Assignment 2 – Elements of design

Objective: The idea behind this assignment is to incorporate the insights I have learned so far on the course into a set of photographs directed towards one type of subject. I should produce 10 –15 photographs, all of a similar subject, which between them will show the following effects:

  • Single point dominating the composition
  • Two points
  • Several points in a deliberate shape
  • A combination of vertical and horizontal lines
  • Diagonals
  • Curves
  • Distinct, even if irregular, shapes
  • Implied triangle
  • Rhythm
  • Pattern


All photos were shot in RAW with minimal post editing.

A single point:

1 point

For this picture I stayed true to the definition we learnt earlier – The Photographer’s Eye’ (2007), Freeman describes a point as being the most fundamental element of design in a photograph. A point has to be small in the frame and must contrast with its surroundings in some way in order to be significant. I wasn’t too sure weather the grape was actually too big in the frame, but as it’s the prominent focal point I decided to go with it.

2 points:

2 points


I like the overall look of this image. I wanted to used two subjects that relate to one another while also fitting with the theme.

Several points in deliberate shape:


I love sushi – I think its such a fun looking food! I purposely positioned the sushi rolls so that some were in focus while other weren’t (using a low f number of 5.6) I like the vibrant range of colours and I think this adds a great deal of interest to an otherwise fairly bland colour palette.


diagonal 2

This shot is one of my favourites. It portrays the theme of ‘diagonal’ mainly through perspective. The tomatoes were staggered but by altering my position I could choose how strong the angle appeared. I really like the lighting (I spent a long while changing the angles of the lights and using different strengths) Half way through taking these pictures the tomato at the end decided to roll out – something I hadn’t planned but actually works really well. By using a low aperture number the front 2 tomatoes are clear in focus, leading the eye along the row. The tomato at the end also attracts attention as the viewers eye tend to go directly to it as it is out of sequence.


By far my favourite picture of the assignment – the vivid green against the stark white backdrop is extremely bold. I didn’t want to include the whole fruit, as I think the idea of ‘curved’ can be portrayed through partially visual demonstratives – leaving our brains to interpret the curve, making up the objects shape in its entirety. I am so pleased with the layered effect starting with the heart of the kiwi, to the seeds, out to the darker juicy flesh, to the lighter flesh and finishing with the skin. There are intact 5 layers of ‘curves’.

Horizontal & Vertical:


I wanted to incorporate vertical and horizontal lines together in one picture. I tried a few ideas using vegetables, but after seeing this image it became one of my favourites. I like how the lighting was used and shines on the dark chocolate. The vertical lines are not overly prominant – but I feel if they were any thicker it wouldn’t have looked right. The gaps still manage to imply a vertical line.

Implied triangles:

impl triangle 2

This picture was not actually planned – I was trying to break open the coconut and spotted this brilliant example of an implied triangle. I like how dark the three spots are compared to the light brown hairy texture of the rest of the coconut. The beige of the chopping board adds another layer to the picture which i think works well. I was tempted to remove the wispy bits but in the end decided to keep them in as it keeps the coconut in its entirety. I used a soft light to the far left and again, a wide aperture was used to make the image more interesting and aesthetically pleasing. I positioned the coconut slightly off centre as I think it results on a better shot.

Distinct, if irregular shape:


I really like the simplicity of this image. The shaping and texture of the walnut demonstrates the objective extremely well. I decided to have the empty shell slightly out of focus, but not completely blurred so you could still see the imprint of the nut within the shell. The light shadowing between the 2 parts of shell works very well.



At first i struggled to come up with ideas of rhythm revolving around food/raw materials. During the photographing of the tomatoes I had the idea of using peppers almost as traffic lights. Rhythm is defined as ‘the repetition or alternation of elements, often with defined intervals between them. Rhythm can create a sense of movement, and can establish pattern and texture’ I like the slight shadows of the peppers’ stalks and the usage of a fairly strong light. I didn’t want the peppers to be too uniformed, and somewhat regemental so I made sure the spacing was roughly the same but not too precise.



Pattern is defined as ‘Patterns appear whenever strong graphic elements—lines, colours, shapes, or forms—repeat themselves.’ Using a strong light on the skin resulted in an almost metalic/foil like feel which I really like. The lines, colours, shapes and forms are all repeated – and this pattern could be imagined to go on and on. I think this is a great demonstation of pattern, while at the same time being eye catching and unusual.

Overall I am extremely happy with these shots. I discovered that being able to control lighting levels and positioning of lights gives so much more control to the photographer but also resulted in taking double the amount of photographs meaning selecting the final pictures was a long and difficult process. I have learnt so much about angles with lighting in conjunction to object positioning and really enjoyed doing studio shots.




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