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Assignment 2 – Elements of Design

The second section of the Art of Photography course builds on the basics of the first and leads us through a series of exercises that explore the use of design elements in composition.

Exercise – Implied Lines

In the course of writing this blog, I’ve often found it frustrating that I can’t post pictures that are subject to copyright here. The course notes tell us not to, even though, when I do link to the picture elsewhere, it often hasn’t been credited properly.

Exercise – Real and implied triangles

In this section of the course, it feels that we are heavily reliant on Michael Freeman and his book on composition and once again, I draw upon his explanation of why triangles work in composition, and how easy they are to find. Triangles are the simplest shape, having the fewest number of sides. They are also […]

Exercise – Diagonals

One of the most famous photographs in history features a strong diagonal line and shows the importance of diagonal lines as a compositional device. The flag being raised by American troops over Iwo Jima would not have worked if the flag had been horizontal or vertical. The diagonal line implies action, movement and dynamism. I’m not […]