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A summary of the Daily Deviations that I've selected since becoming a CV. Thanks to all the artist out there for sharing your amazing work with us. Please keep the DD suggestions coming. I couldn't do this without all of your help.

August



Lick by freMDartet   freekowZ by nenmayk   By The Sea by Ragnar949
dvs130 by ForrestBump   Falling by AgonizingSwordfish   rem by sivel12001
1029 by donmezerm   you saved me from the dark by PsycheAnamnesis   solace by BlackLillyFlower

shadowbass by aerendial   Gray Day by akki64   Still by everypathtonowhere
BLUNTED AFFECT by menervaTau   Pris dans les Phares by siamesesam   shiver by partiallyHere
Automata by arctoa   Amnesia by LeaHenning   Thou Art Puny by batmantoo   
Vision VI by siby

September


shiva by KseniaMaytama   Murdered by albertopoloianez   Mass by Hengki24   Silhouette / Study by JPtHart
ups and downs by EvaShoots   The Silent Scream by Inextremiss   LL by doyo  Despair came riding on the crest by elyssa-obscura
Rebuilt by scheinbar   Xx by anaumceski   O. by Nahuask   Negative Space by kamakebelieve

Losing myself... by tuminka   Conversation by KizukiTamura   d'accordion by davespertine   sails by stachelpferdchen
week nine by mary-by   Untitled by Dressed-In-White   cocoon xiv by farbanomalie   Pnr -9 0 by SiVkiN
with the wind by M-Art-Artist   Be Still by Image-heart   crown by Einuhr   slope by awjay
Orbital by Megalithicmatt
Arguably the most important challenge that faces every artist is that of mastering composition.  Artists spend their entire life experimenting with different compositional tools in order to achieve desired effects. Throughout the academic history of art various books and theories have been written about principles and elements of design. The following list is not comprehensive and may vary from other lists that are out there, but I attempted to compile the most useful list of compositional ideas that I could with photographic examples of each of the ideas. Sometimes as artist we can spend so much time on technique and subject matter, that the basic composition of the piece we are trying to create gets overlooked. These powerful compositional tools not only help us to create more cohesive and complex art but they also help us to speak about art. Using the universal language of design, we can communicate with other artist in a seamless and direct way. My hope with this article is that next time you and I sit down to make art or critique art, that we can use these terms and strategies to create a more engaging and thoughtful experience.

Principles of Design


Symmetry


:the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position

Storm Thorgerson

Asymmetry


:lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something

Shana and Robert Parkeharrison


Weight


:the heaviness of a person or thing or the ability of a region or element to draw attention to itself

Nino Migliori
 

Tension


:a situation or condition of hostility, suspense, or unease

Sarah Hobbs


Balance


:a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions

Steve McCurry


 

Heirarchy


:an arrangement or classification of things according to relative importance or inclusiveness

Ralph Eugene Meatyard


Gestalt


:something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts

Vik Muniz


Repetition


:when one object or shape is repeated throughout the composition

Sandy Skoglund


Rhythm


:movement, fluctuation, or variation marked by the regular recurrence or natural flow of related elements

Kimiko Yoshida


Scale


:the proportion or ratio that defines the size relationships

Keith Carter


Contrast


:the difference in luminance and/or color that makes an object distinguishable

Dieter Appelt


Negative Space


:the space that surrounds an object in a image

Kelli Connell


 Movement


:the quality of representing or suggesting motion

Cornell Capa


Unity


:combining of parts so that they achieve harmony

Arno Rafael Minkkinen




Shapes In Composition

Another very important tool that can be used when creating a photograph is the use of shapes in the composition. Symmetrical shapes such as the triangle, circle, and square add stability and harmony to a photograph. However, certain shapes like an "X" are more dynamic and create energy and instability in a photograph.

Triangle



Lalla Essaydi

Circle



Emmet Gowin

Square



Mario Giacomelli

X



Roger Mayne



Compositional Theories

There are many different mathmetical theories that have been used throughout history that aid in the creation of art and architecture. Below are the two most prevelant theories that you can put to use. The rule of thirds is rather straight forward and helps to keep the information in your frame neatly organized so that your viewer can easily approach your image. The golden ratio is a little more mathmatically involved and it has been used to create things like the Parthenon in ancient Greece and also occurs in nature in forms such as the Fibonacci's spiral which is found in plants and seashells.

Rule of Thirds







Sally Mann

Golden Ratio







Joyce Tenneson


In Conclusion


Many of you are most likely familiar with the ideas included above,  but even the most seasoned artists should be reminded day to day about the most fundamental parts of the craft. If you have any photographs that you feel have great compositions post them below in the comments and why you feel their compositions stand out among the rest. Happy creating!


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awjay Featured By Owner 2 days ago
many thanks
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justanothersomeone Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Photographer
my pleasure
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awjay Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
Emoji 3 
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Dreena Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Westley  !
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justanothersomeone Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Photographer
Thank you for sharing your work. Love your aesthetic!
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Dreena Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thaaaaanks \o/
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M-Art-Artist Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
Kindly thx for the DD! I am a dummy! Heart 
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justanothersomeone Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Photographer
You're very welcome!!! :heart:
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M-Art-Artist Featured By Owner 1 day ago   General Artist
I am a dummy! 
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AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to 

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Hope you enjoy the group! :dummy:


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amiejo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
 merci pour l'ajout :+fav: :rose: :bow:
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Abanna Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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davespertine Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Thank you Westley for the DD

d'accordion by davespertine

It is good news that you are looking after Abstract and Surreal. (the art and soul of dA)
Two things to make my day.

Dave
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justanothersomeone Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Photographer
You're very welcome. It's an honor to look after this area of DA. Glad I have your vote :)
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KizukiTamura Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Conversation by KizukiTamura

Thanks a lot Westley. Glad you like it. :aww: :blush:
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