Principles of Design

For this assignment, we had to take pictures portraying the principles of design. When using these guidelines, I found the photos to turn out more interesting than simply taking a picture of what I saw. It required some thought about what I wanted to take pictures of, but in the end, this is what me and my partner Kelly came up with.

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• Balance – a feeling of equality of weight, attention, or attraction of the various elements within the composition as a means of accomplishing unity

• Movement – the suggestion of action or direction, the path our eyes follow when we look at a work of art

• Repetition and rhythm – the act of repeating an element either regularly or irregularly resulting in a rhythm of the repeating elements

• Emphasis – the stress placed on a single area of a work or unifying visual theme

• Simplicity (a.k.a. visual economy) – the elimination of all non-essential elements or details to reveal the essence of a form

• Contrast – the difference between elements or the opposition to various elements

• Proportion – the relation of two things in size, number, amount, or degree

• Space – the interval or measurable distance between objects or forms (two dimensional or three dimensional)

• Unity – the relationship between the individual parts and the whole of a composition

From this assignment, I learned new ways to take interesting photos. These principles narrowed what I could take a picture of but left me with nice, well thought out photos. Since this is our first assignment, I also relearned how to use photoshop to edit my photos.


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