When asked to present five photos using the “creative devices” we learned in this class, I was a little discouraged. I have an account on Instagram and Twitter but those spontaneous acts of my artistic side are few and far in between.
So when thinking about what five photographs I could take and use and what creative devices I could classify them under, I decided I’d take pictures of my five favorite recent memories… Hope you enjoy! If not… please lie and say you did!
For this first photograph I chose to capture wine and use the creative device of “focus” to draw in the attention of my audience. I believe by using focus, the viewers eyes look directly at the wine glass which is the focal point. The use of blurred background I feel creates more appeal but doesn’t take away the attention of the glass itself. I think the glass had such a powerful statement in this picture because of its color and because of its placement. It’s aesthetically pleasing because of its appealing elements and contrast of colors. I also think that because of the background elements that highlight the “focal point” because they relate to the main subject.
And now unveiling photograph #2!
For the second photograph I captured I felt it could be classified under the creative device of “framing” because it highlights the stage and the performer who was hosting the event. Although the heart that was created by my friend’s hand and mine is a bit of distraction to what’s going on, it also emphasizes the performance that is going on and the crowd that is partaking in the event behind. It captures the reader’s attention because it is framing an important event which obviously exhibits an exciting an event of some kind (an awesome concert). It’s also pleasant for the eye because it has colors that create appeal as well as the excitement taking place at the festival.
Hello number 3.
This picture was taken during my little adventure to Colorado. I felt once taken it fit the category of “depth” best. For me, I felt the focal point was the car that was closest in the image followed by other traffic then by the mountain range in the distance. It captures the reader’s attention because of how the gloomy haze highlighted the accents of the different cars and scenery and also because a majority of the picture is in focus. All the above reasons show why people would choose to view the image. Plus it’s Colorado, how could you not love it?
For this fourth photograph I used the creative device of “Rule of Thirds” because, well, it fits the category (plus, the shoes are cute and the weather was so nice!). The shoes I’m wearing in this picture draw the viewer’s attention because they are the main subject that is upfront and center. But the blue chairs and the stage in the background also create good scenery which makes the nude color of the shoes more interesting. If I were someone who just happened to come across this picture, I would like it for its different use of placing the main subject and because of its simplicity (and because of the fact they were new shoes).
And last but not least we see the photograph in this “Fab Five” selection in which chose to incorporate a little bit of my school pride. The creative device in this piece is “contrast” because the contrast around the subject are what makes it pop. It captures the reader’s attention because the focal point is very obvious and because the main subject is intriguing. For fellow Poke fans it’s aesthetically please because is does represent the Wyoming Cowboys, for other viewers, well it’s intriguing because of its lighting around the subject.
From this assignment I learned… well… I need to take better photographs. Just kidding! I did learn that all of the important composition tips suggested do improve photos so much more. As someone who takes interest in photography I felt this assignment also helped me learn the importance of taking good photos if Photoshop was not an option.
I was surprised by this assignments difficulty because the less I had to worry about Photoshoppimg, the more I had to worry about focusing on good and original photographs.
As for things I could change, there are a lot of things. I wish I could have had more time to travel and take a more wide-range of pictures and think of more creative ways to incorporate different elements. I also wish I could have taken more advantage of lighting and of different subjects.
Overall though, I’m not unsatisfied with what I composed, I hope you all aren’t either!