Digital Design

I have just been briefed in on the first part of the visual communication brief (digital design), I am required to produce digital images that visually communicate at least four of the following words…

  • Energy
  • Illusion
  • Metamorphosis
  • Seduction
  • Depression
  • Transition
  • Texture
  • Tranquility
  • Euphoria
  • Contrast
  • Phobia
  • Beauty
  • Nostalgia
  • Decay

Out of these words, I can use different techniques such as photography, digital design, painting, illustration.. essentially  anyway that I wanted to and that would best present my word. Its all about how I identify an image and what I associate it with, this is what design adequately comes down to, so a part of this project is the approach behind an idea and communicating that concept to others. My final submission is to be an initial yet imaginative portfolio designed to show my work in a consistent manner, clearly identifying myself as the originator and titling each entry.

I am going to produce 2 or 3 outcomes for each word. So which words am I going to choose?

Isolation

The first word I have chosen is isolation. The definition of isolation is…

Isolation (Noun)

1) The state of being in a place or situation that is separate from others : the condition of being isolated

2) The act of separating something from other things : the act of isolating something

Synonyms

separation, segregation, setting apart, keeping apart;
quarantine; insulation, seclusion, closeting, protection,
shielding, partitioning
I’ve chosen Isolation because the range of images that I could come up with was quite large, you can take many different pictures of showing people and objects showing isolation in a unique and creative way but some of the images also show the emotion of the word depending on the subject. An example of isolation might be someone satin the middle of a dessert on their own this means the man is isolated, another example could be hill with just one tree on top and that tree is isolated. Here are a few examples of isolation below…
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As you can see there are plenty of examples of Isolation, these are the best ones Ive found in my opinion. The first one is a painting of a a shadow like human form, that is isolated, this, I love how its so simple but yet effective, its purpose is easily recognised. The second image I found is of a tree that is surrounded by nothing, this visually communicates isolation. Again the simplicity is effective, the black and white colours create an adverse mood, however I think this helps you to focus more on the detail of the content. The third image has an exceedingly negative mood when I look at it, with the image being so drained I think  helps the viewer to focus more on the detail of the content which in some situations makes the photo more powerful. However I do like the blue tonal variation used for the moonlight coming through the window, the extra detail makes the image more powerful in terms of isolation. The final image I found has been done by photography, I chose to talk about this one because of its unique way of expressing isolation. I love how the person in this image is made out to look like a silhouette, this is because of the glass, again its something simple and easy, but it has a great overall outcome. and it also communicates the word Isolation. Looking through some these examples has given me a few ideas, I’m leaning towards typography and photography for the word isolation.
Mind Map and Ideas:
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Isolation 1:
I have chosen to create a piece of photography of something that is isolated, in this case I have found some skittles sweets I can use for isolation. I’m going to take a few snap shots of different positions, to see which angles work best.
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Here are some of the snap shots I have taken, Id got the idea of gathering a group of sweets that are the same colour, and having just the one sweet a different, as you can see in the images, I have experimented with different colours such as purples, and yellows etc. I think the colours that work best are the orange and the green, the vibrance of the orange makes the image more compelling. I decided to pick my favourite two image and edit them on Photoshop, to give them more contrast.
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These two are the strongest photos I have taken, they both portray isolation very well. Both images purpose is easily recognised in my opinion. The simplicity is effective, the orange and green colours create an elated mood, however I think this helps you to focus more on the detail of the content. I decided to edit both images in Photoshop, I wanted to give them more vibrance and detail to improve them both. I upped the brightness and contrast, to around 70 for both, and also played around with the levels to get the effect I wanted. Here are the two final image below….
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Here are the two final images. My favourite out of these two is the one on the right, I think it looks the most professional, and has a clearer indication to towards visually communicating the word Isolation. Overall I think the word isolation has been expressed very well in the final outcome.
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Seen as how well my first isolation design went, i thought it would be a good idea to do another, there’s many ways you can portray the word Isolation. I am going to try some Typography, because I don’t use it as much as I would like.
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Here are some screenshots I have added, I had the idea of isolating the word Isolation, I started off by repeating the word isolation around 4 times, I wanted to use a Futura type, but I thought the Gautami font worked a lot better. I duplicated around 19/20 times, I left a gap in the middle of the page so I could place a red version of the word isolation. As you can see on the bottom right image the red word is isolated from all the others, although this is a simple design its does seem quite effective, and achieve visually communicating Isolation.
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I had a go at trying some different ways in which I could make my design look any better, I tried experimenting with the smudge, which I’ve never used before, the image on the left shows the design when i had finished using the smudge tool, its had a cordial looks to it, but the words were’ really visible to read unfortunately. However I did gain an advantage by learning how to use the smudge tool. I just wanted to experiment with other tools and see what effects they could give on my design. This didn’t really work out, so I am just going to use the image on the left as my final design, which is not a bad thing, because its a sleek and positive design, normally the most simple designs come out looking the best, and in this case its happened with this design. Overall I appreciative of my final design, it suits its purpose very well in visually communicating isolation.
Final Design:
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Illusion

The next word I choose is Illusion, the definition of illusion is……

Illusion (Noun)

1) something that looks or seems different from what it is

2) something that is false or not real but that seems to be true or real

3) a misleading image presented to the vision

4) perception of something objectively existing in such a way as to cause misinterpretation of its actual nature

5) a pattern capable of reversible perspective

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/illusion

Ive chosen the word illusion because there are so many ways you can express the way you create and use. Illusions are designed to be interesting and challenging, they tend to have something in their design which makes the viewer think and work it out. I love how some types of illusions are so simple, but they make you think twice when you look at it. In my opinion the best illusions, are the ones that look like they are moving when they are not. Here are some examples below….

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The first image I have found is an optical illusion, its two silhouette faces are symmetrical from each other, the transparent gap in the middle looks like a vase, this makes you look twice, the image puts you in two minds. Preferably my favourite illusions are the simple ones because they are cool and compelling to look at. The second illusion I found is another optical illusion, if you look closely, its looks as if the multicoloured circles are rotating. I think that this make a nice piece of artwork especially with the multicoloured circles, if the circles were a solid colour, the illusion wouldn’t work. The third image I found is a pattered illusion, this looks great because, the black and white chequered shapes looks as if they are being sucked in to a black hole. I think that black and white illusions work the best as a an illusion because the use of black and white make the art bold and stand out grabbing the viewers eye but these colours also help to make the illusion clear to understand making the design more defined. The final image I found is a very interesting one, I found this on a website called eyetricks.com. If focus on the four dots for around 30 second, and then blink, you can see Jesus’s face filtering across your eye line, this is amazing because  when I look at the image I thought out was just a drawing of different shapes. The overall illusion for this is remarkable. These examples have given me a few ideas for visually communicating the word illusion, maybe trying some pattern design, or even using my face for the Jesus’s illusion.

http://natgeotv.com.au/tv/brain-games/gallery/optical-illusions.aspx

http://www.brainbashers.com/showillusion.asp?70

http://buddytricks.com/hd-optical-illusion-backgrounds/

http://carolinecrawfordartist.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/childrens-optical-art-and-visual-illusion-project/

Mind Map and Ideas:

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Illusion 1: I have chosen to create my own optical illusion. I like the idea of creating an abstract spiral illusion, I am going to make it look like the vortex is moving and spirals into the middle of the page

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Here are six screenshots I took when I was designing my illusion, creating the illusion was a pretty simple process. The first image is showing how I made the black square shapes that build up the up the illusion, I used the pen tool to round the shape I wanted to achieve, in this case an abstract square, once I was happy with the shape I achieved, I started to duplicate the shape I had created and made it smaller so I could fit it in with the illusion. I then rotated each square shape 5 degrees using the rotate tool, I did this 10 time to get the shape I wanted, the overall illusion looks very good, it has a spiral effect if you look closely.

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One I had completed the illusion I looked at different colours I could use, the first one is just a basic black and white, this looks great, the use of black and white make the art bold and stand out grabbing the viewers eye but these colours also help to make the illusion clear to understand making the design more defined. I decided to add some colour to the illusion design, I chose a lime green colour, this is so it stands out as you soon as you look at it, the green a black theme works really well, I personally don’t think it works as well as the white and black because its not as defined. I experimented with using a darker colour in this case the colour was purple, I personally think this did not work as well as the others two, the purple is just too dark, it clashes way too much with the black, however the illusion still works as a abstract spiral, but its not the strongest. Out of the three the strongest is the black and white version because its bold, stands out and the illusion is clear to understand.

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I really like the pattern in this illusion, After playing with the colours I ended up choosing the black and white version. I think this image portrays Illusion well. I am also pleased with this image as it’s the first time I have really experimented with the illusion effects illustrator.

Illusion 2:

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I love working with the word Illusion, there are many different types that you can create, so I have decided to do another Illusion design. For this design I wanted to try an illusion that looked like it was moving. The process was very simple for doing something like this, I looked up on some tutorials on how to do a moving illusion. I started off by choosing what colour I wanted to use in my Illusion design, I opted to go for a yellow, blue, black, and white, these colours seemed the most effective when I was testing them. Once I had chosen the colours, I grouped them and selected the brush defintion drop down menu and then chose the option new brush, this created a new brush with the colours I picked to have in my Illusion, next I clicked the ellipse tool and created a circle with the outline brush effect I had chosen, as you can see on the image above. I created a copy, and shrink-ed each circle I copied, in this case three copies. Once I had finished my the circle, I made 6 copies and placed them next to each other. When I look at the design it looks as if each circle is moving at different times when I blink, it tricks the eyes in to thinking the circles are moving, this is called a peripheral drift illusion, its similar to the blue optical illusion I researched earlier.

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When I chose the colours I wanted I thought once I had finished my Illusion why not try other colours, I thought it would be a good idea to try pink, blue, black, and white, this didn’t work as well as the other colours I used (yellow, blue, black, and white) it just looked a little inconsistent for liking, it also didn’t have the desired effect I wanted. Overall I am very happy with my final Illusion design, I’m overly pleased with how the it works too.

Above is just a tutorial on how to create a similar illusion, the tutorial was very helpful in succeeding and achieving my final illusion design.

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Illusion 3:

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I wanted to have a go at some photography for the word illusion, for this design I want to create a similar illusion to the Jesus one that I researched earlier. The process was very simple to construct an illusion like this, I started off by taking an image of myself, I then brought the image in to Photoshop, and selected image and adjustments option, I chose the threshold option, this enabled me to darken the image of my face, I set the threshold to 147. I next inverted the image so it swapped the white and black colours around. I finally imposed a red dot in the middle of the image. Now I had to take a couple of images of my face for this to work, I tried it a few times but my face was too light, so I had to take a darker image. For this Illusion to work, you have to focus on the red dot for at least 30 seconds minimum, once the 30 seconds is up you look at a white wall or clear piece of paper and blink continuously… has it worked? You should be able to see an image of my face every time you blink. This is an amazing illusion. I personally think this visually communicates illusion fantastically.

Here is a tutorial on how to create this illusion………

Here is the final illusion, overall I am very happy with the outcome, its such a clever way of visually communicating the word illusion.

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How the illusion works in this design is just amazing, I think this image portrays illusion well. I am also pleased with this image as it’s the first time I have really experimented with a camera.

Contrast

The final word I want to visually communicate is contrast, the definition for contrast is….

Contrast (Verb)

1) to be different especially in a way that is very obvious

2) to compare (two people or things) to show how they are different

Synonyms –

Differ, Vary, Divergence, variation

I chose contrast because I want to create something that directs the viewers attention using colour. The colors white and black provide the greatest degree of contrast. Complementary colours also highly contrast with one another. An artist can employ contrast as a tool, to direct the viewer’s attention to a particular point of interest within the piece. I’m looking to try some photography for the word contrast, I think photography will have the best outcome for the word contrast. Here are some examples below…..

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Here are some images I have found which show contrast. The first image is of a rd apple surrounded by green apples, this image clearly shows contrast as it directs the views attention to a particular point of interest which is the red apple in this case. The green and red colours are very bright and highly contrasted with one another. The second image I found is my favourite out of the lot, the colours form the pencil crayons are just amazing, its such a brilliant effect, the image it so highly contrasted is just remarkable. This has been done by the use of macro photography, macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. The third image that I found is of a contrast painting, the colours used aren’t as bright as some of the images I looked upon, this one was different because there aren’t as many contrast paintings as there are contrast photographs or vectors. The patterns and tonal variation used in this painting show the different contrast of dark and light colours. The final image is photography again, I like this one because contrast is easily noticeable, the background is unfocused so the bright flower gets a lot of attention, this direct the viewer’s attention to a particular point of interest within the image. These four images have given me few ideas fr contrast, as I said earlier I want to do something with colours, I’m thinking of using photography and maybe experimenting with some paint for the visually communication the word contrast.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/what-is-visual-weight-in-photography.html

http://phatic-photography.com/archives/2448

http://manabears.wordpress.com/photography/

http://www.joyfulbrush.com/gallery12_pomo/12pomo_gallery2.html

Mind Map and Ides:

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Contrast 1:

There are so many ideas you can come up with when you think of the word contrast. I Like the idea of doing  photography of  different coloured pencils, I will explore the different shades, this will visually communicate the word contrast.

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I started off by taking some images of some pencil crayons, I wanted to show the different colours that are used among pencil crayons, I took some images at different angles to see which angle worked best, the best ones that stood out for me were the first and second one because I managed to get a focused effect on the those images. I am going to use a colour splash effect which is when you isolate one or more colours converting the rest of the photograph to black and white. Its quite easy to isolate a single colour within the image and create this effect. This works best if the color of the subject stands out from the background. Here are are two of the images I used the color splash effect on…

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This is a great effect in my opinion, its was very easy to create, all I to do was to duplicate the image, desaturate the copied image to -100 which turns the image black and white, I then used the eraser tool, this erased the black and white colours I didnt want, which in this case was the coloured crayon area. The outcome did come out very well, for both images. I emphasized the coloured areas by lowering the saturation in the rest of the photos, this gave them a more realistic look. Both images portray ‘contrast’ brilliantly, I love how both direct the views attention to a particular point of interest. The Red, blue, yellow, green, and orange were the best colours to work with because they had the most effective look, the contrast of the five different colours communicate the word contrast very well in my opinion. My favourite out the two image is the one on the right because it looks more professional, and the whole image just seems to have a much cordial look.

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Final Image –

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I really like the tonal contrast of this image, I think this image portrays contrast well. overall I am extremely pleased with the outcome, I have learned a view more techniques in Photoshop , I am also pleased with photography I did because I very rarely use a camera.

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I’m really enjoying working with the word contrast, I’m going to try a different approach, Ive got the idea of using some food colouring in water. This will characterize contrast well in my opinion.

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The process was pretty simple for something that looks so effective, I started off by pouring cold water in to a glass vase, I chose cold water because it works better with the food colouring. I the began to use a pipette to drip the food colouring in to the water, sadly this did not work as well as I’d hoped…. frustrated! I then thought of just pouring the colouring out of the bottle, this seemed to have a better effect (here’s an example video on how to do it) and drew more colour in to the picture. I had to video because I was on my own and I couldn’t take the photo at the same time I was pouring the colouring in the water. The videos worked better than expected, and had a great outcome, the different shades of colour shows contrast from dark to light colours, which is called tonal variation in art terms.

Once I had taken the videos, I print screened the parts of the video I wanted. I then brought the images in to Photoshop, edited them a little, such as improving the brightness and contrast etc. The final outcome was very successful, and looked very professional. If you look each colour you can see they are all the same shape in terms of the colouring pattern, I choose the best image, which was the one with the red food colouring in, duplicated it 4 times, and edited the Hue and Saturation to the colours I wanted which are yellow, blue, and green. This gave it a much more stronger outcome. Looking at the final outcome, I can honestly say I am overwhelmed with how its come out, I didn’t expect it to come out as well as I’d have thought, it also visually communicates the word contrast brilliantly in my opinion.

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I wanted to experiment more with the word contrast, for this idea, i thought of using coloured skittle sweets, I will take images of them spread out on top of each other.

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I took around 20 images, there were about 3 images that worked out the best, I chose dominant colours and mixed them together to get the contrasted look. the different colours work really well together, especially the greens, reds, and the purples. I love the comparison between the dark and light colours, contrast is easily noticed. My favourite image is the one on the bottom right, I like the angle in which i have taken the photo, I used the focus button on the camera to take this particular image. I took this image in to Photoshop, and gave it more exposure and contrast, here is the image below…

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As you can see there is a lot more colour to the image, it expresses contrast well, as it shows a variation of dark and light colours. I used the hue and saturation tool a little to add a little more intensity to the image design, I also used the curves tool this made the image lighter, and made each colour aspect more clearer. I finally used a layer mask to get rid of any unwanted marks or speckles that were easily seen. I personally don’t think this one is the strongest compared to the other designs I have done for contrast, I would say my other outcomes show contrast this more effectively.

I tried some Photoshop techniques on one my other photos as well but it didn’t have the same effect in my opinion…

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Final Image:

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I enjoyed working with this design, although it wasn’t the best, I do think I have learnt a little bit more working with photography and how to use certain options.

Energy

The next word I have chosen is Energy, the definition for Energy is….

Energy (Noun)

1) Dynamic quality <narrative energy>

2) Vigorous exertion of power

3) Usable power (as heat or electricity); also : the resources for producing such power

I chose energy because there are many cool ways in which you can visually communicate it. When I think of energy I think brightness or the heat of the sun. I’m maybe thinking about doing some photography or some digital software manipulation, I like the idea of having a light bulb to represent energy, the beaming colour is quite effect when an image is taken of a light bulb. I also like the idea of using electricity to communicate energy. Here are some examples of energy below….

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The first image is I found is rather unique in my opinion, its an image of a wind turbine coming out of the, almost like a piece of grass or a dandelion, this portrays energy in a brilliant way in my opinion, its such a clever design which is why it stood out to me, it looks very realistic to say its was easily, photography and software manipulation played a big part in this design being created. The second image I found reminds me of the flow of electricity, the reason is because of the bright blue colours, and the wavy lines used. It has been created by using paint, and some sort of fork abject to get wavy pattern that is portrayed. The third image I think is brilliant, because it uses small logos/icons of sauces of energy such as wind turbines, the sun, and trees etc, the whole image is almost a city silhouette, but built out of the icons, this is similar to typographic imagery, by replacing the type with the icons/logos. The final image is probably my favourite, its looks very professional and it communicates energy well too. The image has been created through the use of photography, the camera has been put on a slow shutter speed, this is so it capture the light, which it has done in this image. I’m thinking of trying something like this because its has a pretty cool effect, and more importantly a great outcome.

http://favim.com/image/325719/

http://www.platris.com/

http://msknapik.weebly.com/grade-5-blog—team-52/energy-presentation

http://www.eref-europe.org/

Mind Map and Ideas:

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Energy 1:

When I think of the word energy, I think of light bulbs and neon lights. I’m liking the idea of having someone having a light bulb, or maybe someone holding a light bulb, the light bulb will looks like its turned on, I think this Idea could be successful in portraying the word energy.

I thought the idea of someone holding a lit up light bulb was a very good way of characterizing the word energy. I started off by taking a few images of my dad holding a loose bulb, I took a few images at different angles to see which ones worked the best. This didnt work out well because the I couldnt get a dark enough background in each of the images i ahd taken. Frustrated! I then looked up a few images on the internet of someone holding a light bulb. The image I found was a perfect example of what I wanted my image to look like. I brought the image in to Photoshop, I had to darken the background a little more to make sure no light passed through the bulb, and also when I add the light to the bulb it will be a lot more radiant and visible. I had to look up on YouTube at some tutorials on how to add light to the bulb, this is where I stumbled upon the Lens Flare tool, this tool enabled me to add a beam of light to the bulb in my image. Here is an example of what I did…

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http://www.freeimages.co.uk/galleries/workplace/energy/slides/holding_lightbulb.htm

As you can see It’s a pretty simple process on how to use the lens flare tool. It benefited me massively because I didn’t know how I was going to add the light to the bulb in my image. I think the final image looks very effective, I love how its Interprets energy, its a simple design that suits its purpose in visually communicating the word energy. I tried editing some of my final design, so as lowering the brightness, levels and hue and saturation. I think the image works well when I lower the brightness, its dims the light creates a more unique look. I finally experimented with the Hue and Saturation, I looked at different colour variations such as blues and reds, but I think it was a little bit too much, so I decided to stick with the original image as my final design.

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Final Image:

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I learnt quite a lot working with energy, I learnt quite a few new tools and techniques such as, using the lens flare , also my experience has been improved working with layer masks. It looks as if the hand is producing energy in to the light bulb, hence why I look at this image I straight away think energy.

Energy 2:

I wanted to try some more photography, but I wanted to work with the shutter speed option a little more to build my confidence, I will take image of cars at night, this will capture the light in a cool and unique way. Here are some images I have taken below….

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I took around 45 images in total, most of them were just black, because the camera didn’t catch the cars quick enough, but the ones that did catch had a decent effect, I started off taking some image on white lane, which is the first few image, this didn’t turn out very well in my opinion, it turned out poor because of the light from the street lights was too bright, and ended up getting in the way of the light form the cars. I decided to change the location to a darker place, this helped massively as the slow shutter speed captured light a lot better, it was still hard to time the photo as the camera I was using wasn’t very good, but the ones that did work had a positive effect, I forgot to mention that i took images of a tram that was passing by too, this looked pretty sleek, if the tram was going quicker the image might look a little stronger. I thought it would be a good to change the location again, I wanted to capture more cars from different angles, so I went on a road near Rother Valley. This had a similar effect as you can see with the car going past on the bottom image. But to get the images with the beam of light I used a shutter speed of 1/60sec to 1/125sec this panned out to create an image like motion blur. This had a much stronger outcome as you can see, the only problem I had with this was the location because there wasn’t many cars that went past, so i did have to wait a while for just one car to pass, luckily the motion blur effect worked first time a car went past. I decided to bring a few images in to Photoshop, this is just so i can edit he brightness, contrast, and levels etc.

Below is just an example video on how I learnt how to work with different shutter speeds…..

Edited Photoshop images…

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Here are the three images I edited on Photoshop, these are the best images i took in my opinion, they are the ones that captured the most light, and effectively visually communicated energy. The first image which the tram one, I opted to use the option darken strokes, this made the image more intense, it also made it look more like energy instead of movement. the second image was sort of a similar process, but I didn’t use any smart filters,i just edited the brightness and contrast, to the lowest possible number, this darkened the background and lighted the red a white colour. The third image, I had to up he contrast a little because the image was very bright. I used the brush tool to get rid of any light areas that were distracting in the image. Overall I do believe all of these images portray energy extremely well, better than i thought to be honest. Final image shots.

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Energy 3:

I’ve been really enjoying working with the word energy, I want to try some more designs. Seen as the project runs through to bonfire night, I’m thinking of the taking some images of fireworks and sparkles etc, this could have a commendable finished outcome. i do think its an opportunity not to waste. Here are some photos I have taken on the night….

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These are the best image I had taken, I took around around 35 image, put most of them weren’t the best. The camera I used didn’t work as well as I would of thought, I struggled a little with the shutter speed option as it wasn’t working properly. I used a slow shutter speed for the firework images (1/2 1/4 slow shutter speed) this did have a great effect, and the fireworks look really powerful in terms of the colours that came through. I started to focus on how sparklers and sparkler bombs can react to a slow shutter speed. Some of the images that I did take looked very good, but some had too much of a blurred effect, which I didn’t want. The last image on the bottom right is a perfect example on how I wanted my images to look like, this is a sparkler bomb that I used in my back garden, I used a tripod to support the camera I was sing, this worked legitimately well, I used a shutter speed of around 1/6 seconds this captured the image better than I expected. Here is a website below on how to photograph fireworks

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-fireworks/

Edited Photoshop images..

energy 3.1  energy 3.2  energy 3

Here are the three images that i thought were the strongest. The first image was possibly the best firework picture i had captured. However the image was a little too bright for my liking so, I decided to up the contrast to around 80, and lowered the brightness to -30 this gave the image a better effect. I think its a brilliant capture, the glowing colours, almost neon like, epitomize energy in strong positive way. The second image in my opinion is the best image I took, i did however have to edit the brightness a little as it was a little too vibrant, I gave the image a posted edges effect, and sharpened the outlines, to give it a more vigorous look, the sparks that I managed to obtain had a lot better outline effect once I added the Photoshop edits. The third and final image is not the best out of the three, but it was an image that i captured well in time. The image was extremely vibrant with dark and light purples, so i had to down the brightness, I also adjusted the curves. I used the spot healing brush tool to get rid of any unwanted smoke marks from the firework. Here are my final images below…

energy 3.1

energy 3.2

Overall I enjoyed capturing different images of fireworks and sparklers. The fact bonfire night fell through with the project did give me a great opportunity to practice on my camera more. I am very happy with the final images i have taken. I do think they both portray the word energy pretty well.

Evalution

This brief has been thoroughly enjoyable throughout, I have picked up so many new skills and techniques. One of the main area I have improved upon is photography, before the brief, I’d hardly touched a camera, but now I’ve learnt how too use different camera techniques such as adjusting the shutter speed, and aperture, which have helped me to create great outcomes. I personally know I went out of my comfort zone creating some of my outcomes, I’m happy that I did because its paid off amongst some of my outcomes. Also I have used as many different mediums such as Photography, Photoshop manipulation, image manipulation, vector work, and also different Photoshop effects.

If I there was one thing I would do different on this project, I would choose five words instead of four, I did challenge myself creating 11 outcomes from four words, but I would of liked to challenge myself more.

I relish everyone of my outcomes, some are stronger than others, but they all ‘fit for purpose’ in visually communicating each word.

Bring on the next brief!!!!!