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Digital Photography Composition, Part II


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Digital Photography Composition, Part II

  1. 1. Introduction to Digital Photography Composition Part II
  2. 2. Odd Numbers Odd numbers also add visual interest to a composition.
  3. 3. Odd NumbersOdd numbers add visual interest
  4. 4. Odd Numbers Triptych Odd numbers also add visual interest to this picture
  5. 5. Lines - use of reflections
  6. 6. Lines
  7. 7. BALANCE
  8. 8. Symmetry or Balance Pistol Packing Lady Bugs
  9. 9. Symmetry or Balance Eiffel Tower
  10. 10. Balance• Good balance is simply the arrangement of shapes, colors,• or areas of light & dark that complement one another.
  11. 11. Balance- nonsymmetrical balance, more interesting
  12. 12. FramingFrame the center of interest withobjects in the foreground.This gives a feeling of depth.
  13. 13. Framing
  14. 14. Framing Assisi
  15. 15. Framing Framed with dress
  16. 16. Framing
  17. 17. Framing
  18. 18. Framing Cades Cove
  19. 19. Avoiding Mergers Opps !! A tree is growing out of her head!
  20. 20. Unity
  21. 21. Unity• Principle of Design concerned with bringing together a composition with similar units.• If your composition was using wavy lines and organic shapes you would stay with those types of lines and not put in geometric shapes.
  22. 22. Unity Monochromatic unity
  23. 23. UnityShape in the rockopening and the sailunify the photograph Hole in the Rock Cape Reinga, NZ
  24. 24. Unity Polynesian Princess Tahiti What unifies this Photograph?
  25. 25. Variety
  26. 26. Variety• Principle of Design concerned with difference or contrast. An artwork which makes use of many different hues, values, textures, and shapes would reflect the artists use of variety.
  27. 27. Variety My Life
  28. 28. Variety Variety of Shapes
  29. 29. Variety Variety of Shapes
  30. 30. Emphasis
  31. 31. EmphasisThe principle of design that makes one partof a work dominant over the other parts.That dominant part is called the“Focal Point”.The Focal Point is the first part of the workto attract the viewers attention.
  32. 32. EmphasisBoomerWhat is thefocal point ?
  33. 33. EmphasisWhat is thefocal point
  34. 34. Rhythm andMovement
  35. 35. Rhythm / Movement• Rhythm is the principle of design that deals with creating the illusion of movement.• Rhythm is a movement in which some elements recur regularly and cause the eyes to move through the art work. Like a dance, the piece will have a flow of objects that will seem to have a rhythm like the beat of music. Movement is a visual flow through the composition.
  36. 36. MovementNude Descending a Staircase by Marcel Duchamp Captures the feeling of movement that occurs when someone is walking down the stairs.
  37. 37. Rhythm and Movement Starry Night By Vincent Van Gogh
  38. 38. Movement
  39. 39. Movement
  40. 40. Motion
  41. 41. Movement Iconic Beauty Note the movement that draws your eye Into the center of the rose. Golden Mean
  42. 42. Symmetry or Balance• Principle of design concerned with equalizing the visual forces or elements in the work of art.• The types of balance are: – Symmetry or Formal Balance – Asymmetry or Informal Balance – Radial Balance
  43. 43. Pattern
  44. 44. Pattern• Pattern- The repetition of elements in a recognizable organization. This repletion creates rhythm in the piece.• Examples of Pattern are found in fabric designs, wallpaper, bed spreads.
  45. 45. Pattern Mill stone Cades Cove, NC
  46. 46. Pattern
  47. 47. PatternJelly BeanMosaicOfQueen Elizabeth400th AnniversaryJamestowne
  48. 48. RepetitionOrange Beach
  49. 49. Repetition
  50. 50. Repetition Parthenon
  51. 51. Repetition Coliseum
  52. 52. Repetition
  53. 53. Proportion
  54. 54. Proportion• The principle of art concerned with the size relationship of one part to another.• If you have ever tried to draw a human figure and realized that the head was too big or small compared to the rest of the body, you were already using the principle of proportion.
  55. 55. Spatial Proportion Christina’s World By Andrew WyethUsed to illustrate spatial distance between objectsparticularly in a landscape. Girl is much larger than thedistant house.
  56. 56. Proportion Artist can change the actual proportion at any time. In this work by Michelangelo, he made Mary much larger than the body of Jesus. If Mary could stand up, she would be about nine feet tall! He did this so that she wouldn’t look crushed by the weight of the body.The Pieta byMichelangelo
  57. 57. Proportion Note the spatial proportion of the fence in the foreground and the barn in the background Cantelever Barn Cades Cove Gt. Smokey Mts., NC
  58. 58. Proportioncan show depth.
  59. 59. ProportionNote size of people near and far.Such differences add interest to the photograph.
  60. 60. Unity Variety Rhythm / Movement Symmetry / Balance Pattern Framing Odd numbers Proportion Emphasis How many principles of design to you see In this photograph?
  61. 61. C 2012 Julie Sikes-Speir