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The Use of Gestalt in Photography

I teach three online classes with the PPSOP. A part I and Part II where we work on ways to incorporate the Elements of Visual Design into our photography. I also work on these same elements in my "Stretching Your Frame of Mind" workshops I conduct around the planet. I also teach a third class […] Read More

One of the most diverse, interesting, and sometimes complicated of all the principles of Gestalt that I teach both in my online class with the PPSOP, and in my "Stretching Your Frame of Mind" workshop I conduct around the planet is referred to as Proximity. If you’ve ever felt that your composition was a little […] Read More

CLOSURE: By several definitions Gestalt comes from the German/Austrian word meaning shape, form, or the whole . It is stated that Gestalt is the theory that the 'whole' is greater than the sum of its parts. It is also stated by others that the 'whole' is different than the sum of its parts. My thinking […] Read More

The Law of Common Fate, Part II

In a recent blog post, I talked about “The Law of Common Fate,” and how this concept in the Psychology of Gestalt can help take our imagery “up a notch”. I talked about having two or more people moving in the same direction to create a directional line. Together they have a common destiny, and […] Read More

In my online class I teach with the PPSOP, and with my "Stretching Your Frame of Mind" workshop I take around the globe, I demonstrate the importance of using the concepts of Gestalt in taking our photography "Up a Notch", and one of the concepts is called the "Law of Common Fate". This is a […] Read More

CONTINUANCE: According to the principal of Gestalt, the objective in our photography is to control what the viewer sees. We want to lead him around our composition and while doing so he’ll become an active participant. Making people work harder is not necessarily a good thing, but in photography it is. The more he works […] Read More

The Use of Gestalt in Photography

Gestalt comes from the German/Austrian word meaning shape, form, or the whole by some definitions. It is also stated that Gestalt is the theory that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When you use the ‘elements’ of visual design in your imagery, you’re basically working with and structuring these ‘parts’ that […] Read More