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June 3, 2008 at 12:33 pm #17384DominicParticipant
For my uninteresting subject I decided to take a shot of my boring old stapler.June 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm #18764Duncan RawlinsonKeymaster
For starters I think you’ve done a wonderful job on this assignment. The assignment was to make something “everyday” look more magnificent. I think your photograph is one of the best examples we have of this to date. Good job.
Let me begin by talking about what I think you’ve done correctly. For starters, your choice of incorporating a few dramatic colors was great. You kept the number of colors limited to 3 which maintains the photographs simplicity and organization. You’ll learn in an upcoming lesson the importance of color simplicity.
Secondly, you’ve used lines very well in this photograph. The photograph is very mechanical. Almost industrial. All of your lines are very straight but they all point in different direction. You have your main line of the stapler going horizontal. A piece of paper going vertical and the top half of the stapler going diagonal. This creates a “triangle” which is one of the most visually pleasing shapes to look at in a photograph (You’ll also learn that in an upcoming photograph). I’m not sure if that was intentional or not, but humans are drawn to triangular shapes within photographs. You’ll see examples of this in your upcoming lesson on composition.
My only criticism has to do with your camera’s ability to operate under such strange lighting conditions. Because you took this shot in such an artificial lighting environment, your camera had a hard time shading the gradient of the green close to the center of the paper. It looks slightly “blown” out. This just means your camera had a hard time adjusting to the right contrast because you have extremely bright colors and extremely dark colors. Most cameras have this problem, but it’s worth being aware of because such errors are almost impossible to see in a viewfinder and only show up once the image is enlarged. You’ll notice a sort of “pixilation” around the outskirts of the light green area as it blends into darker greens. It’s a form of “digital deterioration” and something you’ll want to try to avoid in future pictures.
Overall… great work.
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