Time, Space (or Form) and Emotion in Multimedia

There are a variety of elements that can be manipulated in multimedia creation. The quality of the visuals and a keen sense of timing are, obviously, critical. The blending and pace of visuals and sound together is also hugely important. My particular approach, though, as a people photographer, considers emotion just as important an element as all these.

My multimedia video I Don’t Want to Say Goodbye is certainly all about emotion: it’s about love between parent and child and the pain of separation. I took the still images in this video in a variety of daycare situations. Sometimes, though, busy classroom backdrops quickly draw the eye away from the parent-child moment. I digitally manipulated the backgrounds by dropping the color out of them so that the subjects, the parent and child, pop out, isolated and pure.

Check out the difference between the image, as originally photographed and when tweaked.

Image from Senisi Multimedia video I Don't Want to Say Goodbye

Before image enhancement

Frame from Senisi Multimedia video I Don't Want to Say Goodbye

After image enhancement

I also digitally manipulated both the color and black and white layers in Auto FX’s Mystical Tint Tone and Color. Colors in the color layer were harmonized, saturated, and slightly diffused while the black and white layer got tweaks in contrast levels and diffusion. All these tweaks ensured that the emotion popped out more and the background faded back.

Frame from Senisi Multimedia video I Don't Want to Say Goodbye

Before image adjustment

Frame from Senisi Multimedia video I Don't Want to Say Goodbye

After image adjustment

So where does time come in? Well, this is video so, even though the piece uses only stills, I was able to use the video software to blend from the full-color version of the image to the partially black and white version over a period of seconds. Check out a clip from the video and see how the color gradually drops out, leaving the emotion stark and live.

5 seconds clip showing color change in a still photo

The creative potential of multimedia is amazing!