Artist Statement

All my Images begin with photography. Over several decades of art-making, I have altered photographs of myself and my personal environment by employing the distorting effects of handmade cameras, linking pictures through direct collage, painting on the surface of finished photographs, transforming them as photo-etchings, and eventually feeding them to the computer. Current images about one's unstable sense of self in an unpredictable world are driven by archetypal images derived from dreams. I...

Incamera and Digital Darkroom Blurred Time Techniques

Anna Zoromski Boneyard Series

A particular instance of using blurred times in creating unique visual effects is in a technique commonly known to studio photographers as painting with light. Painting with light is accomplished by using a long exposure in a darkened environment, which allows the photographer to literally paint in areas of the scene using a flashlight or any small, controllable light source. The effect seems to be one of softening the overall focus of the image, but what is really...

Five Factors That Determine the Degree of Frozen Time in a Photograph

Shutter speed The other four factors being equal, the faster the shutter speed, the more frozen the motion will be rendered. Technical Note In order to freeze the motion of the camera itself if you are hand-holding it, the shutter speed must be equal to or faster than the numerical equivalent to 1 focal length of the lens you are using. Ulis photograph of a mother and foal was made in the San Luis Valley. It was made with a 300-mm lens f78 lt 1 500-second shutter speed. Ulis image...

Affecting Visual Quality And Photographic Meaning With Apertures And Lenses

The element of photography that allows light to enter the camera and form the image is the aperture. The addition of a lens dramatically affects the light entering the aperture and its transportation onto the media, and the effects are significant as they relate to the resulting image. There are also technical and communicative advantages to using a lens. The first advantage to using a lens is that the photographer can vary and make precise the point of focus. Second, most lenses allow the...

Traditional Darkroom Techniques For Using Or Creating Overlapped And Blurred Time

While in-camera techniques are used to control the translation of the world in front of the camera onto the capture media, darkroom techniques using the element of time are used to translate the captured image onto the output media the print . The printing aspect of this element of photography only comes into play in a real sense in the traditional wet darkroom, because in the digital darkroom the passing of time during printing does not directly affect the visual outcome of the print. In the...

Multiple Frames

Gestalt Contact Sheet Photography

Such as these force the photographer and the viewer to consider the multiple frame edges their relationship and proximity to one another and their relationship to the subject and content of the image. In this way the interrelationship of frames has a direct bearing on the meaning and interpretation of the image. Second, using multiple frames allows photographers to create panoramic images and multi-panel pieces. In making these images, photographers can capture physical space outside the camera...

Angela Faris Belt

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Organizing The Frame Vantage Point Juxtaposition And Picture Planes

David Beckerman Manhattan Mall

When photographers capture an image they do so on the picture plane that is, the flat, physical surface of the media on which the image is captured. By orchestrating the frame's contents through careful consideration of vantage point the distance and position of the camera in relation to the subject the photographer dictates the hierarchy of information and the visual flow of the image. In choosing vantage point carefully, the photographer also changes the perceived spatial relationships among...