COMM130, Design, Reverse Engineer

Photography Skills – Work In Progress

In this post I will be going over great tips on how to improve your photographs. I take pictures as a hobby and want to improve on taking portrait pictures of my children and family members. The tips I learned this week are so helpful and will help me improve my photography skills. I chose portrait pictures for my professional examples because that’s what I want to improve on in my photography skills.

Photo Credits:

Rule of Thirds: http://justleesha.com/

Leading Lines: http://thedogphotographer.com/gallery-dogs-people/

Depth of Field: http://www.cuded.com/2013/12/photography-by-natasha-kleo-kapinus/

RULE OF THIRDS

The photographer who captured this picture did a wonderful job of using the Rule of Thirds; which adds more balance to the picture. The Rule of Thirds helps the composition of the photo and make the focus of the picture have a more natural flow. The subject of this picture lines up with the vertical and horizontal lines on the right side of the picture. My eye was immediately drawn to the little girl. This is such a beautiful picture.

In this photo of my adorable niece I tried taking a similar picture as my example. I came close, but it will take more practice to improve my eye for the Rule of Thirds. The vertical and horizontal lines on the right side intersect where my niece is sitting. If had moved my camera over just a bit it would’ve helped balance the picture more.

LEADING LINES

In this photo the lines from the road lead your eyes to the two subjects in the middle. I really liked this picture because I love dogs and it was a simple example of how leading lines draw your attention to the main focus of the picture.

I took a similar picture of my nieces on a dirt road. They are farther away, but the leading lines still pull draw your attention to them. I probably should have changed the color for my leading lines so they could be seen more easily. I think roads are a great place to look if you’re learning about leading lines. When I took the picture I liked how it looked on the camera. After looking at it on my laptop I think I would have moved a little closer to my nieces and more to the right so I didn’t capture the power pole.

DEPTH OF FIELD

I chose this image for depth because my son saw me searching for pictures and said, “Ooooh, pretty.” I liked how the photographer captured this image and blurred the background. This photo is an example of shallow depth of field. It enhances the photo and makes the subject stand out more. Depth of field is probably my favorite of these three. I didn’t know what this element was until this week, but I have been a fan of depth of field for a long time. The blurred background in this photo doesn’t give any distractions. The focus is solely on the subject.

I know, I know. He’s totally slaying his blue steel look. Although he’s not human, I consider this a similar picture to my professional example. This is my fur baby, Santino. This picture I captured of him focuses on his cute furry face. The rest of the picture is blurred to enhance his face. I love how his eyes appear to be bright and inquiring as if he’s looking into your soul. (He actually just wanted a treat.) Depth of Field comes in handy when the background is not very pretty, but your subject is. You can just make the background a blur.

CONCLUSION

These three elements Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, and Depth of Field will definitely help you improve your photography skills. It has already improved mine. I can’t wait to practice more. I focus on portrait photography, but I would love to practice what I’ve learned in nature.

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Design, Reverse Engineer

Contrasting Typefaces

On this post I will be analyzing the font used in the photo above. I chose to use this design from Zazzle. It can be found at https://www.zazzle.com/rustic_mason_jar_lights_lace_wedding_save_the_date_postcard-239507371734571785.

This first font is a Modern font. It has a dramatic thick to thin transition. You can see this best in the letter “V”. The serifs are thin and horizontal. Making the “Save” in all capital letters makes it stand out and gives it an elegant look.

The second font used is the Script style. A larger font size was used and makes it a focal point for the invitation. Script is easy to identify since the font is similar to handlettered writing. I liked that this script was only used once on the invitation. Script style font definitely reminds me of weddings.

The last three lines in the invitation used a Sans Serif style. You can tell this is sans serif because there are no serifs at the end of the letters. The letter thickness is also the same. The first and last of the three lines are smaller font as to not take away from the couples’ names. The couples’ names are in a bigger font and in bold.

Conclusion

I thought this invitation design was well put together. It’s an elegant wedding design that successfully combines three different and contrasting font styles. The combination of the font styles gives off a romantic feel and is visually appealing.

Design

Basic Principles of Design

I will be analyzing these images the four basic elements of design: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity. I will also be analyzing color. This is the poster for the Dark Knight movie and it includes all the elements of design. I’ve provided the link below to credit the photographer/designer.

Designer credit: https://www.popsugar.com/latina/photo-gallery/40687513/image/40687523/Dark-Knight-El-Caballero-de-la-Noche-Knight-Night

CONTRAST

The contrast that I see with this image is the orange bat outline against a gray building. It immediately draws my attention because the fire orange stands out against the dark background. It is the focal point for the poster and draws the attention of the viewers. Another contrast is the white font of the title with the dark gray background and the black bat behind the font.

REPETITION

The visual elements repeated on this poster is the font size of the actors names listed in a linear line. They are all printed in capitalized letters. The first names are with smaller font while the last names are a larger size font and in bold. This repetition gives a clean appearance and does not distract from the focal point.

ALIGNMENT

The layout of the poster alignment is a classic center.  From the caption at the top, to the images in the middle, and down to the movie credits at the bottom. The line lengths are the similar. The title is the shortest length and it stands out from the other lines. The organization gives a great appearance.

PROXIMITY

The text at the bottom of the poster is grouped together. The actors names and titles are spaced out a little, but the text at the bottom is all related to each other. It provides the important information about the movie: the title, actors names, and production information. The caption at the top stands alone. It gives viewers a hint of what the movie is actually about.

COLOR

The poster appropriately used dark colors to advertise the “Dark Knight” movie. The building in the background appears to be on fire and in front of the building stands Batman. The poster gives off a haunting appearance and gives an impression that the movie will be suspenseful. The choice of color in this poster is fit perfectly with the title of the movie.

CONCLUSION

The contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, and color elements contribute to the overall design to make this poster an appealing and interesting design. The fiery bat grabs your immediate attention and the use of classic alignment adds simplicity to the design.