Recipe for a photograph
Posted on May 18, 2015
I rarely cook the same thing twice and I hardly ever have the exact ingredients but I'm not going to let that stop me and actually I prefer the challenge of limited parameters. I like problem solving. I have an excellent photographic excersise which applies a similar challenge.
Deconstruct your favourite photograph. Break it down into it's separate elements to understand how it was created.
- What is the light source?
- If it's natural light, what time of day is it?
- What direction is the light coming from?
- What is the subject or object of the image?
- What is the purpose of the image - Art/Propaganda?
- Is the image in colour or black and white? Why?
There are many elements to every photograph. The personality of the photographer and the subject also affect the final image. The purpose of this excercise is to learn by creation. Once you have separated all the elements you are left with the ingredients to create your own image using those elements.
Get out of your comfort zone. make a dining room into a studio. Shut out the light by putting coats over the windows if you have to and use the table lamp as your light source if that's all you have.
Don't be put off if you don't have the same resources that were used in your chosen favourite photograph. You might find a new direction or a new spark to your creativity.