Repetition is an important part of photography, both in terms of composition and of process. In this article, Ian Plant discusses how both aspects can help improve your photography

There is a composition in a forgotten part of the Nevada desert that I have been to at least a dozen times. Every time I have been there in the past, weather and light just haven’t cooperated, and each time I left disappointed that I couldn’t get the picture to work. But when you have something special, you end up falling into the trap – and before you know it, you have spent a long duration waiting at the same location, hoping each time that ‘this time’ will be the one when it finally works. Repetition is often the key to successful landscape photography: you spend much of your time scouting for good locations, and the rest of your time going back to those locations, over and over, until you finally get the picture.

Repetition is important in another way also. In my ebook Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition, I discuss how effective images can be made using …

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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