The task we were set to do was to take different pictures of a person using a variety of frames, from Close Up to Obscure shots. The different types of shot taken creates a different effect on the person itself, and has a different meaning.
This is CU which means Close Up. The photographer only takes the face in the frame to get more detail for example about his emotions within the scene.
MCU means Medium Close Up shot. This means that the shot is taken from the upper abdominal to the head, without the rest. This shot works well with many films, because this shows the main person and focusing on him/her and no one else.
This type of shot is called MS which is Medium Shot. The frame is from the lower body to the head. With this frame, The main person is still in focus, but we can see a bit more of the environment behind him, so that there is an idea of where the person is.
This is MLS. MLS is medium Long shot where the picture is taken from upper legs to rest of the body. This also focuses on the main person, but as much, as the frame is getting away from it. Although this gives more detail on how the person is looking, we can see the state of the person.
LS is long shot. This gives an overview of where he is. It is taken to capture a large area of view. This gives an idea of where he lives, or the type of situation he is in. ( The picture show LS,not BS,it was a mistake).
This is a high angle shot, in abbreviation, HAS. This type of shot used in many films, where it shows the weakness of the character. It shows that there is a danger awaiting them for example. This shot is very effective in many ways because it creates an emotional impact on the audience. Not only it makes the character weak, but I can also make him/her smaller or confused
The type of shot used in this example is Low Angle Shot which means that the shot is taken from the bottom to have some kind of dark effect. For example, when there is a bad guy who is entering, the frame of the shot is just like the example shown above, this makes the character more frightful of them.
And to finish it off, we have DA, which is Dutch Angle. This type of shot is taken using a slight angle. The effect is very makes us want to be curious, or it has the character is mysterious in some shape or form.
I found this task relatively simple as all we had to do was taking different shots using the same camera. I did find it quite difficult when it came to zooming in with the camera, as it lost focus and the image was blurry. So I will have to practise a bit more on making sure the image is clear when it comes to close up frames and extreme close-ups.
Task 2: More about Framing and Composition
We had another lesson about framing and composition, but in more detail. We looked at a variety of shot types like The Rules of Third, Leading Direct, Symmetry and a few more
The Rules of Third
Cg Director,No date
This is the rule of thirds. This balances shots in the middle of the lines. The people are usually standing in the intersection of the lines. The main character is on the line. This type of shot will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Basically, it is as if your breaking the frame in 9 parts.
I took this picture in an interview style, where the intersection lines points Kyle so that it shows that he is the main person to focus and no one else. I had to make sure that the intersection lines.
Im Gur, No Date, Available at: http://imgur.com/gallery/XrapY, ( Accessed on 22/09/16)
Leading lines refers to a technique of composition where the viewer of your photos attention is drawn to lines that lead to the main subject of the image. This type of frame starts from the bottom and draws your eyes upwards to the end of the frame, which leads to the main subject. The easy example of this is roads. As they lead somewhere, it gives us a feel of motion. This makes us lead to the character himself.
The photo which I have taken, shows leading lines because the stairs draws the the audience straight to the character. We can see the stairs going from the bottom of the frame to the person itself.
Angie Han, 2014
This type of shot is called symmetry. This is where both sides of the frame is identical. This gives us a reflection when watching it. It adds more weight to the shot. It is used effectively for some shots but not others. Symmetry is a powerful tool that lets you automatically create harmony and a sense of aesthetically pleasing balance and proportion in a photograph. There are 2 types of symmetry which can be used
It shows symmetry because if we split this picture in half, from the top of the sofa to the bottom of his legs, we can clearly see that each sides are identical.
Wunder Ground, No Date
A natural frame is anything that forms a border or part of a border around your subject. It can be literally natural, such as a tree branch, the mouth of a cave or a rock arch; or it can be man-made, such as a doorway, a bridge or the slats in a fence.
Because natural framing forms a border around the photo, I thought of taking a tiny part of the town around trees.
Depth of Field
jake-sully, No Date
Depth of field is when a character is focused and that everything that is in front of that character or behind is out of focus. This type of composition “draws the audience’s attention to a specific portion of the frame.
For this type of composition, I chose this area, as the field view is quite large, so to take a photo of Kyle with this view behind is quite a good way of showing depth of field.
Angie Han, 2014, http://www.slashfilm.com/wes-anderson-symmetry-video/, Accessed on 22/09/16
CG Director, No date, Available at :http://www.cgdirector.com/wp-content/uploads/media/2011/03/incredibles1.jpg, Accessed on 20/09/2016
Ghost Of The Night, 2011,Available at: https://www.wunderground.com/wximage/ghostOfTheNight/39, ( Accessed on (22/09/16)
Im Gur, No Date, Available at: http://imgur.com/gallery/XrapY, Accessed on 22/09/16
McKinnell, Anne, No Date, Available at:http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-use-leading-lines-for-better-compositions/, 20/09/2016
Moure,Gabe, 2014, Available at: http://www.elementsofcinema.com/cinematography/camera-depth-of-field/ 22/09/16
Peterson, David, no Date, Available at: http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/2969/17-examples-of-natural–frames/, Accessed on 22/09/2016
Rowse, Darren, No Date, Available at: http://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/, Accessed on 20/09/16
Valenzuela, Roberto, 2012, Available at:http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1845761,Accesse on 20/09/2016