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Capturing creative devices with raw material

Photojournalism is a way for media to bring events to life through pictures. In Online Journalism we are taught that “good photojournalism begins with understanding basic composition and design principles.”

This assignment was a great opportunity to focus on creative devices used in capturing photos and analyze how these devices draw the viewer into the focal point. What made this assignment challenging – no photo editing allowed!

With no editing, here is my RAW TALENT:

photo 1

Driving through Medicine Bow National Forest. The Medicine Bow National Forest administers 1,095,384 total acres and is located across the state of Wyoming and Colorado. The Medicine Bow National Forest dates back to May 22, 1902, with the establishment of the Medicine Bow Forest Reserve by President Theodore Roosevelt.

“Traveling Wyoming” uses the leading lines as the dominant creative device. This creative device draws the viewer’s attention down the road and into the beautiful skyline. There are several other creative devices used in this photograph. They include cropping, balance, framing and depth. With the combination of these creative devices this photograph is made aesthetically pleasing to the viewer.

photo 2

Seven-year-old quarter horse named Roundup roams in the arena at Snowy Range Vet Clinic in Laramie, Wyo.

“Arena Roaming” uses the rule of thirds as the dominant creative device to draw the viewer’s attention into the focal point. The placement of the focal point in the image is what makes this photo aesthetically pleasing and catches the viewer’s attention because the horse catches the viewer’s attention immediately. The other creative devices used in this photograph include symmetry, view-point and contrast.

Beautiful landscape at the University of Wyoming prexy's pasture.

Beautiful landscape on a rainy day at the University of Wyoming prexy’s pasture.

“Rainy Day” uses depth as the dominant creative device. The viewer is immediately drawn into the foreground by the placement of the rocks, then their attention is drawn into the mid-ground of the walking path and then the viewer notices the background of the pasture and the trees in the distance. This photograph also uses color, leading lines and establishing size to make the photograph aesthetically pleasing.

Dead mouse found on the kitchen floor. The last thing a person wants to wake up to in the morning.

Dead mouse found on the kitchen floor. The last thing a person wants to wake up to in the morning.

“The Borrower” uses background as the dominant creative device to draw the attention to the main focal subject. The other creative devices that this photograph uses are balance and contrast to make the photograph aesthetically pleasing.

Plant display in the University of Wyoming College of Business

Plant display in the University of Wyoming College of Business.

“Plant Life” uses viewpoint as the dominant creative device. This is a different view of a plant that University of Wyoming College of Business students walk by every day. However, viewing this plant through the glass with the Steamboat logos framing the plant and bringing attention to the focal point. The other creative devices used in this photograph include framing, symmetry, light and balancing elements.

This assignment made me appreciate photo-editing programs. I love using Instagram, Photoshop and Snapseed to enhance the quality and drama of the photograph. I was surprised when I realized four of the pictures I chose for this assignment are portrait orientation. I learned that I need to be more creative with the orientation of my pictures. For this assignment I would have used several different cameras. However, because my cameras are all located at my parent’s house I only had the ability to use my iPhone.

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