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The Rule of Fifths

There appears to be no end to books, DVD’s, training courses and much else besides on the subject of photographic composition. I’ve read or watched a few of these works and, up to a point, they can be valuable. Perhaps they have their greatest value when starting out, offering beginning photographers or those wanting to further their photography a helpful set of guidelines to build on. One of the most commonly recommended guidelines is the ‘rule of thirds’. The shot below, taken in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, illustrates the rule of thirds, with the main elements placed on vertical and horizontal lines marking the ‘thirds’ of the image and the key element – the man’s head in his hands – at a point where vertical and horizontal intersect.

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Lightroom Classic

I’ve been using Lightroom since version 2 which I picked up back in 2009, I think. Lightroom – now Lightroom Classic – is currently on version 9.3. Along the way I’ve had my gripes and complaints. In the early days it was mostly to do with missing features. With more recent versions the big issue is speed – or the lack of it. I also did my share of complaining when Lightroom finally went all in with the subscription model, though I do find the intensity of the hostility that this move generated excessive. From time to time I have also experimented with Lightroom alternatives, but every time I come back to Lightroom.

Partly this is down to familiarity. I’ve been using Lightroom for more than a decade now. It’s second nature to me. The Lightroom alternatives, try as they might to replicate Lightroom visually, all have a steep learning curve to use to their full potential. I’m not sure I have the time or energy to for that.

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Bad Photo – Boring Photo

What’s the difference between a bad photo and a boring photo? I was wondering about this as I trawled through pictures from ten years ago and found some that I had kept despite repeated culling over the years. I concluded that ‘boring’ is a quality that a picture can have that makes it something more than merely bad. Bad pictures, on the other hand, don’t even rise to the height of being boring. Below is what I consider one of my best boring photos. This is an exit from an underground car park at the Allianz arena in the suburbs of Munich.

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