Re: Re: Assignment #1

Duncan Rawlinson

Great work on your first assignment.

You’ve done a great job of transforming your “beast” photography into a composition with stronger design elements.

The biggest change you’ve made was to change your sense of depth from a flattened, 2 dimensional perspective, to one with a stronger sense of layering and 3 dimensions.

You’ve done this by incorporating a stronger foreground, middle ground and background. In your first image (i.e. beast) the main object, as well as the secondary object rest predominantly in a single layer. The result is a flat, lifeless feel. By simply changing your perspective in your second image you were successfully able to incorporate depth.

Don’t’ forget, photography is a 2 dimensional medium. You need to use perspective, layering, shadows and lines to help create the illusion of three dimensions.

You’ve also used the remote control as a “leading line” helping guide your viewer’s eye into the composition. Leading lines are helpful with many types of photographs, but are especially common in landscape photographs. Essentially any object can be a leading line (as you’ll learn more about in an upcoming lecture), but common leading lines are roads, railings, rivers, fences and so on. For example, look at the following compositions. Notice both their sense of depth and their inclusion of a leading line:


Most leading lines start in either the bottom right or the bottom left corner of your frame and help lead your viewer’s eye into the composition.

Great work on your first assignment. I’m looking forward to seeing your future work!