Photography and Animation

Another sector of the industry that I am keen to cover is to do with photography and animation. At first glance, these may seem to be entirely separate mediums of art, but in reality, the crossover between photography and animation is remarkable.

There are several reasons for this. Animation and moving images are simplistically just a series of photos that move very quickly; seeing so many images at once gives the viewer the illusion of movement. This means that animation and photography adhere to a lot of the same rules and considerations. For example, both mediums have to consciously think about the framing of the image within the shot, and about the lighting or natural light. In animation, shading, colouring and lighting make up an important stage of the production process as the effect of the light on the animated objects has to look real in order to not bother the audience. This means that those artists need to know a lot about how light falls naturally onto an inanimate object, just like a photographer would.

A technique like stop motion animation uses many of the same elements as photography because it is a seqeuence of real life images; essentially just a number of similar photos that have been put together. However, in the modern world the use of photography in animation is changing at an incredibly rate. For example, high speed internet allows us now to see example of animated photos like these cinemagraphs. These images, known as GIFs because of their file format bridge the gap between film and photograph; as technology and techniques develop and change, it allows new artforms like these to open up.

Professional photographers usually specialise in one specific area of photography such as portraits, or food photography. However there are numerous examples of photographers who make a living by producing a variety of different styles of photographs. Many photographers are involved in architectural photography at a professional level and will be able to produce some profoundly striking images of buildings from the exterior or interior.

Photography as an artform itself is still very much in its infancy in comparison to many other parts of the industry and it is still not taken as seriously as other art by many people. With this blog i hope to show some of the incredible and visionary photographers that are bringing new respect to the medium as well as analysing how the impact of photographic technology effects animation