Blog Post #4: Photography

October 23, 2009 at 2:41 pm (PRCA 3339)

I completed the PoytnerNewsU course Language of the Image today.

What I learned

Before participating in this course I had no idea how many single elements were a part of the art of photography. There are so many different wants to capture a photograph and so many different things (emotions, moods, etc) that can be portrayed to the audience through that photograph. A single photograph can contain a single element or it can contain multiple elements. A photograph could can contain as many as 5 or 6 different elements. Photographs like this can be extremely complex and can take a lot of talent and a good eye to be able to create.

What suprised me

How certain pictures are so pleasing to the eye because of the graphics that are within a picture. Photographs that include repetitive shapes (i.e. circles, lines, designs) are aesthetically pleasing to the eye and are usually considered strong photographs.

Below is an example I found from www.attentiondesign.com.

The shadow of the railing adds lines to the picture and makes this picture more appeasing to the eye. s

The shadow of the railing adds lines to the picture and makes this picture more appeasing to the eye.

I have always thought that photography was just something a person could pick up as a hobby and if you practiced it long enough you could be pretty good. This might be true but there is a lot more to photography than just snapping a picture of something that you or somebody else might find interesting. It is a true art and just like anything else it takes practice and studying of the art form to be able to become a professional.

What I want to learn more about

I would like to learn more about the graphic element of photography. I think it is extremely neat how somebody can capture a picture that has so many graphic elements, even in action shots where the original intention was not to capture the graphic element. I also would like to learn more about how to capture different emotions and moods with the same photograph or different elements of the same scene/person/etc. through separate photographs.

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