Rhythm is a very important part of visual composition. In contrast to the "rule" series of thinking, rhythm is simple. It is present in every composition to a certain extent. What is important is learning to master the rhythm elements of the visual composition.

It is best explained by making a musical comparison. Rhythm in music is the pulse at which the notes move over time. Music always has rhythm because it is a time-based medium. Notes or sounds move with a pulse. These sounds may be spaced apart from time to time for simple rhythms or they may play against the symmetry of being equal to create interest. Syncopation takes place when the rhythm is set to work against itself - you hear this in jazz, rock or African music.

Deze pulsen in een visuele compositie worden visueel geïllustreerd. De meest voor de hand liggende visuele ritmes komen door herhaling. Soms is er symmetrie aan deze herhaling en soms kunnen objecten worden gesyncopeerd tegen andere, zoals symmetrische objecten. Chaos voegt complexiteit  toe en eenvoud voegt rust toe.

The photographer can generate interest in the visual composition by playing with these visual elements and arranging them.


To conclude this series, this is the last part, I will show you a video of photos from Steve McCurry with a number of composition tips.


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