Here’s a bunch of CRAP I found online!
A – lignment
P – roximity
This first photo is the CAP of CRAP. Contrast wise, there’s a sunset (or sunrise) in the background so the sky is light, whereas the earth is very dark and shadowed. For this reason, the model’s hands are positioned on the sky so that the symbol can be seen. The contrast gives emphasis to the sign L.A in the photo.
The alignment in the photo is the model’s fingers and how he used them to spell L.A. The letters are also aligned parallel to the Earth and make the photo seem tidier and simple. Sometimes simplicity is the best thing that could happen to a picture.
The proximity is, of course, the model’s hands against the world below. He looks much bigger than the city beneath him but that’s only because he is standing on a hill or a building so the camera can make him seem ‘larger than life’ and thus, making the message just as big.
CRAP brings the image to life. Without the proximity, the photo would seem way too messy if he were on the same level as the city. The contrast keeps the image simple yet nice to look at while the alignment keeps the whole thing balanced and tidy.
This photo is completely CRAP!
Sunsets (or sunrises) are really popular in photography, huh? I can see why, though. They really give the photo an effective contrast. The way the photo becomes darker as it goes down. It gives the whole image a calm and soothing tone. The model’s light hair against the dark planks of wood is also an example of contrast. It makes her stand out in the picture so that the viewer’s focus is immediately drawn to her.
The fences and the line of wood are repetition. The repetition keeps the photo simple because you have minimal factors that make up the photo, those factors are just multiplied. Repetition keeps the photo easy to look at, otherwise it could become overwhelming if there were a lot of different objects in the image.
Alignment is the leading lines of the bridge stretching out all the way to the sunset. The model is right in the centre of those leading lines. This creates a story. It’s not just a picture with a girl in it anymore. Now it’s more than that, thanks to the alignment. It makes you wonder if the girl is on a journey. Perhaps it’s a metaphor that she has a long road ahead of her. Or that she wants to head out to the sunset and never look back.
Part of the story is told through proximity. Since the girl is at the very front while the bridge draws on, you can assume that she’s at the beginning of her journey. The girl has just decided she wants change in her life. All this is told through proximity and alignment. Since the model is so closely focused, the image looks really cool – almost 3D. Her ponytail looks like it’s popping out of the screen. The proximity adds that effect to the photo.
The contrast in this photo is the levels between the surface of the water. Darker blues on the top and lighter in the bottom. The contrast easily allows the viewer to see the elephant’s body in the ocean which is really cool. The photo wouldn’t look half as good if you couldn’t see the elephant beneath the surface.
The alignment of the photo is also neat because it looks like the cloud is floating just above the water. And the ground is only a few feet below the surface of the ocean. The photographer was able to bring air, earth and water very close to each other. The proximity and the alignment work together to make the image look surreal. Without the alignment and proximity of these elements, the image wouldn’t carry the same appeal. It would just be an elephant taking a swim.
The CRAP principals of this photograph go hand in hand with what the show (The Vampire Diaries) is all about. Contrast for one, is evident. The girl (Nina Dobrev) is the lead actress of the show. In the first few seasons, she was the innocent human while the men in the back (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley) were vampires. Her face is lit up, her skin is clear and the spotlight is on her. It makes sense because she’s the main character of the show and also compared to the brothers, she’s the good, pure, human. The brothers, on the other hand, are very dark in contrast compared to her. What’s interesting is that there’s a little bit of light being shed on the man on the right, (Wesley). In the show, he is considered the ‘good’ brother. The one who has a conscience. For this reason, more light is being shed on him than on the man on the left (Somerhalder) who is completely in the dark.
The three actors are all dressed in black clothes, which is repetition as well as contrast. The black clothes make their skin stand out and the black background adds to that effect. Without the darkness surrounding them, the light being shed on the actors and the difference in intensity and contrast wouldn’t be as noticeable. The black clothes also keep the photograph consistent and tidy so the viewer isn’t overwhelmed by colours and can focus on the main focus of the picture – the faces.
The alignment and proximity of the image are connected to how the three actors are positioned. Dobrev is placed in the middle and slightly closer than the boys. This is because she is the main character of the show and also because she has features that oppose the brothers. Her skin is clear, while they have bloody faces and eyes. The two brothers play equally important parts in the show, that’s why they are standing at the same level and why they are positioned right next to Dobrev.
CRAP allows this TV poster to come to life. Even if the viewer of the image hasn’t seen the show before they can get a good idea of what it’s about. Two deadly lead actors and one innocent lead actress, caught in between the men. The light and contrast immediately let the viewer know that there’s a conflict between good and evil on the show.
CRAP brings images to life. When a photographer takes the principals of CRAP into consideration, their photos have so much more depth to them. Just like The Vampire Diaries photo, CRAP can give viewers a good idea of what a certain show, album, movie, etc. is all about. After all, pictures speak a thousand words. It’s better those words convey exactly the meaning you want to give your audience!
That’s it for this week.