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6 ways to make your composition more dynamic


Ever wonder why some layouts seem to "come to life" and somehow guide your eye to the important elements on them? When you have flow and movement, your compositions tend to be a little more dynamic and far more interesting to look at. Here are some tips to make your compositions a little more dynamic.

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Posing on the new slide
1. Employ the zig and zag method.

Lines and shapes within an image that "zig and zag" through the picture create a feeling of movement  like in this super large photo of The Gangster Gang [aka nephews + niece] on the slide. One is naturally gravitated to the curves on the slides.

You can easily achieve the dynamism through a well-composed photo. But you can also fake it by placing embellishments in strategic positions to emulate the zig and zag method.

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Totally girly girl
2. Add props to create the illusion of movement.

I added props that suggest movement in the layout by letting my niece hold balloons and pom pons. Note that the strings attached to the balloons are not straight but slightly curved to create the illusion of movement. The wavy textures on the pom poms add to the whole movement illusion.

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A fishy tale
3. Play with proportions and light to create dynamic movement.

You can also play with size and light to suggest movement. On this canvas, the largest fish is right up front which suggests that that particular fish is closest to the viewer. The background on the top is darker which suggests that those fishes there are further away.

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Self-expression
 4. Harness the power of the consecutive.

I'm a huge fan of consecutive shots to convey dynamism. Help guide the brain by including consecutive numbers too and you are right there watching my niece change expressions. *winks*

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Mixed media canvas

5.  Extend the patterns and shapes with textures.

Our eyes naturally gravitate towards textural objects so extend the patterns and shapes of your background with a variety of harmonious textures.

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Great outdoors photo display
6. Create a "scene" that suggests dynamic movement.

It can be super fun to create a "scene"...I added some "prey" in the cheetah's line of vision and coloured in shadows to suggest that the cheetah is about to "attack" its unsuspecting prey!

There you have it. 6 ways to make your composition more dynamic and interesting. Which one will you use?


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16 comments:

Connie Mercer said...

great tips! thanks for stopping by!!!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Great post!! Lovely work!

Lizzyc said...

Wonderful tips there.. thanks for sharing! will have to try these!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are simply amazing!! I love these ideas!!!!

~amy~ said...

awesome!
I gotta get some pink sunglasses!

Linda R said...

You always give the best tips.. Wonderful work my friend.

Hugs~

Annette Allen said...

always love your cool tips.. all of your projects are amazing..

Audrey Pettit said...

You always have such great ideas! And such beautiful projects, too!

Lisa said...

Awesome tips - thank you so much for sharing them!! And such amazing projects!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Shelly said...

Love your tips, Yvonne! Thanks for sharing! And as always, your creations ROCK!

Cindy deRosier said...

Great tips! These compilation posts of yours are my favorites.

Sherry Eckblad said...

Fabulous tips Yvonne. Love your style.

Lizzy Hill said...

Fabulous projects ---- love those tips & tricks.... & my fave is the last one. Such a whacky sense of humor you have!!!!!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Wonderful projects and post Yvonne!
Thank You!!

Lynn said...

Thank you for all the great lessons on layout designs. You are the master and one of my favorite teachers. In 2015 I resolve to be more artistically adventurous like you.

Shalu said...

Very informative lesson yyam......thanks for sharing..will keep it into mind to improve my self...;)

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