First up is my friend and beautiful photographer, Lauren from Kansas. She now runs a Lularoe business so if you want to check that out go HERE. Take it away Lauren!
Hello everyone! I'm so excited that Rachel asked me to participate in a post for her art class. I love Rachel's design sense and style and am looking forward to hearing more from her!
Some things to keep in mind as you incorporate line in your photographs. Generally, keep your vertical lines vertical, and your horizon lines horizontal! The straighter your images are, the more professional they will look. Most phones have photo editing apps that can easily adjust the orientation. Or if you're using a real-live camera, simple editing software on the computer does the job just fine! If there are multiple lines in the photograph, choose the most dominant one to make as straight as you can. The change here is subtle, but I think it makes a difference!
Positive Shape and Negative Shape
More often in photography we see positive shapes utilized as the primary subject, but when I was researching for this post, I found some really interesting photographs that used the negative shape as the subject/focal point. If you're looking to add some interest, or to try something different in your photography, think more about your photo as a piece of art than as a way to capture someone, or something. Think about the entire space in your frame or viewfinder. The positive shape or subject, the negative space around the subject, all of it. Look specifically at the shapes you see in your photograph. You may come up with something unexpected! It's a good exercise in thinking outside the box. :)
Here are some examples that primarily focus on negative shape.
One of my favorite photographers, Rodney Smith, uses a lot of negative space to create dynamic and striking elements in his photographs.