In the photography world, there are several basic design elements, commonly known as formal elements, that all photographers should be aware of when thinking about their image compositions.
Formal elements are visual features, that when applied in composition, have the potential to transform simple subjects into extraordinary shots.
- Shape & Form
Paying attention to the formal elements in your compositions will help bring order to your shot, and will also help you emphasise the most important aspects of the scene.
Many of the world’s most successful photographers base their images around the formal elements, and having a good understanding of them is essential to developing your photography skills.
This guide will help you familiarise yourself with the formal elements, and together with stunning visual examples from the Picfair community, will show you where and how you can use them in your image compositions.