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Lesson 29 from: Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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29. Pattern

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Your 10,001st Photograph


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See the Extraordinary in Ordinary Things


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pattern could be viewed in two ways. In composition, it may be defined as the Organization of Objects Photograph, in which the main visual elements positioned based on an imaginary structure will stand out is compositionally strong. In design. Pattern is defined as repeating shape or form, and in abstract sense can in itself be the subject of a photograph. This is a photograph of one of the world's largest chandeliers. It's found in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat in Oman, and it's pretty amazing standing underneath it. I was intrigued by the patterns, and so not surprisingly, passen became the story for my photograph. I deliberately chose a square crop because it emphasises the circular formation. The contrast between the abruptness of the right angles and the smoothness of the curves, despite being very different, share perfect symmetry to create balance. And although the square format cuts into the outer circle, the guest out theory of closure ensures the mind completes the...

circle. Filling in the bits the eyes don't see radiating lines from the center of the chandelier lead outwards, taking on a journey to discover the in a pattern before reaching the outer edge on the more pronounced pattern of the outlying minarets. You might also notice the implied spiral that leads from the center point outwards. Taking on a similar will be a very different journey through the same space. The colors are subdued so as not to become overbearing. Yet they're complementary blue and orange, which helps the main pattern stand out and prevents the secondary pattern, which you see in the ceiling from overpowering the main subject. Just a final point of interest. This image was shot on my IPhone, which just goes to show is not all about the camera, no.

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Edmund Cheung

Perhaps the style of presentation and simple, short, and direct messaging does not "jive" with some; but others may really love this. Yes the production of each episode is stylized and perhaps a bit formal (like a TV Show?), but there is something to be said about it. Perhaps this is not meant for professional photographers? I think of myself as decent amateur / high level photographer. I found lots of great nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from this. Especially when I an in a rut for creativity. Yes I have heard all these concepts and ideas before. BUT it is always great to hear and see a different way of presentation and voice. Please do NOT take the naysayer reviews as the end all. You should judge for yourself and watch a few episodes. If the style and content click for you, I would highly recommend this course.

Kai Atherton

While I am perhaps more advanced in my photography then this course. It is always great to be able to go back to fundamentals and remind ourselves of the basic principles, and even camera function. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and Chris's other. It is a great motivational jumpstart when lacking fresh creative idea's.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering the art of photography ) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

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