EP. 031.4 Formalistic Art Series: Value, Light, and Composition – ABC’s and 123’s of art

This week’s episode brings us face to face with value, light, and composition. Value isn’t just what a piece of art is worth to someone or what someone is willing to pay for it. So what is it?

Value is the lightness or darkness of tones or colors. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle gray. Space is an element of art by which positive and negative areas are defined or a sense of depth achieved in a work of art.

We talk about some portrait shot in the book Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre and how lighting in these photos can change the feel and mood of the person being photographed. Take a look at the book using the link and see if its a helpful resource for you, too.

As we chat about value, light, and composition and what it does for a piece of art, we look at one particular photographer named Platon. You can see some of the portraits he has done on his website here.

We talk about how lighting and contrast help to give a feel and mood for a piece of art. The angle, perspective, how dark or light, and more. It is amazing how value, light, and composition really make a piece of art stand out.

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