How to Take Great Photographs For your Media Coursework
Great Photographs This photograph Gorbals Boys taken by Burt Hardy in 1948 is considered to be a great photograph. Why?
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.
Great Photographs Lewis Hine’s image places emphasis on shape Images by Martin Parr emphasising line/shape and colour Above: Andreas Gursky Right: Henri Cartier-Bresson
Framing Consider: Landscape format or Portrait format A frame within a frame
Viewpoint You can change the emphasis of a photograph by simply changing the viewpoint . Overhead and low angle shots can create emphasis and give a more interesting result
Depth and Perspective Here we have an example of a linear perspective as depth is created through the use of the parallel lines
Image Planes When we refer to Image Planes, we are considering: Foreground Middle ground Background Here the elements in the foreground, enhance the background
Evaluation When we take our photos, we may also think about balance and proportion Eg symmetry
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.
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.
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.
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
Sources <ul><li>John Hedgecoe’s Complete Guide to Photography </li></ul><ul><li>20th Century Photography by Reuel Golden </li></ul><ul><li>The Photo Book pub Phaidon </li></ul><ul><li>Various internet sites for photographs by Rankin, Angus McBean and Herb Ritts </li></ul>