Composition.. Interesting Images Can Result
To start with, youíre
probably asking what is single point composition? Well, think of the
compositional elements in an image. There are points, lines, and shapes.
Points build into lines and lines build into shapes. The latter has
three basic forms: a triangle, a rectangular and a circle. From these
basic forms various shapes can be constructed; e.g., circle can be
turned into an ellipse. Thatís fine from a geometric standpoint but what
about single or several point composition- what is meant?
What is meant here by a
point is a small object in the image which stands out from the
other elements in the image in both the foreground and the background
and is the subject of the image. Donít think of it as a
geometric point. It stands out because its color, shape, tone, sharpness
or a combination thereof differs from all else in the image. The area a
single point/subject occupies in the image can range anywhere from 1/5
(20%) to 1/75 (1.3%) of the image; any larger it becomes mainly the
image or any smaller, it is difficult to decipher. Another concern is
the placement of the single point. Eccentric positioning is the key but
it can be overdone.
Ok, letís look at two images,
first a single point then turn to a double point composition. Here we
look at a single point, the gull, and examine where the dynamic tension
in the image lies.
What happens when the single
pointís tension vector (the gullís direction) is reversed? The gull is
looking in the opposite direction. Of course, the gull didnít just turn
around but with little help from Photoshop, it did.
Here we dealt
with a single or double point subjects but that is somewhat arbitrary.
One could have multiple points, which as a group become the subject. The
mind works that way by tending to group objects that are similar.
To finish up, please look at
different examples below of single and double point composition. Point
objects can be almost anything as seen n these examples.
We hope you
enjoyed this little foray into point composition. It can be fascinating.
Please keep watch on our web site for our forthcoming tutorial on
Composition by Shiv Verma.