Previously, it was discussed that lines are very helpful compositional tools when it comes to framing your photograph. However, you will find in your experiences that the practice of spotting lines in photographs will prove to be a bit of a challenge as there are other elements that can pose as a limitation to using compositional lines in particular ways. When confronted with lines intersecting with another object, you have to consider whether or not these different lines, depending on how they are angled, and how they interact with the subject matter you have in mind, drive the focus, attention, and balance away from your frame. It is important to be careful and cautious when doing so because even in the slightest changes of positioning a line from one place to another is enough to create a huge difference in your photo. It will be of utmost use to consider how the lines intersect, how they blend together, and how even the slightest camera motions can change your photo. When it comes to shapes, one should thoroughly consider giving the viewer an almost instant or immediate understanding of the shapes and forms in the scenes, as well as their relationships to each other. Consider as well, how the color of your photograph, say for instance, rendering it in black and white, will affect the interaction of those shapes, how it might obscure the other or confuse it. It seems like a difficult problem to fix, but it really only takes a little shifting to the right or the left, and the lines from the second object confusing the subject matter will be broken and will give a better sense of separation and more of an understanding of depth in scene. Do also remember to pay attention to repeating shapes, textures, and movement that can form nice symmetrical patterns.
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