Travel Photographer, Canada
Repetition is everywhere.
Repetition is one of those natural compositions. When you know what to look for, you’ll be surprised how much it occurs around us – either naturally, or man-made. Sometimes this can be simple repetition like lines or objects, and sometimes it can be more complex like patterns. But they exist everywhere. Using repetition in composition is easy, because most of the work is already done for you.
So how do we see repetition?
I think that patterns that occur in nature are harder to spot, compared to patterns that are man-made. For natural patterns, we have to look more closely, at items in detail. Some patterns are not visible when the subject matter is looked at from too far away. Stripes on zebras, striations on rocks or sand, leaves on ferns, and other natural patterns are easier to see when you look closely.
Man-made patterns are usually more visible, because they are purposely created. They have repeated colours or shapes that are laid out in patterns that are obvious even at a distance. Some of the easiest places to find repetitious patterns are in markets and architecture. In markets, shopkeepers lay out their products in patterns that are meant to be eye-catching. Often it will be organized by colour or material. In architecture and design, patterns are used to make buildings more appealing.
If the camera is at an oblique angle to the subject, then it’s important to use a small aperture to ensure maximum depth of field. This will ensure that everything is in focus from front to back. In this situation, unless you have lots of daylight, it would be ideal to be using a tripod.
Ian Robert Knight Photography
Ian is a professional photographer, specializing in travel editorial and street photography. Find out more about Ian's background and experiences in the bio page here.
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