Photography Composition Tips For Better Travel Photos
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Photographic Composition, Travel Photos  
Rules of Compositionby
Glenn Pollock

A personal opinion
By: Glenn Pollock

As young architectural student, I had the honor of having the eminent architect Charles W. Moore as a friend, employer, and (most importantly) a teacher.

One semester I took his architectural history course. As was often the case, he was late for a lecture. Finally he arrived, threw open the door, strolled to the front of the classroom, said three words, and just as quickly turned and disappeared out the door.
I, along with the other students, sat around for a while, expecting his return. He never did. Finally it dawned on all of us that those three words were his lecture for the day. Of course it took a while to figure out exactly what he meant.

What were those three words?.......
.....
“ASSIMILATE AND FORGET”.

Charles Moore was, of course, talking about the architectural past and its relationship and relevance to designing in the architectural present, and I’m writing about photography and its relationship to rules of composition [You’ve heard them all, Rule of Thirds, Golden Mean, Leading lines, ‘S’ Curves, Placement of the Horizon, etc.].

But those three words are appropriate in both cases.
The idea is to study the “rules”, learn about how they relate to one another, and to the feelings they can evoke. Experiment with them. Swirl them around in your conscious mind, like you would a good wine when testing its palate. Then swallow them into your subconscious - let them filter through to the right side of your brain; cleanse your left brain palate with a good French bread - and then consciously forget it all. Let all this information influence your photography in a subconscious way, instinctively and intuitively.

Henri Cartier-Bresson said,
“Thinking should be done beforehand and afterwards, never while actually taking a photograph.”

To quote Minor White, “The state of mind of the photographer while creating, is blank.....”
It’s important to remember that all the rules of composition, if followed to the letter, can result in poor pictures; and all the rules can be broken and the result could be a great photo. Historically, rules of composition were developed after the fact. Works of art, by great artists with an intuitive sense of composition, were analyzed after they were created, in hopes of recognizing patterns, elements, and guidelines, common to them all, which could be employed by others to achieve similar results. The problem is that these patterns, elements, and guidelines are not necessarily universal.
One person’s art is another’s pornography.

So, the most important rule to remember (and NOT to “forget”) is that all the compositional rules, elements, and guidelines are useful to you only as long as they enhance your photo idea. If, for any reason, adhering to them detracts from the message you are trying to convey, then they not only can be ignored,

THEY MUST ME IGNORED.
Photographic Composition tips for better travel photos include rules of thirds and leading lines.  
It is important to remember, however, that all the rules of composition, if followed to the letter, can also result in poor photographs.
On the other hand, when all the rules are broken, the result could be a great photo
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