Echoing Shapes in Photography Composition
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Echoing Shapes in Photography Composition

August 27, 2019

Hello, Everyone! Last time I was talking about rhythm. This time I would like to show you how to enhance rhythm using a cool way you can incorporate into your photos. This technique can actually be used anywhere with a little imagination. Even though you might only be taking photos during your vacation or you may be aiming to improve your skills in the art of photography. Used, by many masters such as Henri Cartier-Bresson or Elliott Erwitt, so let’s take a look at echoing shapes. Echoing shapes is usually created with a shape in the background united with the shape in the foreground. One of the shapes is usually static. Each shape should be represented but does not have to be by a different nature otherwise we are just talking about a rhythm. Echoing can be represented by colors, shapes or just lines. One of the most, well known street photographer on the Henri Cartier-Bresson is a great example of using this technique. So let’s take a look at some examples in this photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson, we have a sculpture and the man walking in the same way as the sculpture is designed. What’s actually interesting about this photo is the man installing the exhibition if you don’t know it already is Alberto Giacometti and he is actually the author of the sculpture. He was actually a friend of Henri Cartier-Bresson. In this shot of Elliott Erwitt is echoing a hand in a funny way. As you can see this is actually not so hard to do when you are like for example photographing on your vacation and you can do this you know like asking your partner or children or whoever is there with you if you see an interesting shape that can be echoed right? BUT don’t do the one with it with the pyramids in Louver. This is another brilliant, shot by Henri Cartier-Bresson. This one is from Leningrad and you can see the man with a jacket echoing the portrait of Lenin that decorates facade of Winter Palace. Lenin is looking at the man who is looking at the baby and the baby is looking out of the frame. It is very nice composition. In this shot again by Elliott Erwitt I wanted to show you you can not only, echo shapes but, also let’s say situations or position. The last one is my photo of my wife when I try toecho the lady with the coke. You have probably seen many photographs echoing shapes in your life and found that even funny or at least interesting now more you know about this you will be able to see those opportunities when you are photographing and more you know about techniques you will not have to think about them because you will actually use them unconsciously and they will improve your photography. Thank you guys for watching feel free to tag me into your instagram stories or photographs on instagram if you want me to see them. I will make sure to check them out and repost them if you have any questions you can leave them in the in the comments below and I will see you guys next time! If you like this video, share, like, comment & don’t forget to subscribe for more content! THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!

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  1. Hello, Everyone! Thank you for the support! You have been tagging me into your photos and stories and I have been sharing them in my stories. Keep doing that and also feel free to let me know in the comments should you have any questions. Next video is coming up next week and it will be a camera review – my camera review 😊📷

  2. what an insightful video! great street photography tips
    really enjoyed watching this 😀
    thanks for sharing this great content with us!

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