John Suler's Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche
 



Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche


A psychological exploration into how people create, share, and react to images
in the age of cyberspace and digital photography

True Center Publishing - 2013



"I discovered a goldmine - Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche" -
Richard Zakia,
Professor Emeritus, Fine Art Photography Department, Rochester Institute of Technology

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About John Suler, PhD

Reviews & Recommended Readings

 



INTRODUCTION TO
PHOTOGRAPHIC PSYCHOLOGY (read me!)


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PART 1 : SENSATION & PERCEPTION

The line
S-lines
The diagonal line
Psychological lines
On being sharp
Texture
Vignetting
Bokeh
Black Holesnewbutton

Synesthesia
Eye to eye
The Maņana Principle
Photography Overload
Visualizing and verbalizing
Mindfulness in photography
Facial asymmetery and character
Insights from the Rorschach inkblots
The psychological impact of image streams
Photos forgotten and remembered



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PART 2 : THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COMPOSITION

The big picture of composition
Camera angles
Selective color
Viewpoint
Symmetry
Diptychs
Balance
Rule of Thirds
The Golden Spiral
Square format


Cropping and the frame
Abstract photographs
Negative space
Circular compositions
Movement in photographs
Body language in photography
Geometric and organic patterns
Symbolism: What does it mean?
Dyads (two shots)



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PART 3: CREATIVE CAPTURES & POST-PROCESSING

The Decisive Moment
Breaking rules
The good capture
Microexpressions
The one that got away
Get the shot right
One spot shots
Museum shoots
Drive-by photography
The golden (magic) hour
Serendipity (the happy accident)
Media transitions

Image shaping (post-processing)
Shooting clones
Instant image
Artistic voice
Head transplants
Categorizing images
Reversals
Chiaroscuro
Surreal photography
Image brainstorming
Let it grow: Turning errors into seeds
The varieties of self-portrait experiences
To delete or not to delete



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PART 4: SHARING IMAGES ONLINE & IN-PERSON

Commenting on Photos
Finding an online niche
Creating titles for images
Image sequence
Good and bad shots
Favorite photos
Visual riffs
Image therapeutics
Image descriptions
Johari's window
Avatars and icons
Conceptual photography
Interpreting people pics
Technical and artistic photographers
The talent/popularity square dance
Online photo-sharing communities
Reactions to photos: The essential questions



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PART 5: PORTRAYING HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY

The Id
Inside the Psyche
Sturm und drang
Childhood trauma
Derealization
Group Conflict
Reaction Formation
Self actualization
The unconscious
The house as self
Face recognition
Gay probabilities
Deindividuation
Addiction
Immersion
Integrity versus despair
Perceived privacy
The collective unconscious
The mind as associations
A second life in virtual reality


"Emotions"...........................

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What are the forces that shape who you are?



Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche


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