Lesson 2 – Black & White Composition

Life Through a Lens


Lesson two of ‘Life Through a Lens’ was my first lesson in attendance. We were given an hour to go out into the city and photograph examples of the five ‘rules’ of photographic composition with our cameras set to black and white. We were also to photograph some examples of breaking these rules. The five rules of composition were: the rule of thirds, leading lines, negative space, symmetry, and framing. I found it quite challenging to be wandering alone around an unfamiliar city, feeling quite conspicuous taking photos of everything. That said, I managed to take over 200 shots and was quite pleased with my final selection, which I think ended up being an interesting variety of subject and style.