Exercise 4.9 Repetition

Repetition of one image or very similar images, whether exactly the same or with slight differences in exposure, crop or image quality, elicits an inquisitive eye. Repetition emphasizes the sameness and yet paradoxically indicates a difference. Andy Warhol used this strategy in his screenprints and photographs. In the image below, do you notice how the…Read more »

Exercise 4.8 Photomontage in Photoshop

Now that you’ve seen how to make a photo montage with newspaper cuttings, search through your archive of images to make a photo montage with your own photographs. Photomontage requires a playful experimental attitude to exploring different arrangements so don’t try to be too ‘tidy’ or perfect about your final result. • Decide on the…Read more »

Exercise 4.5 Layers

Most imagery contains layers of some kind: subject and background, f/g m/g and b/g, for example. In this exercise you’ll experiment with ways of making layered imagery in your camera and in the following exercise, you’ll experiment with using image layers in Photoshop. Look out of a window from inside and make a photograph that…Read more »

Exercise 4.4 Patchwork

Make a series of photographs of textures and colors, objects, and forms. These can be close or wide shots of essential things like clothes, bricks, bark, grass, sky, etc. Try to render everything ‘abstract’ or not entirely recognizable by altering your viewpoint. Reduce the file size of the images. • Save As…JPEG • Image Size…Read more »

Exercise 4.2 Constructed imagery

Traditional still life presents a small-scale space to explore the composition and meaning of objects. But still life doesn’t have to be bowls of fruit and vases of flowers. You can place any object or combination of objects in any setting. And both can be constructed. It may be useful to think of still life…Read more »