Photo Composition Part 2
Photo Composition Part 2
In our previous article we talked about the different types of photo composition that you can adopt when capturing wedding photographs and as it’s a bit of a lengthy subject, we thought we’d separate this subject into two halves. To catch up on the first instalment read our blog post “Photo Composition Part 1", but for now, let's pick up where we left off...
#6. Diagonals & Triangles – The next type of photo composition we’re going to talk about is known as diagonals and triangles. t is often said that triangles and diagonals add ‘dynamic tension’ to a photo, but what does dynamic tension actually mean? This type of photo composition is a little more difficult to explain compared to the ones which we mentioned in the first instalment of this blog post, but we’re going to give it a try using metaphors, so hopefully you’ll follow what we’re getting at. Horizontal lines and vertical lines suggest stability. If you see a person standing on a level horizontal surface, they will appear to be pretty stable. If you put this person on a sloping surface, they’ll seem less stable. This creates a certain level of tension visually. We are not so used to diagonals in our everyday life as humans, as they subconsciously suggest instability. Incorporating triangles and diagonals into our photos can help create this sense of ‘dynamic tension’.
Incorporating triangles into a scene of an image is a particularly effective way of introducing dynamic tension into the shot. Triangles can be actual triangle-shaped objects or implied triangles within the image. It’s up to you which one you go for and sometimes it may be the kind of thing where you’ll have to use what’s available to you at the time, but whatever one you use, it will have the same sort of effect. This will most commonly be achieved by capturing the outlines of buildings, or perhaps the wedding venue and grounds if it’s in an urban area.
#7. Patterns & Textures – As human beings, we are naturally attracted to neat patterns, as they’re easy on the eye. Patterns can be both man-made and natural, so you can either work with what’s there in front of you, or you can wing it yourself and put in place what you want to capture. Patterns can be man-made like a series of arches or natural like the petals on a flower. Incorporating patterns into your photographs is always a good way to create a pleasing composition. Less regular textures can also be very pleasing on the eye.
#8. Rule Of Odds – The rule of odds is another type of photo composition. The rule suggests that an image is more visually appealing if there are an odd number of subjects. The theory proposes that an even number of elements in a scene is distracting as the viewer is not sure which one to focus his or her attention on. An odd number of elements is seen as more natural and easier on the eye. We know that this type of photo composition won’t be able to be applied to every single image as it can be impractical when photographing people. For example, what if there are four people in the frame? E.g. The Bride, Groom and her parents or vise versa.
#9. Fill Up The Frame – Filling the frame can be a very effective style of photo composition to use. It helps the viewer to focus on the main subject without being distracted by anything else in the image. It also allows the viewer to explore the details of the image which they would otherwise overlook if the photo was captured from further away. You may have to get pretty close when capturing an image in this type of way, but that’s okay, because you should be used to taking close ups as the wedding photographer anyhow.
#10. Leave Negative Space – The last type of photo composition we’re going to talk about is negative space. So, what is negative space? It’s basically just a fancy way of saying leaving the space of an image empty. This can create a very attractive image. You can do this with people and objects. It creates a sense of simplicity and minimalism. Like filling the frame, it helps the viewer focus on the main subject without distractions. We hope you’ve enjoyed this two-part blog post, make sure you check out our others to learn more about photography!
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