7 Key Elements Towards Conceptual Photography

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share some useful photography information towards the more conceptual based photography style that is starting to be showcased within today’s society. Conceptual Photography is staged to represent an idea, and the ‘concept’ is both preconceived and understandable within the completed image. This particular style is most often seen in advertising and illustration based artwork.

These 7 Key Elements towards the conceptual idea of photography are great thoughts and ideas to keep in mind when pursuing a photo shoot with a certain concept based direction.


1.Color

Give your images that look and definition with sparks of color. Photoshop and Lightroom are great resources that can help bring out a wide variety of colors, and can also help you manipulate your images as well.

2.Texture

Texture’s helps give your images a dimensional look that helps add to the overall story, and provides a real life feel of the story being told. That additive towards a great visual feel helps draw a viewers eye into your imagery, and also gives the appeal of being there on a more personal level.

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This element is key on how your viewers see and understand your images concept. So seeing it clearly in your mind before the actual shooting process is a great step in understanding what the finished product would look like.

4.Poses

Try and understand this element very well. Do your research and giver yourself a good understanding on what particular gestures and possibly features are represented to your ideal audience. You want to make the viewer think, but not to the point of over-thinking your artwork.

Poses can be associated with emotions as well, so be careful on how you would want them to be portrayed. If you are not sure on where to start on posing your model, then you are welcome to glance over my blog post on 15 Simple Ideas towards Posing Your Clients for a good understanding on posing and setting up your model.

 

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These are elements that help lead your viewers eye to your artwork, and helps them understand what your theme might be for the overall concept. Using large props are exciting for viewers, and can help catch their eye from other fellow artwork pieces.

A wide assortment of conceptual based photography is based just upon prop images to send out a story all in itself. So being aware of what what your overall idea is before shooting your images is a great way to understand what you want your viewers to see when trying to understand your artwork.

6.Outfits / Wardrobe

Outfits are a big part of the story as well, and can be understood in different ways. So keep in mind what your model or subject is wearing. You do not need anything expensive, but just make sure it fits the theme of the overall story. The color of the outfit or wardrobe can also send out a variety of different emotions or feelings to your audience, so make sure that if you are wanting a certain feel then try and pair your theme with that particular color.

7.Overall Story

This element is EVERYTHING! Making sure your overall vision is understood across the entire series – from development, the photo shoot, and all the way to post processing to make sure your message is being conveyed powerfully. The story is your inspiration towards the overall concept, so make sure that all of your efforts and hard work are put to the full expectation.


 

Thank you for reading this weeks blog post, and I hope that these 7 key elements are helpful towards telling your story though your inspired journey on the conceptual based photography path.

If you have any comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to each out to me.

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August’s Complementary Stock Photos

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Hi everyone! I want to start by apologizing for not being around for a while. I had a very long and extended summer with a TON of work! I pursued a Volunteer Marketing & Communication Internship at a local foundation called The Lutheran Foundation, which was a very great experience, and I also took a few summer classes to try and finish up my two bachelor’s degree’s at a reasonable time. I was pursing all of this while also doing part-time at my current position as a Internet Ad Photographer for Kelley Automotive here in Fort Wayne, IN. GOODNESS ME!

Since I have not been around for a while, I decided to provide 10 complementary stock photos for FREE, yep for FREE! Nothing beats a good free stock photo. Please enjoy these amazing gifts, and you are always welcome to inquire about any selective style that would be in any interest to you. If so, please contact me with the information upon the Contact section of my sight! Thank You, and have a wonderful rest of your week.

 


 

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15 Free Stock Photos

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Hello again! Welcome back to this weeks blog, and I want to apologize for last weeks missed blog post due to a nasty cold virus that swept through my entire home. This week I am better then ever, and decided to give out more FREE Images! Yes, that is right free stock images for round number two! I took a recent day trip to Chicago, Illinois and decided to take along my camera and capture some fantastic images while I was within the area.

All images are 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch), High Resolution, and edited. They are free for personal and/or commercial use as well, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I did when I was taking them. Also, do not forget to visit my recent Free Stock webpage – Jennifer’s Free Stock – that has a wide variety of free images (even mobile imagery) that is yours for the taking.

Thank you for reading this weeks post, and I hope to see you next week!


 

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Adventures in the Field

Hello again, and welcome back to this weeks blog post! This week I am showing you a preview from a recent photo shoot that I was able to establish with a friend of mine. I have always been interested in pursuing a photo shoot within a corn field from a few of my inspirational sites. So after a few weeks of debating this creative thought, and the ultimate steps that it took to find a gorgeous model I finally made it happen. Yay is right. *laughs*

I was even able to capture a few shots of her fellow model/ canine companion that was just as gorgeous, and playful. If you are interested, her canine companion is an all white Husky with beautiful blue eyes that helped with capturing a few of these images. Below are a few of the images that I was able to produce from this wonderful photo shoot, and there is also an attached Pin-able image for sharing on Pinterest as well!

Thank you for reading this weeks blog post, and I hope to see you next week!


 

 

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10 Free Stock Photos

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Hello again, and welcome back to this week’s blog post! I have a great surprise for you this week with giving out 10 FREE stock photos that I personally have taken. All images are around 300 DPI (Dots per Inch) and are also around 3800 x 2500 PPI (Pixel per Inch).

Please feel free to use these images within blog posts, web design, commercial use, upon social media, and/or whatever purpose that you have a need for them. If you do plan on posting within a social media form, please tag me within the published form.

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Twitter: @JennVisualDeign

Facebook: @JennifersVisualDesign

I know there is a wide variety of options for image choices within this group, but if you are looking for a more focused look please leave a comment below. If not, keep in touch and a close eye out for more free stock photos within the near future. Thanks!


 

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Jeep Showcase

Hi there!, Welcome back to this weeks blog post by Jennifer’s Visual Design. Today I am showcasing an inspirational photo shoot I was able to accomplish this past week for a possible magazine cover. I am a huge Jeep fan, and in this cover shoot I was able to photograph an astonishing 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited addition with amazing amenities (which is one of my many dream vehicles).  Below are a few of the images I acquired from the shoot that I am pleased to show anyone and everyone.


 

 

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Thank you for visiting this weeks blog post, and I hope to see you back again next week!

My Go-To Thanksgiving Imagery for Under $10

 

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Hi there! This week’s blog post is to help you with picking out some appealing imagery for your blog, design work, or anything that you need that includes imagery for the up and coming holiday of Thanksgiving. I have generated a list of my top 10 go-to thanksgiving imagery that are all under (you better believe it) $10! Yes, that is right, $10! Super cheap, and very creative imagery that will not break your wallet. Yay!


 

1.Pumpkin pie with a very gorgeous white wooded background that gives a great perspective of what is to follow after the grand meal of only $8

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2. A cute place setting for the thanksgiving meal that is decorated upon a rustic backdrop, with a cost of $8

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3. Pumpkins, Apples, and Nuts for a uniquely natural Autumn concept that only costs $8

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4. Who doesn’t like a creative inspired place setting on this big holiday event? This cute little place setting helps bring out the thankful feast in any inspired way with a cost of $8

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5. A very unique feel towards this Autumn inspired holiday with a rustic Indian corn and brown fall leaves to give a little perk up before this cheerful holiday for only $5

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6. Some more amazingly delicious Pumpkin and Pecan Pie that are still within there bakery boxes, but ready to be devoured upon after the thankful feast of $10

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7. Who likes Cranberries? This particular image displays a wonderful ceramic saucepan that is gracious filled with a large amount of cranberry sauce upon a rustic wooden backdrop that will not break your wallet at only $5

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8. Yes, another place setting but with a totally different feel. The orange and black color scheme helps bring a different feel to any style worth presenting upon the thankful day for only $7

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9. A creative little selection of measuring spoons full of spices that bring out the over all Thanksgiving spirit with only being $8

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10. Last but not least, is a image worth a thousand colorful words. A definite Autumn inspired image that is enhanced with the colors of fall, and apply decoration upon a wooden rustic backdrop for only $8

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I hope that any or all of these images will help you with expressing your Thanksgiving day on any creative design output. Please, leave a comment below and show me how you used these creative images for your thankful day. Thanks!

12 Elements of a Remarkable Photograph

 

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Hi there, this week’s blog post is going to be about the top elements for creating a unique and outstanding photography! I am going to share with you the top twelve elements towards making a remarkable photograph. These elements are defined as necessary parts towards the success of an image.

Well; image, art piece, or photograph that will reveal some means of all of these twelve elements. A visually superior image will reveal obvious consideration of each one of these elements in some sort of visual way.


 

Impact: is the first view of an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotional feeling that an individual gets when viewing the image.

Creativity: original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message, or thought.

Technical Proficient: the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some design aspects that speak to the qualities of the over all print.

 

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Composition: the importantance towards the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together to express the over all purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Lighting: the use and control of light—which we talked about in last weeks post on “The Art of Lighting” which refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. The light applied towards an image could be man made or natural, but proper use of it should enhance the image.

Style: is defined in ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Print Presentation: affects an image by giving it a finished look, which the mats and borders used should support and enhance the image, not to distract from it.

 

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Center of Interest: the point or points on an image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest, but occasionally there will not be a specific center of interest. When the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Subject Matter: should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Color Balance: is the over all harmony of an image, in which the tones work together to effectively supporting the image and enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Technique: is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and many more are parts of the techniques that can be applied to an image.

Story Telling: the image’s ability to evoke imagination. Each viewer might collect his own message, or read their own story in an image.

 

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15 Simple Posing Ideas

 

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I have had all kinds of issues over the years since I have been photographing with clients of trying to pose and position them to look good during a photo shoot. Well, with today’s blog post I am wanting to help you out, with my years (and continues practice) of mistakes of posing individuals/ your clients during a photo shoot and them turning out amazing. I am using a recent client of mines images from her professional head shot photo shoot, which she is an amazing photographer herself! Check her out her amazing work at Taylor Dixon Photography or connect with her on Facebook or Instagram!

In today’s post I have acquired 15 photographic posing points that will hopefully help you on your next big or small shoot with any potential client!


  1. Posing Stool Height – Normally should be at about knee height. If you want to add weight to a subject, lower the stool. If you wish to decrease the apparent weight, raise the stool. If stool is raised to it maximum a heavy set person will have to lean and reach forward to have his feet reach the floor. This brings his face closer to the camera, diminishing the apparent size of his body, it also stretches out his chin eliminating the double chin.
  2. Create a Solid Pyramid Base – Shoulders square to the camera subject looks too heavy and boring. Shoulders turned sideways = to narrow and not enough base. Shoulders at a 45 degree angle give good base and texture to the outfit.

 

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  1. Sit Tall – place your finger in the subject back on a lower vertebrae and subject will grow 2-3 inches. Avoids the slouchy look.
  2. Lean Forward Slightly – creates a better proportion between head and body and also creates implied movement.
  3. Project the Chin – This stretches out any double chin and keeps the face proportional. These first 5 steps should only take a bout ten seconds to complete and will add dramatically to the final portrait.
  4. Proper Eye Direction – Aim to have the shoulders, head and eyes in 3 different directions
  5. Proper Head Tilt – Men can have a masculine head tilt (slightly to the low or back shoulder) or no tilt (head square to the shoulders) Women can have a feminine head tilt (head tipped to the near or high shoulder) or a masculine head tilt. Do NOT photograph a man with the feminine head tilt.
  6. Proper Head Height – Typically the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the ear lobes should line up in a straight line. If nose is higher than ear lobes, you will see too much of the nostrils. If nose is below the ear lobes it can elongate the nose and over emphasize the forehead.
  7. Avoid Football Shoulders – Shoulders too square to the camera broadens the apparent size and weight of subject. Warning! Everyone who sits in front of your camera will almost always face square to the camera because they don’t know any better. But you do.
  8. Watch Nose and Cheek Lines – Be sure bridge of nose does not obscure the far eye and the nose should never intersect the cheek line
  9. Dealing with Glasses – Be careful that the glasses do not distort the cheek line. For reflections in glasses, raise the main light, tip glasses forward or lower chin.
  10. Don’t Overuse Hair Light – The hair light should b just a hint of light and not overpowering.

 

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Woman Posing Rule #13

 

  1. Women Posing – If it bends, bend it. Hands, wrists, knees, and ankles. Photograph the side of a hand not the back of it. Watch feet, hip and shoulder positions.
  2. Firing Squad Pose – Do not photograph heads on the same level. One head should be higher that the other. Mouth of taller subject should be level with the eyes of the shorter subject.
  3. Totem Pole Pose – Do not line up heads directly on top of the other. The person in back should be on one side or the other to avoid a static look.

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Black & White Newborn Photography

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I had the privilege of being able to photograph a new life coming into this beautiful world! This is the Armstrong family from here in Fort Wayne, IN that just recently got a new little addition named Maddox. I was able to photograph this handsome little guy, while also including his mother and father to the mix. These images are a few of the many that I was able to snag from this adorable photo shoot.