Five Ways To Use Shape and form In Photography

Words by Scott Bourne - A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

If you're trying to create more compelling photographs, consider studying the impact that shape and form have on photography. One or both can be used to create stunning images. In this post, we will explore five ways to use shape and form in photography.

1. Use silhouettes
Silhouettes are an excellent way to use shape and form in your photography. They are created by positioning your subject in front of a light source, which causes the subject to become a dark, shadowy shape against a bright background. This technique can be used to create dramatic and striking images.

2. Experiment with symmetry
Symmetry is a powerful tool in photography that can be used to create balance and harmony in your images. By positioning your subject in the center of your frame and capturing symmetrical elements on either side, you can create a visually striking and balanced image.

3. Use shapes as a framing device
Shapes can also be used as a framing device in your photography. By capturing your subject within a specific shape or form, you can create images that are visually striking and engaging. This technique can be particularly effective in landscape photography.

4. Use patterns and repeating patterns
The repetition of a shape, line or form creates patterns that can be used for photography composition. Our mind is designed to receive and organize tons of information – that’s why patterns are appealing to us and give us a calm feeling.

5. Create abstract images
Finally, shape and form can be used to create abstract images that are visually striking and engaging. By focusing on the shapes and forms of different objects and abstracting them from their original context, you can create images that are visually intriguing and thought-provoking.

Shape and form are two essential elements of composition in photography. They are easy ways to add interest to images that otherwise might be considered mundane. By experimenting with different techniques and approaches, you can use shape and form to add interest, depth, and dimension to your photographs.

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