Photo composition. Leading the witness…

Being a street photographer I often overlook composition in favour of subject and scenario.

You need to have an eye on what you are doing, so you don’t do entertaining things like trip over your tripod and an eye on what you are photographing. It also helps if you can have your third omnipotent eye on what potentially might happen somewhere ahead of you. To put it simply – you’re busy! Busy capturing the essence of a chaotic urban moment or the most memorable faces in a crowd.

Have I been missing something?

Only from time to time over the last few years I have remembered to photograph based more on visual lines. Almost exclusively this has been when I was travelling and had more time on my hands. However since I have had this blog I have quickly realised how narrow my focus has been. (No pun intended)

Doubtless my passion is street, urban and travel photography but I can now see (with the benefit of hindsight) that within these genres I haven’t experimented very much. Photography isn’t my day job and I normally have to get a little inspiration before I get out there and lug around the SLR. But pleasingly that is exactly what the community at and the assortment of photo challenges here has done.

I look forward to challenging myself more with the hope of improving and learning as I go. There’s always hope right? As the father of street photography himself once said.

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Get in line. A Gallery of images featuring leading visual lines.

Thanks again to Cee and her photo challenges for the inspiration for this post. Click an image to enlarge. ^ Feature image above from Florentine arcade alongside the Arno River.

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This post about Negative Space photo composition.


Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

8 thoughts on “Photo composition. Leading the witness…

    1. Thanks Jane. That shot of Budapest is interesting. I was running late for a train back to Western Europe. I saw that sunrise scene and it was like – you have one shot. More than that and you WILL miss your train. Nothing like pressure hey. Haha. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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