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Collage Photography

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Claire Nyland

on 13 May 2014

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Collage Photography

- By Claire Nyland

Collage artists
A collage is technique of assembling many photographs to create a final piece.
David Hockney
Serge Mendzhiyskogo
Architectural photography
HDR photography
My first attempt at a collage
High Dynamic Range or HDR is basically the lightest light and the darkest dark you can take in a photo. Once the subject you are capturing exceeds your cameras dynamic range it washes out to white or the dark become black blobs. It is extremely difficult to take a photo capturing both ends of the spectrum in it. Software and post-processing is what comes in to create these usually high dynamic photos that are impossible to capture in a single shot. HDR is basically a series of shots at different exposure levels and merged together to create a much better photo.
HDR is great for capturing moments how you see them with your eyes that normal photos cannot.

As you can see above the same photo is taken using various exposure levels and the image to the right is the final image after post processing when all 4 images are merged to create this amazing image.
I think HDR photography is amazing because it really brings out all the details of the image and brings it to life.
Example of stages of HDR
Trey Ratcliff
-Born July 7, 1971
Trey is a well know HDR photographer. He explores the world and takes his camera with him capturing breath taking shots that makes you question if they are actually real. His images amazed me, they look like they could all be hand painted to perfection rather then a captured image. Some of his images are a bit trippy and are really hard to believe they are actually camera shots.
This is one of my favorite images. You can see the contrast from dark to light over the image. It really feels like you could be there looking at it.
Here is one of the more trippy psychedelic feel ones i was talking about.
Architecture photography is a diverse subject. It is made up of many different things.
Old Architecture
Modern Architecture
Shoot at Night
It's Not Just About Buildings
When shooting Old Architecture its best to shoot simple composition this usually works best to show the elegance of the building. A lot of old architecture also has some landscape around the building to make the image look less cramped and to show the whole beauty of it.
Photographing modern architecture means you can use a more abstract style to shoot. You can get creative and shoot from extreme perspective, or from unusual angles. You can also include the scenery in the photo, but usually the buildings are close together so surrounding things are cropped out.
Architecture in Context
Deciding whether to photograph a buildings surroundings depends what you are wanting your photo to say. You have to decide if the suroundings are going to overpower the photo, you shouldn't shoot a wide shot of a building if the surrounding landscape dons't compliment the photo.
I think the picture on the left is too busy. I think the scenery distracts the viewer from the actual building whereas the picture on the right i think the scenery compliments the building quite nicely
Architecture isn't all about buildings as most people would think, its such a broad diverse subject. Most man-made structures come under architecture; bridges, towers and monuments. Most things people would normally miss could create interesting images.
Even the most boring architecture can come to life at night. Most modern buildings these days are designed to come to life at night. So shooting in the dark can really capture a building at its best.
David's style of collages is that he takes various photos of the same subject from different angles and different distances to assemble the subject in a final piece.
I like his style of work because its different to a lot of what you see and its a lot more interesting to look at and it grabs your attention.
Jim Kazanjian's
Jim has a crazy unique way of creating his collages, he manipulates and assembles multiple photographs to produce a single abstract image. His images are incredible but mind bending, there is always something beyond the obvious, they have the potential to unfold in front of you if you carry on looking.
At first his images just didn't make any sense to me. How does anyone make sense of that when they first see it?
But as I looked further into his work, I really liked it. I love how he uses very specific details to finish his pieces. Everything in the image has to be lined perfectly and all the tiny details he adds brings them to life.
Serge constructs his images from hundred of same landscapes using slices of each image and not quite matching them up, to create a dizzying busy feel to each photo.
I'm not sure if I like his work. I can appreciate how inedible it is to create such urban feeling images but all the different lines and the busyness puts me off a bit.
Although I couldn't find many architectural collage artist that I could look to, I took my inspiration from Jim Kazanjian's black and white collages and from the research I did into different types of architecture and decided that old architecture style with simple compositions would work best to show off the elegance and sort of a of old feel that comes with black and white that I could incorporate into my own work.
This is my first atempt at a collage.
This is my shoot plan for this collage.
How i cretaed my final collage
I created my final collage in Photoshop. Firstly I took each photo of the signs and made them black and white and slightly burned the edges. I did this because I thought it would add a bit of depth to each photo on their own and come together in my final piece. For the background photos I slightly changed the exposure and levels to make the details stand out more. Then to create my final images I added my two background images then layered 6 individual photos and changed the opacity levels. I made each photo around the same opacity because I wanted consistency but had to slighting increase the bottom two as they were lighter and couldn’t be seen as well.
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