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Part Two. Visual Language

Part Two. Visual Language

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Nikon D3s, 35mm, 30 seconds @ f/16, ISO 800

Lake Tahoe, California, 2011.

Introduction

ONCE WE’VE SEEN SOMETHING and raised the camera to our eye with the intent to create a photograph—that is, we’ve got something to say, and in our hands have the tools to say it—the rest boils down to words and grammar. Elements and decisions. That’s about as tidily as I can break it down, and while there are times when it’s obvious which are elements and which are decisions, they work in tandem.

It’s a dance. We see our friend bathed in low evening light, and it’s obvious that one of the elements in the photograph is that light. But have your friend turn in a circle with you and watch the light change upon her face from front-lit to side-lit to backlit, and back again. Your decision to work with the element of light, in one way over another, changes the look—and therefore the message—of the photograph. Backlit, the light forces you to make further choices about your exposure. Expose for her face and she’s likely to take on an angelic look, the background blowing out and implying a more ethereal context. Expose for the brighter background and she becomes a silhouette, an abstract.


  

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