Design Elements and Principles Slides
Design Elements and Principles Checklist
focusing on the visual qualities of elements rather than their meaning.
The 17th c. Japanese Poet Matsuo Basho once said: “ The Haiku that reveals seventy to eighty percent of its subject is good. Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent, we never tire of.”
For this assignment, we will learn about visual composition, image adjustments and file management in Lightroom and later Photoshop. An emphasis will be placed on being playful, experimental and then refining the images with good attention to detail.
Make an entire composition on the scanner with elements that shows your understanding of several of the principles of design and composition. Record this image with the scanner (or camera and copy stand after you try the scanner.) Adjust the image and record again. Do this 10 times, moving lighting, moving objects, making variations. If using a scanner you can change lighting or position during the scan. Import into Lightroom, evaluate and rate the images. For the best ones use global adjustments to improve the image. Store the images on your computer in the pictures folder, in a folder with your name and the assignment name. Pick the best one for critique and put in the class critique folder on Petra.
For additional inspiration look at the design principles and elements presentation on the website.
Consider the following qualities:
Open or closed composition
Activating the whole picture plane
Background shape and texture as interesting as foreground
Integration of foreground and background
Create a sense of depth
Unity of elements
Focal point movement through the piece
Symmetrical or Asymmetrical Balance
Rhythm of elements
Complexity/ obsessive attention to detail
Surprise, mystery or unusualness