I should explain my post further to avoid any confusion about what seems to be a very misunderstood topic…( I will make time to further clarify my process and add more soon (as well as correct spelling mistakes.)
Composition is a huge subject and the armature I used to help position the camera was just one tiny part of my project. Composition is a way of thinking that helps you make choices during the process of making pictures.
To me, composition is about thinking what a character is made of and designing the relationships between things. Composition helped me to design my characters costume, her hair, how she is posed and the position of the camera and lights.
Using that 1.5 rectangle armature helped me position the camera to try and get as may triangular lines and co-incidences as possible. I even changed her hair because the camera position and armature, I used her hair as a plumb line and to end below the breast.
I feel like I made every choice with a mindset of composition.
- Soft vs Hard.
- Straight vs Curved.
- Squad vs Stretch.
- Warm vs Cool.
The composition of complimentary opposes was huge to me. I even composed how much muscle and fat she should have. You cant see it but Max has fat on her body to make her soft and approachable but she is also muscular and heroic. (Those are compositional choices about what her body is made of and why)
I posed her in a very symbolic way that was inspired by Venus de Milo…suggesting that Max is a kind of goddess. I put the camera low and zoomed in to make her look epic. All those choices allowed me to push the story and emotion of the image. - So, for me, composition happens as part of the whole process from beginning to middle to end.
What your teacher means is the only way to become truly amazing at something means to cast off mediocrity which requires you to endure a long process of suffering. Learning from mistakes is the path all artists need to take to become great.
I broke hundreds of times before I could make Max.