What is the Golden Ratio — Composition Technique Explained

As a mathematical and artistic principle of mythical scale, the Golden Ratio is often misunderstood and mislabeled. DNA helixes, Renaissance art works, ancient architectural designs, and even fruits have all been observed as taking on the golden ratio. So what is the Golden Ratio exactly? When was it discovered and what is its influence on… Continue reading What is the Golden Ratio — Composition Technique Explained

What is Proportion in Art — Definition and Examples

Depending on an artist’s intentions, a composition can be created to appear more realistic to life or more stylized to an artist’s vision. Both, however, depend on the use of proportion. Proportion is a principle of art that is relevant to any material, medium, or style. It’s just as important to those creating hyper-realistic artwork as… Continue reading What is Proportion in Art — Definition and Examples

What is Composition — A Guide to Composition in Art & Film

Basics of CompositionOpen menu What is Composition Rules of Shot Composition Rules of Composition Storyboard with Composition SizeOpen menu Scale Proportion BalanceOpen menu Asymmetrical Balance Symmetrical Balance Radial Balance Golden Ratio Foreground Elements SpaceOpen menu Positive Space Negative Space Positive & Negative Space Fill the Frame Simplicity LinesOpen menu Leading Lines Rule of Thirds Frame… Continue reading What is Composition — A Guide to Composition in Art & Film

What is Simplicity in Art — Composition Techniques Explained

Historical polymath Leonardo DaVinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Simplicity, ironically, can be a complex philosophy to analyze. When it comes to art, simplicity is often subjective for both artists and those consuming the art work. What is simplicity in art and composition? How does its function change between artistic mediums? And why do… Continue reading What is Simplicity in Art — Composition Techniques Explained

What is Asymmetrical Balance in Art — Composition Techniques

When most people think of balance in art and composition, their mind automatically thinks of perfect symmetry. While symmetry is the most straightforward way to achieve visual balance, many artists have veered away from the technique because of its frequency in art and redundancy. Instead, many modern artists have leaned into the use of asymmetrical… Continue reading What is Asymmetrical Balance in Art — Composition Techniques

Foreground Elements in Photography & Composition Explained

“Foreground” is a commonly known term even among beginner photographers and filmmakers. Despite this, beginner photographers and filmmakers commonly make the mistake of not using foreground in their shots to create more beautiful and effective images.  In this article, we’ll take a look at the various benefits of using foreground elements in photography and why you… Continue reading Foreground Elements in Photography & Composition Explained

What is a Frame Within a Frame — Composition Techniques

There are certain compositional techniques that make a shot visually beautiful. There are other compositional techniques that are effective at visually telling a story. The frame within a frame does both. And any compositional technique that can tell a better story while simultaneously creating a more cinematic shot is worth learning about.  What is a… Continue reading What is a Frame Within a Frame — Composition Techniques

What is Symmetrical Balance in Art — Composition Techniques

There is something incredibly satisfying about symmetrical balance in art. While you may not be able to define it (yet), most people know it when they see it. From architecture to paintings to photography to cinema, symmetrical balance is a tool used by artists of all mediums. Why is the technique used, beloved, and sometimes… Continue reading What is Symmetrical Balance in Art — Composition Techniques

What Are Leading Lines — Composition in Photography & Film

Have you ever seen a photograph or a shot in a film and found your eyes wandering across the frame only to land at something significant? Odds are, leading lines were used to direct your attention. Photographers and cinematographers alike use various types of lines to lead the viewer’s eyes and tell a story through… Continue reading What Are Leading Lines — Composition in Photography & Film

What is Forced Perspective? Examples of How to Trick the Eye

You don’t need to be a pro to use forced perspective. In fact, you’ve probably seen your friends post photos using the technique. Some of the most iconic films have worked with it, and even semi-professional photographers often grace the internet with the unique visual elements it often gives. So how can you use it… Continue reading What is Forced Perspective? Examples of How to Trick the Eye