Nikon D7000, Patterns and Color

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Patterns

Rhythm and balance can be added to your images by finding the patterns in everyday life and concentrating on the elements that rely on geometric influences. Try to find the balance and patterns that often go unnoticed (Figure 9.6).

These piled bricks showed a repeating pattern. They were not piled perfectly, which adds visual interest to the pattern.
Figure 9.6 These piled bricks showed a repeating pattern. They were not piled perfectly, which adds visual interest to the pattern.

Color

Color works well as a tool for composition when you’re dealing with very saturated colors. Some of the best colors are those within the primary palette. Reds, greens, and blues, along with their complementary colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow), can all be used to create visual tension (Figure 9.7). This tension between bright colors will add visual excitement, drama, and complexity to your images when combined with other compositional elements.

Color can make an image more compelling. I photographed these two Volkswagen bugs in Peru (Figure 9.8) partly because the image struck me as comical, but the contrast of the red- and blue-colored cars is really what made the image. Color can add balance, which is pleasing to the eye, or act as a contrast to a subject, adding visual interest.

 

Cropping in tight on this lock allowed me to use the colors as the primary influence in the image. The bright blue is complemented by the rusty orange.
Figure 9.7 Cropping in tight on this lock allowed me to use the colors as the primary influence in the image. The bright blue is complemented by the rusty orange.
Bright primary colors playing off one another can make for a strong image.
Figure 9.8 Bright primary colors playing off one another can make for a strong image.