Archive for July, 2012

Josh glasses

Posted: July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

This shot uses two very obvious techniques; the first one being the rule of thirds and the second being foreground and background. This rule of thirds is effective here because it allows there to be a subject in the foreground in focus and another subject in the background who is out of focus. This creates a very effective shot because we are immediately drawn to the glasses and the eye which are in focus and then drawn to the other subject who is out of focus. The aperture on this shot was put to F/5.6 and this resulted in a shallow depth of field blurring the background of the shot, focusing the audiences attention straight to the eye and the glasses.

During the editing process for this shot, I kept the exposure, contrast, saturation, temperature, definition, highlights, shadows, sharpness and de-noise all on their default settings but I enabled the effect ‘antique’ and increased this to x4 and also enabled ‘edge blur’ and increased this to x7. Enabling these effects created a much larger focus on the glasses and eye and made the subject on the left more out of focus.



In the Wind

Posted: July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

This shot uses one main technique used in photography to create an effective photo and this is the use of foreground and background. Taking this photo was very hard because it was very windy and this obviously made the flowers sway a lot and it was very hard to capture them to look still. I placed the camera on a high shutter speed (1/2000) and this eliminated any camera shake of movement paths of the flowers. I used a manual focus to allow me to choose a point of focus and in this shot i wanted it to be the flowers in the middle of the screen. This also resulted in the flowers becoming more out of focus the further they were away from camera lens. I believe this creates a very effective shot because your eyes are immediately drawn the the flowers in the middle and because they are very sharp, this adds to the creativity of the shot.

School fence

Posted: July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

This shot uses one very effective technique and this is the rule of lines. This rule is used in photography to give the eye something to follow as it looks at the photo. In the picture for example, the eye would immediately be drawn to the yellow sign on the right hand side and then would follow the other signs to the end of the fence. It also allows the eye to follow the top of the fence until it reaches the wall.

When I was editing this photo, I had a clear idea that I wanted to focus on the yellow in the boards on the fence. Having this idea in mind, I remembered seeing a canvas which showed taxis in Times Square in New York and the yellow-ness on the taxis was emphasised a great deal in relation to the rest of the image. This would have been done by increasing the contrast the saturation but mainly the temperature of the taxis. So this is what I tried to do with my photo. I increased the exposure to 0.28, the contrast to 40, the saturation to 50, the definition to 35 and the temperature to 40. The increase in saturation and temperature in this photo made the yellows more prominent in the photo, drawing your eye to them first.

Rembrandt Josh

Posted: July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

This picture demonstrates two obvious techniques used in film and photography. This first one is the rule of thirds. I placed the subject (face) on the right hand side of the frame with an empty space on the left of the shot. This would be a very effective place to place titles or if there was a background, an antagonist or something else of importance. The second technique used in the shot was the use of Rembrandt style side lighting. Using this type of lighting places half the subject in the light and half the subject in darkness, and this creates a very masculine looking figure which empowers the individual and makes them seem more threatening.

To create this shot, I had the camera on a 2 second shutter speed and placed it on a tri-pod to reduce camera shake during the shot. I also used an external flash to create the side lighting on the subject. After about a second of the shutter being open, I flashed the light on the left hand side of josh and this lit the left hand side of his body whilst the right side remained hid from the light. During the editing process, I took the exposure down to -0.20, kept the contrast and saturation at 50 but increased the temperature of the picture to 32 and enabled the ‘sepia’ setting. Increasing the temperature created a warm glow to the face and made the light side of the subject come out more yellow and I feel this made the increased the contrast between the light and the dark.

Josh stare on playground

Posted: July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Blog intro!

Posted: July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello wordpress. My name is Elliott and this is my second year in A Level Media Studies at the Sandon School. This is my coursework blog which i will be posting recent edited photos that i think are worthy of being on here. I’ve always had a moderate interest in photography and this project has allowed me to come into my own and create, what i think, are some very effective photos. The pictures that feature at the beginning of the blog are practice in preparation for making our film osters later on in the year. This allows us to get used to the cameras and the different techniques and aspects of technology that are used to create an effective photo.