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Brief 1 Research – Shadows

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

In the final stages of putting my image together, I need to know how I can create some shadows in my image. I need this mostly for the hand holding the piggy bank as the head. I may also play around with shadows on the flying coins and broken porcelain from the head on the wall behind the subject. I am interested to play around with the distance from the coins to their shadow I may create, to create the idea that they are in mid-air.

Something else I want to play with is adding some motion to the flying pieces to emphasise that they are moving, making the image look more photo-real. I think that if I do not add the shadows and motion, the flying pieces will look like they are static and stuck to the background. I have used this technique before in Photoshop, but I have not done this ‘non-destructively’, so it will be a learning process for me.

Here are links to the tutorials I will be referring to:

– Using Photoshop to create fake shadows: link

– How to add a simple shadow using Photoshop: link

– Realistic case shadow effect in Photoshop: link

– Create movement – motion blur Photoshop tutorial: link

– How to add realistic spinning motion blur effects in Photoshop CC: link

Brief 1 Research – Image manipulation techniques

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

For this research post, I have found a photoshop tutorial which could help me to achieve the cracked look I am trying to achieve. The tutorial is below:

Upon first glance I was happy to find this tutorial but after watching it I realised it only helps me with an idea of how I can use my cracked pieces to achieve the look. This tutorial is done entirely with stock images so is not as in depth as I would have liked as it mostly involves dragging in the stock images.

However, this tutorial is useful as it has shown me how I can blend in the edges of the cracked porcelain images I have with the the piggy bank head.

It has also given me the idea to leave the inside of the piggy bank hollow to enhance my idea and show that money is all that the student can think about – hence there being nothing else inside the head. I did consider revealing some of the face underneath the smashed piggy bank but I think it will be more effective – both visually and for the meaning – to have a hollow head.

Brief 1 Research – Semiotics

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Semiotics is the study of how meaning is created and communicated, originally based on signs and symbols. Semiotics are a way of guiding the viewer to an interpretation. We interpret images around us in a particular way without actually being aware of how we interpret them. In understanding meaning, the context is important. The interpretation of signs, symbols and other imagery also depends on the cultural context. Different signs, symbols and imagery can have different meanings in different places and to different people. A sign has both the signifier – which is the object, and the signified. Semiotics within visual imagery and photography involves how the image is ‘read’. In reading images, semiotics involves denotation and connotation. Denotation is about the meanings within images, it is usually the literal meaning of the image. Connotation is the meanings that people give to an image based on their cultural experiences and knowledge. It is what is implied by the image based on how the viewer interprets it.


– Semiotics explained

Brief 1 Research – Composition

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015


Composition is about the placement of elements in an image and is an important aspect in creating a ‘good’ piece of art. Effective composition creates the right amount of balance of elements in an image. Arranging elements in an image should be done in a way that enhances the objectives of the image and what it is trying to convey. Good composition is supposed to guide the viewer’s eye into the most important elements of the image and the viewer’s eye can be guided to look at certain things first depending on their size and placement. Good composition is something that eventually becomes second nature to creatives. Poor composition will straight away not look right and will feel unnatural. Some rules of composition include using patterns, symmetry, texture, depth of field, and lines.


Brief 1 Research – Visual communication examples

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Visual communication examples:

After choosing idea 1, I have found some images which give me a further idea of how I could edit my images together.

I think that it will be easier to not include any of the person’s head, and totally put the piggy bank head as their head. This will mean I will have to potentially take out the legs of the piggy bank. I also like the idea of having the glasses as it could emphasise that the topic is about students. I need to make the coin slot quite obvious so that people can tell it is a piggy bank.

I like this effect for the head. I think once I have put the piggy bank and the head together in photoshop, I will then do this effect to the piggy bank. I have found a tutorial which I will post as another research post which will hopefully help me to achieve the cracked effect. Then around the edges I need to add in flying pieces of the broken piggy bank, as well as the coins.

Assignment workflow

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Today in class, we agreed on a workflow to follow for this assignment.


Note that the concepts and production stages of the workflow are iterative.

I am currently still choosing a couple of ideas for my topic. I have also been using Pinterest to generate some ideas for particular photo montage techniques. I actually had a board already made as we did a similar assignment in Photography in high school. I have created a new one just for this project here. I just first need to find a topic/article.