I’m learning about lines.
Sounds pretty elementary, but it’s not. At least not for me.
In the book I’m reading, I’m learning to reconsider all that I think of when I see a picture. And instead of thinking of it as a person, or a tree, the author challenges us to think of it only as the two-dimensional lines and tones that represent that person or that tree.
Or that adorable pony.
And photograph them with the following thoughts in mind:
Where are the lines?
Where do they intersect?
Where do they lead?
Do they lead toward or away from the place in the image I want?
And are they static or dynamic?
The primary diagonal – the line that goes from the top left corner to the bottom right corner – gives the illusion of starting at the top and going down.
And it leads you into the image.
And it leads you out of the image.
And that’s it. I mean, that’s not all I’ve learned, but that all I can remember at this exact moment. And that was with the help of the index card I tucked into my pocked when I went outside to take these pictures.
I really did enjoy myself, trying to consider all the lines and their directions, as well as their impact on the image I wanted to create. I guess I’ve just always thought of myself as taking a picture of something as it was, not creating an image of something I want to convey.
I think this is the beginning of what will be a fun journey.
And since my memory is best when I visualize what I’m learning, I’m going to share. Here.
I’ll be posting more of this “photography 101″ as I go through this book of mine. And no, I don’t get anything for sharing about this book. It was my idea to post about this book and what I’m learning. Just thought it would be fun.