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Abstract Reading Quiz
Questions based on Ron Bigelow's Abstract Photography • part 1, 2, 3 & 4
1. What is the definition of abstract photography?
The abstract photograph represents the subject(s) in a literal way.
The photograph communicates through image detail without concern for from, color & curves
The photograph communicates through primal sense of form, color and curves, not detail.
2. Why choose to shoot abstracts? In other words, what is their photographic value?
Abstracts are hard to find, and can only be created in specific locations, which gives value to their meaning.
Abstracts can be very powerful and can be created almost anywhere.
3. According to Ron Bigelow’s essay on abstract photography, what are the three essentials of abstracts?
Detail, deep depth of field, sharp focus.
Shape, combining elements and light.
Form, color & curves.
Focal length, perspective and detail.
4. What does Bigelow describe as “the art of subtraction?”
It is defined as removing all perspective to add to the viewer’s emotional reaction.
It is defined as removing all texture to strengthen the viewer’s emotional reaction.
It is defined as removing everything that doesn’t strengthen the viewer’s emotional reaction.
5. What is NOT one of the eight abstract techniques mentioned in part two of Bigelow’s Abstract Photography online essay?
Light and shadows
Combining elements for context
Using Photoshop filters
6. When discussing the use of flowers as possible abstract subjects, Bigelow describes using them in two categories: a strong center of Interest & weak, or no center of interest. When shooting an abstract flower composition without a strong center of interest, what compositional technique does he recommend using to direct the viewer’s attention?
Repetition of shape.
Rule of Thirds.
Use of lines.
7. When using common items for abstracts, such as the recording side of a DVD, what is NOT one of the two factors that affect the colors that are displayed?
The camera's angle.
The depth of field.
The light source.
8. Bigelow describes buildings as a "rich source of opportunities for abstract images." He writes about using buildings design characteristics and "a number of a features that can lend themselves to an abstract interpretation.” Which of the following is NOT among the design features he recommends shooting for abstracts?
9. Based on Bigelow’s writing about “rock” formations as a another good source for abstract images, is the following statement true or false? "The two primary qualities that give rock its abstract feel are curves and color. It’s just a matter of finding curves that catch the attention. Often Graceful curves work the best. In addition, many rock formations have a strong color. In fact, some areas are famous for the color of their rock (southern Utah for example)."
10. When using household objects for abstracts, Bigelow recommends that you should look for 3 characteristics. Which of the following is NOT one of those characteristics ?
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