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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."
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.

The Other Side by DougNZ

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


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ZuzBla Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sheesh, I just read about the shooting. Hope you OK man!
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afterthemoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for the watchback! :)
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moyen Featured By Owner May 10, 2018
Stupid, stupid, stupid me ! I left any illusion about me, Ok, that makes sense. But how can I have let it go so much as to forget other peoples' talent.... My favorite photographer is still there alleluia ! You probably forgot me, but I didn't forget you... The few next hours are full of expectations
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PoisonCreeper Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much for the watch!
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nicoella Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fav
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