Rhythm In Street Photography Composition!

September 29, 2019

[Music – No Worries by Daxten] What’s up guys! Welcome back to my
channel. Thank you for the support from the last video! If you haven’t seen it
yet make sure to check it out! Last time I was talking about some sort of rules.
Rules and techniques – when you apply them you will create a certain visual effect
and this is something the series is gonna be about. I want to introduce you
to specific rules and techniques that can be used while doing photography and
it’s up to you to decide whenever it’s right or wrong for your composition.
Today we are talking about rhythm. It’s important to point out that any
composition just like any song has some kind of rhythm.
Some people say when picking out the keepers from their collection it’s
usually based on the amount or rather luck whenever the composition is
pleasing or not. So let’s get more lucky by learning what to do and what not to
do in order to improve your composition feel.
Rhythm can be created with shapes this is typical in black and white
photography or with colors even though the rhythm is usually more powerful in
the black and white photos. Which in my opinion is one of the reasons the black
and white seems more artistic. This is because many of those techniques have
much bigger impact when you are not distracted by colors. Rhythm is a
repetition in an image just like beat in a song. It is a geometric perception of
the repetition. Just like in painting you
can find it or create it in photography. When thinking about the most famous
painting with the rhythm what do you think the painting would be? Maybe you
don’t even realize the rhythm in the pictures maybe you just feel the
competition is good for some reason the
more you actually learn about those rules and techniques the more you will
be actually able to enjoy the composition when you know what the
intention was behind the artist’s mind. When you actually search for famous
painting with a rhythm. The famous painting Starry Night by
Vincent van Gogh who painted this had been in the mental hospital just two
years before he died will come up. Now as you can see the rhythm was probably more
expressed by colors even though it was
created by shapes. And this is of course much “easier” to do in painting although
it is not impossible to do in photography even when it is not staged.
Usually people say the number in the rhythm has to be odd since there are so
many rules like rule of odds, of thirds and
so on. I don’t want to say the rules are bad or anything but they only represent
shortcuts. The rule of odds works in some cases it can create
rhythm and so on and so on. And then if you look at it in an opposite way the
rhythm can work even though it doesn’t have an odd number. According to
definition rhythm is the repetition or
alternation of elements often with defined intervals between them. The
rhythm itself dictates how your eyes move around the picture so when we are
out shooting what we are looking for for rhythm is pattern of repetitive elements.
Great way to use rhythm in street photography is to find a rhythm and then
disturb it with a person. We have more types of rhythm. The painting previously
shown is great example of random rhythm even though it was painted with a
purpose. Let’s talk about the random one. It is the same type of rhythm as you saw
in the Starry Night. The point here is group similar motifs elements or
subjects in random order that repeat randomly and create random
rhythm. Just like in this shot from the field where the random rhythm is created
by the haystacks. This is what we call a standard rhythm the
elements are often identical or similar and it can also be seen as a pattern. If
it is overused it can be pretty boring. This is typically seen when shooting
architecture like you can see in this shot of balconies. You can see the
distance among them is quite similar and this shot looks great. Alternative rhythm
has not one but you guessed it two or more rhythms two or more
elements or motifs or subjects. Anyways the rhythms you see here are represented
by girls and balls. This is an awesome picture by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Now
another example. This is a drone shot and in this shot you can see a rhythm
created by lines and another rhythm this
time one created by haystacks. And again this is better using black and
white. The last one I would like to talk about is the progressive rhythm. And this
is something that can be used perfectly in photography especially in the street
photography. By moving and tilting your camera you can actually turn a simple
rhythm into more progressive one. By making some points of the rhythm to
appear closer you can actually reach some kind of leading rhythm that points
towards your subject. This one is from one of my most favorite photographer
Eric Kim and you can see the rhythm there represented by pylons or small
walls and the main subject is the lady with an umbrella. She is also the
subject with the highest contrast. Therefore she’s the first subject that
will come to your attention and then the rhythm will lead your eyes around the
picture. The middle parts of the pylons have also great contrast so if you
happen to see that part of the picture first it will lead you to the main
subject and then back around the picture. The next shot is shot by Elliott Erwitt.
He uses the mirrors to create rhythm. From a composition point the highest
contrast has either the face or the camera after you see one of those then
you bounce to the second subject. The repetition here connects both parts of the
photograph. That’s why I like this one a lot. This brings me to the final point of
this video and it is – disrupt the rhythm. This works perfectly in the street
photography since the rhythm in the background for example can lead the eyes
of the viewer towards your subject or connect your subjects all together. Thank
you everyone for watching feel free to post your Instagram accounts to the
comments below if you happen not to have
an Instagram feel free to post your favorite ice cream or whatever question
you might have thank you guys for watching and I will see you next time!! [Music]

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