Join Megan Andersen for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating lines to make compelling compositions, part of The Art of Craft Photography.
In this movie, we're going to talk about creating lines to get a really interesting composition with your craft photography. So, I've made these little candles with escargot snail shells. And we're in this beautiful setting. And what I'm noticing about the place that we're in right now. First of all, I'm really excited to be shooting these here because, they kinda look like they would exists here freely on their own. But we've got this great background, and there's a lot of really interesting lines happening naturally. So I'd like to mimic that in my craft photography.
When you're creating lines with your photography, you're doing a few different things. You're drawing the viewers eyes to certain area. You're bringing attention to specific parts of the craft. And you're adding depth to your craft photography. So, why don't we crawl up the mountain here and take some nice shots of our snail shell candles. Follow me. (NOISE) Okay, I've got my snail shell candle, and I'm going to finish one of the lines I started here. Just going to place it right here.
And you might have noticed, I have a couple of safety precautions that I'm working with right here. We've got fire burning in a forest. Not usually a great idea but we do have a running stream. So, I do not encourage you to light a match or light a row of candles in a forest. Unless you have a means of putting it out. Also, in order to keep these pretty secure while they're burning. I bought this earthquake putty, it's something that they use to, it's like a sticky material. It just helps keep things in place your vases on shelves, your snail candles on rock, what have you.
So, we are using some safety precaution, this is just one of many staging tools that I like using. But this is what we're using out here, it doesn't hurt the environment. So I think we're ready to take a couple of shots. And again, I'm really looking at the line that I'm creating, with the snail shells. But also the line of the rock behind it that occurs naturally. And what I'm looking for in these photos, when the candles are lit. They really illuminate the coil. The little, the, the spiral in the shell of the snail shell. So, I love how that looks.
So I'm just going to get really close in here. And take a couple more shots. (audio playing) Oh, I love it. (audio playing) This is really my favorite way to show off a craft that I've made a lot of. Especially when. you can draw the viewer's attention to a specific aspect of the crafts.
I definitely recommend using lines in your craft photography.
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