Some objects, materials, and surfaces photograph particularly well because of their textures and the way they reflect light. Here are a few examples of what photographs well (more to come later this week):

• Gradual changes in tone photograph better than sudden changes, other than to define a pattern.

• Triangles photograph better than squares, though keep in mind that a square viewed from an angle tapers into the distance and therefore may appear as a triangle. What counts is the apparent shape on the print.

• Diagonal lines generally look better than horizontal line, and they do a better job keeping your eye in the picture. They add energy to an image.
Adapted from Take Your Photography to the Next Level by George Barr (rocky nook, 2008; $40)_