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Lesson 2: Page 01


Horses Tetons Wyoming © Jay Goodrich

Now that you have begun to discover how the elements of design can lead you to finding subjects. We need to learn about a set of guidelines that can have us arranging those elements in a manner that makes sense. The principles of design can give our viewer the connection needed to linger a bit longer when viewing our photographs once we hit them over the head with our knowledge of seeing subject matter. What is really important here is that these principles are just suggestions. Like we discussed in lesson 1 rules are bad. We also realized that there are multiple solutions to any given problem and that process will continue here. As we head out to photograph we want to carry these principles in the back of our minds. Our work will see significant increases in quality if we do.Join Great Photography Courses today. Get instant access to this course.
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Lesson 2: Page 02

Now there is one other way we can create motion in a photograph and it is something that we can’t see with our naked eyes. We can actually capture time. Star trails are something that we can’t see normally, but by shooting a long exposure in the time frame of minutes, we can actually witness time travel recorded before our eyes.

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Lesson 2: Page 03

Balance – There are multiple ways in which we can achieve balance in our compositions to allow our subject to stand out.

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Lesson 2: Page 04

Rhythm – For rhythm we are looking for repetitive elements in our frame and we want to try and organize those elements in such a way that our viewer jumps from one to the other to the next without leaving our photograph. Again we have options here as well.

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–  regular repetition – a static way of creating a balanced frame.

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