Prepare to learn the language of photography.
Basic Language of Photography (02:00)
Elements such as lighting and composition are built into a photograph to evoke emotions on the part of the viewer. Visual literacy is knowing how to create pictures and also how to interpret them.
Elements of a Scene (02:48)
The elements of a scene are: line, shapes, forms, patterns, and textures. By combining these images, the photograph conveys a message to the brain.
Five Basic Shapes (01:52)
The five basic shapes are triangle, square, rectangle, circle, and irregular. Patterns create a feeling of unity or harmony. Texture describes the dimensions of a surface. Composition is the integration of all of the elements of a scene.
Composition in Photography (03:15)
Composition should be both noticed and examined in a photograph. Volume duality is the interplay of positive and negative volume. Balance and symmetry are used to convey a variety of feelings.
Frame, Perspective, and Depth (04:52)
The frame is defined by its edges; what is beyond is left to the viewer's imagination. Perspective and depth allow a three dimensional world to translate a two dimensional medium. Different lenses, such as wide-angle or telephoto, give depth and perspective to a photograph.
Using Shadows and Placement (02:57)
Shadows enhance the three dimensional nature of items. Placement of objects can give a feeling of depth or power.
Depth of Field (03:51)
Depth of field is the distance range within which objects in a picture appear sharp. Depth of field depends on the lens opening, the distance of the subject, and the focal length of the lens.
Becoming Visually Literate (01:26)
To become visually literate, one must know how a picture is created. Knowledge of these elements enable us to make judgements about a picture.
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