This article is part of a series of backstories that lead to the creation of a picture
Composition is one of the pillars of what it takes to make an pleasing image, and when starting out in photography, one of the first thing people hear about is the infamous “Rule of Thirds”. The most probable reason for that is that it is a pretty simple rule to explain:Â draw vertical and horizontal imaginary lines at every thirds of your picture length and height, and try to put along those lines theÂ geometry of what’s in your photograph. It goes even better if a point of interest sits at the intersections. This rule is also vastly over-used possibly because it is the default cropping guide in the Lightroom-Photoshop suite.
But this is by far not the only composition rule.
Most photographers have been throughÂ that concern: I can’t make that picture because I don’t have the right lens, no way to shoot fashion without a beauty dish and agency models, my crop sensor body is not capable for high end photography… It’s called gear acquisition syndrome, andÂ you probably experienced it at some point in your photographic journey.
Our brain is extremely capable of creating all sorts of excuses for us not to jump out of our comfort zone. There will always be a reason,Â a glitch in the mental engine, gravelsÂ in the gears to make us think “nah, it’s not worth it, let’s watch the latest episode of -insert your favourite TV show here- instead”.
I’ll tell you a story about all of this.