Ian Plant

The Photography Composition Basics of Seeing Shapes

Ian Plant
Duration:   6  mins

A shape can provide a dramatic cornerstone in a photo, and in this session you’ll learn some photography composition basics related to using shapes in your photos. Shapes you’ll learn about include lines, curves, zigzags, triangles, circles, arcs, and spirals. You’ll also become familiar with repeating shapes and learn how shapes can draw viewers directly into your photo compositions.


  • Photography Composition: Finding Your Visual Flow – Course Preview
  • Landscape Photography Composition Introduction
  • The Power of Abstract Thinking for Creative Composition
  • THIS PAGE: The Photography Composition Basics of Seeing Shapes
  • Leading the Eye to Create Good Composition in Photography
  • How to Emphasize Your Subject in Photography
  • Create Powerful and Visual Photography Arrangements
  • Composition Techniques in Photography: Setting the Mood