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2.3 Photo Assignment for Line

Now it’s time to try your own hand at using the concepts of lines in photography. We will go over the assignment and a bit of advice for completing it. Don’t forget to grab the handout to take with you!

2.3 Photo Assignment for Line

Hello everybody and welcome back to basic design concepts for photographers. This is Lesson 2.3 which is the photo assignment of this chapter. So now that we've had some time to think about the idea of using lines to communicate certain moods in both design and photography, it's time to put some of that into practice. So this is the first photo assignment for this course. This is where you take the conceptual information from the previous lessons and you apply it. Your assignment for this lesson is to find and shoot a photo for each of the different types of lines we discussed. The idea here is to define and compose shots that use type of line to effectively convey a mood. So, here's your shot list for this assignment. The first is the horizontal line. This will likely be the easiest of the group. It can be as simple as a horizon, or an elevated view of a street. The goal is not to just find a line that goes sideways, but to find a shot where a strong horizontal line communicates the mood of calmness, peace, or serenity. Second is the vertical line. Find a shot that uses vertical lines to communicate a sense of height or power. Buildings are typically a good subject for this, but it's not necessary. You can be creative and find different applications for this. As a tip, these shots generally work better in portrait orientation. Next, is the diagonal lines. Find a composition that uses diagonal lines to create a sense of movement or direction. This might be a more challenging task. Stairs are often a good resource, but also consider using an angle to create a dynamic or interesting view of a subject that's traditionally horizontal. The fourth photo is the curves. And that's define a shot that uses curves to accentuate the natural or sort of the inherent beauty of a subject. This could be as easy as a closeup of an otherwise dull subject or an interesting angle on a road. Finally there's the challenge shot, and that's define a composition that uses two or more of the above lines in conjunction with each other. A classic example of this would be a suspension bridge where we have the horizontal line for that calm and peaceful feeling. Yet there's the strong vertical lines for a sense of power and majesty and there's still curves for beauty. And all three of these elements go hand in hand and work really well together. One last note for this assignment, I would encourage you to avoid the strict one point perspective shots. While those are interesting, they don't fit well into the particular design ideas we're currently looking at. Now I'm not saying your photos can't have perspective, just that the perspective lines shouldn't be the central idea being communicated. So have fun with this. Next lesson, we'll discuss how to evaluate your shots, and how to use Photoshop to accentuate these thematic ideas within your photos. Happy shooting, everybody.

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