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.