(2) The picture essay uses pictorial interpretation techniques to
portray the feeling or emotion the photographer wishes. A few that you may
want to consider for inclusion in your shooting are:
You can use black and white infrared film to
transform a landscape from a dull photograph to a thing of beauty. Because
infrared film renders unnatural tones compared to the same subject
photographed on regular black and white film. (When you use infrared, film
foliage and grass appear lighter than normal because chlorophyll strongly
(b) Motion. In still pictures, you can use blurring to suggest or
enhance action. By using a slow shutter speed and panning with the moving
subject, you will produce a sharp subject with a blurred foreground and
Sometimes called the "poster effect" because
the images are usually large and uncomplicated. You can use posterization
to capture the viewer's attention quickly and to present a strong point.
Although many photographers generally consider this
technique objectionable, you can use grain to portray certain subjects or
A grainy rendition is highly effective when it is used to
emphasize war, violence, dark and somber moods, etc.
symbolization. The result is a stark black and white print with little or
All middle tones are eliminated.
In order to make this work
effectively, you need a strong graphic image with leading lines or patterns
and strong highlights.
(f) Image Distortion. When printing, you can use image distortion
to create odd angles and give unnatural appearance to your subject. You can
accomplish image distortion by tilting or arching the printing paper during
This provides an uneven surface for the projected image and
distortion is the result.
You can also use this technique to correct or
reduce unwanted camera distortion.
Whichever technique you choose to use, do it with good reason and not just
to doctor poor pictures. Remember, you are limited only by your own skill,