Visual 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.
This 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.
Colour 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.
Here is my current progress and placement of my images