Playing with Shapes: Incorporating Geometry for Visual Interest!

Shapes are the two-dimensional outlines of objects in a photograph. They can be geometric (e.g., squares, circles, triangles) or organic (e.g., leaves, clouds, bodies).

Shapes in Composition in Composition Examples (19):

TIP: Consider shapes to improve shot composition. Look for geometric shapes in your scene: circles, squares, triangles, etc. Use them to create patterns or focal points. Pay attention to how shapes interact and fill the frame for visually appealing compositions.

In portrait (15):

In landscape (4):

Benefits of Using Shapes:

  • Enhances Visual Appeal: Shapes add variety and interest to photographs, making them more visually appealing.
  • Facilitates Storytelling: Shapes can convey emotions, suggest movement, and create a narrative within the image.
  • Improves Technical Quality: By balancing shapes and creating visual interest, you can improve the overall technical quality of your photographs.
  • Inspires Creativity: Exploring different shapes and their interactions can stimulate your creativity and lead to unique and impactful images.
  • Increases Impact: By carefully considering shapes in your composition, you can create photographs that leave a lasting impression on the viewer.

Common Mistakes:

  • Overusing shapes: Using too many shapes can create a cluttered and unbalanced composition.
  • Using shapes without purpose: Shapes should enhance the image, not just be added for their own sake.
  • Ignoring negative space: Negative space (the areas around and between shapes) is as important as the shapes themselves and should be used to create visual balance.
  • Not considering the shape of the frame: The shape of the frame can influence how shapes are perceived and used in the composition.
  • Using repetitive shapes: Avoid using too many similar shapes, as it can create a monotonous and boring image.

Learn more:

Learn more about Shapes at Photography and Friends.