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Static Image Vocabulary

Ann Hoover

Verbal and Visual Features used in Static Images

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2.Words that make the reader feel an emotion about someone or something. Eg. The gorgeous girl.
3.The use of signs to carry a message in a simple picture form. These can be: people used to symbolise characteristics in a character.
6.The practice of using a variety of different sized objects within a static image. It can be used to show relationships between objects, by showing one larger than others.
7.The way that words have been used on a static image. Look for metaphors, similes, puns and pronouns. Pronouns can be used to include the audience (we, us) or to exclude others (they, them).
9.The use of signs to carry a message in a simple picture form. These can be: people used to symbolise characteristics in a character.
11.Repeating a word or group of words for effect. Eg. She wept, she laughed, she cried. Used to emphasis, in the case of this example to emphasis her range of emotions.
12.Where you are comparing two things using like or as. Eg. He was as brave as a lion. Used to emphasis a certain quality in an object/animal or person.
14.An aspect of metaphor where non humans are identified with the human or given human characteristics. Used to emphasis an object and make the audience relate to it/understand it.
16.Using pronouns such as you, we, in order to connect with the audience. Using pronouns appeals to the audience and is often used with imperatives or simple sentences; eg the Uncle Sam poster saying “I want you.”
17.Related to colour. How has the subject been lit? Is the lighting bright or dim? Is the subject lit from above or below? What is the effect?
18.A special type of simple sentence that is often used in static images. The subject is implied. It is used for commands, requests, to give information. Eg. Stop! Take a left turn. Have a good day.
21.Dividing an image into three equal parts and then dividing each parts into a further three equal parts. The idea is to put the image where the lines intersect as this shows tension.
23.This can be used to attract attention to a certain point in a static image or to create a mood. It can also be used to represent feelings or emotions.
24.The repetition of mostly consonant sounds. Eg. When weeds in wheels shoot long and lovely and lush ….
1.Language that is used in every day speech. It is informal, typical of the group speaking it. Eg. G’day mate.
4.The feeling created by words through either sound or imagery. Eg. It was a dark, stormy night.
5.Straight or curved edges in a static image. Our eyes often use these to travel around within an image.
8.Deliberate exaggeration of particular parts of the images, or parts within the image. Eg. Superman’s arms.
10.A sentence that has only one subject. It can have a list of descriptions about the subject but still covers one thing. Eg. Johnny jumped over the fence.
13.Words or phrases grouped together, separated by commas to provide a list. He sang, arias, hip-hop and soul.
15.A direct comparison where something is described as being something else. Eg. Fred is a lion in battle. Used to emphasis a certain quality in an object/animal or person.
19.The way components are put together on the page. Usually there is a dominant subject that takes up the majority of the space.
20.Could be external like a picture frame or internal used to separate elements within the image. Sometimes white space is used to act as an internal frame.
22.The style that the word have been written in. Look at the font, the colour, the size, the layout and any variety within these (not the actual words themselves).

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