Photo Story: Bridal Editorial 1

I am currently cooperating with two amazingly talented women: make-up artist Marie Sarkissian Lattouf and hair stylist Ema Milgate on bridal editorial project (photography and styling by Gina J Duckers). The purpose of this project is to create editorial bridal photoshoot presentation of different hair styles, make-up, accessories, dresses and bridal styles. The model on these photos is Julie Myra. Below is the photo story including preparation in the studio and the results of our work. Thank you ladies for amazing day. I am looking forward our future projects (next bridal editorial photoshoot is coming soon – in May).


IMG_1173wsIMG_1187wsIMG_1249wsAnd the result of our work


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Activity 4: Gestalt Portrait (VC – Visual Communication)

Gestalt psychology was established by three German psychologists in 1910 (Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Köhler). It is also called a theory of mind and brain. In 1910 Max Wertheimer (a Czech born psychologist) was the first who started to examine the phenomenon of the matter of perception while going on a train watching flashing lights. He has hired two younger psychologists Koffka and Köhler and they began to work together (only suspended their cooperation during the Wolrd Was I.). Gestalt psychology is examining human perception of the picture as a whole instead of breaking it down into partial components. So when we see a picture, firstly we see it as a whole and after that we will start breaking it down into pieces. It is crucial for a good designer to understand this phenomenon and it is important to bear in mind the complex totality of elements. This is important in arts, design (for example when creating a logo, etc.) and also in photography as for all of these it is important to understand what will be the first impression of an object (photo, picture) to the viewer.


This is an amazing example of Gestalt Portrait. We all can see a profile of an old man face at first. But when you look at this picture more closely, it is a man and woman with a small infant standing in front of large gateway.

And here is my example of Gestalt Portrait made of small elements that are of similar nature (fruit & vegetables). The first thing you see is a face, not particular types of fruit and vegetables. After the first look our mind starts breaking down the details of the photo, but it is the first impression that matters.


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Activity 2: Framing and Rule of Thirds in Photography (VC)


Rule of thirds is one of the main rules used in arts and photography. This rule has been introduced in the 18th century by John Thomas Smith in his book called Remarks on Rural Scenery. He is describing the balance of the picture and how light and dark parts of the picture should be harmonized. From his point of view, in a landscape picture, 1/3 of the picture would be represented by the ground or water and remaining 2/3 would be filled with sky. The bottom part (ground and water) is then also divided by the Rule of Thirds where 1/3 is represented by ground (land) and remaining 2/3 by the water.

Basically, with the Rule of Thirds, the picture / photograph is divided by 4 lines – two horizontally and two vertically which split the picture into 9 grids. The points of interest should be placed on one of the intersections or combination of intersections.

For example in seascape / landscape photography you have to decide if your main focus is the sky or the land / water. If the focus is on the sky, then the horizon should be placed close to the upper third and on the contrary, if the main focus is the water then you should be placing the horizon closer to the lower third of the photograph.

IMG_9283rules-of-thirdsIn portrait photography, the same rules apply. When you take a portrait, you should be following the guidelines also, your subject should be placed on the intersections (2 or 4) where the top two could be where the eyes of the subject are. You can place your subject on two intersections on the left third of the picture, if you are taking a landscape photo having the person placed on the left/right on the points of interest.

© Gina D PhotoYou should always prevent to divide the picture in two half right in the center and placing your point of interest in the middle on no intersections. It creates a very static picture without tension and interest. The theory is that our eye is naturally inclined to those points of interest created by diving picture by the rule of thirds.

Below is an example of a picture (product photography) with a composition that is a typical example of breaking the rule of thirds by placing the subject in the center avoiding any interaction with the points of interests. Second photo has been taken with the respect to rule of thirds by placing the product on the intersection.

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