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Learning composition: lines and curves

In my last post on composition I covered the basics: what composition is, how you can control exactly what appears in a photo (and what doesn’t), and some tips to get your started. A photo with impact grabs the viewer’s attention right away and doesn’t let go. Subject matter certainly contributes to this. But composition is one of the most important factors. Two photographs of exactly the same subject can look completely different and evoke different feelings in the viewer simply by changing the composition. In this second article, I’ll talk a little bit about another concept: how lines and curves can make a composition stronger.

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Site updates: latest lens reviews

Over on the right there, below the Lens Database manufacturer listing, you’ll find a new feature that shows the latest lens reviews by other Photodoto members. And below that is a listing of the top reviewers listed by number of reviews. The lens database is a great resource for getting technical data on lenses, doing side-by-side lens comparisons, and reading real reviews by actual lens owners. Check it out before you buy another lens. And if you own a lens, help out a fellow photographer by contributing a review.

A simple technique for creating eye-catching silhouettes

The silhouette is an old art form, said to have been named after �tienne de Silhouette, Louis XV’s finance minister. Apparently, he was so stingy that anything cheap, including portraits, were labelled “a la Silhouette.” Silhouettes became very popular in the 18th century but went out of fashion after the invention of the daguerreotype, an early form of photography. And now here we are, creating silhouettes with our digital cameras. Ain’t life grand?

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