Understanding Photography

Here are a few terms to get your mind going.

Abstract – Focuses on elements of the art piece (line and shape) rather than a certain and realistic object, making it look rather unreal.

Content – The subject or information captured in the photograph.

Direct Approach – Capturing the shot directly without taking it from weird angles or changing it in any way.

Documentary Photography – A photograph that is used mainly to communicate a person, place or event.

Expressive – communicates a lot of emotion

Geometric Shape – Simple shapes found in geometry such as rectangles, triangles, squares and circles

Intention – The reason/cause for the art of work to be produced

Landscape – A setting that portrays the natural world.

Objective – A point of view, which are bias free, and considers justice and equality.

Representational – An image which shows images/objects that can be recognized.

Subject/Theme – The main or powerful idea or content in a piece or pieces of work.

Manipulation – The ability to change a feature through editing or unusual capturing cleverly.

Close Up – A shot which closely frame only the subject in the photograph as a form of focus.

Viewer – The person who looks, inspects it, and concludes regarding it in their own way.

Composition – The arrangement of different elements in a piece of work which make it distinct and unique.

Focus – a centre of interest that is focused on to improve visual quality

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.


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