Composition advice from a photographer who worked with Ansel Adams

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Landscape photography is one of the most accessible genres of photography. And, because of that, it’s a great area to practice your composition skills.

Indeed, it is easy to get started in composition of landscapes due to the static nature of the subject, but it is extremely difficult to master. Even great photographers are constantly striving to improve and evolve – that’s a big part of what makes them great. But we all have to start somewhere, and no better place than this video by Marc Silber from Advancing Your Photography. He sat down with Huntington Witherill, a California-based photographer and nature educator who has worked with some of the greats including Al Weber and the aforementioned Ansel Adams.

I particularly like the quote from Edward Weston of Witherill, where he called the composition “… being the strongest way of seeing”. This is an excellent summary of a concept so difficult to explain. At first glance – using the classic definition of composition – it sounds simple enough, but what really makes a good composition? It can be quite subjective, but certain rules and guidelines can be followed in order to create a strong image. In saying this, some of the greatest photographs are created when these rules and guidelines are not followed. The important thing is to learn to deepen your work.

Did you learn anything valuable from the interview?

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