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This photo aggressively uses symmetry, leading lines and perspective to give a sense of the life and motion of New York City.

Managing Composition

Majd Taby
Majd Taby
Jun 14, 2015 · 8 min read

Focal Point

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These photos use a single centered element to serve as the focal point, treating the surrounding landscape as context and a setting for the focal point to sit in.
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The NYC Taxi Yellow in this photo stands in contrast to the drabness of its surroundings, and the focal point is reinforced by the leading lines in the street.
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The closeest this photo gets to a discernible focal point is the snowboarder on the left. Instead, this photo bleaches its highlights to tell a story of emptiness and space.

Leading Lines & Vanishing Points

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Trails and roads are easy ways to establish a flow and a motion in your photograph. Here, they lead the users eye towards the horizon.
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The support lines hug and frame the focal point in this photo. Both reinforce each other.
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Manmade and Natural vanishing points. They don’t need to be centered!

Rule of Thirds and Symmetry

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Examples where symetry is used to simplify and give structure to the photo.
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Here, the same photo is centered and put along the right third line. Notice how much motion is in the left one and how regal the right one is?

Context

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The starry sky is what’s important. The mountains only serve as a grounding, so the camera was aggressively angled upwards to maximize the sky. Similarly, the subject is looking left, and is positioned aggressively to the right, giving the viewer a chance to see and feel what the subject was seeing and feeling.

Perspective


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