Watch This: When Composing An Image, Geometry Matters

Shapes can make a big difference in the message and emotion of your photo

Unlike painting or animation, photography can have a lot more variables in terms of composition. We can’t always control the shapes that appear in our frames, but it is important that we pay attention to the geometry within the picture. This clever Youtube video demonstrates some of the interesting ways movie makers use shapes within their images to convey certain messages and emotions.

You may already be familiar with some, or even all of the information in the video, but it can be a nice reminder to really pay attention to the lines in your image. Framing subjects with environmental elements has been one of my favorite compositional techniques as I learn more about my own personal style, especially when there’s a triangular composition to be had.

Shapes in composition for Photography
Stanley Kubrick was a master when it comes to composing a frame.Youtube

The video’s suggestion to watch your favorite movies with a critical eye for composition is also a good one. The frame on a movie is often wider than the 3:2 or even 4:3 aspect ratios we typically use with still cameras, but the same structural principles hold true.

What’s your favorite shot in a movie?

From: Gizmodo

The video’s suggestion to watch your favorite movies with a critical eye for composition is also a good one. The frame on a movie is often wider than the 3:2 or even 4:3 aspect ratios we typically use with still cameras, but the same structural principles hold true.

What’s your favorite shot in a movie?

From: Gizmodo

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