I have been asked to use the viewfinder grid display setting on my camera, which adds a grid to the viewfinder so you can line your images up properly. I have been asked to take a good couple of photos, composing each shot within a single section of the viewfinder. I have also been asked to ignore the rest of frame. When the photos have been taken I have been asked to select 8 photos and present them as a single composite image.
I have no clue how to get a viewfinder grid display on my camera so ill have to look into that. I am intrigued in this as I struggle with lining things up and if this helps to make me think more about composition and framing I will be very pleased. I also have no clue how to take 8 photos and make them into one, but I love a challenge.
Planning & execution
I googled how to get the viewfinder grid display on my camera. I then took a few photos to test it out. I then re-read the brief and thought of going out my back garden and playing around to get a feel of what I was going to do. I decided that to make the set of photos sit well together I would focus on nature. I then went on to take my photos.
I have grouped these photos to demonstrate how I focused on different sections of the frame. I hope to pick on certain photos and add it to my final image. These are not all the images I took but I wanted to show how I took multiple photos with different scenarios
My final 8 images,
The above images I feel work together as a set and as individuals. I tried on each row to have differential photos so they would sit well not just together but alone.. Throughout you can see different textures all from nature. Each photo has been lined up in a different way.
In reference to the image as a whole I feel I could of lined them up as a row of two and four going down as I have a big white gap where a ninth image should be. I was very unsure if I should of added another image in to make the set look more complete but it was not what I had been asked in the brief so I left it. I used photoshop to put all the images together. I found it very difficult but I got there in the end.
I set my camera (Nikon D5300) to automatic and took the photos. My main objective was to try a few photos where the subject was the same but the position within the frame was different, as demonstrated above. I then went and tried changing the subject and framing. I found the framing very helpful when lining up.
The first image in the first row is lined up in the bottom centre of the viewfinder. As I was told to forget about the rest of the frame I did so but I believe this image works well as a whole. The branches reach up to the left and right corners of the frame.
The second image in the first row is lined up in the bottom left hand corner. I was focused on the bright orange leaf that was laying on the ground. I believe this photos worked really well as the path leads your eye on up the frame. This was completely unintentional and I believe I achieved a gestalt with this image in particular.
The third image in the first row is lined up in the right hand middle of the frame. I feel again this image works well, the lines in particular are interesting as you can clearly see the Buddha is perched on a wall.
The fourth image in the middle row is lined up in the right hand middle of the frame again. I knot this is not of nature specifically but it is made out of wood a natural material. I feel the framing in this in particular is what makes it effective. the reflection of the camera in the mirror and the background within that is very effective.
The fifth image in the middle row is lined up in the top right hand corner of the frame. I was focusing on the log. I find this image to work well as the leaves give texture and the wall guides your eye to the log.
The sixth image in the middle row is lined up in the top portion of the frame. I wanted to stop focusing on the corners of the image and focus more on the sections within the frame. I and this image to work well because the tree branch has been singled out and is the main focus.
The seventh image in the last row is lined up in the left hand section of the frame. the buddha again is clearly perched on the wall and in the background of this photo we can see more nature.
The final eighth image in the last row is lined up in the top left hand corner of the frame. The branch is reaching down the frame which I find effective and in this photo unlike the other photo of a single branch we can see another tree in the distance.
Overall I am happy with how these images turned out.