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Patterns are simply repeated shapes, colours or objects, ordered in either regular or irregular formations.

As a photographer, using pattern is key to good composition and, when used effectively, can transform an otherwise bland image into something dramatic and eye catching. Patterns are formulated all around us – in both natural and man made settings. The key for photographers is firstly to find them, and then secondly to use the scene to our advantage.

Patterns are an indefinite entity; there is no telling what a good or bad pattern is, so their benefits are totally subjective. For example, pattern can present strong structure, a well defined theme, eye catching repetition, or colour that brings an image to life.

Appreciating pattern will enhance your photographic work across the board. It will help to develop your photographic eye and increase your appreciation for the correlation between shapes, colours and line in all aspects of photography. You don’t need any special equipment to maximise pattern within your work, just a well-trained eye and the ability to gain a vantage point to maximise the potential of the pattern.

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