Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Tips for Using Patterns in Photography

Today we have an interesting look at the use of patterns in photography, written by Wayne Turner, who has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on the subject. He has also produced 21 Steps to Perfect Photos; a program of learner-based training using outcomes based education.

Patterns are basically just repeated shapes, objects or colors either ordered in precise formations or just random designs scattered across a scene. The important thing about patterns is that they create images that are very pleasing to the eye and add a new dimension to your photos.

Patterns can be found everywhere in our world, from natural forms to our urban and industrial environments. Use them effectively in an image and you’ll create a photo that is dynamic and attracts the eye to the main subject or focal point. It will help you learn digital photography in interesting ways.

There are two ways to look at patterns. Take a bird’s eye view and look down on say a car park where you’ll see predictable rows of vehicles. Then the other way is to get in closer and look for not so obvious patterns like tire treads and grill patterns. If you really want to be successful in shooting a pattern make sure that you fill the whole frame so that the pattern extends form edge to edge.


So what are the most effective ways to use patterns in your photography? Here are a few ways.......follow this link to read the full article on Picture Correct.
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Here are a few examples of where I have used patterns in my own photography.

Lobster pots on the quay at Brora Harbour, Brora, Scotland.

The Library of Birmingham is situated on the west side of the city centre at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep (to which it connects, and with which it shares some facilities) and Baskerville House.

Winter logs seen in the mountain village of Jeravna in the Blue Mountains of Bulgaria.

The Spiral Staircase in the Vatican Museum, with a Christmas Tree at the bottom. It was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. It is shaped like a double helix, made of two intertwined spirals; one leading down and the other upwards.

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