Summary

My photo-real image was created to portray the danger dating applications pose as it enables stalking. This was the focus of my article and I feel I have portrayed the idea well. I had a set back while editing as I could not get the GPS symbol to look photo-real no matter how many textures and adjustments I did added or decreased for it. For the GPS I filled it in with colour and adjusted the opacity. I contoured and textured each individual element making up the GPS. It just wasn’t working. I decided to remove this idea as my other photographic elements were strong enough to make the message clear. My image consists of a girl walking through an alleyway just before dark, dressed in white clothing to portray her innocence. Behind her is an oversized man in dark clothing who is unable to be identified due to shadows on his face. This makes the audience unaware of who is it, as well as the girl. On the walls beside her are two silhouettes coming out of portals trying to grab her. The silhouettes are dark enough so the face is not identifiable but light enough to see the hands.

Prior to this assignment I had photoshop knowledge due to taking photography in school and editing photos in my spare time. However, I used to do this quite destructively only using masks for the cutting out of the main subject. In Visual Communications I applied the rule of ALWAYS using layer or vector masks when editing. This was the best idea I have ever been exposed to as I was constantly needing to remove parts of my image and re-add them if I had to change my composition. I did this using a variety of tools; the pen tool, quick selection, marquee tools and the paintbrush. Then feathered or smoothed mask edges when required. I used the clone stamp and healing brush tool to pattern the sky, removing trees from the background then in a separate layer painted it black on a low capacity via soft light to make it darker to have the mysterious element. I also used it on footpath to remove the model from my original image. This is because she was too dark so I sourced her from another image, masked her out and incorporated her. Shadows were added to her face and under her feet using a combination of the burn tool and paintbrush in a separate layer. This was also done with the male figure standing behind her. The portals were created using the elliptical marquee tool to create warped circles on the background then duplicated (note both portals were made on separate layers). Then on the duplicated layers I selected the duplicated area and used the distort -> zig-zag tool to create pond ripples. I then adjusted the amount and ridges to make a realistic looking portal. To make the silhouettes appear as though they were coming out of the walls I had to make the edge of the body circular to match the portal entrance then use the blur tool ever so slightly to make it appear integrated. Secondly, I had to warp the perspective of the figures to the appropriate angle. Finally, I added slight drop shadows under the figures to give the creepy feel and to have realistic shadows. The heart was created similar to the GPS using textures and contours, however with the heart I had to warp the perspective and add a drop glow to make it appear similar to the glowing apple logo on tablets and smartphones.

Comments;

1. https://maxinesvisualcomm.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/communication-objectives/

“You state you are going to place your pig in the middle of the image, this is breaking the rule of thirds rule. I’m not too sure what the technique is called but if you need a research post you could look into that and get some ideas. I think the idea of the sun is a good idea, but the grass could be potentially distracting. I love the idea you have of using repetition of cutlery to represent a jail cell. You have thought long and hard about how to convey your message.It reminded me of the advert from television. For some inspiration you could look at this website and look at visual techniques they have used http://safe.org.nz/issue/factory-farming-pigs

2. https://beccadawson16.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/ideas-ideas-ideas/

“I think your topic is a great idea to enforce. Many people are preferring to watch the show or movie instead of reading the book. I feel idea 3 is quite weak as the big red X would distract me from the image. The idea of the on/off symbol is great and can be incorporated into your other ideas. Personally I do like idea one the most as idea two has too much going on. The idea of a blank expression at the tv and having tv eyes is a little contradicting. Instead you could portray the idea of it affecting our eyes through glasses? I feel idea one is your strongest as it gets the message across. An idea would be to have the tv colour contrasting with the books colours. The books could be dull colours while the television is brightly coloured on the individual’s head. Overall you have a lot of variety here which is good.”

3. https://georgiavisualcomm2015.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/concept-thumbnails/

“I like the third idea. It tell us how the bully has control over the person. An idea could be to have the camera looking slightly downwards on the person to show their vulnerability. It gets straight to the point where as the other two feel like a bit too much is going on. If you were to pursue the second or third idea I would recommend considering the composition and doing some research into a composition that would work well for the images as they are bit all over the place at the moment. However the meaning behind it is good and you have come up with a variety of different ideas that all have potential.:

4. https://rubymhirst.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/concept-thumbnails/

“I’ve read your communication objectives and decided I would comment on this post as you stated you are unsure which idea to pursue. Overall I think it would be easiest to pick either Anorexia or Bulimia to focus on. Anorexia is about not eating, where as Bulimia is about eating then throwing up. So it would be hard to interpret both in an image.

Sketch #1 – This sketch feels the strongest. Your idea of having healthy food on one side and junk on the other is a great indicator of a eating disorder. I feel like the image is not strong enough though as all the food would be a bit too much. You could have the model holding a bowl of fruit looking in a mirror, and in the reflection have her holding a bowl containing cake or another item of junk food.

Sketch #2 – I feel this image isn’t strong as we do not see facials. Only a hand and some unhealthy food. If I saw this I would think it is about people eating unhealthy food opposed to an eating disorder.

Sketch #3 – The idea of her hands being tied up is a good idea. You could incorporate this into idea one by having her hands tied up around the unhealthy food. If you pursue sketch three I would recommend having an item of unhealthy food in the background as we need to know why her hands are tied up.

Sketch #4 – This idea is also good as it communicates eating disorders and how she is not allowed to eat the food. You would need to show her facials to communicate that she wants it but can not have it.

Hope this helps :)”

5. https://jaimesvisualcomm.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/image/

“I like the final image. The lighting direction has been used well to create shadows. This effectively shows the crinkles in the fast food packets and the texture of the burger. My only worry here is the chip packet doesn’t look too photo real to me. I can see you have added shadows but it looks like it has been painted read. It feels like the top left of it should be lighter than the middle and bottom as the is the direction the lighting is coming from. The composition is effective and your idea is clear 🙂 Good work”