Q. Are there any specific rules about composition of a photograph? I would appreciate any information you can help me with. A: Composition puts a multitude of elements into the shape, form and design that give a good photograph its impact.
It is not easy to learn how to compose a photograph. To complicate matters, photographers seldom think alike about composition.
Professional photographers have specific styles; their work is easily identifiable by their unique composition.
In my opinion, there is no set rule for composition, other than what it says in the dictionary: "The arrangement into proper proportion or relation, especially into artistic form." Q: I'm going on vacation soon and plan on taking some pictures. What should I look for and what should I use: slides or color print film? A: Try to train your eye to see the pictures as your camera would see it. For scenic pictures, try to translate the three-dimensional scene the eye sees into the two-dimensional picture the camera takes -- but still retain the illusion of depth.
To do this, one good approach is to have a person overlooking the scene in the foreground, which will give depth in the picture. Crosslight or blacklight is very effective; if possible, try to avoid taking a picture with the sun directly on the scene. The sun should be at least on a 45-degree angle, which will give separation between the objects in the picture.
On choice of film: That's up to you. If you have a collection of slides and like to project your pictures to show your friends, then slide film would be the best choice. But if you are keeping a scrapbook with pictures, you would want to use color print film. Remember, you can also make color prints from your favorite slides.