Graphic Design and Creative Composition

It really pays to pay special attention to a scene's graphics!

by Kerry Drager

AFTER: Buoy Pattern
AFTER: Buoy Pattern
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I love shooting patterns, repetition, lines, and other graphic-design elements. And an Oregon Coast marina provided great photo opportunities for graphics! For this After image, a telephoto focal length let me zero in tight on the pattern of buoys (see the Before snapshot for the overall view).

For close-ups, I often prefer soft light in order to capture the colors and intricate details -- i.e., solid overcast, dense fog, or in this case, early-morning shade. A tripod kept my camera steady, while a small aperture provided extra depth of field (sharpness), since with pattern pictures, all parts of the image are equally important.

Tech notes for After "Buoy Pattern" picture: 1/4 sec. @ f/22; ISO 100; 24-85mm lens set at 85mm





BEFORE: Overall view
BEFORE: Overall view
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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Kerry Drager
Photography Instructor: Kerry Drager
Kerry Drager is a professional photographer, teacher and writer who is also the co-author of two books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light. He has taught many photography courses (online and in person), seminars and field workshops.

Be sure to check out Kerry's website - www.kerrydrager.com.

Also, he is the author of Scenic Photography 101, the photographer of the photo-essay books The Golden Dream: California from Gold Rush to Statehood and California Desert , a contributor to the books BetterPhoto Basics and Daybreak 2000, and a co-photographer of Portrait of California. In addition, Kerry was profiled in the April 1994 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine and in Vik Orenstein's 2010 book The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business, and his website was showcased in the January 2003 issue of Shutterbug magazine. Plus, his work has appeared in magazines, Hallmark cards and Sierra Club calendars, and in advertising campaigns for American Express and Sinar Bron Imaging.

Also follow Kerry on Facebook, where he posts photos several times a week that include shooting tips and thoughts.

Kerry lives with his wife, Mary, on California's Central Coast, with their three Newfoundland dogs, four cats, and a mixed terrier.