Lights, camera, action, go the camera man replied, wait cut… he screamed angrily as he’s having a hard with his new camera equipment and the stunt doubles are nowhere to be found, let’s not even talk about the actors who are forgetting their scripts. Aah he sighs frustrated at what’s going on around him on the set of his new movie Strike a Pose, what am I going do with this crew, the deadlines is in 4 hours. And, where the hell are the professionals, I paid good money for this you know, could this day get any worse.
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This past Tuesday in our Digital Storytelling class we played with the idea of non traditional image-making and multiplying ourselves into a single image frame. (No photoshop required). By using the panoramic feature of our smart phones we created two examples above to show the potentials of the project by using our immediate surrounding (the hallway outside our classroom and the class).
The top image is a traditional class portrait. Its a long stretched frame that bends itself in an overly extended way. The light source is coming from behind the photographer giving off a great amount of natural bright light. The bottom image is the opposite and we see how the bright light from the windows serves as back lighting when the photographer is behind the light source shooting the image directly at it. The light places an emphasis on the absence of that light and creates a shadow effect of the students in their composition. We talked about how lighting can add this effect and extend a narrative.
So, how is this image created, especially the top one above?
- Open your smart phones camera and set it to panoramic mode.
- Arrange your subject(s) in one area to the left side of the photographer. Give a good amount of distance between the photographer and the subject(s). The subject(s) need to hold still as the photographer begins to move the camera past them until they are out of the view finders frame.
- Once the subjects are out of the viewfinders frame the photographer stops the motion of the camera and holds it in place. The subjects then move behind the photographer and slowly gather themselves back into a new pose or position on the right side of the photographer.
- The photographer continues to move the camera past the subjects until they fit into the composition.
What will you do with this new technique and how will you use it to tell a story in one frame using the same subjects? What kind of situation or narrative can you create?
Tell a story in one panoramic frame, the potentials are endless!