Five Elements of Control: #3 Geometry

Earlier this week, we looked at the idea of how contrast/luminance can impact a photo, and that your creative style may tend toward a wider contrast or a narrower contrast.  Then, yesterday we looked at how the element of color can impact a photo, both in the sense of how colors can balance and compete against one another, and how bright versus dark colors can play off each other.  Since we’re moving from more theoretical to more tangible elements that we want to include in our photos, next up is the geometry of our photos.

So, what is geometry?  Basically, it’s shapes!  Shapes are everywhere, and the types of shapes (or the geometry) can play a huge role in the impact of your photos.  So, it makes sense to include geometry as an element of control.  Since shapes are nothing more than lines that are connected together, this also means we are looking at the lines in a photo.  Whether it’s long rectangular lines of grass or circular lines of a persons eyes, the sharpness of square and angles lines in architecture or the looping curves of ovals in a landscape, shapes and lines can really define our work.  So, with that in mind, let’s look at a few photos here to help illustrate what kind of impact different shapes can have.  Look through the images and see if you can find all the different types of geometric shapes.  What kinds of shapes do you see?  DO they help or hurt the photos?  Share your thoughts in the comments!  In the meantime, Happy Shooting and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for #4 of the Five Elements of Control…(any guess what it is? 🙂 )

Curved Seashell

Curved Seashell

Dew-dropped Leaf

Dew-dropped Leaf

Looking through the Fenceline...

Looking through the Fenceline...

Charleston Street Corner

Charleston Street Corner

Days of Yore

Days of Yore

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