Portraits with the Principles of Design

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Portrait Photography that illustrate use of the principles of design

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Capturing Portraits:

Capturing Portraits That Illustrate the Principles of Design

The Principles of Design are a set of rules that are used to organize the Elements of Art.:

The Principles of Design are a set of rules that are used to organize the Elements of Art. Balance Unity (& Variety) Emphasis Rhythm Movement Pattern Contrast

Balance: Containing equal visual weight.:

Balance: Containing equal visual weight.

There are three types of balance: :

There are three types of balance: Symmetrical: Equal on both sides Asymmetrical: Containing similar visual weight without being symmetrical Radial: Parts are arranged around a central point

Asymmetrical Balance:

Asymmetrical Balance

Symmetrical Balance:

Symmetrical Balance

Unity: Containing elements that are similar.:

Unity: Containing elements that are similar.

Repeating color, shapes, lines, and textures can create unity.:

Repeating color, shapes, lines, and textures can create unity.

Emphasis: Creating importance on a particular area; Focal Point.:

Emphasis: Creating importance on a particular area; Focal Point.

Emphasis can be created with color or framing the particular area.:

Emphasis can be created with color or framing the particular area.

Rhythm: A visual beat.:

Rhythm: A visual beat.

Rhythm is illustrated through repeating elements that change slightly.:

Rhythm is illustrated through repeating elements that change slightly.

Movement: Motion; how the eye travels through the frame.:

Movement: Motion; how the eye travels through the frame.

Motion is shown through moving parts in the photograph:

Motion is shown through moving parts in the photograph

Dynamics (eye travel) is created through lines and elements guiding the eye.:

Dynamics (eye travel) is created through lines and elements guiding the eye.

Pattern: Repeating elements that repeat in a sequence.:

Pattern: Repeating elements that repeat in a sequence.

The easiest way to include Pattern in the photograph is to include background items that have patterns.:

The easiest way to include Pattern in the photograph is to include background items that have patterns.

Contrast: A large difference between elements (such a texture, value, color).:

Contrast: A large difference between elements (such a texture, value, color).

Value contrast is perhaps the most common type of contrast.:

Value contrast is perhaps the most common type of contrast.

Some Tips….:

Some Tips…. #1: Try different angles.

Don’t cut off anything unless it is on purpose. :

Don’t cut off anything unless it is on purpose.

Try to focus on different things, such as hands, feet, etc. (not just the face).:

Try to focus on different things, such as hands, feet, etc. (not just the face).

Include different backgrounds that can add interest. :

Include different backgrounds that can add interest.

Include interesting props (musical instruments, hats, clothes, etc.). :

Include interesting props (musical instruments, hats, clothes, etc.).

Always make sure that your subject is in focus!!!:

Always make sure that your subject is in focus!!!

Push yourself! Experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. Never settle for mediocre. :

Push yourself! Experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. Never settle for mediocre.