Monthly Archives: November 2013

Assignment 1: Contrasts (TAoP)

Objective: To pick 8 contrasts from a list (provided by the OCA) and pair up 16 pictures that demonstrate the chosen contrasts. In addition, produce one photograph that demonstrates contrast ‘in one picture’.

I am so pleased to be immersing myself into the first assignment for this module. The practice exercises have been extremely beneficial and already I feel much more confident behind the camera.

I’ve spent the last few days really trying to focus on the contrasts I have chosen as I want to ‘think outside the box’ if possible and try to avoid cliche shots such as photographing a lemon for sour etc.


pointed final


Blunt final









Hard 1


soft 2




smooth 1






high final




many 2




liquid 2 (2)


solid 2

And finally, my 2 contrasts in one – black and white:

black and white

I’m very pleased with my final selection and although some were more thought out than others I feel they demonstrate my objective.

I used several techniques that was taught in the previous exercises such as altering the aperture, varying shutter speeds and experimenting with framing the subject.

I also learnt the importance of planning! From sketching a potential idea to making sure my battery was fully charged, having the right equiptment and organising my pictures onto my computer ready for the editing phase. (I have used minimal editing for these pictures as I feel it was not a major contributing factor to the point of the assignment – sometimes there is a tendancy to over edit resulting in the picture feeling less ‘real’)

For most of these pictures I took lots of shots – often between 20 – 30 so i had a huge range to select from. Some ideas worked, others didn’t. Sometimes they had very small differences i.e a small change in exposure, or a slightly higher aperture. I found this to be rather comforting in that I could select my favourite from many – rather than having the pressure of getting it right with one picture. This did however mean I sometimes ended up changing my mind several times between 2 or 3 images for my favourite.

I look forward to recieving my tutor’s feedback and getting stuck in with the rest of the course.

Exercise: Balance (TAoP)

Objective: Take 6 already-taken photographs, and decide how the balance works in each one. Look for what seems to be the dominant part (or parts) of the image. Identify them in a small rectangular sketch, and sketch the weighing ´scale´interpretation.

For this exercise i wanted to choose  a few pictures that may appear to be ‘unbalanced’ or where the balance was not instantly noticeable and/or equal. It is very easy to identify the balance of say a sunset or a city landscape, so i tried to identify the balance of some trickier pictures as well as some fairly obvious ones.


As you can see the red boxes highlight the main parts to the photograph.

sketch 1


This image interested me as I feel the balance is done through a sort of layering technique. In my opinion it is very well balanced.

sketch 2


This image works in a very literal sense of balance.

sketch 7

5MP-9G4 Digital Camera

sketch 3


I love this picture – the balance is very obvious.

sketch 5


sketch 6

I found this exercise to be fairly self explanatory – some images work even though they may appear ‘unbalanced’. The simpler the composition of a photograph i.e the fewer and more distinct the elements – the more obvious the balance will be.