As we bombard our eyes with the vast amount of photography content that is shared out every minute, it can be very easy to lose track of what a meaningful composition may look. The tendency to share “more of more” can lead us to think that cramming as much into the frame as possible will give your viewers more bang for their buck when, in reality, less may have been all that would be needed.
There is a philosophy around composing a photo where the photographer should strive to render the content of the frame down to its simplest form. Cut out the superfluous eye candy and present the photo simply so that your viewers can enjoy it simply. I agree with the notion that the deftness at which a photographer can render down their photo to its simplest form does indicate a level of skill and maturity. Like a seasoned chef who immediately knows what too much salt tastes like in a dish, part of the photographer’s role is to finely craft the composition so that it includes everything that is supposed to be there and eschews the rest, allowing it to fall outside of the frame.
I’ve spent many years practicing my photography and consider myself strong in this art. Despite this, I still find myself going through a series of compositional checks and balances whenever I point my camera at something, intent of photographing it. It’s a practice that every photographer should take seriously and avoid taking for granted.
Now it’s your turn. Have you found yourself in a situation where you felt that urge to cram as much into the frame as possible? Do you have any examples of photos that could be simplified and refined? Be sure to share them in the comments below!