Montage

Montage

This assignment is all about merging two images into one in different ways. Each method is outlined below. Try each of them. Experiment. Slide film or digital images (scanned or taken with a digital camera) are required for this assignment.

When using slides, the montage is created by putting the two images in the same mount. It is not recommended to store the slide this way. Have a duplicate made of the composite image and keep the originals as single slides.

Digitally it is accomplished with layers. The top layer is blended using ‘multiply’.

Montage ideas by: André Gallant. A full description can be found in his book, Dreamscapes or on android smart tv box malaysia.

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Objective:
To experiment with images comprised of 2 original photographs layered on top of each other.
Surreal Montage:
This type of montage consists of one sharp image over exposed by two stops and one blurred image over exposed by 1 stop. A long lens is suggested for best results, 100mm or longer.

1.Decide on a composition.

2.Focus and take the picture, over exposing by 2 stops. An aperture that suits the subject matter should be chosen, around f11 or f16.

3.Put your composition out of focus just enough to remove detail but maintain shape.

4.Take the second picture using the largest lens opening the lens will allow (i.e. f5.6) and over exposing by 1 stop.

Composite Montage:
This type of montage consists of two images of unrelated subjects.

1.Decide on a composition.

2.Focus and take the picture.

3.Take a picture of something unrelated, textured surfaces work well. For example, stucco wall or rippled water.

Take several images with different exposure settings, +1, +1.5 and +2 for example. Use the one that produces the best final image.

Mirror Montage:
This type of montage consists of one image, two orientations.
1.Decide on a composition. The main subject should be off-centre for best results.

2.Focus and take the picture, over exposing will be required if the image is dark.

3.For the image to overlay, choose the orientation that gives the best result.

Cross Montage:
This type of montage consists of two images, one horizontal and one vertical. When working with slides the mounts mask the image into a square.
Decide on a composition.Focus and take the pictures, over exposing will be required if the images are dark.

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