Week 11 – I’ve Got Rhythm and Lines

Stuck at Home Weekly Image

Week 10 images (Textures and Body, set by Shannon Johnstone) are due in by midnight tonight (Sunday 7th June), details here

These will be uploaded to a new Event Album on Monday and could be discussed at the members’ Zoom meeting on Tuesday evening.

Week 11 – Composition B – Rhythm and Lines


Two themes for week 11, this time a second go at using compositional techniques…

Rhythm in Composition

I fear this compositional technique may prove quite difficult, at least it did for me when, a few years ago, Zack Arias set “Rhythm” as the theme for one of his tutorials. Perhaps it has been around for years, but before then I had not considered it. Since then I will often try to incorporate rhythm, some of my example images are below.

Most articles on photographic composition just concentrate on thirds or leading lines, they rarely mention rhythm. There are a few web articles that describe how the author understands “rhythm in photography”, see some links below.  Yet it is an important element; either you have a natural rhythm or if, like me, you dance like a heavy horse, then you have to work at it!

As I see it, rhythm is a pictorial beat; I liken it to musical notes rising and falling in tone and volume. Something to make the eye move up and down as the image is “read”, usually from left to right. It needn’t be a regular rhythm. The rise and fall can include, for instance, object heights, colours or patterns. Thus expect to have at least 3 or more objects or occurrences. It could be a row of houses with differing roof heights or a row of flowers all at various heights or a pattern that has a regular or irregular “beat”. You might arrange objects on the table that differ in colour, shade and/or height

This isn’t a treasure hunt just to photograph a likely row of objects. Instead, there should still be a primary reason for the photo, be it a story or an interesting pictorial scene. When selecting an angle or arranging a group of people or objects also consider whether the rhythm of the arrangement will enhance the image’s interest.

The “rhythm” is an additional tool in your compositional armoury, a way to present the picture with added visual interest. For instance, if it is a row of flowers, what makes the picture interesting apart from its rhythm? Rhythm alone won’t win competitions, I have yet to hear one competition judge say “Oh, I like the rhythm in this image.” Consider it subliminal.

If you have not previously thought about rhythm in an image you may realise, subconsciously, you have always incorporated it into your images and that may be why, of the same subject, you prefered one shot over another.

The challenge is to take an interesting picture that also includes a rhythm.






Leading Lines

Leading lines are probably one of the first two compositional techniques a photographer learns (the other being the rules of thirds that we used in week 5.) The second theme for week 11 is to submit an interesting photo with leading lines.

These are lines, actual or implied, within an image that lead the viewer’s eye to a subject. It can be something obvious, e.g. a road, fence or table edge. Or it can be implied by carefully selecting your angle so that a row of trees lead to the subject. 

The subject need not be prominent but it is normally something other than a plain piece of sky or wall; it should offer some sort of “reward” for following the line.

You can read more about leading lines in these websites…






Enter up to three images which can be of the same technique or a mix and match.

Your pictures are to be taken during the week beginning Monday, June 8th and the closing date is Sunday, 14th June 11.59 pm. Submit to the usual PhotoEntry > Stuck At Home event.

More details on how to submit at bedfordcameraclub.co.uk/stuck-at-home-weekly-image

Optional extras…

Your Title and Comments

Optionally include additional and interesting information about your image, e.g. how you took or processed it, by adding it to the CAPTION in Lightroom (or DESCRIPTION in Photoshop) metadata field. Or send it to me in a separate email and for which image title. These will be seen with your image in the online album. Also the TITLE metadata field can be used to display your title in bold in the online album.


To request a personal critique, from one of the club’s best photographers, of one or more of your images, please email critiques@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk with the TITLE(S) of your image. The critique may be discussed at the members’ Zoom meeting on Tuesday unless you state in your email PRIVATE.


The images in the online album are now being added in the same order that you have sequenced them in PhotoEntry, i.e. image 1 of 3 will be the first image of your three in the album, image 2 will be second etc. Thus if you have a sequential “panel” of images they will appear consecutively. However, they may get split over two rows; if this is an issue let me know by email, in advance, and, if you are lucky, I will remember to isolate them into one row.

Your Opportunity to Set the Theme

Each week we are looking for a different member to set the theme. If you would like to have a go please email me and I will send you more details.  Basically you need to (a) select a theme that any member can take part in, even if locked at home, with any type of camera, (b) a short text to describe, and possible ideas on how to approach, the theme, and (c) one or more illustrative images. I will do the rest for you.

Ian Whiting, dev@colink.co.uk