“ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph”. – Matt Hardy
I snatched this quote from a post over at Digital Photography School. I’m not one for the whole snapshot vs. photograph debate but I do believe that, as a photographer, we are blessed with a task of showing the beauty of all things that others may not see. How do you open your eyes to the beauty around you? Let’s discuss it in the comments below.
Hey Light Scribers,
Sorry for the lack of posts lately; family matters and being under the weather have kept my digital pen at bay. In any case, I wanted to fill you in on a new class I started at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Photographic Design! I’ll be further developing my compositional skills while also working on other elements of visual artistry such as design principles (color, form, line) as well as color theory. Below is an image I used as part of my submission for an assignment. We were to focus on the basics of composition and design.
This is an image of the inside of a Project 7 Save the Earth gum container (Which just so happens to plant one fruit tree for every container of gum sold!) … Sorry, I’ve chewed most of it already. 🙂 For me, this image showcases proper use of the rule of thirds, motion, implied line and form. I’d be delighted to know what you think of the image; please feel free to chime in by commenting below.
For our final project in Digital Image Illustration we were to create a magazine cover for the fictitious publication Sustainable Greene. Our design called for:
- An 8.5×11 in. document.
- A composite of no less than six original images; no stock images were permitted.
- Some element in the cover had to be in black and white.
- There had to be text elements such as the publication’s name, a tag line, etc.
- The resulting cover had to have a surreal look to it.
The cover you see below isn’t the actual one I submitted but it meets the above requirements. Let me know what you think!
© 2012 Michael Stagg
I was looking over some old tutorial videos from Bryan Peterson on spin/zoom techniques to imply motion. I decided to try the zooming technique and the image below is from that experiment.
If you’d like to check out Bryan’s video here it is: