How to analyse a photo? and need ideas for a sketchbook?

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AS Photography

Posted Sat 8th September, 2012 @ 18:36 by Kevan watkins

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im not doing AS photography but i did do it for a GCSE, you need to describe the mood of a photo and try to associate it with the colours. state the camera and lense you used for the shots. The type of texture, and the meaning or sentiment behind subject of your photos. I basically use to write a whole lot of none sense and the teacher loved it. compare your photos to other photographer. 

Ideas for a sketch book; you could do one on OLD & NEW. Ooh! In my old sketch book we did one about miniture objects, like everyday objects but really tiny , eg miniture toy person next to an average sized biscuit. 

Hope I helped a tiny bit atleast :)

Answered Wed 20th February, 2013 @ 22:53 by Dr. Lemondrops
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Hello, I am currently taking AS Photography so will tell you what I have seen other people do and myself.

Anaylising your own photos

For each shoot I select about 4-5 to be my final images. I tell the examiner what I am trying to tell the spectator through my image, I then relate it to my theme I am doing it on in that section of my sketchbook e.g Colour. An example could be like this for the theme colour:

'This image is of a flower surrounded by dead grass. I have tried to capture within my image the determination of nature to survive and infer to the spectator that no matter who they are or where they are they can still stand strong. I used a photoediting software (Photoshop) to use the technique selective colour on the flower, this enhances my message across to the spectator and makes the subject look stronger.'

Do not worry if you have taken a picture without a reason, just look at it after you have taken it and think to your self 'how does this make me feel?' happy, sad, confident, symperthetic.

Anaylse a photographers photo in which you are researching

Write why you chose this image out of the photographers gallery and how it inspired you. How you can use the technique which has been used in the image and how to tweak it so it looks like your own work. What is the photographer trying to tell us through the image? 

When you anaylse you mainly question then answer the qeustion about the photo.

Sketchbook Ideas

Written or typed?

Many people either hand write in their book or type. Remeber that you are not marked on your presentation! If you have nice hand writing then use a gloss pen and pencil in your writing before hand. If not just type, print and stick :)


I have known people to use frame around their photos, here are some ideas which people have used:

- Film *****

- String

- White/Black/Grey Card

General tips for the sketchbook look is keep it clean and neat, its not art and your not assesed on the layout or look of your sketchbooks. I hope this has given some help.

Good luck in the future.

Answered Fri 8th March, 2013 @ 18:30 by dsdfs