Image compositing is the combination of multiple images to create a new, unique photograph. These types of photos are created to enhance viewer perspective and creatively convey a message. One way to enhance photo composition is through the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is where you break up your screen into nine different squares, with two lines going horizontal and two lines vertical. The goal is to place your subject within the intersection along the lines. An incorrect use of the rule of thirds would be to place your subject in the center of the frame. Before taking a photo, professional photographers think about what they want to convey and how they can compose their subject to make it interesting. I believe that not all photos should be edited. Sometimes, a photo can stand on it's own, without the use of a computer, and be just as stunning. However, whether or not a photo needs editing should be up to the photographer and the statement they want to make.
The strongest message I plan to communicate is through my "crying over spilled milk" composite. Through it, I will show how teenagers in the 21st century find problems in meaningless things. We dwell on trivial things like our hair, clothes, and what color eye shadow we're going to wear today. Instead of "crying over spilled milk," I would prefer that our generation look towards the future, rather than exist in the past. For this image, I used rule of thirds composition to improve the portrait (Actually I didn't, I used the stamp tool to make it fit the size guidelines). I also lowered the saturation to give it a more gloomy undertone and cheated a little by using the brush tool to add some tears. When the viewer first looks at the image, I want their eye to go to the subjects face, and then to the cup of milk. This is because of the intensity of the subjects expression and how the milk leads from their eye to the cup. However, after adjusting the saturation, I believe that the milk is such a bright white that the viewer will first look there, and then at the subject's face.
ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences.
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience.