Monday, June 23, 2008

Instructor's Tip: Patterns In Nature

Enjoy this week's "Instuctor's Tip" by award winning nature photographer Russ Burden Burden:

"Mother Nature works miracles in what she creates. On a grand scale,
the sheer majestic beauty of the Teton range, the gorgeous array of
sea stacks along the Oregon coast, and the awe inspiring formations
of the desert South West leave many who witness these areas
speechless. On a small scale, the wonderment is no less amazing. The
intricacies of color within a flower, the intensity of hue of a
tropical fish, or the bark pattern of a bristle cone pine all equate
as works of art.

Patterns in nature can be swirls, flowing lines, repetitive shapes,
rounded or cornered off objects, colors, etc. Capturing them in a
pleasing composition with good light is necessary to create a
powerful photograph. With regards to composition, the key is to
reduce what’s in front of you to its primary components. Photography
is a subtractive art. The world in front of your viewfinder is filled
with clutter and confusion. Zero in on a selected part to reduce it
to a composition that’s pleasing. This is your task.

When approaching a potential subject, look for an area that’s clean
and has strong lines. Target this portion and begin to work it into a
composition. Look for a prominent focal point and place it in the
rule of thirds. Arrange the elements so lines lead the eye to the key
part of the image. As a rule of thumb, try to have the eye enter from
the lower left and be lead up and into the picture."

- Russ

The photo(s) in this post were taken by award winning photographer Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ took the following photo in this post, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

To take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

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