Skip to main content

Wk 2 Lewis Hines - Depth of field

Lewis Hines

    Lewis Hines was a photographer, teacher and sociologist.  As a teacher he encouraged his students to use photography as an educational tool.

    Hines noted body of work is that of over 5,000 photos depicting child labour in America.  When he worked as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labour committee between 1908 and 1924.  As he was often denied access into factories or other places where children were working he would go undercover.  He carefully documented the details of his subjects and the context in which the photo was taken.  Today these details pay tribute to the many subjects which he shot and the stories of their lives.

    Lewis Hines shot in large format and black and white.

    In class we have been looking at Depth of field and the impact it can have on photos.  Lewis Hines used Depth of field to tell a story with his photos.

    Power house mechanic working on steam pump - Lewis Hines 1920
    This is a great photo, i like how the curved lines soften the image and frames the man perfectly.  This is an example of a wide or deep depth of view, every detail of this photo can be seen very clearly.  Lewis Hine would have used a high f stop number to capture this photo.  This would of been chose because he would have wanted the detail of the objects in the mid and background to be in focus
    Icarus, high up on Empire State - Lewis Hines 1931
     This amazing shot, illustrates Lewis Hines commitment as a photojournalist.  I wonder on what ledge is Lewis Hine standing on to take this photo. He would of used a high f stop number for this photo to allow for the worker and his background to be seen.

    Young doffers in Mollahan Mills - Lewis Hines 1908

    Ivey Mill Little one, 3 years old who visits and plays in the mill.  Daughter of the overseer Hickory N.C - Lewis Hines 1908
    These two are examples of narrow depth of field.  The subject(s) are in focus.  The leading lines direct the eye to the subject(s) highlighting what Lewis wanted the viewer to see.  He would of used a small f stop, this accommodates for the main subject to be in focus and the other areas to be out of focus.


    Popular posts from this blog

    Wk 2 Depth of field Artist: Sebastiao Salgado

    Sebastiao Salgado Is a Brazillian social documentary photographer and photojournalist.  He started taking photographs in his 30s.  Sebastiao Salgado works on long term, self assigned projects.  He devotes years at a time to document the stories of people and places.  Many of his works have been published as books The Other Americas, Sahel, Workers, Migrations and Genesis.  His most famous pictures are of the gold mine in Brazil called Serra Pelada.

    Sebastiao has an amazing body of work.  The images i have chosen showcase how he uses Depth of Field to capture the essence of his subjects.

    This is an example of wide depth of field.  As we know wide depth of field focus range covers a large area front-to-back.  Depending on a lens camera range this could be from several yards in front of the focus plane to nearly infinity behind.  These types of photos are often associated with landscapes and architectural photography. It is useful to show a multitude of visual elements or characteristi…

    Portfolio Wk 3

    There has been so much to consider in regards to my portfolio.  Although i am focusing on individual photos, i am also practicing group portraits.

    Last week i did my first photo shoot with my model, which was exciting and daunting.  Thank goodness my model is my sister!!  During the shoot i gave my model alot of direction which seemed very foreign to my model who commented on how awkward the poses felt.  The main poses that i suggested was to sit up straight, pull her head right up and bring her chin forward.  This is a high angle shot where i used Rembrandt lighting.  This was achieved using the back light with a honeycone snoot.  This is a great angle for her, you can see the contours of her cheeks which is emphasized by the high angle and the shadow which has been cast by her nose.  Her pose gives a sense of strength with a coyness that is seen in her eyes.

    This is my favourite photo, it captures her personality and playfulness .  My model is relaxed with me, she is framed well wit…

    Wk 4 Texture and Positive and Neg space Artists

    Edward Jean Steichen  (27 March 1879 - 25 March 1973)

    An American photographer, painter, art and museum curator.He revolutionized celebrity fashion photography in the 1920's and 30's.As chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair Magazine, his work included portraits of writers, artists, actors, dancers and politicians.At that time, he was considered the best known and most paid photographer in the world.
    Below is a portrait of silent film actor Gloria Swanson.The textured veil positioned perfectly on her face creates an interesting mood.  Her facial expression seems quite piercing, her eyes appear strong as she looks straight into the camera. Her mouth clench tight keeping her lips together.  The pattern over her left eye appears darker, with a bit of blur over it.  Shes looks as though she's waiting behind leaves for the right moment to pounce.  I like how this texture adds another dimension to the photo,
    as if an alter ego - showing us the inner person of the subject.…