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Assignment #7 – Composing With Curves

Curves are inherently pleasing and are strong compositional elements as well. They can take many forms in an image, from a simple C-curve or an undulating S-curve to circles, arches, and even the classic spiral. Curves can be obvious or they can be implied (when a series of objects or shapes pulls the eye along and the brain fills in the curve).

Your assignment this week is to find ways to use curves to enhance your images.

Here are some tips:

  • Lead the Viewer. Curves are a particularly effective form of leading lines. We evolved in nature, where straight lines are rare, so our eyes follow naturally along curves.  Winding rivers and footpaths are popular subjects, but also look for curved leading lines in cityscapes.

  • Convey Movement and Energy. Curves are graceful and rhythmic and can be used to show motion. They can also be used to convey potential energy. Think of a coiled spring or a snake ready to strike.

  • Frame Your Subject. Because curves are pleasing, they can help to draw the eye towards the subject. Curves are popular in architecture and are abundant in nature. Look for a tree branch or a curved blade of grass.

  • Soften Your Image. Curves tend to feel natural and organic and can add a sense of fullness to an object or ease in a landscape. Think of the curves in the human body or a curving shoreline.

Show us those sinuous, serpentine, and suggestive curves you find in and around your home this week! Our team of Pros will be waiting over at Muench University on Facebook to offer helpful feedback and commentary.

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Assignment #4 – Pattern and Repetition

Repetition of forms in an image is pleasing to the eye in much the same way that rhythm is pleasing to the ear in music. The eye tends to follow repetition, giving a sense of movement in the image. our assignment is to find patterns and repetition around you in your home. Use them in your images to create compelling compositions (just like music!)

Assignment #19 – Leading Lines

This assignment will get you to look at ‘leading lines’. This assignment aims to teach you how to direct your photo viewer to see your main subject using a compositional element of lines.

Assignment #12 – Point of View

Images photographed from odd angles catch the eye and inspire the imagination. Photographing from an unusual vantage point can also help to tell a story about a subject, or emphasize an important feature. Give it a try!

Assignment #2 – Minimalism

Perhaps one of the hardest things to do as a photographer is to learn to compose images that are simple, yet still powerful. Creating a powerful minimalist image is hard because we don’t see minimal scenes with our own eyes.