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Have you heard about Photography Rhythm? Yes!!! Rhythm!!! Let me explain it better, but first of all, what is rhythm for you? Music, beats, dance, movement, sounds? However, if the rhythm is usually associated a types of movement and sounds, how is possible to have rhythm in photography? A picture where is supposed no movement and silent?

Rhythm refers to the regular repeating occurrence of elements in the scene just as in music it refers to the regular occurrence of certain musical notes over time. In photography the repetition of similar shapes sets up a rhythm that makes seeing easier and more enjoyable. Rhythm is soothing and our eyes beg to follow rhythmic patterns.

To be effective, rhythm also requires some variability – rhythm that is too similar or perfect may be boring. Therefore when composing your images look for repetition with variation. For instance if you are photographing a fence – one that is perfect will not hold a viewers interest for long, but one in which some of the posts are bent, broken, larger or smaller will generate more viewer interest.

Once again, it is very important to know and a lot of trained about photography composition, lines, points, curves and patterns. Take a look in the previous posts, enjoy them and keeping shoot!


  1. E. D. Feldman (1987) Varieties of Visual Experience, Harry Abrams, Inc. New York. Part three the structure of Art. ISBN 0-8109-1735-1
  2. Z. Szabaro (1986) Landscape Painting in Water Color, Stoddart Publishing company, Ltd. Toronto, ISBN 0-7737-2074-X
  3. F. Patterson (1994) Photographing the World Around You, Quebecor Printing Inc., ISBN-1-55013-590-2.
  4. F. Patterson (1977) Photography for the Joy of it. Van Nostrand Co. New York, ISBN 0-442-29883-8.

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