How to take better selfies (3 of 62)

Contextual Information
Artist : Rachael Foster
Image URL: http://rachaelfosterphoto.com/blog/2014/1/26/how-to-take-better-selfies-posing

Compositional Interpretation

Description
A close up photo of a brunette Caucasian female within a room.

Colour:
The main colours of the image are a high value hue on back wall creating a soft blue, caucasian skin tones and a jade green hue for her shirt . The overall image is slightly desaturated.

Light
The image uses an artificial light, possibly a white fluorescent light. Overall the lady and the background are clearly visible. It appears to have a soft lighting effect and is well balanced.

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Spatial Organisation
The lady is captured with a close up head and shoulder shot making her appear to be very close to the viewer. The back wall close behind her as well which means there is not much depth in terms of space but all is clearly visible. The viewer is just slightly at a high angle from eye level. The style of her hair acts can focalisers and creates a oval around her face, further emphasising the selfie.

Expression
The feeling of the images delivers a sense of confidence from the lady. The complimentary colours of her shirt, hair and background creates a positive atmosphere. Although her head being tilted away while combined with eye gaze being just away from the viewer can make one wonder she isn’t directly gazing at the viewer.


TiffanyFeger
Contextual Information
Artist: Tiffany Fegger
Image URL: http://www.blog.fishyfacephotography.com/2013/12/have-yourselfie-merry-little-christmas.html

Composition Interpretation

Description
A close up photo of a blonde Caucasian woman outside in nature.

Colour
The main colours hues of the image are pink, yellow, green, brown and Caucasian skin tones. Overall the image has a general high saturation, in particular the green, brown and yellow are high in saturation. There is a little patch of low value in back brown, but the lady and scene is quite balanced in terms of value.

Light
The image appears to have good natural sunlight as she is outside. The light is balanced throughout her face, making it perfectly visible.

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Spatial Organization
The lady is captured with at the close up head and shoulder shot making her appear to be intimately close to the viewer. The back wall close behind her as well which means there is not much depth in terms of space but all is clearly visible. The viewer is just slightly at a high angle from eye level. The style of her hair acts can focalisers and creates a oval around her face, further emphasising the selfie.

A shallow focus is used which focuses which allows more focus on herself while the background is blurred out.

Expression
The atmosphere of the image has a warm, spring ,playful feel. The smile invokes positive emotions. The lady’s direct gaze combined with the close up shot creates an intimate connection with the viewer.

Image Differences
There are a few key differences between both images. The lighting is different between the two, one has a natural light source and the other is artificial, but both techniques were successful in their delivery. Another difference is that in one the lady is facing straight on whereas in the other the lady head was tilted to the side. Also in one there is a plain background and in another there is a more natural but noisy background.

Relation to Practise
The key differences that were previously mentioned may come into play if I were to create an illustration piece that would involve a selfie or perhaps for whatever reason in my career if I needed to take a quality selfie I know what details I should be paying attention to.

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