The final exercise of this project makes use of the viewfinder grid display of a digital camera. This function projects a grid onto the viewfinder screen to help align vertical and horizontal lines, such as the horizon or the edge of a building, with the edge of the frame. If your camera doesn’t have a grid display, imagine a simple division of the viewfinder into four sections.
Take a good number of shots, composing each shot within a single section of the viewfinder grid. Don’t bother about the rest of the frame! Use any combination of grid section, subject and viewpoint you choose.
When you review the shots, evaluate the whole frame, not just the part you’ve composed. Take the same approach you used to evaluate the point and line exercises: examine the relationship of elements to the frame. Composition is part of form and formal analysis will be a useful skill for your exercises and assignments as you progress through the course.
(Evaluation of these images coming soon)
Select six or eight images that you feel work individually as compositions and also together as a set. If you have software for making contact sheets you might like to present them as a single composite image. Add the images to your learning log together with technical information such as camera settings, and one or two lines containing your thoughts and observations.
My approach to this exercise was to focus on one element of each photograph, in this case, the signs/posters in each image. I found this project especially difficult, I couldn’t come to decision on how best to make it work, how to effectively use each section and simply forget about the rest of the frame.
Signs were a really interesting subject to focus on, because each sign is relevant to its position, signs are placed in specific positions in relation to its surroundings. This means that even though I was to only focus on composing the image of the sign itself, the background was always going to be relevant and fit in the conventional sense.