40 Intriguing Photographs Of Chess


Played since the 6th Century, Chess is an amazing, globally played game of strategy. But beyond the mental machinations required to win, chess pieces and the chess boards themselves are often incredibly beautiful.

All the pieces contrasted against the board's tiles of bright and dark colors (usually black and white). Intricately carved pieces of different materials or even very simple wood pawns are instantly recognizable.

Whether it is a modern or ancient chess set, photographing the pieces and set up of chess sets in interesting ways can get your creative juices flowing.

Here are 40 images of chess so you can appreciate the beauty of behind such an intriguing object.

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Sebastian Voortman
Recal Media
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Benjamin Smith
George Becker
Gladson Xavier
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Javier Grixo
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Jason Leung
George Becker

Getting Into Still Life Photography Will Stimulate Your Creativity

Taking captivating images of chess pieces and chess boards will hone your still life photography. Remember there are 4 key elements to staging your still life.

  1. Subject, story, and mood
  2. Background
  3. Props
  4. Layout

You should address these elements to get impactful still life photographs

Here are 3 free guides that cover everything from understanding the 4 key elements to staging your still life to enhancing your image in Lightroom and Photoshop. These will help you get started with still life photography:

  1. Beginners Guide To Still Life Photography
  2. Lighting For Still Life Photography
  3. Post-processing For Still Life Photography

If you’re looking for more, composition is key in creating engaging still life photographs. If you’d like to get better at photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, you should take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide to advanced composition.

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George Becker
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Mason Hassoun

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Jez Timms
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Michal Parzuchowski
Claire Thibault
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Jeswin Thomas
Ylanite Koppens
Steve Johnson
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Jonathan Ybema
Artur Roman
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Taha Ajmi
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Maarten van den Heuvel
Syed Hasan Mehdi
Juhasz Imre
Anthony DeRosa
Ivan Cujic

Your Next Strategy Should Be To Take Your Photography Composition to the Next Level

We hope you’ve enjoyed these 40 intriguing photographs of chess. If you are looking to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition. With this guide, you will learn all about light, shadow, lines, curves, repetition, juxtaposition and much more, and also develop the skills of anticipation, pre-visualization, and timing.

Click here now to check it out.

About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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