Category Archives: visual skills

Exercise 1.4 Frame

In this framing  exercise I used my camera grid to partition the view. The grid was divided into 16 equal parts, I found these too small to work with so I took the initial idea and imagined the grid in sections of 6. At first only photographing a portion of the subject was challenging as I couldn’t ignore the rest of the picture. I chose to photograph my ‘larder’ it was a really gloomy day outside that hadn’t stopped raining. I pushed the speed up to 1000 iso. I still was only able to use shutter speeds of around 1/25 with the aperture wide open (2.8). Knowing that it’s almost impossible to handhold below 1/40 I pushed the iso further to 2000. After analizing my images, I decided to keep the ones in that are a little ‘soft’ due to low shutter speeds. I think these add to the flavour of the ‘rustic’, ‘wholesome’ larder, especially the fruits & vegetables that remind me of still-life oil paintings from the last century.

I chose 9 final pictures to work together. I really like the idea of creating a ‘storyboard’ of images to portray an idea. I purposely used the chillies at the beginning and plates at the end as where they are placed with the collection makes them seem like ‘bookends’ holding everything else in.

I think the placement and compositions work regardless of which part of the grid was used.

Excercise 1.3 (1) Line

The above images create a sense of depth that allow your vision to wander ‘through’ the photographs. In the first picture, the strong foreground shape helps to accentuate depth by creating a ‘starting point’ to the meandering stream. Layers of foliage and trees become fainter at the back of the third image to create a sense of distance.

This ariel image taken in the Adirondacks by photographer Manish Mamtani shows how the line of perspective increases more as the road follows parallel to the river.

Birds Eye View of Adirondack Park

‘A Birds Eye View of Adirondack Park’ by Manish Mamtani.

Excercise 1.3 (2) Line

These images show how lines can ‘flatten’ a picture. the sense of depth is lost and there are no ‘perspective’ lines to draw the visual onlooker to any particular point.

This Photograph by photographer Julian Li shows the surface of the photograph as flat. the eye is drawn to the content as one uniform plane.

Informity and Individuality by Julian Li

‘Informity And Individuality’ by Julian Li.

Excercise 1.2 Point

” How you build a picture, What a picture consists of, how shapes are related to each other, how spaces are filled, how the whole thing must have a kind of unity”– Paul Strand.

We (photographers) are given a ‘frame’ to fill. How shapes, objects and lines relate to each other and relate to the confines of the frame is what creates good composition. The result is a visually pleasing record. ‘For a natural photographer composition is instinctive’ (Michael Freeman-The Photographers Eye) For others it can be learnt. ‘The rule of thirds’ divides the frame into 9 equal segments. Placing the point of interest at the intersections or within the ‘third’ balances the image.

The rule of thirds places the tree & distance at the intersections of the frame.

The rule of thirds places the tree & distance at the intersections of the frame.

The composition in this image when the point is central is made stronger when the picture is cropped to a landscape. This increases the focal point and eliminates any water or sky lacking in interest.