So there may be a relatively simplistic answer as to why I have decided to show what I have been learning in my visual and cultural design class @ NDSU through the use of Legos… It is awesome. (PERIOD). No explanation needed. As a class we played with Legos; Best day ever!
The goal behind showing some of these images is to truly explain some of the mundane composition elements through a playful, yet creative manner.
First off I have to say one more time how awesome it was to get to play with legos in an upper level english class at college. The world would be a better place if people could learn through Legos… Just saying.
Rule of Thirds
The first piece that I want to look at is the rule of thirds, and if you know any photographer, and ask them what the rule of thirds is they will explain that it is a grid that splits up the image into nine sections. It is how the human eye naturally likes to weigh visual imagery. Below is an example of the rule of thirds:
In this image of an arbitrary Lego dude going over what would and should look like rapids, or cuffs for winter choppers (leather mittens) is split up by a grid system. If you look closely to how the subject is laid out, there is a comfortable composition because the image lines up with the normally invisible rule of thirds. The grid layout helps the mind obtain the idea of this one-thirds orthogonal plane that exists from the viewfinder to the brain.
One does not always have to take photographs in the rue of thirds, but it is very appealing to the onlooker.
The focal point is the spot where the image is most in focus. This becomes controlled by the camera body and its processor. The aperture function helps to dictate how grand or how minuscule a focal point will be. Sometimes there are foreground layers before a focal point, and sometimes there are not.
The example below has what was the main subject-now-the-unfocussed-foreground switched with what was the background-and-now-focal-point (yeah I feel there is a better way to express that idea too!):
In this case the first orange cone is the focal point, and the once was lego dude becomes the layering in the foreground.
Point of View
The last piece of composition I want to touch on is that of the way each individual photographer gets their angle. It does not matter how, one does it as long as they just do. The point of view is the scripted story that tells the viewer how you saw a scene play out, and then in that split second capture it with one quick snap of the shutter. It can tell a unique story that has never been told, or an angle that has never been seen, as long as you make it your own then it is your point of view.
In the end there are a lot more parts and pieces to this thing called composition, but for the taste which was given, it will not quench the interest or desire to learn more. Hopefully it will just merely stifle the curiosity long enough for one to go mettle and play around with these three concepts. Then once these are etched and engrained the next set of composition is just waiting to be discovered.
Here is a fun image to let your mind wander on, giving dynamically the edge to what was static.