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Hunting for Rhythms in Photography

Jan Stimel (photocyan)

Keywords: rhythm, patterns, tips_and_tricks, composition, inspiration

Many great pictures by Nikonians photographers from around the world use rhythm as a key element. It is, among leading lines and the rule of thirds, one of the simplest yet effective ways to create an impressive image.

In this article I would like to focus your attention especially to pattern and rhythm. There are many ways to use both in your photographs simultaneously although they have different functions. I will mention the differences between them first, and then I will show you creative usage examples and mention some simple rules.

You may own the newest Nikon D4s with a lot of equipment or a Nikon Coolpix compact camera, but it doesn’t really matter what type of equipment you use. The basic rules apply to all.

The repeating rhythm enhances the image's perspective and the three-dimensional space

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Alan Dooley (ajdooley) on May 21, 2014

Awarded for his frequent encouraging comments, sharing his knowledge in the Nikonians spirit. Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the 2017-2018 fundraising campaign

This item was very thought provoking -- repeating patterns, leading lines, frames, positioning your subject to introduce tension -- are all tools that work. Thanks for sharing them in one package!

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on May 20, 2014

Thank you very much for your comments. I am very glad you like the article. Best regards Jan

Paul Carter MIET (aarcng) on May 18, 2014

Ideas are always welcome to enble creative thought - thank you

Charles Chesnutt (Chaschesnutt) on May 17, 2014

A fascinating new direction. It turns mundane into dramatic. Charles

Robert Jackson (BobbyJack) on May 13, 2014

I'v been looking for patterns but not rhythm. And now I will start looking for rhythm too. Great article