Make a google images search of an ordinary subject. Add a screen grab of a representative page to your learning log and note down the similarities you find between the images.
Then take a number of your own photographs of the same subject. Add a final image to your learning log, together with a selection of preparatory shots. In your notes describe how your photograph differs from your google images.
Here is a screen grab of my google images search results based on the word ‘egg’.
The similarities would include; most of the images are ‘clean’ just of the item giving in most cases not much context, however, most people are familiar with an egg so have the context already. The images are crisp and focused well with good lighting. Most have a few soft shadows but not a lot of contrast to them. Most ‘product’ shots use the standard white background which is a bit of a cliche but effective at showing definition of edges. The thing about eggs is that the ‘Corporates’ in the egg industry want to objectify them as it makes it easier for people to eat them. I love the chick’s head coming out of the egg, to me this breaks the normal representation as it makes people think more about what the egg actually is.
Here are my contact sheets for this exercise:
From the above contact sheets I have selected the following image as my comparison to one of the google images above:
The main differences between the Google images at the start of this post and my image are as follows:
- My image has more shadows than those typically found on Google,
- The background in my image is more grey, whereas Google’s are bright white, and
- There is branding in my image but Google shows brand-less images.
This completes my submission for Exercise 4.5 and I move on to the submission of Assignment four.