I stumbled across this video that was posted by B&H back in 2012 and was quickly amazed by the amount of information I was able to gather in terms of composition techniques. When starting out in photography, most people learn the rule of thirds, take off running, and never look back. Give this video a watch, and you will open an entire new world of tools for your image creation.
This presentation, "Bridging the Gap: Classical Art Designed for Photographers," is a talk by Adam Marelli that is designed to link composition techniques from the classical art of painting to the world of photography. Marelli goes into great detail about specific techniques that were used by painters and links them to examples of famous photographs. He later goes into different elements of composition while showing examples of famous photographs that use these techniques. One of the standout techniques for me was the talk about figure to ground. Figure to ground is a form of building a scene so that the subject stands out as much as possible. This is done by placing a light colored subject on a dark background or a dark subject on a light background. We see this every day when viewing silhouettes, but Marelli gives other great uses of using figure to ground in images that are not silhouettes.
Is there a technique that stands out to you? What did you take away most from the presentation?