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Shape and Form

Comments

No comments. Sometimes, the enthusiasm among your friends and family goes down!

My Comments

I agree that the picture is not much to look at (minimalistic!). The main reason I included this picture is to drive home the message that an exposure can be made just by including form and shape.

Shape/Form is a very common technique that is used to create an artistic exposure. One of the most common forms that has been used over the ages is the human form. The renaissance art is rife with (typically) nude pictures (both men and women!) that used this concept.

Photographers use shape or form to express their intent while preserving their artistic eye typically in two types of pictures - Nude photography and Silhoutte photography.

Silhouttes

Silhoutte pictures almost always use backlighting (typically a sunset) in order to over-expose the subject, thereby showing only the shape of the subject.

Silhouttes can be taken simply by exposing (half-clicking the shutter) the film to the brighter section (the sun or the orange sky) rather than the subject and then recomposing such that the subject hides the light source.

Since silhouttes concentrate on the form rather than the details, care has to be taken such that the form is well-defined. Some of the common mistakes that people make while taking silhoutte pictures are to include the land in the picture or to overlap shapes. Typically the subject should stand against the backdrop of the sky (or a clear, but bright background) and if there are multiple subjects (like a couple holding hands), then they should be separated reasonably such that their shapes don't overlap.

Human Forms

In human forms, typically the emphasis is given on the curves (or abs) to evoke sensuality. In other situations, a closeup of a baby (like a baby's bum) will evoke feelings of affection, smoothness, and so on.

Inanimate Forms

An example of inanimate forms is what is expressed in the picture. Just two glasses and their forms can be used to create a good composition.

That said, please find attached the next picture in the series. As always, comments/suggestions/critiques welcome.

About the Photographer

Dave Nitsche