Photography explored..

After Conánn’s talk, I wanted to explore what each of the six categories actually meant for photography, to make it easier when setting up shots.

Depth of field is distance that causes intense sharpness in an image, this varies depending on the aperture, camera type and focus. This occurs in the eyes too, as objects either in the foreground of background become focused and unfocused. This process occurs in a gradient however, and not as one harsh motion. The billiard balls below show this gradient from focus to unfocused.

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Composition is another pinical area, theories such as ‘the rule of thirds’ which was explained to us and leading lines all come from this idea. Composition is the layout of the photograph, how and where items are positioned, changing the feel of a piece, just like the Penguins Conann drew. This article was really good in providing tips for composition, such as keeping it simple and filling the frame.

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The light house above sits on the right third,with frames from the window and building touching the upper and lower horizontal thirds.

Tonality, which I had no idea about, refers to the contrast of images, This gives an image the feeling of weight and lightness/darkness of a piece.This can be applied to both black and white and colour photography. Colour photography opens the ball park further as the variety of colours can change how an object interacts with its shadows and the light around it. The image of the dog below almost looks angelic, the bright colours on the head a stand out against the cool background, instantly drawing our eye to the canine.

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Colour- This article gave me amazing advice for colour photography, and have used these tips previously. Colour is always present, but manipulating it correctly can give some of the most beautiful images. It can be used with the other aspects of the image like shape, form, texture, lines and light to give stark looks. In the case of the image below, the vibrant childish colours stand out amazingly against the dull tarmac. They work together without being overbearing, giving a youthful innocence to the image.

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Texture in photography can demonstrate the beauty in smaller insignificant things. The wool on a jumper, cross hatch of a sieve, bark on a tree. It allows us to give another added dimension to a photo, and is one of my favourite things to play with. Field of depth, colour and textures work together in the images of the bricks below.

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Finally, light. Light can completely change the look and feel of a photograph, depending on its position, strength. It casts shadows, erases them, changes the tone with soft subtle tones to dark, woody tones. Light is another element I love in photography as its use is so vast and the outcomes completely different each time.

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