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(Sorry about the small thumbnails, my premium membership expired and I don't see $50 of value in renewing it.)

We like to think that our photography is based on pure creativity and that the technical side is related to just mastering the camera and the basics of composition. But photography, like painting and sculpture, has a firm basis in math.

Composition is based on math (rule of thirds being an example) as is perspective but we also, mostly unknowingly, use basic math – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.

The following examples are drawn from my photos as I know the thought processes behind them.


An example would be when we see a scene that is pleasing to the eye. But an element is missing to make it a stronger photo. So we can either wait for that element to arrive or move position.

Surfer by DougNZ Coming Soon by DougNZ


This photo was actually taken in a hall full of hundreds of people. They were a distraction so I changed my position to aim towards the only empty part of the hall, though there were still people walking past. I timed the shot just as one person had left the frame and before another arrived. Fortunately the woman was busying texting so I had about 10 seconds, an eternity in street photography!

I subtracted using two methods – time and space.

Psalm 22 by DougNZ


 All mimics are based on this, though they usual only have two elements. Occasionally we can get three or more elements such as these groups sharing meals (though I’ve stretched that definition to include the young couple eating each others faces :)

Lunch by DougNZ Brothers by DougNZ


When done well this can be like two separate photos combined together. It looks stronger if the elements are disparate.

Untitled by DougNZThe Other Side by DougNZ

Show us examples of your photos using basic math! :)


Doug Richards
New Zealand
Current Residence: Auckland, New Zealand
Favourite photographer: Robert Doisneau, Tony Ray-Jones
Favourite style of art: Street photography
Personal Quote: "I didn't give them hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell."

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du-jamais-vu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
cheers, doug!
ZuzBla Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All Blacks rule man! :)
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silber-englein Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015   Photographer
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