Why Design Grids Are Important for Learning Composition
I occasionally visit photography websites to get a general idea how other photographers react to using grids as a way of creating or analyzing compositions in their photographs. Some of the responses have been positive and others negative. I expect this. However, one comment that is repeated more often than any other is, "What's the point of laying a grid over a photograph once it's taken?"
Placing design grids on top of photos, or any work of art, is an important part of the learning process, and it's a way for the student to increase their visual literacy. In addition, it's a valuable tool that will allow the artist to detect why some of their images are successful, while others fail. This form of analysis, better known as deconstructing art, is essential for artistic training and any artist that isn't willing to put the time or effort into this method of study will find it difficult to progress in their work.
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Photograph above by Alfred Eisenstaedt (Analysis by Adam Marelli).