Photography Masterclass

 Today Conánn gave us a brief master class on cinematography, introducing into concepts such as the ‘Rule of Thirds’ and ‘Leading Lines.’ The idea of this comes from the use of film in animation. Animation is all ‘shot on camera’ so to speak, each element is considered for a reason. For example, the beach scene in ‘Saving Private Ryan’ is filmed by a camera on a basketball, giving the motion of a hand held camera to allow a more personal view point. The film is underexposed, giving a more grainy, stylized look typical of the time.

With the help of a penguin and photoshop, Conánn showed us the purpose of set up in each frame. Placing a character to the left hand side of the screen gives a foreboding look, as if lost in a daydream thinking of his penguin family in the hard winter snow. A camera angle that looks at the penguin from below looks more intimidating, giving a larger bulkier look to the creature.

He also showed us this article on tips for setting up each shot, considering elements such as light and set-up itself. . He then asked us to think of the main points of focus for some of the photographs on his website. (http://conann.com/photography/)

Art & Design Foundation art piece.

Light is a key element in this photo, the exposure creating a variety of shadows on this in face white sculpture. Photo courtesy of Conánn.

My kids under Foyle Bridge on a typically foggy day

“The advantages of twins,”- Conann. Symmetry gives a beautiful ascetic to both the bridge and pram. Photo courtesy of Conánn.

The purpose of this exercise is to assist us with a photography challenge due on the 3rd November. A total of 600 photos, one hundred from each of the categories below, as a beginning basis. These will then be wittled down to the top 25 for each category and then the final top 1 selected.

The categories; depth of field, composition, tonality, colour, texture and light.

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