Out Of Focus
The first experiment that I did was the ‘out of focus’ photography piece
of work. For this task, I walked around college with the
cameras, having the setting on manual focus and changing the
apertures to have more of a blur. I also used the focus ring to change
the level of focus on each image. I found that when I shot the photos in
brighter, well lit areas, the shapes within the image would blend around
the edges more than anywhere else, so you were able to see what the
object originally was, but the effect was really good on the final image.
You can see on the right hand side the difference between the lighter
images and the slightly darker one.
The first image is of a vending machine, which is in a well lit area, but
the machine itself is very dark and has a lot of shadows, which helps to
enhance the images other colours. I think that the image look very
abstract because of the colours and the way that they blend with each
other, the blues, reds and greens are the colours that stand out the
most, which draw in the audience.
The second image is of a bookcase, I decided to take the picture on an
angle so that I could see the bookcase, but also the desks just behind
it. I like this image because it makes the bookcase look as though its
moving, which I think is a really great effect on the overall image.
The third image on the right is of an area of chairs, I like this image
because you can tell what it is of, but because the changed level of
focus on the image, the blurriness looks really good. I think that this
type of technique on photos can make them look very abstract and
creative, and I also like that they don’t have to look ‘perfect’ because
the more out of focus the image is, the better it looks.
This is my final image for out of focus, I really like this image because of the way
that the colours blur together, and how you cant be positive of what the image is.
This technique worked well on this subject I think because of the bright colours and
different shapes within the machine I pictured. I really like the brightness of the
image, even though it was actually taken in darker area. I think that this image also
captures the technique really well, I think that every aspect of the image is out of
focus and you cant be very sure what the items are. Although I like this image I
think that I could've taken the picture on a smaller scale, having it more zoomed In
to the object, so that the colours would’ve really blended in to each other.
This technique was about being able to capture peoples movements, I
tired to focus primarily on legs, as I felt that when people were
walking, this was the part of the body that you would be guaranteed to
always be moving. In order to create this look, I had to have a long
exposure to make sure that I would capture the movement. I used the TV
(shutter priority) to help be control how long I wanted the shutter being
open for. I then also started to experiment a little by moving my camera
as the shot was taking.
The first image on the right shows one person walking towards me , I
made sure I had a very long shutter speed in order to capture it. I like the
look of this image but my only issue is that I feel like it doesn't’t cover
enough of the woman’s body, I also think that because the person is
dressed in very dark clothing you cant see the movement in the image
The second image went much better, I decided to move the camera
whist it was taking to see what the effect would be and I really like it. I
think that it makes the image even more ’blurred’ which I think enhances
the look of movement within the image. I also thought that even though
the colours are very dark, you can clearly see each leg and how it is
moving, unlike the first image.
The third and final image is of another person walking away from me, the
big difference I felt in this image is the colouring. This image features
blue as its primary colour and I think that this shows the movement a lot
better than the darker images.
I've found that doing this technique was easy and I enjoyed being able to
see the effect of moving the camera around as the same time as taking
This is my final image showing movement, when taking these pictures I found it
difficult to capture the technique properly because I felt that you wouldn’t be able to
tell that the image was someone walking away from you. Although I don’t feel this
image captures movement very well, I do really like the image because of the effect
it does have. You can kind of see that the people are walking away from you, which
I think is amplified by the blurred background of the image. I also think that the
more colourful background Is a good contrast against the black figures in the
This technique was about being able to take a lot of smaller images of
one large image, making sure to be methodical, ensuring that every part
of the image has been captured. I then uploaded these images into
Photoshop, by going ton file, the automate, then photo merge, then
choosing the folder with images I wanted to merge together. I found that
on some of the images Photoshop put them together to well, not making
the collage looking image I wanted. I found that if I chose a different
option (such as collage, taking off the blending option) then the overall
look of the photo was much better and the technique worked.
The first image I chose to take was an image on the wall, I took a lot of
smaller images going from left to right, then uploaded them onto
Photoshop. When the originally merged together, they fitted together to
well, so I had to manually move the smaller images around so that they
were mixed up more. I like the overall look of the image because of the
colours within it, I think the reds and the dark greens in the corners make
the image look very good when its broken up into more of a collage than
what it was originally intended to be.
The second image I took was of an A4 poster on the wall, I decided to
do this as it was a smaller area to photograph and I wanted to see what
the outcome would be. I think that It looks good but because of the lack
of colour it can be hard to distinguish which part is which. Although this
can be a negative of the image, I also think that it helps the image to look
The third image I took was of a life size picture of a man, I chose to do
thins one because it was such a big canvas size and I was interested to
see the outcome when the smaller images were merged together. I
found that the image looked really good when merged and I didn't’t have
to alter any of the smaller images, as they were already done enough.
This is my final image for the photomontage technique, I like this technique
because I like the way that the image is supposed to look imperfect. I like this
image because it doesn’t have a lot of bright colours that stand out, It is very
muted, but because of the shapes in the image you can clearly see where the
layering has happened to create the montage. I really like this image because you
can clearly see what the image is off, but because it has the photomontage
technique, it is disjointed. I also think that being able to see the shadows on the wall
and the face are very effective because it helps you to be able to see where the
outline of the subject is.
This technique is about getting a unique and interesting perspective on a
subject. Reflection in an image can provide us with very cool looking
images, transforming a seemingly ordinary image into something
exciting. Having a reflection within the image can provide a frame for the
photo. The way to do this is nothing special, you just find an interesting
reflection in a subject and photograph it.
The first image I used was in the toilets, as I wanted to start off with a
mirror image. I chose to take the image on an angle so I could get more
in the image. I like the way the image has 4 different mirror images within
it. I think it’s a very good and unique way to capture the image and I think
that it is interesting to look at,
The second image that I chose to take was the reflection off of a silver
gum holder, I though this was a really good picture because it is showing
a normal object, but if you look closer you can see the reflection of the
wall and a door within it. I like this image because it taken from an
upward angle, and I think it shows a lot of colour and different
shapes, making it unique.
The third image I took was of a blue warning sign on the wall of college, I
was walking past this and noticed the reflection of the windows and the
sunset shining through it. I really like this image because I think that it is
very pretty, unique and interesting to look at. I think that the orange of
the sunset and the blue of the poster also mix very well
together, creating a very aesthetically pleasing image.
I liked working on this technique because it allowed me to be able to look
further into subjects, looking to see if there was any interesting
reflections within them.
This is my final image showing reflections, I really like this image because I think
that it is creative and unique. I love the contrasting colours within the image, the
oranges and yellows in the reflection off of the blue poster really stand out and look
very effective. I also like the angle that I chose to take the picture in, I think that
because it is on a diagonal, you can clearly see the reflection, and I also think that
the angle helps the reflection to stand out more. I also like the way that the writing
on the sign is blurred, because I think that it help to showcase the reflection over
the object that is at the forefront of the image, the sign.