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Window on Texas: Composition

Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith shares some methods to improve the composition of your pictures. Recorded at Baylor University's Armstrong Browning Library in Waco, Texas.

Window on Texas, February 2012

One of many magnificent features of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University, the terrazzo floor in the entrance foyer boasts a bronze border of bells and pomegranates. The motif appears throughout the building, inspired by a collection of Robert Browning’s poems titled Bells and Pomegranates.

Photography Editor Griff Smith found the scene ideal for illustrating his process when it comes to composition. “Look for interesting lines and texture and ways to show depth,” he says. “And be willing to lie down on your stomach if that’s what it takes to get the shot.”

The Armstrong Browning Library, housing the world’s largest collection of materials related to poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, is on the Baylor University campus in Waco. Call 254/710-3566;

Be sure to check out Texas Highways Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith's other photography how-to's covering a wide range of topics for all skill levels.

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