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Poll - What aspects of composition do you find most challenging?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Liam Clifford, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Liam Clifford

    Liam Clifford Active Member

  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I don't think the questions make a lot of sense as they are. I could only tell you what I intend to do when I'm looking at a scene I want to record.
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  3. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    What an odd question. Every scene has its own set of challenges. Light, foreground etc. They differ from scene to scene, day to day.
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  4. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    What they said. ^^^
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    what the heck did they do to the poll page? I'm not waiting any more for it to load.
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  6. secretpost

    secretpost Member

    I prefer the old poll design, as it takes awhile for the questions and options to pop-up. I would have to agree with @Craig20264 every subject has its own level of difficulty.
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  7. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    Ah. Composition. I think that it's important to know how to use intersecting thirds, leading lines and foreground interest when the image calls for it - but then again, it's just as useful (and far more difficult) to learn when to ignore the 'rules' and do your own thing!

    I'm hoping to get the measure of it one of these days.

    Cheers, Jeff
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  8. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    AP seems to have flogged the rights to the poll...
    We now get even more absurd questions.
    Liam seems to be the fall guy.
    Composition is a process not a set of rules that must be obeyed.
    In normal circumstance we only have the option of adjusting the viewpoint and the included field of view, as to make the most of the subject.
    And that becomes a natural process for most photographers. when it looks right it probably is the best you can do.
    It is neither difficult nor easy... it is a matter of seeing.
  9. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Careful, it seems that if you criticise AP or use a term they don't like your post will get deleted like my last one - and this one too probably...;)
  10. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    And with my normal calm mood returned I have to add that I really, really, REALLY wish I could honestly answer yes to option 5....:D

    Truth is that, like many I suspect, that all the other options apply at one time or another - and not always one at a time...:rolleyes::confused:
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  11. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I honestly thought it was a spoof post to begin with!
  12. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    My approach is quite simple:

    If you can't see a composition immediately, without consciously applying the "rules", then try applying the "rules".

    Then bend them as necessary.

    If you still can't get a picture, give up. Or shoot anyway, and see how it looks later. If it works, great. If not, well, you've still learned something.

    There is no shame in admitting that you just can't see how to get a good picture out of what's in front of you.


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  13. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    I genuinely though that the link had been got at, said so, and received a snotty slap on the wrist for an honest mistake...:(:mad:
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  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    You were not alone! I even reported it!
    Guess I'm now labelled a Luddite. :(
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  15. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Weird question and weird web page. :confused:
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  16. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Well today it did eventually load but I seem to be faced with union jacks advertising an "eneral election 20" - in Ilford north and south as well as somewhere else - I forgot already where
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  17. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Agree with you there, Andrew. Two more options were needed really: setting out to do the photography, dealing with weather conditions and dealing with lighting conditions. That's three. Doh! Three more voting options were required. Cheers, Oly
  18. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Ned Ludd rules! :D
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  19. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Shurely that should be Nedwina (in the interests of equality)? :cool:
  20. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    If it looks wrong then it is wrong. If it looks right then it might be right. Everybody has their own opinion of right and wrong composition.

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