January 31, 2019 at 5:25 pm #18116
Rather than have a set subject for February’s assignment, I’ve decided to keep it open but your images should use curves in their composition. Curves are a powerful composition tool and if you consider them before pressing the shutter release can greatly improve your photography. An easy way to remember the two main curve shapes is to think of our member Carl Sumner. His initials, CS, are the curve shapes. These can be used as lead in lines like a path or to balance or frame the subject. Examples could be an arch or a tree branch.
If you want to inject more energy into your photograph have the curve leading diagonally and make sure it leads to an object rather than out of the frame. Make the journey along the curve enjoyable and use it to give your photograph depth.
Many of the classical photographers have mastered the use of curves in their photography and some fine examples can be seen and analysed by Eric Kim when he explores the use of curves in photography
The Digital Photography School of my favorite websites has some good basic advice for using curves in your composition and it can be seen here.
Finally, Photography Mad has its top ten tips composition well worth considering here.
February 6, 2019 at 9:38 am #18158
- This topic was modified 5 months, 2 weeks ago by Pete Robinson.
I’ll kick off this month’s theme with this simple composition. I’ve found the curve but it doesn’t really lead to anything of interest so the curve is the main subject. What do you think? I’m sure you can do better.
February 6, 2019 at 1:50 pm #18159February 6, 2019 at 1:53 pm #18160
Thought I’d be brave and submit this for the Curves monthly theme.I like the way the flower folds and shows its curves. But I have a feeling I’ve picked the wrong version. Hay Ho never mind.February 6, 2019 at 5:28 pm #18161
You don’t have to be brave Meg. Thanks for post this lovely photo that certainly has plenty of curves. I like the way in which the curves flow from the bottom into the flowers eye catching red colour. I think the black background keeps the attention in the flower.February 8, 2019 at 11:44 am #18179
Here’s a simple picture taken in the Queens Park with a S curve leading in from the bottom left meeting the persom feeding the birds and then continuing on to the autumn trees. I think it give the photo some depth and structure. Do you think the background is too messy?
The picture below uses the flimsy fence as a curved composition line to lead to the riders in the background. However, I’m not sure if they’re a distraction and I should have just concentrated on the foreground rider. What do you think?February 9, 2019 at 3:19 pm #18181February 10, 2019 at 10:33 am #18183
Thanks for posting this picture Ken. It’s similar to my first photo above where the curve starts from the bottom left and leads to the subject. It gives it depth and concentrates the interest on the train for me.February 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm #18184
In this pattern picture the curve is the subject matter as well as used for composition. Al my photos seem to use physical curves. Has anyone got any pictures where the curves are formed by the direction of objects or tones?February 11, 2019 at 9:54 pm #18190February 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm #18196
I think that’s a well balanced photo taken at dusk. I don’t know if you meant it but I like the way you’ve caught the person in the doorway.February 15, 2019 at 11:02 pm #18233February 15, 2019 at 11:04 pm #18234February 15, 2019 at 11:06 pm #18235February 15, 2019 at 11:07 pm #18236
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