So… How Can An Image Communicate Meaning?

In order to create a piece of media that effectively communicates meaning, there are a large number of considerations to be made; the main two aspects to consider are Mise-En-Scene and Camera Framing. These work together in order to create the most effective image possible.

One of the considerations to be made when creating an image that portrays meaning is Mise-En-Scene. In order to create an effective image, there are 6 key components to take into account. These can be abbreviated into the acronym ‘CLAMPS’, which stands for:

  • Camera
  • Lighting
  • Acting/Proxemics
  • Makeup/Hair
  • Props
  • Setting

These are important to take into consideration, as, if the conventions of a genre don’t match the use of Mise-En-Scene in an image, it can be confusing and ineffective in its portrayal of meaning. For example, if the genre was heavy metal, having the subject dressed in bright colours holding a harmonica would not be effective in displaying the desired connotations.

The other primary consideration to be made when creating an image that conveys meaning is Camera Framing, as the use of different camera angles and framing can be hugely effective in portraying meaning. For example, a low shot can convey a tone of authority and strength, whereas a high shot can convey a tone of weakness, helplessness, and vulnerability. If these aspects aren’t taken into consideration, then the image may not convey the desired tone, therefore confounding the receiver.

In conclusion, when planning for, designing, and executing my image, I will make sure to take into consideration all aspects Mise-En-Scene and Camera Framing in order to avoid audience confusion and effectively convey my desired message.

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