Photography – A Beginner’s Guide – Photogram 5 – More Experimentation – Mix ‘n Match – An article by Goff James

Experimenting with photograms.

A photogram is a type of contact print, made without the use of a camera or negative.

A photogram is created by placing objects on light sensitive material and then exposing it to light.

For more information about the whole process of creating photograms refer to my article ‘Photograms 3 – Process’ & ‘Photograms 4 – Process -Hands’

As a beginner, don’t be afraid of experimenting with photograms and trying to understand the processes involved. They are great fun.

The following are some further notes and reminders to assist one in the process.

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Don’t be afraid of experimenting with photograms as well as developing ideas from that base point.

Experiment by introducing and reconstructing different elements onto the photographic surface, rephotograph the image and then experiment with them in an editing suite.

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One could call them a mix ‘n match of photogram, photomontage and photograph. 

Whatever they may be called the results are great fun to create and experiment with.

The images I have used here are only a small indication of the effects that can be achieved.

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If you have a photo editor don’t be afraid to experiment. This is your photography world you can do what you like.

I trust that you find some of these ideas useful within the context of your own photography. Don’t be afraid to experiment and allow different ideas to develop as you go along. Toyed with the use of monochrome and the effect and impact that it might have or not have on narrative creation.

Remember what I referred to in previous articles about taking photos and photograms; the same applies to considering your own and others photos.

Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Experiment! Experiment! Experiment!

There are no right or wrong answers or ways of doing it. 

Don’t worry about the theory and trying to remember everything about how to take or consider how to look at or stage a photograph.

Don’t worry about what you might think is right or wrong in talking about or taking photographs.

 Make mistakes. Laugh. Have funJust Enjoy the process.

Happy Photography. 

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