10 Ideas For Great Graphical Photos

The easiest way to start shooting graphical elements is to observe and point the camera towards nature." Photography/Riyaz Mohammed

The easiest way to start shooting graphical elements is to observe and point the camera towards nature.” Photography/Riyaz Mohammed

Chandni Gajria finds ten different ways in which you can use your vision and perspective to identify and create graphical photographs in your surroundings.

Tip 1: Leading With Lines – Make use of lines to divide a frame into segments and to lead the viewer within the photograph.

Tip 2: Grace in Curves – Curving lines can help you render a sense of rhythm, grace and movement in your photographs.

Tip 3: Playing with Shapes – Start looking at everyday objects and bring out their inherent graphical quality through playful shapes.

Tip 4: Rhythm with Patterns – Look around, find a repeating element and zoom in. Use the abstract nature of patterns to create artistic pictures.

Tip 5: Tantalising Textures – Try to analyse how the surface of an object feels like and bring a sense of tactile detail to your photographs.

Tip 6: Character in Shadows – Watch the sun and observe the shadows that it casts, carefully throughout the day. Chances are that you may find them!

Tip 7: Illusions with Reflections – Make graphical pictures by creating the illusion of space with the help of stunning reflections.

Tip 8: Vibrance of Colours – Know what different colours mean and use them according to what emotion you want to convey in your photographs.

Tip 9: Moody Monotones: Eliminate distracting colours from your frame and learn to recognise graphical elements in a single colour tone.

Tip 10: Minimalism with Space: Add some silence in your composition. Think like an artist and use space creatively with structures.

This article originally appeared in the July 2013 issue of Better Photography.



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