Rules of Composition: Repeating Elements

Repeating elements in a photograph can make for interesting compositions because of the unity throughout the photo.

In this photo there are two contrasting elements at work.

  1. Vertical elements (railings and supports)
  2. Horizontal elements (stairs). Also, the two stairways double the effect.

Using photoshop I applied some adjustment layers to “cool” off the photo and make the dark steel elements pop. This photo was also cropped to make the stairways the subject, as well as have the stairs move through the corners of the photo.

*Make a photograph of two complementary objects arranged to show their relationship to each other. #ds586*


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