What do you notice about your subject when you go to take a photograph?
In previous posts, I’ve written about some basic composition guidelines. Reflecting on these may help you to create stronger images. Think about straight horizon lines, waiting for objects to move out of the frame or moving yourself to get a better angle, using the Rule of Thirds when it suits the subject, and giving moving objects space in the picture to move forward.
There are many other elements to consider before you press the shutter.
Shapes and patterns in your pictures can influence how your viewers respond. In some photographs, vertical, diagonal, and horizontal lines can strengthen the feel of an image and create more of an impact. Sometimes our focal point is where two lines converge.
Take a look at the pictures below and observe the lines as well as the directions they are going in.
Look around you and delight in all of the amazing lines you see in your everyday life. Take your time, experiment, and capture them with your camera.
In another post, I will give a few examples of how patterns can create tension and interest in a picture.
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