TAOP Assignment 3: Colour

TAOP Assignment 3: Colour

This assignment is all about colour. Harmonious, contrasting, complementary, accents, design, filtering, adding and subtracting, etc. I sometimes describe myself as a bit of a colour-holic, and here present 16 colourful pictures with commentaries on composition, balance and movement.

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TAOP Assignment 2: Elements of Design

TAOP Assignment 2: Elements of Design

10 pictures of foodstuff arranged to match a pre-defined set of compositional design elements. It was a fun exercise that I learnt a lot from.

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Rhythms and patterns

Rhythms and patterns

In my learning log for TAOP exercise 2-9 I look at repetition, patterns and rhythms in pictures, and manages to get myself somewhat confused.

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Real and implied triangles

Real and implied triangles

In this exercise, I investigated "real" and "implied" triangles as a compositional device.

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Implied lines

Implied lines

Exercise 2.7 is about implied lines - lines that aren't really visible lines in the picture, but which the brain recognises as such. The typical examples are eye-lines, lines "made up of" points, and movement-lines.

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It’s just a shadow of an illusion… from a dream

It’s just a shadow of an illusion… from a dream

A good friend and former model, helped me understand the process behind a successful fashion shoot, and summed it up in a single, easy to remember sentence. This blog post elaborates on the the idea, and gives a few examples of emotions (hopefully) being communicated successfully.

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Pretty, but fake

Pretty, but fake

Should photographs be photo-realistic, or has the line between photography and digital design become so blurred that the message is more important than the method? This essay looks at some different points of view, and concludes that the fundamental discussion should be about honesty and expectations, rather than Photoshop.

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Low key portrait of dad

Low key portrait of dad

I have plenty of snapshots of my dad, but no portraits. So when he came to visit for Christmas, we went out to rectify that situation. It was my first time trying to shoot a dramatic low-key portrait, and I learnt a number of valuable lessons. Although the final result didn't turn out exactly as expected, I'm glad to finally have a portrait of dad on my desk.

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Calm waters at the seaside

Calm waters at the seaside

I went to Southend-on-Sea to take some long-exposure shots of the sea. It wasn't all plain sailing, but 8 seagulls helped me to get a picture that communicates "continuous water" as intended (sounds weird? I know....)

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Bigga than Ben

Bigga than Ben

From a vague idea of a sunset picture, to a silhouette of The London Eye in front of a bold, dramatic sunset with colours only Hollywood or Kodachrome could have imagined. The main point of the post is the thought processes that went into this mixture between photo and graphic art.

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