The Geometry of a Photo

we have already looked at the rule of thirds. I also said that usually it’s best to strive for simplicity, removing all unnecessary objects.

When you examine your favourite pictures you’ll probably find that the objects in them are connected by real or imaginary lines.
Very often, these lines form a sort of triangle - this is a very pleasing arrangement that combines the different items together rather that separating them.
This doesn’t mean that you have to have three persons or objects to form a triangle. One, two or several items may be combined:
Pilgrim at the shore of the Ganges, Varanasi  Feeding a Kangaroo, Alice Springs, Australia

By the way, we tend to follow the gaze of a person in a picture (also a kind of imaginary line). So, let them look inward on something that you want to draw attention to.

Lines within a photo can be very useful for adding depth: the road that leads out of the foreground or the shadow of an object may both accomplish this.

Road on Madeira  Ayer's Rock at Sunrise Great Wall, near Beijing

Also, if you have a nice geometric object, but no indication of its size, it may be wise to include people. These do not have to be recognisable persons, - a dark figure is enough to serve as a comparison.

 The Pyramid at the Louvre, Paris, France. Oasis of Tozeur, Tunisia


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