By Bryan Peterson

Discover ways to "see" extra compelling pictures with this on-the-go box advisor from Bryan Peterson!

What makes a picture extraordinary? think it or now not, it isn't in regards to the content material. What makes a photograph compelling is the association of that content--in different phrases, its composition. the fitting composition provides your photographs influence and emotion; the incorrect one leaves them flat. during this convenient, take-anywhere consultant, popular photographer, teacher, and bestselling writer Bryan Peterson frees novice photographers from the prejudices of what's "beautiful" or "ugly" so one can as an alternative concentrate on colour, line, mild, and trend. Get the instruments you want to express your distinctive voice and perspective in each picture you shoot. With this consultant on your digital camera bag, you'll be outfitted not just to "see" attractive photographs yet to effectively shoot them every time.

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Understood by people worldwide. It doesn't matter if you’re from Manhattan, France, Botswana, Russia, the Australian outback, China, or Brazil—you’ll read these combinations of Line, Form, Contrast, and Emotion line, form, and contrast the same way. It is, in fact, the only universal language on earth, which adds immeasurably to its Before continuing with the other elements of composition, let’s pause for a moment to consider the ramifications of lines, Any thinking photographer will use this universal lan- forms, and contrasts on the emotional content of an image.

One with curved opinion. I feel that line-dominated images are more assertive lines and softly interacting gray tonalities will be relaxing, than form-dominated images; a line is a dynamic visual at- quiet, and perhaps run the risk of being boring. tractant, forcing the eye to move along it, while a form causes This tells us that jagged lines are far more active than the eye to stop while studying it. Line-dominated images have curved lines, which themselves are more relaxed. High contrast greater flow and motion to them.

Are the flow lines interestingly pat- but rather how the positive or negative spaces on one side or terned, or static, disconnected, or broken? An easy way to corner compare to the other. Look to see how balanced or un- check is to squint your eyes and blur the image (or, if you wear balanced the photograph may be in terms of positive / nega- glasses, take them off) so you see only the major forms but not tive space (figure 2–1). the finer details. Then ask yourself those questions. The 41 CHAPTER 3 Also, be aware of the fact that negative space can be bright remarkable studies of texture, form, and light.

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