Panoramic Storytelling & Multiplicity

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Week #12 –> Welcome Back! (another FUN in person week!)

Assignment #11 – details are below!

A few semesters ago in our Digital Storytelling class we played with the idea of non traditional image-making and multiplying ourselves into a single image frame. (No photo editing software required, but it helps later on) By using the “panoramic” feature of our smart phone cameras we created two examples above to show the potentials of the project by using our immediate surrounding in this case, the hallway outside our classroom and the class. 🙂

The top image is a traditional class portrait. It’s a long stretched frame that bends itself in an overly extended way. The light source is coming from behind the photographer giving off a great amount of natural bright light. The bottom image is the opposite and we see how the bright light from the windows serves as back-lighting when the photographer is behind the light source shooting the image directly at it. The light places an emphasis on the absence of that light and creates a shadow effect of the students in their composition. We talked about how lighting can add this effect and extend a narrative.

Let’s try again with our class this week in person!

But how can we push the idea further? Should we collaborate as a single group or work in 2 or 3 smaller groups? Will other objects be added to the potentials of the project? How can we create a “story” through this idea?

But wait, “how” are these images (above) created?

  1. Open your smart phones camera and set it to “panoramic” mode.
  2. Arrange the subject(s) in one area to the left side of the photographer. Give a good amount of distance between the photographer and the subject(s). The subject(s) need to hold still as the photographer begins to move the camera past them until they are out of the view finders frame.
  3. Once the subjects are out of the viewfinders frame the photographer stops the motion of the camera and holds it in place. The subjects then move behind and around the back of the photographer and slowly gather themselves back into a new pose or position on the right side of the photographer.
  4. The photographer continues to move the camera past the subjects until they fit into the composition.

What will you do with this new technique?

How will you use it to “tell a story” in one frame using the same subjects/objects? What kind of situation or narrative can or will you you create?

Let’s share our results in class!

**Assignment #11 Details: Create a new blog post here on CT101 that tells a multiplicity story in one panoramic image frame, as you now know, the potentials are endless! Yes, you can take more than 1 picture and I highly encourage it as you will need to practice and have contrasts, perhaps you take a whole series of images? Either way, your image(s) should tell a story, share a situation or aftermath of “something” –  Perhaps your story is fictional? Perhaps your story is also written in a “How-To” tutorial format about your process? 

PS – panoramic images can be pretty big in terms of file size! Its likely best to resize the images and make them smaller before uploading them here to CT101 – I suggest resizing the images with one of these free tools -(yes, plenty to explore!)

What will you do? Have Fun!

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