Activity 8: Applying the Formal Elements: Value

As a formal element of art, value can add a dramatic mood through high-key light and shadow, it can create the illusion of form through the use of tonal value, and create points of emphasis through the use of scintillating lights and darks. In this exercise you will create a photograph that shows your understanding of value. You can create a photograph of a value as it exists in nature or create a photograph using artificial lights such as flashlights. The only requirement is that your photograph must represent what you see around you. (You cannot take a photograph of an image that already exists). This is an opportunity to share what you see in your daily life or to try a new technique.

Overview and Objectives:

Create a photograph that represents value. Decide how you will create points of emphasis in your photograph. Will you use high key lights and shadows (values) using artificial light? Will you wait until sunset or sunrise to take your photograph? Will you use a black and white filter?

In your discussion board post, include your photograph, explain how it conveys an idea or theme, and answer the following questions:

  • What are the values used in your image? Describe them.
  • How did you use light and shadow?
  • What subjective opinions or feelings do you have when viewing this image?

Allow time for other students to comment on what they feel your photograph conveys, based on your objective use of value and their subjective understanding of it.