DIPTYCH definition: A diptych is any object with two flat plates attached at a hingeA Photography diptych is a pair of images placed side by side to form a single artistic statement or comparison. The images can be identical or similar in composition, they can show different angles of the same scene, or they can demonstrate polar opposites such as; morning and night, old and new, or before and after.  Diptychs are great because they can deliver twice the storytelling impact of a single image. The strength of the diptych is based on the Gestalt theory of perception, which is summarized in the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”

Objective: Shoot a pair of images and combine them on one background to create a diptych.

TECHNICAL: How to create a diptych:

•Shoot digital images in pairs –left, right, bottom, top…

•Your images need to relate in theme, concept or visual design and/or shape.

•Fill the frame with your images. Use your skills from past exercises. Make good exposures.

•Think about the foreground, middle ground and background. Digital cannot make bad

photography good.

•Images can be color, black and white, or black and white with single color

•Combine your two images on one Photoshope slide background -here are suggetsions for dimensions:

            •(Horizontal) Width: 720 pixels- - Height: 500 pixels -Resolution: 72

            •(Vertical) Width: 500 pixels- - Height: 720 pixels -Resolution: 72

            •Name your diptych p7adv_lastname_diptych

•When combining images, explore your Photoshop skills, have fun, if you can think of it, you can do it. You have the basic skills, build on them by exploring ideas and sharing those concepts with classmates.

•Ask yourself these questions:           

            – Do your images need a border, should they be black, film edge, Polaroid?

            – Should all images be vertical? Horizontal? Square?

•Images can be manipulated, filtered, combined, layered.

CREATIVE: What should I shoot?

•Look for thematic, compositional, and other visual pairings that will make your diptychs more powerful than the sum of their parts.

•You can shoot any kind of diptych you want – on the street, an event, set up a little story in your home – it’s totally up to you as there are so many possible approaches to take.           

•If you are still unsure about where to start, think about these approaches:
the continuation of an object (as in the diptych at the top of this page) time (before & after), illusion, abstraction, physical space, love / hate, good / evil, young / old etc…