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Experimental Imagery inPhotographySophie Baker1

2Case Study

Case StudyThe artist here is Roco Montoya who is a photographer and graphic designer from Spain who uses handmade collages to make her final products. Her work goes down the more traditional route because of her use of paper collage from photographs she has taken, as well as drawings theyve made. Montoyas aim is to manipulate images to covey the perception of nature through aesthetic experiences. Such as the models used in her photography. However she also uses non-traditional techniques by using digital productions, Photoshop, to adjust the lighting, exposure, tone and shadowing on her photographs. After this she begins to go through magazines and her drawings to add to the improved photograph. When the collage has been created she adds to them further with paint and defining other connotations of the images by using a crafting knife to scrape to add different textures to the images. Due to her work using both traditional and non-traditional methods her work is both historical and contemporary. I personally find her work to be more historical than contemporary due to her rare use of Photoshop and her work focusing more on her collages and artwork on the photographs to make the final product. This work would most likely be displayed in galleries and on the internet for the artists website/ promotion.

Traditional method:

Non-traditional method:

Final product:

You are to discuss a minimum of three experimental images produced using photography. Note the artist, and discuss the techniques they have used. Categorise the techniques as traditional or non-traditional and also as historical or contemporary. Discuss where the work might be displayed.

http://rociomontoya.com/portfolio_page/parasomnia/http://theinspirationgrid.com/surreal-collages-by-rocio-montoya/ 3

You are to discuss a minimum of three experimental images produced using photography. Note the artist, and discuss the techniques they have used. Categorise the techniques as traditional or non-traditional and also as historical or contemporary. Discuss where the work might be displayed.

http://rociomontoya.com/portfolio_page/parasomnia/http://theinspirationgrid.com/surreal-collages-by-rocio-montoya/ 4

Case Study

The artist here is Matthew Brandt is photographer from Los Angeles. Brandt uses the traditional method of taken photographs he has taken and submerging them in water. By doing this he has created a dynamic and dramatic perspective on a clear image. The photographer takes images of lakes and brings back samples of the water from the lake to soak the picture with once they have been printed. Doing this degrades, stains and erodes the image(s) and gives them a new perspective as well as an aged look from the locations own sources. Such as the lake water. Due to Brandt not using an digital post productions or techniques his method for his photography is traditional. His traditional approach to his work makes his work more historical rather than contemporary because of his natural techniques towards his final products. His work is mainly displayed within galleries and online on his own personal blog to display his portfolio.

You are to discuss a minimum of three experimental images produced using photography. Note the artist, and discuss the techniques they have used. Categorise the techniques as traditional or non-traditional and also as historical or contemporary. Discuss where the work might be displayed.

http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/creative-photography-ideas 5

You are to discuss a minimum of three experimental images produced using photography. Note the artist, and discuss the techniques they have used. Categorise the techniques as traditional or non-traditional and also as historical or contemporary. Discuss where the work might be displayed.

http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/creative-photography-ideas 6

Case Study

The artist here is Ellen Hoverkamp. Hoverkamp uses scanography, scanner photography, to create her work. The scanner takes the image with a black background placed giving the subjects in the foreground more focus and definition. She uses natural resources, plants, to create her displayed images through colleges or displays of the plants within the photograph. Due to her using modern technology to create her work with a scanner her photographs would be deemed as contemporary and being created in a non-traditional method. Even though she is using sources for her images which have been around for years, such as plants, it wouldnt be seen as a historical/ traditional type of photography because of her use of modern techniques. Hoverkamp has done a traditional form of photography in a non-traditional way. The photographers work has not only been displayed in galleries and online for her own webpage but also in a gardening book to further display her work on other platforms to broaden her audience.

You are to discuss a minimum of three experimental images produced using photography. Note the artist, and discuss the techniques they have used. Categorise the techniques as traditional or non-traditional and also as historical or contemporary. Discuss where the work might be displayed.7

You are to discuss a minimum of three experimental images produced using photography. Note the artist, and discuss the techniques they have used. Categorise the techniques as traditional or non-traditional and also as historical or contemporary. Discuss where the work might be displayed.8

9Technique #1Out of focus

You must duplicate each slide for each technique. Minimum of 4 required. 9

Technique #1: Out of focus

How I carried out the technique to make these images Out of focus was by making sure the camera was in manual focus, not auto focus. This was to ensure the images would be out of focus and not automatically in focus. The images taken were of lights mainly but inside and outside meaning that the focus needed to be adjusted for each image to get different effects from them. As well as trying to make sure the images were distinguishable even out of focus.

Use this page to display contact sheets from your chosen technique *Write about how you carried out the technique. Explain what camera settings were used.* Write about the technique youve used

To make the contact sheet you need to go to File> Automate> Contact Sheet II. Once done a menu opens asking you about how many rows & columns you want (I did 5 rows and 5 columns). As well as the dimensions for the images (width & height). For the width I made it 19cm and the height 25cm. Then you go to the Choose button on the top left of the menu to select your images from a folder. 10

Technique #1

Chosen image (On separate document):

The image that I have chosen has a bokeh effect from the fairy lights in the image. I figured that this would be a good background for something rotoscoped to have. I began by looking up images of illustrated fairies, chose my favorite for positioning and shape and dragged the image into Photoshop. Using the Rotoscoping tool and began cutting the outline of the fairy. Once rotoscoped I right click on my mouse where a column of options appear and go for Layer Via Copy so that I can drag that layer of the fairy independently onto another document with the chosen image on using the Mouse tool.

Use this slide to include a screen capture of the edit process. Before and during editing is preferable.Remember to annotate this slide.To screen capture on a mac, use CMD + SHIFT + 4 for a selection, or CMD + SHIFT + 3 for the full screen.Screenshot the editing process and annotate what and why youre doing that 11

Technique #1

Once the layer of the rotoscoped fairy is dragged using the mouse tool onto the chosen photograph I wanted to change the colour of the fairy to look more like a shadow. I double click on the layer needed and a menu opens. I go for Colour Overlay, to get a full coverage of the rotoscoped layer, and click on the small coloured rectangle to get a selection of colours and shades to a better selection. After playing around with the colours to see what matches the background the best I went for full black so that the fairy looks like a shadow over the bokeh photograph. Before colour adjustments After colour adjustments

Use this slide to include a screen capture of the edit process. Before and during editing is preferable.Remember to annotate this slide.To screen capture on a mac, use CMD + SHIFT + 4 for a selection, or CMD + SHIFT + 3 for the full screen.Screenshot the editing process and annotate what and why youre doing that 12

Technique #1

After rotoscoping, placing and colouring the first subject for the chosen photograph I noticed that is was still quite bare so I went back and found another subject to rotoscope and colour to look like a shadow for the left side of the photograph.

Use this slide to include a screen capture of the edit process. Before and during editing is preferable.Remember to annotate this slide.To screen capture on a mac, use CMD + SHIFT + 4 for a selection, or CMD + SHIFT + 3 for the full screen.Screenshot the editing process and annotate what and why youre doing that 13

Technique #1

The strengths of my final image are the overall concept of using a fantasy element to the image. I like that the fairy on the left looks as though shes holding one of the bokeh lights. This small detail, I think, makes the composition look more pleasing for the viewer. However the weaknesses of my final product is that the rotoscoping of the subjects is quite messy. I could have taken more care with them to make them more defined. How I could develop the technique further is maybe adding more or maybe having the bokeh lights to overlap them to make the subjects look even more like shadows. This image would most likely be seen online or possible as a print for children.

Original image:Edited image:

Screenshot of edited imageEvaluate your image. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses. How could you further develop the technique? Where could the image be seen and who is the appropriate audience? Is it aesthetically pleasing? Is the composition interesting?14

Technique #1: Development

Original image:Edited image:To continue with development for my photography I went back to taking a few more images and to work tried to edit one of them I thought would work well. I ended up doing the same technique as I had done before hand with the previous out of focus edit. I went online and found an illustrated image of a hot air balloon to add to the out of focus image of the clouds to have a mix of reality and fictional imagery tied together. The strengths of this image is that the overall idea of having an illustrated image with the photograph is interesting and makes the composition interesting. However the weaknesses of this image is that the illustrated style is too obvious in comparison to the photograph making the image not very aesthetically pleasing. This type of work would be seen as prints for children and most likely would be advertised online.

Screenshot of edited imageEvaluate your image. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses. How could you further develop the technique? Where could the image be seen and who is the appropriate audience? Is it aesthetically pleasing? Is the composition interesting?15

16Technique #2Reflections

You must duplicate each slide for each technique. Minimum of 4 required. 16

Technique #2: Reflections

The technique I used to carry out images as reflections was to make sure the camera was in auto focus to make sure that the subject was clear and stood out at any angle or surface. Sometimes I would use manual focus if the surface was to obscure to ensure the subjects were noticeable.

Use this page to display contact sheets from your chosen techniqueWrite about how you carried out the technique. Explain what camera settings were used.

Auto focus17

Technique #2 With the second image I wanted to play around with the brightness of the image, as well as add a bit of colour to the image to make it more defined. So in order to achieve this I went for the adjustments. I started by adjusting the Brightness/ Contrast to make the subjects within the image more noticable. Which worked slightly by making whatever darker elements in the photo more prominent.

The image became slightly more prominent after working with some of the other adjustments, such as the Curves. The main effect that came from the Brightness/ Contrast and Curves was that the subjects became more and more obvious to the eye.

Use this slide to include a screen capture of the edit process. Before and during editing is preferable.Remember to annotate this slide.To screen capture on a mac, use CMD + SHIFT + 4 for a selection, or CMD + SHIFT + 3 for the full screen.18

Technique #2

After some more sharpening adjustments to make the two subjects more prominent to the viewer with Levels I began to add colour to the image to bring vibrancy to the image. First off I played with the levels on Vibrance. This added only a small amount of colour change, even with the levels being very high. So I went for the most effective adjustment Hue/ Saturation. Instead of being clam with the colours I went for as bright as possible to bring as much colour to the image in contrast to the original chosen images.

Use this slide to include a screen capture of the edit process. Before and during editing is preferable.Remember to annotate this slide.To screen capture on a mac, use CMD + SHIFT + 4 for a selection, or CMD + SHIFT + 3 for the full screen.19

Technique #2

The strengths of my final image are the use of colour. Even with the noise in the image the final result I personally find to still be aesthetically please and makes the composition interesting because both the subjects remain still it gives the image an eerie feel, except now instead of the subjects fading into the background like in the original they have become more focused from the sharpening and coloured adjustments. The weakness of this image is that even though its quite eerie it is quite bland. There isnt a lot in focus here. If I were to develop this image further I would work on the angle of the image to make the overall finish more dynamic and interesting for the viewer. The image would most likely be seen online or in a gallery for a specific theme of reflections by an audience of all ages.

Original image:Edited image:

Evaluate your image. - Discuss the strengths and weaknesses. How could you further develop the technique? Where could the image be seen and who is the appropriate audience? Is it aesthetically pleasing? Is the composition interesting?20

21Technique #3Hockney Joiner

You must duplicate each slide for each technique. Minimum of 4 required. 21

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