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Lines and Patterns

Images filled with lines or patterns add something special to your portfolio. It’s one of the Wise Camera app artistic composition rules that shows you have an awareness of your environment, and finding them provides a lot of fun at the same time.

Repetition in patterns is appreciated by photographers and anyone who takes the time to notice it. Our brains love images showing repeated objects nicely aligned in a structured manner because this type of pattern is symmetrical, which feels orderly and safe. Being able to detect patterns is an important part of how people learn and make decisions. Detecting patterns in behavior and circumstances is subconsciously looked for all the time, as this helps people predict what might happen next. This is why seeing repeated lines or patterns in a photograph catches people’s attention and has instant appeal, even as abstract photography.

Lines and patterns often occur in photographs, but usually, that’s in conjunction with the main subject. In this blog post, I’m suggesting that bold lines and textured patterns can be subjects in themselves. Discovering scenes of lines and patterns often happens through serendipity as you go about other types of photography, but when you want to feature them in an image, there are certain factors to keep in mind.

Where to Find Good Lines and Patterns

Lines and patterns are everywhere in nature, on city streets, and throughout industrial areas as well. If you go exploring, you will find them. One of the best places to discover lines and patterns is in your city. Look as you wander through any city, and you’ll soon find textured patterns on buildings, storefronts, and even in construction areas. If nothing grabs your attention after a short while, take another approach and go to the roof of a parking lot or a building observation deck and look down. Now you’ll see patterns of small buildings, repeated shadows throughout the city, and perhaps a series of tiles on adjacent roofs. Lines and patterns can be found in nature when hiking and you find trees of the same species aligned and spaced equally, repeating dune formations across the scene, or cliffs with horizontal layered soil.

Lines can also easily be found in architecture. Huge columns standing solemnly at the front of old banks, rows of windows on hotels, and decorative panels on the sides of modern buildings — they all contain an appealing style of repetition — which provides great opportunities for abstract photos.

An escalator in a shopping mall is a good example of a series of lines that turns into a pattern as well. The horizontal lines forming the steps of the escalator become blocks of rectangles that are repeated all the way up. As a bonus, the handrails and foot guards become a series of lines that guide the eyes to the top of the image. When you face this scene in a shopping center, open the Wise Camera app on your iPhone and tap the screen to rotate the guidelines from vertical to horizontal to find which composition works best in your situation. If you realize later that you became distracted when taking one of your photos and you didn’t line up the scene well enough, use the Wise Photos app to fine-tune the composition.

Industrial areas are one of the most likely places to find man-made patterns. Look at machinery, factory walls, and stacks of pipes — you’ll find an inexhaustible supply of subjects at this type of location. When you are editing some of these images, try a black & white filter to enhance the texture of the pattern. These black & white tones make the viewer focus on the pattern rather than being distracted by any shades of color that may otherwise be present.

How to Make Your Own Patterns

Finding lines and patterns as you are photographing on location is very satisfying, but if you have the urge to create something interesting, you can manipulate situations so that you can photograph everyday objects and turn them into abstract images.

A series of bottles tightly grouped together and photographed from the right angle makes an ideal pattern, especially if you get in so close that the viewer has to take a moment to work out what the objects are in the photograph. Make this abstract image into a story by making sure all of the bottles are new, except for one with an open top. This creates a focal point for the eyes and makes the viewer question the circumstances of the situation. Use the Wise Camera app to line them up perfectly straight and have the open bottle in the exact center of the image to reinforce the symmetry of the shot.

A Final Line or Two

Abstract photography gives you the opportunity to be playful and adventurous with your iPhone. In combination with the Wise Camera app, you can experiment with this composition format to create images filled with dramatic lines and exciting patterns.

A little about me. I love creating digital products! Making Apple apps has been a fantastic creative outlet and a collaborative experience with many talented people. Helping others with what I love to do inspires me. You can find all my apps at my Digiguys Apps website.

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