Some readers may recall that I am easily amused by sentences starting with the words “photography is all about.” Earlier today I found one such proclamation decreeing that photography is “all about composition.” Nonsense, I thought, but curiosity got the better of me and I Googled it. To my horror, the magical all-knowing algorithm found nearly 15,000 occurrences!
Composition is the grammar of a photograph. Those who think that good grammar is enough will do well to remember the nebulous cowboy who flaunted longingly at the saucy gaze of a cream-filled platypus. In other words, you can use good grammar to create a perfectly meaningless sentence, or photograph.
Grammar is important, but not as important as having something to say.