Taking good Photographs for you Media Coursework

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For AS and A2 Media Students

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  • 1. How to Take Great PhotographsFor your Media Coursework

2. Great Photographs This photographGorbals Boystaken by Burt Hardy in 1948 is considered to be a great photograph.Why? 3. Great Photographs Great photographers are always aware of the key visual elements and will make use of them in their photographs.The key visual elements are:colour, form, line, pattern, shape, texture, tone etc.In addition to this, we must also consider framing, viewpoint, depth and perspective. 4. Great Photographs Lewis Hines image places emphasis on shape Images by Martin Parr emphasising line/shape and colour Above:Andreas Gursky Right:Henri Cartier-Bresson 5. Framing Consider: Landscape format or Portrait format A frame within a frame 6. Viewpoint You can change the emphasis of a photograph by simply changing the viewpoint . Overhead and low angle shots can createemphasis and give a more interesting result 7. Depth and Perspective Here we have an example of a linear perspective as depth is created through the use of the parallel lines 8. Image Planes When we refer to Image Planes, we are considering: Foreground Middle ground Background Here the elements in the foreground, enhance the background 9. Evaluation When we take our photos, we may also think about balance and proportion Eg symmetry 10. Useful Photographersto look at 11. Herb Ritts Herb Ritts is known for his images of celebrities and much of his work has featured on the cover of Vanity Fair.He often works in black and white making sure his subjects are beautifully lit.The styling of his subjects is hugely important. 12. Angus McBean Angus McBean is another photographer well known for his portraits of celebrities.He was a specialist in theatre photography and in these images, he uses light and framing in a particularly interesting way. 13. Rankin Rankin is best known as a fashion photographer and has also taken images for album covers.He co-founded the style magazine Dazed & Confused. 14. Summary Before doing your photoshoot: Consider (and blog about) what makes a good photograph Post some examples (perhaps from the photographers mentioned) Carefully consider the mise en scene, particularly costume, setting and lighting Pay attention to your framing Pay attention to the key visual elements Consider enhancing your photographs after the photoshoot 15. Sources

  • John HedgecoesComplete Guide to Photography
  • 20th Century Photographyby Reuel Golden
  • The Photo Bookpub Phaidon
  • Various internet sites for photographs by Rankin, Angus McBean and Herb Ritts