Chapter Six: Capturing the Image—Composition and Focus



Of all the activities involved in taking a photograph, composition is by far the most subjective element and the greatest opportunity to create art. Even if your camera is mounted on a microscope so that you can record the otherwise invisible world, it is you who determine what constitutes a photograph that will communicate to your viewing audience. The camera has a robust set of tools to optimize the result, but it can’t create the composition for you.

In composition, it’s important to be aware of conditions such as strong back-lighting, extremely broad dynamic range required ...

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