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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Feedback on images

28th April 2016

I met up with my tutor and received feedback on all my images so far for my project. This was a great time and we talked about everything ‘people’ and discussed my project idea and selecting down – looking at what message I’m really trying to say and portray through this set of images. We went through each of my shoots so far and analysed through the images commenting on key elements such as focus, composition and lighting, but most importantly on facial expression, body language, emotion and positioning of people within the shot.

It was interesting though because I learnt that not everyone has the same version of what is ‘real’. For example, I know the people I have photographed so I know when they’re posing and when they’re not. I know their personalities and the relationships they have, for example who has the strongest bonds with one another etc. However I realised from comments my tutor made about the people in my images, that he was coming from his own perspective about them – being people he doesn’t know. I noticed how our perceptions of, say, children and their temperament differ from one person to another. Some people love kids and see them as little angels. Some people really don’t like children and perceive them as ‘naughty’. Some people are indifferent.

It made me think about and question the judgements that we make on people according to our own experiences or perceptions. This feedback helped me understand something beyond just a photo on a screen, but helped me understand us as humans and the way our minds work even more.

The feedback I gained also aided me in my editing and selecting process. I realised that I have to go with my instinct with these images. After all I am the one holding the passion for this project and I know my heart motives of why I started doing this in the first place.

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Lens Perspective

Monday 14th October 2013

There are many different types of lenses, which affect the way a subject is portrayed. Varying lens types affect the depth of an image, fooling the eye by either ‘condensing’ or ‘expanding’ the distance between objects. Also the aperture used combined with different lens lengths creates a great or small depth of field. For example:

(My lenses)
70 – 300mm – an image is almost ‘flattened’ – the sense of distance is distorted and shortened.
24 – 105mm – the image appears very ‘deep’ or ‘long’ – there is a great distance created between objects.

We experimented with these in our lesson as a task. We had to try out each of the focal lengths (300mm, 50mm and 28mm) using the largest aperture then the smallest aperture and seeing how it affected the aesthetics of each image.

Here are my results from the lesson.

300mm  Shutter speed 1/60. f5.6, ISO 2000

Shutter speed 1/60. f5.6, ISO 2000

70mm 1/60. f4. ISO 2000

1/60. f4. ISO 2000

24mm 1/60. f4. ISO 1600

1/60. f4. ISO 1600

You can see the difference! Wow. I personally prefer the affect and distortion of the third image, I like the depth in it!

The thing when shooting at 300mm is because it’s such a long lens and when you zoom in with it, it takes the aperture smaller so less light can get in, and you have to use your shutter speed to get the right exposure, but reducing it’s pace can make camera shake inevitable. I like how the third image is much more crisp too – something that’s more difficult to achieve when using the 300mm lens.

I wanted to shoot some more trying out this method as it didn’t get chance to have a proper go (in the lesson) and see the affect in my chosen genre. I love portraiture, so I tried a few out on my brother! Here are my results:

24mm 1/60. f4. ISO 200

1/60 sec. f4. ISO 200

24mm 1/8 sec. f8. ISO 800

1/8 sec. f22. ISO 800

70mm 1/60 sec. f4. ISO 200

1/60 sec. f4. ISO 200

70mm 1/8 sec. f22. ISO 800

1/8 sec. f22. ISO 800

300mm 1/60 sec. f5.6. ISO 800

1/60 sec. f5.6. ISO 800

300mm 1/8 sec. f22. ISO 800

1/8 sec. f22. ISO 800

24mm 1/60 sec. f4. ISO 400

1/60 sec. f4. ISO 400

105mm 1/60 sec. f4. ISO 400

1/60 sec. f4. ISO 400

67mm 1/60 sec. f4. ISO 400

1/60 sec. f4. ISO 400

24mm 1/60 sec. f4. ISO 400

1/60 sec. f4. ISO 400

It’s amazing how just changing the focal length (without even changing any of the other settings) can make such a huge difference in the way someone is portrayed! I like the effect the 24mm gives, as it creates such depth to an image, however I would say the 70mm and 300mm are more flattering for portraits, and create a better and more realistic portrayal of how someone looks to the natural eye. I want to practice this more and more, even when just taking photos in my spare time, as it gives more opportunity as a photographer to experiment and get the exact desired effect.

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Induction Week: Harewood House

Thursday 19th September 2013

The final trip of our Induction week was one to Harewood House. I love Harewood house and always have ever since my first visit years ago! We were asked to photograph anything that interested us. Just about everything seems to interest me at the moment so it was hard sifting through so many photos to pick the ones to go on here. This is something I have noticed I struggle with – deciding between images. However I want to master that indecisiveness this year and refine my end product.
Although the weather wasn’t great, it worked well for photos as e.g on the flowers there were crystal clear rain droplets and a mist in the air.
One of the things I would have changed about the way I shot was I would have used my zoom lens rather than my standard lens, to be able to get closer e.g to the birds and plants. However my 24 – 105 lens worked well for getting reasonably wide angle shots of the house itself, which I was happy with.
I personally like to make little montages with my images, putting images together that either contrast or have similarities, some being either perspective, subject, positioning, sequence or colour etc.
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Induction week: Leeds

Tuesday 17th September 2013

On our second day starting our degree we visited Leeds. Here we visited Munro House Gallery to view the ‘Shot Up North Awards’. It was a great little place, with a gallery and cafe combined. The room was airy, spacious, bright, a good atmosphere with some light music in the back ground. The pieces were hung on nylon strings 2 or 3 pieces together on 2 strands (see images). I thought this was a good way to present images in an exhibition, something different, rather than just nailing them to the wall or hanging them on nails. Another thing that was helpful and interesting was the photographers had actually wrote how they created their shots and explained the ins and outs of their challenges and dynamics towards the end product. As a budding photographer this makes you feel included and inspired.
We were asked to photograph the piece(s) that we liked the most and ask the question – why? Why did the photographer use that angle, that lighting, that subject, that editing. What were they trying to portray and get across to the viewer? What does the piece make you feel and think? I was drawn to two different looking images, but then noticed they were both by the same photographer – Jonathan Oakes. One was a close up head and shoulders shot of a woman quite simply looking just past the camera, with flowers in her hair. I imagine it was a sort of editorial beauty shot of some kind. The simplistic beauty of the image and the contrast between her hair and skin was what drew me to it. The other image by Jonathan Oakes was of a woman on a bike in a tunnel. It had some motion blur on it which made it a little more mysterious. From my point of view, it appeared to be in another country, as the woman’s fashion sense seemed to be quite foreign looking, for example the hat she was wearing. I love the dramatic, emerging sun light… the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ that casts a shadow behind her. Where was she going? How did the photographer capture her? It is either a set up fashion shot, or it’s a genuine documented moment in time. Maybe the photographer was on his travels abroad and thought it would make for an interesting shot!
There was also an image ‘Couple in the evening’ by a photographer called Harry Archer. It was of a couple standing with their backs to the camera, on a beach at dusk, stood on a white stand of some sort. It caught me because it was so random! I thought to myself: How did they get up there to get that shot? Is it some sort of engagement shoot with a difference? What time of day is it? Is it really early in the morning or late at night? Is this posed or natural?

After the Munro House Gallery we photographed different parts of Leeds for a while. At first we looked at cobbled streets and the old aspect. We tried to get a sense of Leeds in our own right. We were asked to photograph anything that took our fancy. One of the main things for me that immediately stood out was the vast contrast of old and new buildings. I also looked at natural patterns but then I saw more of a story in the transition between old and new throughout the city. The contrast between such buildings standing next to each other, and even some being half of each.
We then went to White Cloth Gallery where an exhibition of Laura Pannack’s was being held. There was a definite contrast with this series of images compared to the last. Her subject matter was people in various Nudist clubs, just living their lives. She had a mix of posed and natural portraits. As well as coming under portraiture I would also say it would class as social documentary, as they also had a candid feel to them. I personally surprised myself and thought I would feel quite uncomfortable with the subject matter however by the time I left I had grown to love the message Laura had portrayed through her images. The freedom in not having to worry about what others think (or wear!) and the liberation they must feel. However when it came to some of the more posed images, cracks of feeling uncomfortable began to show, especially in the eyes and the way the body was held. But over all a great and controversial message, shown through imagery.
After this we were asked to go out and photograph a story, and as I mentioned earlier I had already been thinking about the old and new contrast, so I went on with that. I was quite happy with the images I shot, as there was so much beautiful architecture to work with. Buildings are usually not my preferred genre however I really enjoyed photographing them, seeing the shapes they create and how angle and perspective can change the way something, so large, appears. ImageIW9B1600IW9B1613 IW9B1614IW9B1612-001IW9B1590-001IW9B1594 IW9B1605IW9B1622 IW9B1638 IW9B1641 IW9B1655 IW9B1661IW9B1643 IW9B1651 IW9B1658 IW9B1662 IW9B1671 IW9B1676 IW9B1689 IW9B1695 IW9B1697 IW9B1699 IW9B1704 IW9B1711 IW9B1716 IW9B1718 IW9B1721 IW9B1723 IW9B1732 IW9B1737 IW9B1758 IW9B1760 IW9B1772 IW9B1778 IW9B1784 IW9B1791 IW9B1792 IW9B1800IW9B1803 IW9B1807 IW9B1821 IW9B1826-001 IW9B1831 IW9B1843 IW9B1844

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Induction week: Photo Trails

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Monday 16th September 2013

Our first task on starting our degree was to do some photo trails of the building, after being shown around it for the first time. We had to photograph in such a way that would help someone find their way around the building if they were lost, capturing distinct signs or objects that could guide the eye. We were told not to just walk a few steps, take a photo of the corridor then walk a few steps and do the same. We had to take into consideration all aspects.
I wanted to look at different perspectives and how that could give a more rounded idea of the way around the building. I also wanted to photograph close ups of objects that stood out, that almost defined ‘milestones’ throughout the corridors that seem to all look similar, leaving one quite confused on first approach!
As it was our first time around the building without assistance we did get slightly lost, however eventually found our way back, and recorded our efforts along the way.
I didn’t know whether I would need my DSLR camera on the first day so I only brought my digital Samsung WB150 camera with which I took these images. As a result of this I experienced camera shake on some of the images as I was moving, because the built in image stabilization is only valid for if, when taking the image, your hand moves… but anything beyond that creates a blur.
Over all I’m quite happy with the images however I just hope they are clear enough for the viewer!

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