GENERAL AND ARTISTIC CRITERIA
1. In architecture: strive for multiple point perspectives. Rules of linear perspective are more important than rules of thirds or golden ratio in architecture because they target the main object directly. Always keep in mind that compositional rules like the Rule of Thirds or the Golden Ratio, say more about the use of spaces surrounding or in-between objects and their proportions, and less or nothing at all about the object itself! They don’t relate specifically to the object matter at hand. Such conventional rules should be considered secondary rules in architecture. Rules of linear perspective are the primary rules for composition in architecture.
2. In architecture: bring life in your objects not only by way of post-processing but also by getting up-close to your architectural object. Find the angle that adds the 3rd dimension (the strong diagonal). This is related to finding a multiple point perspective, such as a 2-point perspective.
3. In landscapes: aim for atmospheric perspective by way of post-processing and by using the right aperture, focus and exposure time in your shot. Do you really want a large depth of field? I don’t. Rules of atmospheric perspective are in my view more important than rules of thirds or Golden Ratio in landscapes. They’re secondary rules again.
4. If an architectural photograph has multiple objects then the supporting objects that are farther away from the viewer should preferably also have atmospheric perspective.
A FEW MORE THINGS
I could have given this article the title “Best Secret Black and White Photography Tips Ever” just for the sake of Google rankings, but I’m so sick of all those click-bait titles. The title pretends nothing more than it is, and perhaps it’s already too much. And since they’re not the usual tips handed to you, and I really dug into my own experience instead of into the collective and public ‘knowledge’ shared on the Internet, they are called ‘advanced’. You may have noticed, or else will notice, that I’m an iconoclast by nature, I’m sorry, but I can’t help it. But I always try to overthrow things and offer a, perhaps better, alternative instead.
You may have an opinion on what I wrote in this article. Perhaps you will trash this article because you oppose my views. Maybe you’ll ignore it, because you don’t accept what others say. It’s all good. But don’t be critical without coming up with alternatives. It’s easy to reject things you don’t like, don’t believe in, or that you couldn’t think of yourself, without offering an alternative. I’m here to give my opinion, quite often by tearing down other rules, but I always try to give an alternative.
So far, this has worked for me, and for many of my students and readers. I’m trying to hold on to that thought, it might mean I’m onto something. The alternative is me expressing my frustration towards my neighbors. I dislike them anyway.