TASK 01: BASIC ELEMENTS FOR AN IMAGE
3. BASIC ELEMENTS OF IMAGES
3.1. THE DOT
It is the smallest element in visual language. In a photograph, a dot is the element in the image which is small in comparison to the whole photograph, but which gets our attention strongly.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a rounded shape, in the video we have watched “2,000,000 phantoms”, now you can notice that the Genbaku Dome is our “dot”.
This attraction might be caused by:
- Position – Place it in a prominent position.
- Converging Lines – Different lines converge in that dot.
Converging Lines shot to illustrate the point and hopefully give a little inspiration.
Image taken from Digital photography school.
- Light contrast – The dot is highlighted because it has more or less light than the elements surrounding it.
In this shot you can see some trees in neutral colours and our dot is the sun.
Peroño Forest. Autumn 2013.
In this image the effect is more dramatic due to the backlighting effect.
National Geographic. Trinidad Valley.
- Contrasting colours – Using contrasting colours can also be a way of setting your point of interest apart from its surroundings.
The natives’ colourful hats as regards the monochromatic landscape.
Photographs of vanishing tribes before they pass away by Jimmy Nelson. Drokpa tribe, India.
- Texture – Contrasting textures can make a subject stand out.
Soft texture of the girl’s dress over the stone stairs.
Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Series: Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella.