When we talk about photography triangle, we mainly refer to the exposure triangle: ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. However, a triangle plays an important role in photography composition, too. I wrote about the Golden Triangle Rule here and this post will focus more on triangles in photography. Triangles are used in architecture, art and design and photography is not an exception at all. The shape of triangle enhances the order of items grouped together and draws the eye to towards the subject. In architecture, it also enforces the stability and strength of a construction. In photography, triangles boost the composition.
As a photographer, you have an advantage of being able to bring triangles into your photographs. All you have to do it look. Composing a photograph using triangles is very simple. You don’t always have to have three objects or subjects within the frame to create threes point of interest. Look for shapes that create a triangle and add to the visual interest of the photograph.
The triangle composition is especially powerful in portrait photography. If you take a look at Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, you will see that a base for his divine ratio in this master piece is a triangle. So, if he recognized the triangle as an essential composition shape, why wouldn’t you use it in your photography? :wink
Leonardo had a single point of interest and he used the triangle to strengthen his base and focus on his main point of interest: Mona Lisa’s face. Besides the main triangle that framed her body and defined the composition, Leonardo also used her arms to create another triangle that balanced the painting. Can you see more triangles in this painting? Look at the background, it’s full of triangles!
And this is how I used triangles to improve my composition!
Read more about triangle composition in photography here: