Photograph above taken at an American Red Cross CPR training class with a Leica M240
Intuitive Knowledge in Composition (Master Photographers)
Everyone’s a photographer. From your average soccer mom taking pictures of her kid playing on the field to grandma taking snapshots of her grandkids on Sunday visits, we all take pictures at some point in our life. However, while everyone takes photographs, producing images that can be considered art is far more challenging. Because many pictures are snapped on the fly, it's naturally assumed that composition must be intuitive. While intuition does play a significant role in creating great photos, intuitive knowledge is far more valuable for taking images that can be considered works of art.
Intuition can be defined as the natural ability to draw a conclusion based on instinct or feeling, rather than conscious reasoning. By contrast, intuitive knowledge in composition comes from studying design principles until you’re able to recognize it quickly while you're taking pictures. In other words, you're training yourself to become visually literate. Henri Cartier-Bresson described this familiarity as the “decisive moment.” And while many photographers recognize Henri Cartier-Bresson as being one of the greatest photographers that ever lived, very few understand his knowledge and background training in design.