Lines draw your eye in a certain way in a photo. In this picture, your eyes are drawn from the lower right corner to the upper left corner. Other examples of leading lines that are often used are roads, railroad tracks, shorelines and rivers.
A shape is formed by the lines drawn when your eyes move from subject to subject in a photo. The most familiar and pleasing shapes are triangles, squares and circles.
Balance is talking about how things are arranged in a picture for symmetry, asymmetry or imbalance. This picture shows asymmetry because even though it is a big picture, your eye is drawn to the robin in the lower right corner. Even architecture, gardens and people can all be examples of symmetry in pictures. When talking about balance, the term “visual weight” is often talked about. The visual weight of a subject is how much time we spend looking at it in the picture. If there are too many subjects, your eyes don’t know where to rest or what to look at.
There are many different ways to frame your subject. You can use natural elements for framing such as trees or mountains. Or you can use physical frames such as windows, archways or your hands like in the picture above. My daughter took this picture with my cell phone for my entry into a contest showing my love for Murphy USA…so I am framing the gas station.
1. What is the subject of your photography?
2. What do you want to say about the subject?
3. Why do you have everything that you have in the picture?
4. Try something new…ask yourself what if I do this or what if I do that?