilise it to the best of your capabilities? I have a method that works: walk into the room, squint your eyes so all the complexity of the room fades away to nothing but darks and lights. Open your eyes wide and go to the light. Stand next to the light or in it, and then look for your intended subjects. Now first, see if this natural light can be used as a line, a pointer, or a guide to your subjects for a creative image. Then back off and perceive how the light can be used in an overall composition. Now that you have the natural light in a room dialled-in, get your first safe-shot (often using the natural light) and utilise your time between safe-shots to be artistic.
Understanding Negative Space is the ultimate in being perceptive. Lines outside run more often vertically. Trees and architecture often have many more vertical lines than horizontal in the outdoors. Trees create lines to help guide you to your subjects more easily through the viewfinder. Good Negative Space enhances the subjects or leads your eye to the subjects. Bad Negative Space leads you away from your subjects or detracts from the overall composition. So shooting good Negative Space in a horizontal format outside is not easy. There are so many elements that intrude on your search for good Negative Space to enhance your subjects. Dead space it just one more perceptive ability you should have in your arsenal of artistic ideas to try out at every wedding.
The image I have chosen to add to this article was taken in Italy, I just saw the incredible lines of perspective the train, platform and tracks added to my field of view.
Enjoy your wedding photography, landscape or any other style you love.