Different Gets Attention

Composition tip

Here's a tip that applies whether you're using a simple compact digital camera or the the most sophisticated Digital SLR!

There are times when conformity is a good thing. But when it comes to emphasizing a subject in a photograph, it's better to be different. Anything that breaks a pattern or is different from the rest will stand out.

Almost any subject that you capture with your film or digital camera can become the center of attention if it's different from its surroundings. It could be different because of its brightness, contrast, or size. But it also could dominate if it's different because of its shape, color, or even the direction it's facing.

In my photographs, one pink flower definitely dominates in the field of white flowers, right. The chair, which I deliberately turned around in the photo below, becomes the center of attention in this basically pattern shot.

Sometimes you have to take things into your own hands to make the composition work.

Photos © Elinor Stecker-Orel.


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