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Improve Your Photographic Composition Skills by Using Shape

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What do photography and graphic design have in common? Quite a bit, actually! They are both visual artistic media. If you are a photographer and you’ve never thought about how your discipline overlaps with that of a designer, you are missing out on a wealth of very helpful information and insight.

In this video tutorial from my course on Design Fundamentals for Photographers, you'll learn how to apply the concept of shape to composition in photography. We'll take a look at some intentional applications of shape in photography and why they are effective.

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Watch the Full Course

If you found this video helpful, you'll love the full course, Design Fundamentals for Photographers, in which we look at how to apply other design concepts to improve your photography. As well as going into more detail on shape, we'll also look at:

  • line
  • color theory
  • visual weight

I'll you show you how they work and how you can use them, and I’ll give you some fun photo assignments to explore your new graphic design skills out in the world.

Want to see some more examples of shape in photography? Browse the selection of stock images on PhotoDune and see if you can spot when the photographers are using shapes in their composition.

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