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Project 1 – Points

I was delighted to experiment with multiple points as I have been trying to create still life shots for self-entertaining as well as corporate reasons when I was shooting clothes and shoes and other Instagram-worthy images. That is why I decided to play with my essential accessories.

I decided to crop to square format following the Instagram vibe as well as I was shooting this on my DIY square bedside table directly above the subjects. I’m very fortunate to have large windows so it was easy to achieve beautiful even lighting with minimal shadows.

Since I have been practicing with these kind of arrangements for a while, I found this relatively quick to assemble, I used to played for a really long time to get a somewhat satisfying result. I started with creating lines, than adding items to create shapes but aim for placing things unevenly, or maybe only show a piece of it in the frame.

I started placing my watch and pearl earrings in lines, than on the 2nd picture I added two rings put closely together, by separating the earrings and placing them kind of “randomly”, I created two triangles, one with the earrings and the rings, and one with the watch included.

I added a necklace with the box, another pair of long earrings and my perfume to have more similar shapes in the composition and just tried different angles with every single item. The result was the 3rd and 4th image, I was almost satisfied with the latter but it felt a bit “carefully arranged” so I added an empty copper terrarium for more angular shapes but I deliberately left most of it out of the frame not to overpower the 5th image. It didn’t feel right so I swapped it for some flowers, also adjusted the other elements until I settled with the final 6th photograph.

 

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For this particular task I used very shallow depth of field in order to isolate my subject as a single point in the frame. I always shoot raw format and I have done some basic editing in Lightroom.

1. points 1

Centered

This composition creates a static image, lacking interest and excitement. For this type of arrangement I feel it would be better the fill the frame with the flower itself in order to create a more interesting composition, however that would no longer be a “point” in the frame.

1. points 2

Off-centre

The orchid is slightly closer to the bottom right corner of the frame, also leaning a bit towards the same side, it creates a better balanced composition. I prefer this image as my attention is drawn to the middle of the flower than the petals still, without the dull arrangement.

1. points 3

Close to the edge

Lastly, placing it close to the corner leaves my eye wandering off the flower to the blurred background and back.

Overall this exercise is very similar to the one I have done here , however the viewpoint is the same, only the subject’s (the point) position changed. Regardless I used the same principles I have learned from Michael Freeman’s book [1].

[1] Freeman, Michael, (2007). The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos, The Ilex Press. Page 66.