Using concepts such as "Elements of Design," "Rules of Good Design," and "The 3 C's of Design," I'm curious to hear what people think about some of the photos linked below. Feel free to comment on these photos and/or include others. Please be conscious of copyright restrictions. I'm going to link to the photos and will not embed them or copy them here.
One of the places where I've found some BEAUTIFUL photos are on Flickr's Photographer's Choice Hall of Fame. When posting comments, before talking about aspects of design, I'd love to hear what your very first impression was of each photo that you viewed.
For a discussion on the elements and rules of design, visit my first blog post and the webpages that are linked to the post.
Wow! Her eyes! This is the very first thing that caught my attention. I also love the patterns and textures found in the photo. The contrast in color and the blurring of the background make "Secret" stand out even more. There is a bit of mystery here, and in her eyes I sense a bit of mischievousness. Check out the entire album that the photographer created. He has an entire portrait series titled, "What they Dream and What they Do."
First things that caught my attention... the colors and tone of the photo. The shading of the boy's face and the intense yet questioning look on his face make me ask my own set of questions. I'm also dying to know the story behind the feather!!
Texture, texture, texture! That's the first thing that caught my eye! Love the focal point and perspective.... Interesting how the photogrpher only shot from the shoulders down. Why do you think he chose to do this? Love the water droplets and how they build the sense of movement in the photo. The water on the ground really grabbed my attention too. I feel like there is a joyous feeling in this photo. Notice how the subject in the photo is positioned just off-center?
Color, tone and lines stand out to me. If you scroll down the page, you will see different perspectives on the waterfall. You can see how the photographer took shots from different angles. I think I actually like the second photo best. I like the angles in the photo more than the "front and center" view that you get from the first image at the top of the page. Not quite sure why I prefer the angles in the second photos. I think it makes the image seem more dramatic and dynamic.
What would it mean if students paid more attention to the elements of design that are all around them? What would it mean if they put more thought into these elements when making their own multimedia compositions? Would they ultimately become better communicators? Would they be able to express their ideas better and in a more powerful way? How many of you actually teach this to your students? What was the end result?