After completing the course “The Language of the Image” offered by Poytner NewsU, I was reminded about a great deal of information about photography. About two years ago, I took a photography course at Georgia Southern University and learned a lot about photography, but along the way had forgotten a lot of it. By taking this course, I was reminded of many of the elements of good photography.
To begin with, the course explains the different types of photos including information, passive and active. An informational photo is just as the name suggests. It is simply a photo that is for informational purposes; to show what a person, place, or situation looks like. A passive photo is one that is taken for a publication. It is when someone sets up the photo to make it look as pleasing as possible. Active photos are photos of situations that have actually taken place. Magazines and newspapers use this type of photography a lot. They are best for photojournalism because they show the situation taking place.
The course then goes on to talk about “single elements”. It goes through a number of vocabulary words and gives examples of pictures for each including graphic, quality of light, emotion, juxtaposition, mood, sense of place, point of entry, impact, rule of thirds, perspective, suprise, layering, moment, and personality portrait. (to learn more about these elements, visit http://www.newsu.org)
Next comes the topic of “multiple elements” within photography. This is when a photographer uses multiple elements that were mentioned above to make the story in the picture more interesting.
The last topic covered in the course is “different approach”. It talks about how there are opposite approaches you can take to photographic birth, drought, funeral, skulls, and swimmers. These each can be looked at from two different angles.
What surprised me while taking this course is that there are so many different ways to look at photography. I think that many people are fooled to believe that taking a photo is just basically pointing a camera and clicking, but in actuality, there are many things that should be taken into consideration when trying to take a good picture.
After completing the course, I would like to learn more about black and white photography.