drama and emotional content
rules of composition to break up space
- Horizontal lines
suggests certain things
homeostasis (lack of change)
image (one point) is frozen in time
things you could include : fallen trees, placid seas, lakes,ice, frozen, horizon lines, sleeping figures, collapsed columns.
- Chrus Ktori, Inverness
- Vertical Lines
permanence. implication of substance
growth (buildings ect)
power/strength (banks, symbol of power,) temples/churches
height/scale/distance (repeating form, brain will recognized shapes easily
- Dylan Cole, Urban Plateaus
- Diagonal Lines
hair/pennons (wind,)cloth, limbs (MOVEMENT)
- Michael Komarck, Clarion Ultimatum
- Jagged and Irregular lines
unease (even fear) tension/ instability
teeth/tusks/claws/spines (dangerous created for destruction)
spikes/blades/lightning (powerful, damaging)
plants/plumage/rivers/waves ( can all be mixed together)
BUT NOT CEPHALOPODS….NOT…EVER…
- Alphonse Mucha : Morning star, evernings star, north star, moonlight (art nouveau)
square, triangle and circle
anything can be made up on these three shapes all the lines/curves
same emotional content as lines
- Leading the eye
your image your decisions
use the lines and techniques to lead them to strategic points in the image
lines and curves
repeatedly redirect the viewers attention
- Dan Dos Santos, Urban Huntress
- Implied lines
suggestion of division
difference in contrast or light or dark
negative spaces OR BOTH (use a combination)
- Dan Dos Santos, Poison Sleep
Design Driven Tips
- How can you design imagery
Thumbnails (they are IMPORTANT)
design well, execute well
big decisions first : portrait/landscape/ratio/whats the intention, whats the image for!!??
widescreen for environments
intentions is important!!
primarily think in terms of bold value masses
try doing small thumbnails using only shapes to get the composition. Means that you wont be focusing upon the main subject detail.
crop and isolate
look at the image objectively
don’t neglect the idea of inverse cropping
- Ryan Church
- Dan Dos Santos, Wild side
stop putting things in the middle
push it at least 50% more that feels comfortable
zoom out OFTEN are you fixating upon something that dosent matter?
vertical it makes a difference to your eye
if it still works in terms of composition then you have something strong!!
WALK AWAY FROM IT!
have a break look again with fresh eyes!
mind wandering/take a bath
sunset bol brick test (interesting study!)
take photographs, camera not phone
ability is useful because of composition
no choice/only choice
photography stuck with whats there
libraries (reference) very useful also texture libraby ( you can build your own)
BBC horizon how to b e more creative
also on website “five ways to be more creative”
Miyamoto musash - The book of five rings
- George Leonard Mastery : They key to success and long term fulfillment.