Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video How the visual weight of an image affects the interpretation, part of Learning to Critique Photos.
- The idea of visual weight is hard for some people…to visualize because it really is an abstract concept.…Visual weight is more about the power of certain parts…of the scene to attract and keep the viewer's attention.…Light plays an important role, but so too does color.…Certain colors have more visual weight than others.…Think of visual weight as a magnet attracting…the viewer's attention to the particular area of the scene.…These magnetic forces that attract the viewer's attention…also include focus and tone.…
Light tones attract the viewer's attention…more than dark tones.…Aside from focused areas, the eye is also attracted…to the lightest areas of the scene which is why…post-processing can play a crucial role…in enhancement of your strongest images.…By lightening and darkening areas of the image,…we can add or de-emphasize those areas for effect.…So take a look at this image here,…actually these three images.…The beautiful girl in green.…I think because of the nature of the difference…of the color between her and all the other warm tones,…
Join Steve Simon as he deconstructs images through critique. Grow your awareness of the impact your choices make on the interpretation of an image. Enhance your command of shutter speed, depth of field, focal plane, and more, to help convey a specific meaning. Learn how to study, review, and analyze images, sharpening your photographic eye and expanding your visual vocabulary.
- Identifying strong photographs
- Deconstructing images
- Understanding the impact of shutter speed, focus, and depth of field
- Interpreting the visual weight of an image
- Evaluating the lighting
- Determining whether to convert an image to black and white
- Changing the meaning of an image by cropping
- Timing and the moment
- Designing in the image
- Developing a visual vocal vocabulary