Hand in

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.

Hand in

Final Blog Post – One of my five favourites.

Hand in

Final Blog Post – One of my five favourites.

Hand in

Final Blog Post – One of my five favourites.

Hand in

Final Blog Post – One of my five favourites.

Day 30

Date Taken: 22/02/13
Location: Nuthall, Nottingham
Settings: Shutter Speed – 1/90 sec, Aperture – F.5.6, ISO – 250.

‘What do you like about this photo? How well does it work?’

I like this photo because it looks really peaceful. The position I’m in looks peaceful, but also the fact that the cat just came up to me and fell asleep on my skirt adds to the peaceful feel in the photo. I think the patterns on my skirt make the photo quite interesting, because it’s like a contrast against the floor and my skin, which are both just plain things to look at. I think the composition of the photo is good because it’s different to most portrait photos and it makes the image look more aesthetic. I think maybe the photo is a bit over-exposed due to the light in the top corner, but I think that also adds quite a nice effect to the image and it also makes my skin and hair look lighter. I think this photo works well because the task is a self-portrait photo and the image is of myself. To achieve this, I had to use a tripod and put my camera on timer and higher the tripod so the camera was looking down on me.

‘What did you learn from this experiment? If you had to take this photo again what would you do differently?’

In doing this experiment, I learnt about various different settings on my camera, as I had to play around for quite a while before I found the timer setting. I also learnt about what compositionally works well and what doesn’t when taking a self-portrait, If I had to take the photo again, I think I would maybe try to lower the exposure on the image.

Day 29

‘What didn’t you like about the original photo?’

One of the things I didn’t like about the original photo is that it had too much of the same thing in the image, overall it wasn’t really a very interesting image to look at and it didn’t really make you think about it that much. The original photo didn’t really get me thinking about the meaning and narrative, it was purely an ok photo because of the contrast and texture.

‘Why is your new photo better?’

I think my new photo is better because overall I believe that it looks more interesting. Compositionally, I think it’s more aesthetic and there are just more things in the photo to get you thinking. It works well because I’m refining the idea of “Black and White”, so I chose to take a photo of a pot of white nail varnish and a pot of black nail varnish. To make the photo a bit more interesting, I decided to put the pots of nail varnish on a mirror that I decorated with news paper, because news papers are black and white. I also took the photo at a tilted angle and used depth of field to make the photo a bit more unique. I converted the photo to black and white and used a vignette effect, because overall it creates a more appealing black and white image and helps to draw your attention towards the subjects in the photo.

Day 28

Date Taken: 20/02/13
Location: Derby
Settings: Shutter Speed – 1/90 sec, Aperture – F5.6, ISO – 800.

This photo is for one of my favourite songs, that’s called “Black or White”, by Michael Jackson.

‘What do you like about this photo? How well does it work?’

One of the things I like about this photo is that you can’t see the beginning or ending of the subject, so you don’t really know how large the subject really is. Another thing I like is the horizontal lines continuing up through the entire photo, creating quite an aesthetic image. I also like that it’s kind of like the white keys are one vertical line and the black keys are another vertical line, I think it puts an interesting perspective on the image. I think the depth of field works well because the subject becomes in-focus right in the middle of the photo, but then all around that, it is out of focus, so it creates a point in the image that draws your attention towards it and your eyes don’t really wander that much. I don’t really like the shadows in the picture and overall, the image hasn’t really come out as I had planned it to, because the top right hand corner is completely black, which isn’t very good, but other than that, I think I like the image. I think this photo works well because my favourite line in the song is “it don’t matter if you’re black or white” and obviously the keys on the piano are all black and white. I also converted the photo to black and white to eliminate anything that might be coloured, like the colour of the wood on the piano, so it would be completely about the song and the lyrics. Another reason that it works well is because pianos create music and the experiment we’re doing is based on music.

‘What did you learn from this experiment? If you had to take this photo again what would you do differently?’

In doing this experiment, I learnt about how to take the obvious things around us and capture them in a way that gives them meaning. If I had to take the photo again, I would definitely try to improve the lighting conditions, because I don’t think the lighting in the image is very complimentary to the photo.

Day 27

‘What do you like about this photo? How well does it work?’

I think the composition is good in this photo because it used the rule of thirds, with the subjects in the middle on the stairs and then the walls on either side. It also includes horizontal lines in the image and two diagonal lines that kind of lead off to a point in the photo behind the children. The picture is really all about shapes because you can see triangles and rectangles covering the majority of the photo. I like the expressions captured on the children’s faces, because they just look completely serious, which almost makes it look like they’re guilty of committing a crime together, so just from their expressions, it begins to create a narrative to the photo, and gives it some meaning. I like how they are both holding learning plates, which could signify that they are both in the process of learning and developing, which works quite well because they are both young children. I think this photo represents friendship well because it shows them both learning together and both of them together kind of create the image, whereas if it were just one of them, the photo would have a completely different meaning.

‘What did you learn from this experiment? If you had to take this photo again what would you do differently?’

If I had to take this photo again, I would try and get better lighting in the image, because I don’t really think the lighting worked that well. During this experiment, I gained a clearer understanding of compositional techniques and how to capture lines and shapes in my photos.

Day 26

Date Taken: 18/02/13
Location: Nuthall, Nottingham
Settings: Shutter Speed – 1/125 sec, Aperture – F5.6, ISO – 800.

‘What do you like about this photo? How well does it work?’

I like this photo because it shows the relationship between siblings, but also between mother and children. I quite like that it is quite a social realist photo, because nobody in the image is aware that the photo is being taken, so nobody is posing. I think the expressions captured on their faces are good because although there are children in the photo, they all look fairly serious and like they are all focusing on one thing. I also like how your focus kind of gets drawn towards the teddy that the little girl is holding, but there isn’t really one defined subject in the picture, so your eyes get drawn around the whole image. I like the colouring of the photo, because I think it makes it look quite old, but also because the image doesn’t really look like that much of a happy photo, but I think the colouring makes it look more warm and friendly. Overall, I’m not very happy with the photo because I don’t think the lighting or composition is very good. Compositionally, I don’t think it works because there are a lot of things in the background and foreground that distract you from the subjects, but at the same time, some people may appreciate that because you won’t ever really capture a natural family photo in an empty space. I think the photo works well because it captures a family naturally, without anybody posing.

‘What did you learn from this experiment? If you had to take this photo again what would you do differently?’

I learnt that taking family photos can often prove to be a challenge when the lighting conditions are bad and you have children running around everywhere. If I had to take the photo again, I would try different compositional techniques and try to improve the lighting.