Week Ten - Theory in Practice.

“Composition must be one of our constant preoccupations, but at the moment of shooting it can stem only from our intuition, for we are out to capture the fugitive moment, and all the interrelationships involved are on the move.”

Bair, N. (2016) ‘The decisive network: Producing henri cartier-bresson at mid-century’, History of Photography, 40(2), pp. 146–166. doi:

accessed April 17 2018

I am very guilty of trying for perfection, taking too long to find the right composition that often the shot is gone. Probably why I have stuck to indoor portraits in very controlled situations and not street photography.

"Composition cannot be planned, nor can it be added in afterwards. Cropping will invariably make a good shot worse and is unlikely to make a bad shot better. Camera settings shouldn't be something the photographer even thinks about – taking a photograph should be like changing gears in a car."

I need to learn to be better at finding reactive skills, and stop trying to be perfect

I wrote this for input into the forum but after I re read what a fellow student replied I read it again and I disagree with the cropping part, I crop most images as I am not that great at getting it all in camera.


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