Elements of Photographic Composition – Form
Moving on to our third element – you might ask yourself what’s the difference between shape (element #2) and form? In a nutshell, form has three dimensions whereas shape has only two. So how does one show a three dimensions in a two dimension photograph? By using the sun to create shadows that show depth.
I’m struggling to find shots that I think depict this characteristic. Mostly because I tend to take a lot of my shots when it’s overcast and thus there are no shadows. Or I’m in a gorge somewhere – still no shadows. There are a few shadows here but I think the overall shot with the lake in the background would show dimension with or without the foreground shadows.
Not sure this meets any of the definitions of form – I’m really kind of struggling with this element.
I think another way to show dimension might be to show movement. I’m probably reaching a little bit here but I think this shadowless shot shows three dimensions because of the water’s movement.
Or there’s no shadow here but the top of the Bank of America tower is lost in the clouds!
So what’s become apparent to me here is two things: 1. I need to do more shooting in the early mornings and late afternoons so that I can use side lighting to its best advantage. 2. I need to start paying better attention to light and shadows.
Next element – texture. I’m looking forward to this one!!