Capturing repetitions and patterns in photography seems like a challenge. However, if the patterns are captured in a photograph with the right approach, it can attract the viewer’s attention.
Knowing basic composition techniques can help you turn something very simple into creative and fascinating works of art.
In this article, we’re going to discuss how to use repetitions and patterns along with some of the best tips and tricks to master repetitions for better compositions. But first let’s discuss what repetition means in photography.
Repetition in photography
As the word suggests Repetition in photography refers to repeating the same or similar objects over and over in a photo to create an attractive composition. For example, you can capture numerous tennis balls side by side or similar architectural elements that line up to create an aesthetically pleasing layout.
If you are consciously looking for something in particular, you will be more than amazed at what you find just walking around with your camera. Sometimes you will find linear repetitions, sometimes in the form of patterns.
Fill the frame with repeating patterns
Filling in the frame not only creates a unique abstract effect, it can also give the appearance of a large number of repeating elements in your photos.
You can easily do this by zooming in enough to fill your frame with repeating patterns without leaving any white space. Some common examples of this technique are brick walls, bicycles parked in a row, faces in a crowd, etc. Any repetition of the same or similar objects can work.
Sometimes pattern breaking works better
You can also be at odds with the basic concept and idea of pattern photography by breaking the pattern. However, it depends on the goal you want to achieve with your photo. If you want your image to reflect a calm feeling, then full swatches are great. At the same time, broken patterns draw the viewer’s attention to missing or misplaced parts.
It works well when you want your photo to reflect upheaval and angry emotions in order to convey a strong and powerful message.
You can achieve this in a number of different and creative ways, such as: B. by using spaces or a splash of color for a single object with multiple and similar black and white elements.
How do I find patterns?
As mentioned earlier, once you start looking for them, you can find patterns almost anywhere. They are not limited to just landscape or cityscape photography. One of the best ways to find them is to get close to objects.
This allows you to explore the unique and breathtaking patterns and repetitions that you may never have noticed before. This is especially true for macro photography.
Patterns and repetitions can be both natural and man-made. For example, you can find tens of thousands of natural patterns in cases like honeycombs, clouds, trees, and more. On the other hand, architectural photography also offers some of the most impressive geometric patterns.
Types of repeating patterns
There are many types of repeating patterns that you can use to add meaning and depth to your photos. My advice is to stick to the following for the best results.
1. Color repetition
Every photographer knows that color is the most basic and powerful element of any design. Using the colors effectively can not only add visual appeal but also convey different emotions and moods. There are endless ways to play with the color palette when creating photos. You can create a playful and artistic feel to patterns by repeating the same colors or aligning different colors. The basics of color theory can help you tremendously here.
2. Repetition with shapes
Using shapes is another interesting way to express the concept of repetition. Placing contrasting shapes or repeating similar shapes can make the scene more dynamic. You can either fill the frame or break the pattern to create beautifully designed photos.
Instead of using common shapes like circles or squares, consider using odd shapes like triangles, oval shapes, or straight parallelograms.
3. Repeat with opposite patterns
The concept of pattern photography doesn’t force you to stick to a single pattern in a photo. You can include multiple patterns in a single image to illustrate the conflict between the patterns or the harmony between different elements.
For example, you can combine certain shapes and colors that represent different ideas. However, capturing the man-made structures and the coastline in a single photo is also a strong example of contrasting patterns.
4th Repetition with abstract patterns
One of the best ways to create an abstract pattern effect in your photos is with macro photography. It allows you to explore some amazing abstract designs that are hidden in nature that you cannot always see with the naked eye.
5. Organic patterns
Trapping natural organic material is one of the best ways to find living patterns. If you don’t want to create your own patterns then it is certainly worth a try to go to your garden or the nearest park. You can easily find plants, stones, or even branches of trees that naturally create organic patterns.
The repetition of objects is a manifestation of our natural and instinctive preference for order, and therefore it appears attractive and engaging to the viewer. Repetitions can serve as an effective composition tool by adding a sense of restlessness or calm to your photos.
I hope this guide will help you take your photography skills to a new level.
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