I found a very useful link on the techniques that go into a photograph and how we can get a winning one. Read and explore !
Since we’re going into the photo montage next (after finishing up the photo essay), I’ve posted up a few terms over here that are related to the photo montage along with their definitions (of course). They will be uploaded to the page with all of the terminologies as well.
Joiners – A photography technique where several photographs overlap each other. The images are taken separately and are digitally merged to form a larger one.
Photo Montage – A synthesized form of two or more photographs where more photographs are added to give more meaning and effect to it. It helps define a subject better in a single photograph.
Juxtaposition – A juxtaposition is when we place things “side by side”. They are used for comparison and contrast, as a part of effect and meaning.
Composition – The arrangement of different elements in a piece of work which make it distinct and unique.
Technique – A skill used to give effect to the object, which is in this case photography.
Temporal Clarity – A photograph that expresses time and shows how everything is temporary and will change.
Elements of Time – The time we take a photograph matters the most as that single moment could mean a lot to someone.
Digital Processing (Technology Science context) – A series of various techniques that help improve the digital communication of technology.
“Joiner Photography: Welcome!” Joiner Photography. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.
“Juxtaposition.” The Daily Post. N.p., 24 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2015
I am sure we’ve all heard the word photo montage, right ? Looking at the language aspect, montage means “fitting” in Germany. Therefore, a photo montage is a synthesized form of two or more photographs where more photographs are added to give more meaning and effect to it. It helps define a subject better in a single photograph. For me, photo montages are mini photo essays, because they are all in one.
The difference between the photo montage and a collage is that the photo montage usually has more meaning and compliment each other when selecting photos for it, while the collage is usually a wide spread of photographs that may vary in symbolism.
The origins of photo montage go back to the Berlin Dada Group in Berlin, Germany. After the world wars, this group was desperate to try to find ways to communicate the chaos of the time, and therefore developed montages. At one point of time, they even held their exhibition in the toilet to give off more effect !
Here is an example for you.
We will be talking more about photo montages and photo editing next month, and how it influences a message.
“Photomontage.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.
“Cut And Paste: A History of Photomontage.” Cut And Paste: A History of Photomontage. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.
The above work is a dictionary definition. This is my prior understanding on the photo montage using my own definition and the terminology listed.
“A photo montage is the juxtaposition of several photographs that enhance the overall message of a photograph.”