Monday, June 24, 2013
The Graceful S Curve
The strategic use of lines can greatly enhance a composition
It's up to the photographer to create what's known as "eye flow" in a photo. Eye flow is the path the viewer's eyes take as he or she enters the image, studies it, and exits at the point where the lines end. The lines should be kept simple and clean to prevent chaos and confusion in the composition. The longer the photographer gets the viewer to study the image, the more it proves the photographer's use of lines was handled well. But, using lines in these ways to create composition isn't enough. Along with them, incorporate the rule of thirds, balance, shape and texture.
The S curve and the use of perspective can be used to create a very dynamic image. As the line continues throughout the photo, have it recede into the distance, so it has a natural exit point. This can be accomplished if you position yourself at an angle somewhere along the curve where this can occur. Another way to accomplish this is through the strategic use of a wide-angle lens. Get down low at the point you want the curve to begin. The foreground will be larger and quickly recede into the distance. The obvious entry point will be the dominant foreground and the eye will naturally follow it to its end.
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