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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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25 Pictorial Tension between Two Elements

Two opposing poles create magnetic tension, and something similar happens with pictorial tension. However, how do you provide tension in a photo?

You already saw how a photograph with good composition consciously leads you through the image, and you also learned how photographs can be rhythmically composed. Now I am going to explain how to achieve pictorial composition by concentrating the center of attention in two poles and including some rhythmic elements in it.

If you reflect a bit about composition in photography, you’ll realize you probably tend to choose a particular subject such as a pretty house, a person, or a special tree and then you place the subject either in the middle or (a better alternative) ...

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