Slip n’ Slide Designs

When I set out to create my own slide show I was excited. My whole life I’d only used previously made templates for my slide shows in Microsoft Powerpoint or Google Slides. It sounded like an exciting challenge.

Target Audience

Luckily the target audience for this was easy. We only had to think about Brother Lybbert so it allowed a lot more freedom to do what we wanted to do because he is more understanding of any design choice we go for.

Title Slide

I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. Originally I didn’t have enough focus on the original ad so I revamped it and came up with this. I think it makes the viewer more aware of what’s important.

Transition Slides

These two slides are the slides I designed to transition between content in my slides. I wanted a bright color scheme as I knew the content of my ad was dark. I wanted to be able to contrast that so my ad wasn’t too bleak. I originally had the three categories in their own slides but wanted to cut back so the show wasn’t too bloated.

Content Slides

These are the slides I made analyzing the original ad. I tried to keep a very consistent layout across all slides so it’s easy to watch. Then I made another slide analyzing my own ad that turned out well.

Conclusion

This was a fun project that I’m very proud of! It gave me a chance to play around with colors and practice a skill that I’m excited to use again in the future.

Photo Credit:

https://pixabay.com/en/girl-woman-fashion-elegant-emotion-2209147/

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3 Rules of Photography Composition

Introduction

There are many different rules that a photographer can follow to make sure the images they capture are as interesting as possible. There are even more ways to break those rules to make images interesting. Let’s temporarily disregard most of those and focus today on three of the most basic.

Rule of Thirds

(Photo by Zach Sutton https://zsuttonphoto.com/male-headshots/)

The rule of thirds says that if we were to put an imaginary grid over a photo the point of interest of that photo should fall on one of four main intersections.

For example when we put the grid over this head shot we can see that this man’s eye falls perfectly under the intersection. This photographer has employed the rule of thirds to make his subject more interesting rather than just putting the subject in the middle.

Here is a photo I took of one of my action figures in a similar style. I tried to line it up so that the eye of mine falls under that same grid line.

Leading Lines

(Photo taken from http://www.worldtravelingmilitaryfamily.com/photography-leading-lines/)

Leading lines is a concept that says that you should use naturally occurring lines in the world around you to guide a viewers eye in a photo. This is generally used to highlight a point of interest.

Like we see in this photo. The young girl on the tracks is brought into focus because the tracks themselves form two lines that seem to “point” directly at her.

Again I took my trusty action figure on an adventure to recreate this photo and this concept. The tracks form two lines leading straight to my action figures head. Two places my photo falls short is by making the side of the photo too busy by having a building there and by breaking our next rule…

Depth of Field

Depth of field is one of my personal favorite photographic tools. To simplify the concept depth of field uses the “focus” feature on most modern cameras. It’s the idea that one object in a photo is clearly visible while the other items in the photo are blurry.

In this example we see a young man standing in the road. He is in clear focus. So much so that we can see the wrinkles on his jeans. The lights and buildings on the street, however, form colorless blobs in the background.

My modest phone camera couldn’t achieve quite as extreme of a focus contrast but the action figure in the foreground is definitely much more clear than the blurry jeep in the background.

Conclusion

By using the rule of thirds, leading lines, and depth of field one can easily create more visually interesting photos than before. Place your subject carefully, examine the world around you, and focus.