Ian Plant

How to Effectively Use Shape in Photography

Ian Plant
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Duration:   3  mins

What photographer wouldn’t like to capture images that get noticed? One method that will help you is the concept of power shapes or shape in photography. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant shows you how shape in photography will yield memorable results. Photographic environments contain an almost infinite variety of lines, curves, triangles, rectangles and more. Learning how to work with these elements is fundamental to mastering composition.

Ian shows you what he calls his favorite shapes through his own compositions: triangular streams of light coming through a Utah slot canyon, circles of green northern lights over a dramatic Iceland landscape, and an S-curve of glowing lava running through an Hawaiian volcano. No matter if you shoot architecture, people, or nature, a key technique to remember is shape in photography.

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