I teach my fellow photographers how to incorporate the elements of visual design and composition into their imagery. In my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, My goal is to provide my students with an ‘Artist Palette’. On that palette are all the elements we work on during the class, and the most important of all the elements is Line. Without Line, none of the other elements would exist. Vanishing Points, texture, patterns, and shapes are all made up of Line. Planes, trains, automobiles, even you and I wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for Line; we all have an outLINE.
Creating memorable photos, as you probably know, is not an easy task. Keeping the viewer around as long as possible is a very important ingredient in doing just that. Unless you’re shooting strictly for yourself, the idea is to take control of how the viewer perceives and processing our images. Making him an active participant is the best way I know of to achieve this lofty goal.
One of the best ways is to use Line to move the viewer around your composition. Leading him in and out of the frame using lines to do so will keep him interested. Another way to use Line effectively is to arrange the lines to leave an impression or make a statement that communicates a visual idea.
Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my 2014 workshop schedule. I have a few places left at The Maine Media Workshop starting this coming July 27th. It’s the granddaddy of them all, and a wonderful campus filled with energy and photography talk everywhere. It’s the week of the Lobster Festival in Rockland just down the road and the State Fair in Bangor. A great week to forget everything and immerse yourself in photography. I also have two places left for my coordinated trip with Epic Photo Tours in Myanmar next February. a fabulous country rich in photo opportunities. Come shoot with me.
Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to AskJoeB@gmail.com