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CHAPTER 1: THOUGHTFUL PHOTOGRAPHY > 2 Searching for Harmony

2 Searching for Harmony

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Stenshuvud National Park, Skåne, southern Sweden

HBL 500 C/M,
150MM, F/8,
Image SEC.

Nature is teeming with patterns and lines—the fundamental elements of a photograph. As photographers, we attempt to bring order to the chaos and present our subject in a pleasant or engaging manner. To do this, we must determine the right amount of information to include in our images. If we cram too much in, the image loses its form, and busyness overwhelms the viewer. Because of this, it’s important to edit out anything that isn’t essential to your subject. This idea applies to all images, regardless of whether there are physical lines and patterns in the image. A grove of trees, an assortment of stones, a tuft of grass—whatever the case, arrange the content of your image so that it works harmonically and effectively.


  

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