How To Shoot That Perfect S-Curve
Swathi • onGeneral 9 years ago • 2 min read

In compositional theory, particular geometric shapes are frequently used by artists to draw the viewer’s eye to a particular subject in the picture space. In the history of photography and painting, triangles, circle, arches and curves can be seen in many pictures and you only need to know digital photography basics to do it yourself. The following paragraphs in this article will explain more about the “S” curve.

The S-curve can lead into or out of a scene, start at the bottom or side, but basically it will roughly look like the letter S and either define the photograph or split the composition into two sections. S-curves also don’t need to be used as separators or dividers. They can also be used as the main points of the photo. When using an S-curve you need to know about balance and it doesn't need expert tips on photography to learn that.

Although many S-curve examples show mostly pictures of landscapes, S-curves are seen in many other types of photography as well as pictures of people and groups. The main aim is to seek and take advantage of the opportunities you get to utilize the flowing, soft lines to assist either in bringing compositional separation in the frame or using the curve itself as the main point.

Recently I saw a picture of a spiral staircase that made the viewer’s eye follow the winding path from a starting point to an ending point. The photo enables us to explore the image form from the bottom all the way up to the banister. Sometimes, the viewer starts a photo with an S-curve from bottom left to the top right.

Other geometric designs can also emphasize emotions like authority, empathy, rigidity and other feelings. The S-curve has a sensual feel to it and grips its viewers. When you come across another opportunity to take more pictures with a camera, you need to make a point to look out for visual pathways that is similar to meandering geometry. I hope you liked this photography tip.

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