Friday, 26 April 2013

01.01 Frame Dynamics

The most fundamental difference between images as seen by the naked eye and those through a camera, is the presence of a distinct frame in the latter. This is first felt by the dark surround of the viewfinder - which draws the eye to its corners and edges - thus exerting a pressure on the composition of the image.

The photographer faces a choice: compose the image in a manner where the elements interact strongly or weakly with the frame. Three methods of strong frame dynamics are:
  1. Alignment - where lines of an element are aligned with a side of the frame
  2. Diagonal tension - creating diagonal lines which pull against the sides of the frame
  3. Abstraction via intersection - allowing the sides of the frame to cut through the planes of the element, creating out-of-context shapes
Loo Yeo

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