This is my submission for Brenda’s A Photo Study: Tempo.
I knew it! Tempo follows rhythm — it’s logical, but I was hoping it wouldn’t happen this way. 😉
This time, I couldn’t even get helps from google. The word “Tempo” is often used to describe “Rhythm”. For example, in Elements of Art, Rhythm is describes as “A principle of design that indicates movement, created by the careful placement of repeated elements in a work of art to cause a visual tempo or beat.” Doesn’t it sound like if a photo has rhythm, it has tempo, too?
And, in Ted Forbes’ Tempo in Visual Composition and Photography video, he does use several photos he showed in his Rhythm video as tempo examples.
These rhythm and tempo exercises remind me of my golf lesson. After listening to my instructor for a while and watching him demonstrating how to hit a ball several times, I was still not able to hit the ball correctly. Both of us were frustrated. I finally said, “Numbers! Can’t you give me some numbers?”
“What numbers?” he said.
“How much do I bend my upper body? 25 degrees? 30? How far do I turn my body? 45 degrees? Numbers like that! I need numbers!”
Well, after he managed to come up with some numbers, I was doing much better. 😉
Hmm… maybe there are numbers that go with rhythm and tempo, too… Before figuring it out what numbers I need, I guess I just have to wing it. (By the way, I enjoy Brenda’s photos a lot. I think she knows this subject well.)
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