Final Blog Post – One of my five favourites.
I couldn’t upload all 5 of my favourite photos together, so I had to upload them seperately. I’m uploading them all early, because I will be busy on the day the assignment is due to be in.
‘What have you learnt during this assignment? How has it improved your photography? Your organisational skills? Your productivity?’
I have learnt a lot about how to turn everyday objects and events into interesting photos with narrative and meaning. I am now a lot more aware of things that would make good or interesting photos, e.g. unique compositional techniques, how to incorporate lines, shapes, patterns, textures into my photos, how to increase/decrease shadows/highlights as I desire, etc. I have become a lot more familiar with my camera and know where things are that I didn’t even know existed. I am now able to guess what settings my camera needs to be on in different lighting conditions and most of the time the settings I put the camera on are accurate. I think this assignment has definitely improved my photography, because before I did this assignment, I used to struggle to find things to take photos of if I was ever set a task, whereas since I have had my camera on my person everyday, I am more able to see things all around me that could be potential photographic subjects. It has also improved my photography in the way that I know how to use photoshop more now, I don’t have to spend ages trying to find where things are. This assignment has also made me think about my photos more when I’m taking them, like what the meaning could be, how I could compositionally improve them, etc. My organisational skills have improved because I have learnt that it is better to do tasks earlier, rather than later, because otherwise everything builds up and you end up with little time and a lot of work, so now if I don’t have enough time, I will try to upload my photos and do my work earlier than the set date. I also carry my camera around with me everywhere because I know that I often won’t have the time to go out purposely to take photos, so I might as well take my camera with me when I go out, just incase a photographical opportunity arises. I now check what works needs doing a few days before it needs to be done, instead of waiting until the day and finding out, because that way I can be more prepared. My productivity has improved because I am now capable of knowing what I should write about when annotating images and I am more able to think clearly and do my work a lot faster. I can also capture photos of quite obvious and simple subjects and give them narrative and meaning.
‘How can you apply what you’ve learnt to future projects?’
In future, I know I can be a lot more prepared and I will have more of an idea of what to write about when doing my annotations. If it seems unlikely that I’ll be able to do my work on the date set, I will try to do it beforehand so it’s ready to hand in on the date set. I can also apply some of the lighting and compositional techniques I have learnt to future projects, especially those involving portraiture photography. I will be more able to introduce lines, shapes, textures, patterns, contrast, etc, to my photography in future assignments.