Summary

I really wanted to highlight, with the image the different aspects of being bicultural and how this can be a struggle. In my image I included 4 images of 3 people, 1 person of Korean decent, 1 person of Hawaiian decent and 1 person of Birtish decent. These 3 people all identify as bicultural people and I felt this was something important to note, even though it is not something that can fully be visually communicated. I placed these 3 people in a mixing bowl because to me that’s is what I interpret biculturalism as being, a mixing of cultures into one person. This is an idea that is outlined in my chosen article. Something I wasn’t too sure about was whether to have the wooden spoon or a mechanical mixer in the image. I decided on the wooden spoon as it was less invasive and didn’t detract from the people in the bowl.
When I took the images with the people I took a large amount of images having the people in different poses and facial expressions. Initially I had wanted them to have neutral facial expressions however after looking at the images I decided to have them look upset as I really wanted to connect them back to the concept of the struggle and confusion surrounding biculturalism. A difficulty I did run into while taking the images was the lighting. This is due to the fact that I had taken the images at slightly different times of the day outside and at different locations so by the time I arrived at each location the sun had changed position creating different effects to everyone and bringing out different shadows.
The actual manipulation process of the images was quite difficult for me as I have no previous Photoshop experience. Everything was very new. The first step I had to take was to shrink the images of the people to a proportional size to the mixing bowl. Once I had completed this process I was able to begin the manipulation process of the images in order to have a realistic, natural feel to it. I first began with removing the backgrounds of the people images, isolating just the person themselves. I have been able to create this image in photoshop using various techniques taught in class such.
The first technique I used was the ability to select and remove specific portions of images using the quick selection tool and then removing the unwanted areas of image. This tool was really helpful with masking large portions of an image. Any remaining background of the image was removed using the eraser tool. The masking feature was really helpful as if I made a mistake I was able to easily return to the original image.
The second technique I used was the creation of shadows this technique proved to be really helpful in creating a more realistic feel to the image however I did run into trouble creating shadows for the people inside the bowl.
Overall I really enjoyed this process however I wish I had more time to wrap my head around the different aspects of photoshop before completing this assignment.
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Research: Visual Communication

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 12.33.05 pmVisual communication comes in different mediums and forms, whether it be a moving image or static, painted or photographed visual communication is just that, visual. I do already have a good base knowledge for visual communication due to my previous education of a Diploma in Performance Technology at Unitec however, I wanted to deepen my knowledge and look at it from he perspective of a photographer rather than a stage manager. In order to do this I read several blogs on the subject one of which was Citrinitas who completed a brief post touching on the history of visual communication as it was a topic they were teaching students in Turkey. An interesting point the author brought up was that visual communication has been around since the beginning, it is not a new thing as many people believe but something that was around since the caveman times. The writer also touches on the rapid development of visual communication that occurred with from the scribes of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to the medieval book makers. Something that makes much sense to me but I had never really given much thought to.

One of the other things I read while researching visual communication was in fact an article titled How does visual communication work?. I found this article quite interesting to read. This article reinforces the point made not the previous post int hat visual communication is everywhere, it is not necessary to go see a film or visit an art gallery to be communicated with in a visual manner. Tam goes on exploring the ideas of a visual communications designer, whether design is different from art, various approaches to visual communication as a designer and much much more such as where to start as a designer. This article proved to be extremely helpful for me in order to understand visual communication in a capacity as a designer and how it can be manipulated in various ways.

WIP 2

WIP 2This is my second WIP post. Still quite rough but I am about to start blending the lower bodies into the cake mix so hopefully that helps with the overall effect. One thing I am struggling with other than photoshop in general! is trying to change the lighting of the image as each part has a very different affect to it and I really want it all unified.

Research: Colour

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 5.19.24 pmColour is something to be used quite carefully when creating an image as even the lack of colour can give a more striking image. Also any different colours have different meanings and associations in cultures therefore when select the colour of items such as clothing or props one must select colours with careful thought. While researching the use of colour in photography and colour theory I read several blogs some of which I found especially interesting. The first of these was on Digital Photography School’s website written by Mitchell Kanashkevich. Mitchell opens with with a very valid point that people often misuse colour, or have it as an after thought as they don’t truly understand it’s significance. Mitchell goes on to explain the significance of the colours in various images he’s capture and how it helps portray a message and emotion. He states his aim in this post is is to change people’s thinking of colour to make it something they thinking about while composing their image rather than an after thought to be dealt with in post-production. Another valid point Mitchell makes is that even the absence of certain colours can help create an effect, or stir an emotion in the viewer.

The second blog I had a look at was on Graphics. This post goes through the fundamentals of colour theory use in photography. Rutter touches on the same point made by Mitchell in that photographers take colour for granted. This can be attributed to the fact that in the past photographers were “capturing the world around them” and doing so on black and white film, or colour film later on. The ability to alter or change colours completely in photography wasn’t even an option, or at the very least extremely difficult to do until digital photography came round giving photographers the ability to properly experiment with colour which is still something that’s in it’s early stages. Rutter goes on to explain what colour is in terms of additive colour, subtractive colour, the uses of primary colour, the various colour theories and which is best practice and much much more. This post was extremely thorough and I found it most helpful in gaining an understanding of colour.