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- month 01 : framing
- month 02 : balance
- month 03 : lines
- month 04 : lens choice
- month 05 : aspect ratios and camera position
- month 06 : patterns & contrast
- month 07 : tonality
- month 09 : portraiture
- month 08 : color theory
- month 10 : complexity
- month 11 : classic rules of composition
- month 12 : creative techniques
- photographer’s choice
- p52.3 : perspectives
52.2 month 01 : framing
Good composition is like a suspension bridge; each line adds strength and takes none away…
Making lines run into each other is not composition.
There must be motive for the connection.
Get the art of controlling the observer – that is composition.
― Robert Henri
Welcome to Photo 52.2: Framed! Last year’s study of light was an incredible growing experience for all of us. Technically and creatively, we watched as the caliber of our group’s imagery and artistry reached new and inspiring heights. As the final weeks passed by, we knew that one year was not enough. There is always more to learn and we simply had to take on something new. And so, the broad theme of this year’s p52 is Composition. We will study geometry and framing, colors and lines, scale and narrative, and our hope is that, in doing so, our photography will continue to strengthen and grow.
Our first topic is framing; our goal was to utilize the repetition of geometric shapes within our images instead of, or in addition to, simply using those shapes as framing elements. Repetition in this context is anything but boring. Be it the uniformity of man-made office windows or the simple curves of flower petals in nature, repetition grounds and reinforces visual interest and can offer balance, leading lines or other attributes to enhance how a viewer sees an image.
Geometric shapes naturally attract our attention and therefore have inherent visual weight. When placed in the frame with a primary subject they can act as a secondary subject. When the weights of the two subjects are placed well in the frame, just as on a scale, the composition will be balanced.
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