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We are Image Makers – The Universal Medium of Digital Photography

Ok Recap

Week 1 – Intro to the realtionship between Information, Technology & Culture

Week 2 – Information  becomes Cultural ‘News’ Pre Internet Media Control – Blogging

Week 3 – The Human Interface of Technology & Information – The Evolution of the Screen & the emerging image content on the screen – End user feedback for design of digital devices

Week 4 – Now a more detailed look at image making through the medium of Digital Photography – remember photography is one third of your exam mark 

 

As content creators we should make a distinction between ‘TAKING PHOTOS’ and ‘MAKING IMAGES’

Here is some research footage for a documentary I am making on this subject. Shot in Rome around the Pantheon

Here is a montage of some Black & White  ‘Noir’ photos I made in Rome. We are going to study this style in class.

PHOTO …GRAPHY = light drawing 

ZONE SYSTEM used in Black & White Photography from Ansel Adams 

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Background:

One of the first painters to really emphasis high contrast light & shade in painted compositions was the Italian Caravaggio.Bild-Ottavio_Leoni,_Caravaggio.jpg

He created many powerful images using  a style of lighting called Chiaroscuro that evolved out of the Italian Renaissance. 

Flipping the color images into black & white reveals this style of intense lighting. 

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This style of intense lighting has influenced many directors and their cinematographers. 

It began in the 1940’s in Hollwood with FILM NOIR a cinematic mystery & crime genre featuring :

Cynical Detectives, Doomed Heroes, Femme Fatales ( first powerful lead characters for women actors) and seedy characters living on the shady edge of society.

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In recent times – we can see the Chiaroscuro lighting look in ‘Fight Club’ directed David Fincher 

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‘The 300’ director Zack Snyder

and ‘Sin City’ with a splash of red color, director Robert Rodriguez 

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We will adapt this technique for our Photography. It provides a powerful realtionship obetween Light & Shadow in which to compose your images. Without the distraction of color.

Some examples of noir style in Playa.

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A ‘Noir’ Photography Assignment will make up 33% of your future Media Exam Marks.

NOTE : FOR THE CURRENT SEPTEMBER EXAM PHOTOGRAPHY WILL NOT BE ASSESSED 

YOU WILL ONLY HAVE A SHORT WRITTEN EXAM 

 

 

 

 

 

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