Month: February 2014

Alphabet Photography

We have been assigned a mini project to form an alphabet using pictures of things resembling letters of the alphabet. The idea was to take photos of naturally occurring letters in the environment which proved to be more difficult than it sounded at first.
For the project I worked as a pair with Hayley. We found most of the photos we took were in the area around the beach. This mini project has made me notice more interesting shapes/letters in my surroundings.



Photography as an art depends on the photographer’s ability to see as the camera sees.  Cameras only see and record parts of the larger scene and reduce it to 2D, frames it, and captures it. It does not have the ability to discriminate as we do. When a photographer looks at a scene, its only the important elements that the photographer wants in the shot and more or less ignores the rest. Good pictures don’t happen by chance. Basic principles of composition aid in the process of a good photograph. The way the elements are arranged within a picture are eye catching and show good composition. Developing these photographic composition skills lead to photographs that suggest movement, life, depth, shape, and form, recreating the original scene.

These are all principles and elements of photography:

  • Center of Interest
  • Subject Placement
  • Simplicity
  • Viewpoint and Camera Angle
  • Balance
  • Shapes and lines
  • Pattern
  • Volume
  • Lighting
  • Texture
  • Tone
  • Contrast
  • Framing
  • Foreground
  • Background
  • Perspective

Center of Interest
At first these have seemed quite confusing at first to me. With future research and experience I’m sure I’ll finally understand.

Each picture need to catch the viewer’s eyes.  The photograph should have only one center of interest and then the other elements in the photograph must support the focus of attention to the center of interest. If a photo doesn’t have a center of interest or multiple areas of focus it can become quite confusing to the viewer.


Often key in most pictures, the simpler and more direct a picture is, the clearer it is to understand and this increases it’s effectiveness of being a good photograph. Ensuring there is only enough material in the picture to convey one single idea makes the picture clear to its center of focus. The scene should never be cluttered as the confusing elements within the picture will just take away the viewers focus from the center of focus.

View Point and Camera Angle

For good composition it is very important to look at the view point and camera angle. Controlling composition is as easy as repositioning the subject within the frame. Using different view points or camera angles can add drama and excitment or emphasise something unusual within a shot. As most subjects are 3D they should be photographed from an angle to allow the viewer to see more than just one side. By walking around the subject this ensures the best viewport to use. Viewport and Camera angle are usually used together or interchangeably. Viewport is the position of the camera to its subject. Camera angle is the angle that the camera lens is tilted.

Eye level Shots

These are done when the camera is held horizontal, eye-level shots are usualIy made at a height of about 5 1/2 feet, as this is the height that the average adult sees. Moving the camera angle up or down changes whether its a high or low eye level shot.




This is a stop animation I am working on. It is a stop animation of a drawing of a person on a swing, this is my first stage within this process so it is very basic, as I am just trying to get the movement right. I have been struggling to stop this animation looking too jumpy as a movement on a swing is very smooth. To create this I drew stickmen in the various positions to create the swing movement, I then filled them out to give them more of a shape and make what was happening in the animation more obvious. Once I felt that the movement was achieved, I took photos of each of the drawings and then imported them to my mac. I enjoy doing hand drawn animations as I feel like there is much more control on the movements and look of the animation.

My latest project was to create a short 15 second animation in a canvas size of 22mm X 16mm in flash, this was my first time using flash and it reflects in my animation. As well as creating the animation I created a short 15 second music clip on garageband which was made up of kit and percussion loops. This is my final animation, the colours were supposed to change to the beats of the drum but I couldn’t get it to do that after hours of attempting it.

Flash Animations

A Flash animation is a moving picture/drawing made using Adobe Flash or similar animation software and often published in the .swf file format. Flash animations are not just a file format but are considered a type of visual style as they are mostly hand drawn vector type pictures. The animations are usually used for use on the internet so are usually referred to as Internet cartoons, online cartoons, or web toons. Animations on the internet may be interactive or made into an animated series on youtube or similar .

I am going to create a short flash animation similar to Len Lye. Len Lye created his animations by painting/drawing or scratching onto film strips. I will be using a canvas size of 22mm X 16mm, to try to create my animation on the size canvas he would have used. I am going to be putting music to my animation by using Garage Band. This will be my first time using both of these pieces of software.

Stop Animation

Stop motion or stop frame animation is a technique which involves physically manipulating objects to make the object appear to move on its own. The object should be moved in small movements between individually photographed frames to create the look of movement when it is played back. clay figures or small toys such as lego are often used in stop motion as they are very easy to move into positions. When stop motion animation uses plasticine it is called clay-mation or clay animation. Stop motion doesn’t necessarily need clay, plasticine or toys as stop motion films can involve using humans or things around the house.

I am going to be creating a hand drawn stop animation and then maybe I will digitalise it, although I do like the look of the old fashioned hand drawn animations. I will be looking at some already existing stop motion animations to give myself some inspiration.

Website Update

I have read through my feedback and am happy with it, i am going to change where my ‘About / Contact’ is located on my site, to the top of the page and make the font darker ready for March to have it re-marked.