Monday, 30 July 2012

Vertical and Horizontal Frames

This exercise is to encourage the use of a portrait(vertical) frame vs. a horizontal (landscape) frame which given the shape of the standard SLR viewfinder is the most "natural" orienation to use.

To do this the requirement was to take 20 images each with a vertical and horizontal shot. Below is a slide show of the 20 examples I have taken.

Also besides the obvious use of the vertical orientation for tall objects and standing people I also have considered the following when choosing the subjects above;
  • The subject is already vertical
  • Height needs defining
  • Motion of the subject is vertical
  • Defining direction of subject gaze - up or down
  • Directing the viewers gaze within the image
  • In portraits it can be used to retain tighter control of basic composition rules e.g. the rule of thirds
  • Isolate a feature of the subject
  • Defining the position/boundary of an object within it's containing space.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Positioning the Horizon

Horizon - This exercise is to explore different positions of the horizon and and how they affect an image.

Horizon 2

Placing the horizon line at the top of the image purely draws attention to fore ground and near distance subjects. It heavily depends on foreground interest to give impact. I also find it contains the image within a defined boundary.


Balance in the image - taking six photographs from previous exercises I re-examined how the balance works in each one.

As per the course notes it is easier to see how the balance and elements that make it up appear within the shot.

TAOP - Balance

As can be seen in the shot above, the main element of the main object is in the middle with two lesser elements "weighting" the edges of the image. This works as the main object is filling the frame and is symmetrical. This balance works best with objects like this.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Focal Lengths and Different Viewpoints

This exercise was to compare the effects of how your physical viewpoint needs to change when shooting with different lenses.

Using a 105mm lens , the focal length at the extreme of my zoom lens, I took this first picture.

ViewPoint (1 of 2)