Composition and Digital Photography


Image 1 is a photo of my balcony. In this photo you can see how the sunlight was able to create a shadow effect on concrete floor. The shadows are able to create perpendicular lines that are both thin and thick and follow the two design concepts of Line and Symmetry.


Image 2 is a photo I took at a restaurant. This photo follows the design concepts of Shape, Repetition and Asymmetry.  The spice jars are repeated several times in several small squares. I liked how the two spice jars repeated except for 3 jars that were missing, thus meeting the design of Asymmetry.


Unit 2 – Assignment 2

1. What do you think about Morris’s response to Fenton’s famous image? (Image is posted in the lecture).

I agree with him in the way he describes on how to create a photographic truth. Mr. Morris describes this as, “When you do not move, touch or interact with what you are taking a photo of.”  I believe that this is the only way you can truly take a truthful photo.  I don’t agree with him in the manner of him saying that every photo is posed.  I believe that every photographer has a their own way of viewing their subject that we try to capture that as well as possible to be able to share it with the world or as a momento in time.

2. What is Morris referring to when he said that he was accused of making documentary films “the wrong way”? What do you think about that?

He is referring to the type of music and the re-enactments that he recorded for his documentary.  I think there is no right or wrong way of expressing your artistic viewpoint.  Our human nature has always been to be  fearful of things are different or we do not understand, but that doesn’t make them wrong.  As long as the end result in the documentary is the same, the truth, that is all that matters.

3. Consider why people want to believe that photographs depict the truth.

I think people want to believe that photographs depict the truth because they feel they are moments of true life.  Moments that have not been altered in any way and we are able to see exactly what the photographer was seeing at the time they took the photo.  I think that this is a lot harder now that most images are taken digitally and we are able to edit or alter the images a lot easier than when cameras were first invented.

4. Pose a question regarding this subject for your classmates to respond to. You can choose a particular image from the presentation to discuss or a more general question. Please be sure that your question is different from anyone else’s and make it challenging.

With social media being a big part in so many  young people’s lives; do you think that it is okay for employers to base their hiring of you by viewing your photos on your social media sites?  Do your online photos show a truthful presentation of who you are?


Art is Everywhere! 

“What do you find to be the most interesting aspect of the NASA project ‘Earth as Art’ ?”

I think that the most interesting aspect is the use of satellite cameras to take the photos and then just by using certain “Spectral bands” we are able to see all the beauty that earth has to offer.  These works of art would  be harder to see or view if it was not for these bands.  They not only enhance the photos for viewing but in another facet they also show us art that is located every, but only if look harder.


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1. Wood Floors 2. Lightbulbs 3. Door Knob


Project 2

My project revolved around shoes.  I wanted to show how there are many different styles of shoes and variation of them as well.  These small differences can dramatically change the look and feel of the shoes.  These small changes are what make us love or hate a pair of shoes.

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Assignment 4

Jeff Cowen

What makes Jeff Cowen’s work different from traditional photographic works?  It is different because he combines different types of art techniques and genres to create unique works of art.   He is able to combine photography with paint and other items such as collage art.

What is he interested in capturing?  He is interested in capturing something that he can view and show him something new that he may have not been looking for or thinking of.  This helps him expand art that is not more abstract and leaves the meaning to the viewer.

Do you relate to his explanation of his relationship to art? Why or why not (either answer is fine, but please explain why)?  I do relate to his explanation of his relationship to art.  I to am moved only by art that speaks to me.  Although art is sometimes made with a specific meaning behind it or the artist try to express something, very few times that can relate to the viewer.  Thus the meaning behind it is lost; but if the viewer is the one relating or creating their own meaning then art is then more memorable and the viewer is able to have a closer connection to the art.

What is his process when composing a photograph? He looks at where things will be laid out in the photo, but doesn’t have an exact pose of idea of what he is looking for.  He sets it up, so that he may be able to capture abstract art. He puts most of his personal touches on photos when he is developing rather than capturing.

Which of his images was your favorite? Why?   My favorite image of his is the one of the tree with a smaller photo of the same tree attached to the left hand of it.  For me, this photo just shows us how things can be very similar, but depending on how you look at them or who is looking at them, they can be big or small.  This for me is a metaphor for life’s problems.  For some a problem could be small, but for someone else that same problem could be a big problem.

Jacob Aue Sobol

What was he interested in with this project?  He wanted to show how people are alike and connected by traveling on the railroad from Russia to China. Stopping in three cities to take photos.

What was his editing process? What percentage of images did his editor select?  His editing process was to hand all of his photos over to his fiancee and she would view all the images he would take and she would cut them down to 10% of what he took, they would then look at the 100 and cut those down to 20 images per day.

Why is this editing process important?  It cuts down on him having to take time out of his schedule to look at photos and focus more on shooting photos as he is taking 1000 photos a day.

How did he meet people?  He would meet people through Facebook and also by walking the streets and meeting people.

Which of his images was your favorite? Why?  My favorite photo was the one where there is a picture of the virgin mary, but on the right hand side is a mirror and you can see the reflection of the person standing in the photos face.  the way both faces are shown in the picture capture yours attention.  The thing I liked the most was that the reflection of the face is somewhat hidden and not the first thing you notice in the photo.