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Learning to Photograph - Volume 2 by Georg Banek, Cora Banek

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03

Shapes and Lines

When photographers talk about image design, the conversation almost reflexively centers on two topics: the golden ratio and prevailing lines. The conversation often never extends beyond these two issues. Aside from the arrangement of subjects, the process of designing with points, lines, shapes, and patterns guides the discussion of image design and the way we perceive the elements of the photograph. Yet shapes and lines are only a small portion of the whole range of design tools.

These graphical design tools are very important for the layout and rhythm of the entire image, partially because photographers use these tools to direct the viewer’s gaze. In an exaggerated sense, the photographer can use this element of design to ...

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