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Learning about composition from photographers

Post by freq_divider » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:13 pm

For my work i had to buy a new camera, so one thing led to another and suddenly i found myself watching lots of fast talking youtubers who know a lot about photography.

What amazed me was how many principles that are used in photography can also be applied to music. This is especially true for 'rules' of composition i'd say. Since this is a matter of personal taste, i'll just point to a few clips i really liked. Maybe you'll see the parallels as well :tu:





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Post by Joscuzz » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:52 am

freq_divider:
What amazed me was how many principles that are used in photography can also be applied to music.
This is my first post as a noob to the Muff Wiggler forum but I'm no stranger to music making.

I am totally sold on the idea of using well-considered crossover techniques from visual art, be it painting or photography, in music composition. In the past, I have looked into the nature of gesture in abstract art and experimented with ways to translate those visual art techniques into musical terms.

In photography you have: Foreground, middleground and background, use of contrast be that, light and shade or contrasting thematic elements, use of patterns etc. IMO - All of the above (and more to the photography expert) can be easily translated into musical terms.

So, yeah, I'm with you on this one!

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Post by taylor12k » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:46 pm

i touched on this very topic on my website regarding my philosophies in mastering.

http://www.12kmastering.com/what-is-mastering/

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Post by Joscuzz » Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:21 am

taylor12k wrote:
i touched on this very topic on my website regarding my philosophies in mastering.
Yep I see that. Different mindsets= different traces and lots of inspiration to be had from visual art.
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Post by matthewjuran » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:47 am

For photography I’ve found my photos I consider very good are rare and don’t have followable rules to get them, except take a lot of photos and look for things that could be better and try to fix them in the next round. In music I tend to like more of my stuff, it feels more personal, but my experience with photography could be true for some listeners of my music where they don’t like most of it except for a single or two and would have preferred the act only do those styles. But in music too just making a lot of it is important, and publishing takes different kind of practice. I usually prefer the music of others though and I'm not that into photography by other people.

Between photography and music the shared experiences and technical connections could probably apply to art generally and the different ways people do it and what they want from it, and what their subject is. A point about my photography vs music experience is that the music is about my experiences while the photography is about landscapes and patterns.

Cooking and design overlap with these too.

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