Criteria for analyzing photography

Photography is not only an aesthetic product but a mass medium as well.

Isolation from space and time:

  • The cutout and the moment
  • The infinite three-dimensional space and the infinite one-dimensional time are detached and frozen by photography. You may check and scrutinize the photos there.

The idea of ​​endlessness in space and time:

  • In the imagination, the fragment photo refers to the spatial before, next, and behind and to the temporal before and after.

The perspective:

  • Photography continues the view of the world of the Renaissance.
  • Through the lens, man becomes the measure of all things, the center of the world.
  • The central perspective is particularly evident on straight lines of flight.

The angle of view, the focal length:

  • The telephoto reduces the section. The images appear clear, calm, and static, but also flat. The shallow depth of field focuses on the center.
  • The wide-angle enlarges it. It causes confusion and restlessness, dynamism, and spatial depth. The foreground is emphasized. Large depth of field.

The position: frontal view, top view, soffit view, oblique view

  • It is the most central means of creating the image statement!
  • The frontal view shows the normal view of things at eye level. Vertical and horizontal are emphasized. The statics and timelessness of the motif are emphasized.
  • The supervision: the gaze is above the things. It creates an overview in the truest sense of the word.
  • The view from below: the viewer is dominated by the picture elements, they appear overwhelming, monumental, and authoritarian.
  • The oblique view creates dynamism, momentariness, and spontaneity.

Motion blur:

  • It is a specifically photographic stylistic device and does not exist in any other pictorial medium.

Sharpness and blurriness through aperture selection:

  • You can highlight important image elements and increase the depth of the room. The depth of field is determined by the lens and the choice of aperture.

The light:

  • The glamor light is a soft light shining at an angle from above.
  • The flash gives sharp edges and shadows. It pulls out the foreground and darkens the background.
  • The double exposure is also a specific photographic stylistic device.

Overlap and transparency

  • Overlaps and transparencies can be typical photographic stylistic devices. They are generated during the recording or in the laboratory.
  • But they can also result from the motif: glasses, windows, mirrors, semi-transparent materials.

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