Exercise 2.1 Test Photos

I’ve gone out today with my camera phone, to begin exploring the theme of taking photos, on a neutral background. The aim is to remove all identity of the place (context), so that the subject remains as the only focus. Does this draw the eye into the subject detail.

The wind was too strong to do this without an assistant today. I’ll go back out tomorrow and ask a member of the public to help me. However I took some photos trying to minimise the background, and this will at least give me a comparison for when I successfully complete the exercise.

20170913_182118I tried to use the wall as a background. But I didn’t put my phone onto manual, so I have lost the detail with the light.

20170913_182343Too much background distracts from the detail. I may take this into Lightroom tomorrow and see if I can delete the background and enhance the detail, which is there.

20170913_153804This is the better photo. I will go back with my Vello extension tubes and white paper and see what I come back with.

20170913_154033This has the potential to make a good photo. A bit of sellotape to move the background rosehip, string to move some of the foreground, Vello extension tubes for a macro shot with the natural green background. The background will have no detail as the vello ensure an incredibly narrow depth of field.

20170913_160948A natural background that’s too distracting. I will use some of my macro photography for the exercise, because good macro photos with natural backgrounds can be highly effective.


2 Replies to “Exercise 2.1 Test Photos”

    1. It’s a yes and a no. I use my phone as a digital sketchbook, to explore ideas on the exercises so that I can go back and take proper shots later. I can’t draw, but I feel that it’s important to explore ideas and themes as I’m out and about because doing deepens my understanding.


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