Musical composition elements would be things like melody, instruments, pitch, volume, etc. Music is very similar because a composer needs to start with an idea in their mind, and then organize many elements to make it a reality. Who else composes? Architects, artists, designers, software designers, poets, lyricists, woodworkers, speechwriter.
These 5 elements are simply a starting point, and more elements or concepts are out there. How a person looks at these elements, multiple interpretations can be can about and be applied. Balance, symmetry, rule of thirds, depth of field, perspective, etc., are all very important, but will be covered at another time.
Lines refer to the arrangement, real or imagined, of the contour, edges, or other connecting characteristics of an image
The visual sensations produced by different wavelengths of light. Different colors create different moods, agendas, focal points, and so on.
Mass refers to the areas of density that work together, balance each other, or establish varying degrees of strength. Do not confuse larger areas as having more mass all the time – mass as a photographic element deals with depth, intensity, and anchoring the photograph.
A real example of a dark mass above a light base. Where is the photograph anchored? Where does you eye go?
The fishing boat and dorsal fins of the Orcas add balance and focal points to offset the unnatural look of a dark mass at the top and the bright sheen of the water. The overall look is still a bit out of the ordinary, but composing the shot with the proper elements helps the mind come to ease.
The color quality or brightness value in a portion of the image. Tone in a picture refers to the arrangement of the various shades of black, white and colors that make up an image. Our eye/mind is making assumptions based on a lifetime of experiences. Many of those assumptions are based on the tonal values we perceive in a scene. Two tonal "facts of life" assumed by our eye/mind are that:1.Light colors advance while dark colors recede2. Our eyes are drawn "first" to the lighter objects in a scene.
Contrast refers to the magnitude or difference in brightness between adjacent mass; digital displays like LCD tv’s have a company-generated “contrast ratio” that measures its ability to display extreme bright and darkness within the same image. More contrast generates more visual energy.
Introduction To Composition
Composition in PhotographyDigital PhotographyApollo Technology Education<br />
Definition: composition refers to the way visual details are selected and organized within a photograph. <br />~What comes to mind when we say composure?<br />Five Elements of Composition<br />Line<br />Color<br />Mass<br />Tone<br />Contrast (tonal contrast)<br />Composition in Photography<br />
Line, Color, Mass, Tone, Contrast<br />Starting point<br />Interrelated<br />Overlapping concepts<br />More elements exist<br />Five Elements of Compostion<br />