Re: Re: Beauty and the beast

Duncan Rawlinson

Great job on your first assignment. You’ve shown your understanding of what was asked in this assignment. You took an otherwise boring object and you transformed it to something that is much more visually pleasing to look at. However, this assignment is also important because you should be asking yourself what it is about your first photograph (the beast shot) that is unattractive or unappealing. For instance, I notice there are unsightly shadows, poor lighting conditions, unorganized composition and nowhere of particular interest for my eye to rest.

Your second shot is much more interesting for 2 reasons in particular. Firstly, you’ve simplified what the photograph is about. This can’t be overstated. Simplification and proper organization are an important part of the visual makeup and appreciation of a photograph. Remember, it’s as important to know what to leave out as it is to know what to include.

Secondly, you have two identifiable primary photographic elements. You’ve chosen to focus on color and shape and how they interact with one another.

Great job on your first photograph. I look forward to seeing your assignments on composition and image design. This assignment was simply meant to get you thinking! Great job!