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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Photo Journal/Exercise 2: DESIGN ELEMENTS part 2: LINE, SHAPE, FORM

Continue the Design Elements exercise with Line, Shape, and Form. Take about 50 pictures for this one, then choose 10 of your best. You may sort out your old photos or better yet, take new ones. Lines may be straight, curvy, diagonal, in repetition, etc. The simple difference between Shapes and Forms is that Shapes are 2 dimensional and Forms are 3 dimensional, showing more shadows and highlights that show depth and mass. The most basic shapes are usually silhouette pictures, but try to find others.

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Diagonal lines provide great composition for your photos. This is one example of the use of diagonal lines created from the perspective of the boat sail frame and the wooden poles (shot in Bali, land of photos :) )

Another line composition is the s-curve seen here. It moves the viewers eyes from bottom to top and vice versa. This is one of the ruined parts of Great Wall, Beijing. I saw the man sitting there as a great starting point for a picture leading up to the distant ruins.

Besides in silhouettes, shapes can be found in many places such as walls or building parts. Try to find geometry in things and build a composition from that. Always remember the Rule of Thirds. Photo taken in a village close to Beijing.

Forms can be found in all things that provide information for it, such as shadows and highlights to show depth and volume or mass. But this photo also shows form from the wire-frames or the grids that lit up from the inside of the lampions. This picture was taken from a lampion festival in Laguna, Surabaya.