Saturday, April 09, 2011

Composition part 13: the diagonal

Continuing a series on basic composition rules to further enhance the quality of your photographs if you are not aware of them yet. Previous subjects:
The topic for this post is an important one for composition - and one that beginners often do not realize, as I know from experience. The astonishing power of the diagonal. Lining up the main subject(s) along one of the diagonals gives a far more dynamic feel to the composition, and effectively leads the eye through the shot. This holds for instance for shots that derive their interest from patterns (see many examples in my Flickr stream), but its application is far wider than that. As an illustration, my shot Crocodile rock. This picture would be much less dynamic and direct with the animal featured on a horizontal line, as might seem a natural way to take it.