On a hike a couple of weekends back, a friend and I had an interesting conversation about the difference in our compositional choices. I kept falling behind on the trail as the beauty of a scene would ignite my desire to fully photograph it. Many wildflowers have bloomed and the surrounding scenery is vivid green with new growth. The lure of the trail takes over as each bend of the trail reveals one inspiring scene after another. I kept getting that compelling urge to open up and extend the tripod while my friend stopped, took single shots handheld and continued along the trail. Later when asked, I explained that when people are new to photography, they tend to take a single image in any particular scenario and then move on. As photographers get more advanced, they tend to work the subject, taking many images, both horizontal and vertical, so they have a lot to choose from during the edit. I figured our conversation would be a good topic for the blog.
The set of example images above shows how you can work a particular subject. Train yourself to think globally to locally or big to small. I usually start in grand landscape mode and then migrate to the smaller details of a scene. Take both vertical and horizontal compositions. I tend to take more horizontal images than vertical images, so I try to remind myself to create more vertical images by putting a small sticky note on the top of my camera body. Practice by putting yourself in one scene and fully photographing it with all your lenses. After a while it becomes automatic. Enjoy!