Putting the subject first

This part is not an exercise more of an opening task to introduce me to the final section of this course.

In this project we look at photography not just at the skills you need to produce good images, but in terms of what you can do with it.

Part five explains that many photographs are not actually about anything in particular, there is just a great deal of pleasure to be found in making attractive pictures. It goes on to say that many photographers pay more attention to the graphic content than to the subject matter.

A larger part of photography however is directed towards its subject.

For example, a news photograph generally stands or falls on how successfully it informs us about a person or event, this tends to outweigh any mastery of composition or colour.

The skills I have been learning on this course are rather less important to the success of this kind of picture than simply being able to capture it on film efficiently.

This is where the opening task comes in. In order for me to get some perspective on this, I am going to source photographs on what I find to be the two most contrasting examples of subject and treatment. To explain further, in one of these two photographs, the subject should be of little importance but the image making skills (composition, lighting, colour) paramount. The other photograph should have the opposite qualities, subject being the highest of importance and handling of the image unremarkable.

Click on the links below for my examples.




The ‘subject‘ link is an example of a photograph where the person (subject) outweighs any composition / colour skills. This is because the viewer is only concerned with the subject and the subject alone. Another example I thought of could be a profile picture from a social network site.

The ‘treatment’ link is an example of the subject being of little importance but the image making skills such as composition, lighting and colour are highly important.


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