30 Ways to Use Patterns in Photography to Create Unique Images

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Do you ever go outside or on a trip and you want to take amazing photos, but you don’t know where to start?

Maybe you took pictures of the monuments or vacation activities, but nothing that seems spectacular.

Sometimes it’s not about what we shoot, but the way we shoot it. We see something others don’t see.

Composition is the way we put our subject in the photo so that it has the most weight and impact.

I discuss the rules of composition in this post, if you need a refresher –> 13 Composition Rules to Take Your Photography from Boring to Striking.

Today, I just want to talk about one of those rules: patterns.

Patterns in photography make things flow. They make ordinary things seem more interesting. They even make shadows come alive.

Take this photo I took on my cruise last January. I took tons of photos of family and beach and fun things we did on the cruise and in Mexico on our excursions.

But one of my favorite photos I took with my iPhone while I was laying out in the sun. To me it represents the relaxation on the trip and reminds me how I was able to get away from the crowd and find a quiet place on the boat to relax.

I want to share with you these examples of patterns so that next time you are out shooting, you can make something as mundane as umbrellas or leaves into something amazing.

30 Ways to Use Patterns in Photography


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Aren’t those inspiring! I love the use of patterns in photography!

So if your photos are feeling a little bland or boring, using patterns can help spice them up a bit. Keep that in the back of your mind next time you are out shooting.

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What kinds of patterns do you use in your photography? Let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!

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