T&P 2B Research


This article goes on about how to create spot colour easily in editing programs.


This photographers work shows different ways in which they have created a spot colour effect in their image effectively. I believe it works well in most of the images and is interesting as it draws your eyes to the coloured section of the image before you look at the whole image.


This is another photographers selection of images where they have used selective colour, mostly with the colour red in their images. My favourite out of the images shown has to be Sanctuary in the wilderness II because I thinks the most well for this image as its centeral where as Sanctuary in the wilderness draws your eyes to the right hand side of the image and I feel its very distracting from the whole image over all.


This is another photographer who has chosen to use selective colour in their images, I think it works well for their images as it adds something to them for example their photo of Elmo next a bin, before that image might not have looked as interesting but because of the contrast between the black and white of whole image combined with the bright red of Elmo it makes you look at it differently.  I also really like their image of the woman in the bright coloured dress as it really makes her stand out from her surroundings, its also interesting why they have chosen to have her in colour yet have the other performer in black and white.


This website shows you different ways in which you can use a reflector to create types of lighting in your images and shows how holding it differently and the type of reflector you use will effect how your images look. It also covers the basics about reflectors such as what they do and when they should be used.


This article talks about how you can use tiles for product photography and shows examples of how different tiles will give your images a different look and feel. I will probably look into getting some some I can try out some product photography during the break to build my portfolio.


This link leads you to a page where it talks about the colour star and how you go about mixing colours and what the mixed colours will result in.

green and red = yellow

yellow and cyan = green

green and blue = cyan.

It also talks about which colours will neutralize each other (complementary colours) and what happens when colours are neutralized. The results are grays or blacks and is called neutral density.

yellow  is  complementary  to  blue

magenta  is  complementary  to  green

cyan is complementary to red.


This article looks into colour theory and what it actually means. It talks about how before we even pick up a camera we should have an understanding about colour and how they influence our perception of the world. The example they use on their page is good because its true, the orange image does appear more welcoming and warm compared to the cold blue image. Colour theory itself is based around the existence of three colours which when mixed together produce all other colours. The colours are known as the primary colours. It also goes on to talk about light and how sir isaac newton demonstrated that daylight can be split into a series of colours.


This article includes a range of minimal movie posters. Some are better than others as I’m able to recognise which movie they’re supposed to be, others are more difficult, the texts helps with some but with quite a few the text isn’t really necessary.


More examples of minimal posters by artists



T&P Research

source: http://www.theartstory.org/movement-minimalism.htm


Minimalism emerged in New York in the early 1960s among artists who were self-consciously renouncing recent art they thought had become stale and academic. A wave of new influences and rediscovered styles led younger artists to question conventional boundaries between various media. The new art favored the cool over the “dramatic”: their sculptures were frequently fabricated from industrial materials and emphasized anonymity over the expressive excess of Abstract Expressionism. Painters and sculptors avoided overt symbolism and emotional content, but instead called attention to the materiality of the works. By the end of the 1970s, Minimalism had triumphed in America and Europe through a combination of forces including museum curators, art dealers, and publications, plus new systems of private and government patronage. And members of a new movement, Post-Minimalism, were already challenging its authority and were thus a testament to how important Minimalism itself became.

Key Ideas

Minimalists distanced themselves from the Abstract Expressionists by removing suggestions of biography from their art or, indeed, metaphors of any kind. This denial of expression coupled with an interest in making objects that avoided the appearance of fine art led to the creation of sleek, geometric works that purposefully and radically eschew conventional aesthetic appeal.
The post-Sputnik era revived active interest in Russian Constructivism. The Constructivist approach led to the use of modular fabrication and industrial materials in preference to the craft techniques of traditional sculpture. The readymades of Marcel Duchamp were also inspirational examples of the employment of prefabricated materials. Based on these sources, Minimalists created works that resembled factory-built commodities and upended traditional definitions of art whose meaning was tied to a narrative or to the artist.
The use of prefabricated industrial materials and simple, often repeated geometric forms together with the emphasis placed on the physical space occupied by the artwork led to some works that forced the viewer to confront the arrangement and scale of the forms. Viewers also were led to experience qualities of weight, height, gravity, agility or even the appearance of light as a material presence. They were often faced with artworks that demanded a physical as well as a visual response.
Minimalists sought to breakdown traditional notions of sculpture and to erase distinctions between painting and sculpture. In particular, they rejected the formalist dogma espoused by the critic Clement Greenberg that placed limitations on the art of painting and privileged artists who seemed to paint under his direction. The Minimalists’ more democratic point of view was set out in writings as well as exhibitions by their leaders Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, and Robert Morris.
(more on website)

T&P 2B research

Source: http://digital-photography-school.com/minimalist-photography-4-tips-to-keep-it-simple-with-a-maximum-impact/

Minimalist Photography ~ 4 Tips To Keep It Simple With A Maximum Impact

A Post By: Valerie Jardin

Minimalism is a very subjective concept in the art world. The Webster dictionary defines it as follows: A style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. Some love it, others hate it, but no one seems to be indifferent. Many artists thrive in the openness of the concept, others have a problem with the lack of definition and direction. Many of us are drawn to ‘less is more’ with simple lines, geometric patterns, strong shadows, contrasting colors, lone subjects, etc. For others, deciding what to leave out of the frame to make a stronger image is a difficult exercise. Here are a few tips and examples to get you started in your quest for minimalist imagery.


©Valerie Jardin ~ Bright colors make great minimalist subjects.

1. Composition

“Keep it simple” doesn’t mean “keep it boring”. Contrary to what you may think, a minimalist approach requires a lot of creativity. The use of negative space is an integral part of minimalist photography.  A well placed subject doesn’t have to be large to have a big impact.  Deciding what to leave out of the frame and create a stronger image can be challenging and often requires a lot of practice until it becomes the way you see. I recommend training yourself to make those decisions in camera instead of cropping unwanted distractions in post processing. A clever use of depth of field will also isolate your subject from the background by shooting with an aperture as wide (smallest number) as your lens will allow.

2. Textures and colors

A bright color or contrasting colors make great minimalist subjects. The same applies to textures. The viewer should be able to almost feel the texture. Sometimes it’s all about finding a creative angle to make the photograph. Don’t be afraid the experiment. Shoot straight on, shoot high or  low, work your frame until you get the shot that will speak to you.

3. Lines and geometric patterns

Strong lines make strong images. A good place to get started with minimalist photography is by paying attention to modern architecture around you. Leading lines, and other geometric shapes, can make great backdrops for minimalist pictures. Isolating a bird on a power line, if done well, can make a great minimalist shot. There are great opportunities around you all the time, you just have to learn to see them and that requires practice.

4. Telling a story

Push your minimalist photography to the next level by telling a story. Minimalist street photography showcases an interesting urban landscape with a human element. The human element, however small, becomes the focal point of the image. Yet, it’s the interesting background that draws the photographer to make the shot. Symmetry, lines, curves, shadows all play a vital part in making the photograph. Sometimes the story and the environment come together spontaneously and it’s the photographer’s job to see it and respond quickly. Other times it require a bit of patience for the right subject to walk through the frame. A minimalist approach to photography can be applied in nature as well as in an urban environment. You can practice anywhere, so get out there and open yourself to a different way of seeing with your camera!

T&P 2B Proposal

For this unit I wish to look into protrait/minimalist photography with a selective colour element, the images will be based around movies and will hopefully look like potential movie posters. I have chosen to base my images around movies because I am a huge fan of film and how they are created and the effects they use, I find it interesting to see how they create the final product and what has actually gone into creating it. I wish to use selective colour/spot colour because I’m a very colourful person and I wanted to try working in black and white but still have some colour in there. Some people think that spot colour/selective colour is outdated but I’ve seem people wanting minimalist movie posters for their walls which aren’t very colourful and only have a select few elements in colour so I wanted to try achieve something similar but through the use of photography.

My aims for this project are to create images which could be used as posters for movies/theater productions, I will conduct research on photographers who use selective colour in their work as well as look at minimalist posters which others have created and use them for inspiration for my own images. I will work in a digital format in colour as well as black and white and will be mostly shot on location with a plain background to allow me to edit them easily in Photoshop and select the areas I want in colour.

The target audience for my images would be people who are interested in the movies I have chosen to represent/people who enjoy selective colour images. They could also be targeted at people who like minimalist images. I think the images I wish to produce would work well as prints or posters, aiming to be in a gallery.