Beyond The Rule of Thirds: Advanced Composition With David Brommer

In this B&H Event Space seminar, David Brommer takes you “Beyond The Rule of Thirds” by discussing many different aspects of photographic composition. The entire seminar will take about two hours to watch from start to finish, but the information Brommer covers — from positive and negative space, to theories of color and balance and other advanced composition — is highly informative for amateurs, and may even benefit some pros.

Better Photographic Composition – Beyond the Rule of Thirds [YouTube]

  • Vladimir Byazrov

    this man is full of bs. don’t watch this vid. he won’t give you anything but false perception of what photography is. He talks alot about HCB, but actually know little about the genius master and the whole subject. if one talks plenty and points his fingers in many directions it doesn’t mean he knows a thing.

  • John Mason

    Well at least he isn’t trying to be a jerk :) Composition is never an easy topic to discuss. I watched the vid and he had some good points imho.

  • David Brommer

    Thank you Vlad for the comments, However I’m glad you seem to be alone in this assessment, otherwise I’d be hurt.

  • Sebastian

    great video, nice way to refresh concepts and revive some few that have slipped away, its really easy to understand and pretty straight forward

  • Ankyo

    Really enjoyed this video. I learnt and reenforced so much watching this. Some great examples. A really valuable resource.

  • Obladi

    This man does not know what he is talking about. A single example: Roland Barthes defined punctum as that UNIQUE quality that raises our interest in a photography and is different from one viewer to another in regard to the very same image. Therefore, the eyes of the soldier might be the punctum for one viewer, while the cigarette might be for another. Studium is that GENERAL quality of an image that we all see it, feel it or are impressed by it and its the same for all the viewers.

  • Obladi

    Another example: contrary to the popular belief, perspective was well known long before Renaissance. Medieval painters did not make use of it for religious reasons. In fact, medieval painters were using multiple perspectives in the same painting.

  • David Brommer

    Obladi, I greatly appreciate your familiarity with Barthes. I read that chapter over and over and the way I wrapped my head around it was that elements of Punctum elevate the entire image and move it forward as a state of awareness to the viewer. In other words, you hear the Punctuation and notice it! To say I don’t know what I’m talking about however is a tad trollish. But none the less, you are a fan of Camera Lucida, and for that I salute you. ~david

  • Geoff

    Really enjoyed this and learnt a lot.