Props & Settings

Brief

Using Adobe Photoshop, manipulate some of the images from the previous exercise to demonstrate Roland Barthes’ commutation test by changing the props and settings to change the meaning conveyed by the image.

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Reflection

This was a really fun way to build up my knowledge of photo editing and Photoshop in particular, while at the same time exploring the application of Barthes’ commutation test. It’s clear in each case that simple changes to a scene can have a profound effect on the dramatic implications. Comically in some of these instances, which make them easier to recall as a learning experience. Combining these two elements has further work applications by giving me tools to effectively communicate my ideas. Furthermore, it has inspired me to continue investing in my image manipulation skills.

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