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What have you learnt during this assignment? How has it improved your photography? Your organisational skills? Your productivity? During this assignment I have have learnt that I shouldn’t be scared to experiment with my photographs and that it is okay if some of my photographs don’t turn out as well as others or as well as I hoped. I think that my photography has improved because I have learnt different ways to frame, compose and light my photographs through both taking my own photographs and researching other photographers’ work. I think that this project has help me become more organised and productive because I have been taking photographs and working every day, and I think this has helped me to learn that doing small amounts of work each day makes it a lot easier to complete assignments on time and to the best of my ability.

How can you apply what you’ve learnt to future projects? In future projects I will make sure that a do at least one hour’s work every day so that I will be able to organise my projects easily and finish them on time, as well as being relaxed and not having to stress or worry about completing my assignments. I can also apply the techniques I have learnt, such as framing, composition and lighting, to photographs I take in the future to improve the quality of my photography. I can also apply the new editing skills I have learned through Photoshop experiments and tutorials to further enhance my work.

Self Portrait

• Date taken: 22/02/13
• Location: My bedroom
• Settings: 1/160 | f/5 | 400 | Flash | Self Timer
• What do you like about this photo? How well does it work? I like the composition of this photograph because the subject is in the centre, but slightly leaning to one side which makes the photograph a bit more interesting. I also like the moustache drawn on the finger because it makes the photo more fun and quirky. I also like the colours of this photograph because it has a blue tone to it – I achieved this by using the “cyanotype” setting on my camera. I think that this effect is more interesting than black and white.
• What did you learn from this experiment? If you had to take this photo again what would you do differently? If I were to take this photograph again I would try using a lamp to create artificial lighting, maybe on one side of the subject’s face. I also would place the subject to one side of the photograph instead of the centre, just to create a different angle and perspective.

Original Photograph:

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Photoshop:

I hardly edited this photograph at all, I just used the burn tool to burn into the moustache on my finger to make it darker and stand out more.

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New Photograph:

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• What didn’t you like about the original photo? I didn’t like the lighting as I thought that it looked a bit yellow, and it was also reflected in the posters in the background, which didn’t look very good. I also didn’t like the background much as I thought it distracted from the subject of the photograph, and I also didn’t like having to hold the CD because it meant that I had to use auto focus.
• Why is your new photo better? My new photograph is better because I used manual settings which allowed me to focus on what I wanted. There are also a variety of different colours in the photograph and the lighting is also better. I also think that the way the CD’s are stacked creates a good texture.

A line from your favourite song

• Date taken: 20/02/13
• Location: My bedroom
• Settings: 1/25 | f/5.6 | 400
• What do you like about this photo? How well does it work? I found this task hard because I couldn’t decide what my favourite song is! But in the end, I chose “Going Away to College” by blink-182. I like this photograph because I think that the lyrics I have chose are really sweet, and listening to this song always makes me happy and puts me in a good mood. I like the composition of this photograph because I like the close up angle I have taken it from, and also I think that the tilted angle makes it a little more interesting.
• What did you learn from this experiment? If you had to take this photo again what would you do differently? If I were to take this photograph again I would try showing the lyrics in a more interesting way with more colour, as I think that there is a lack of colour in this photograph. I would also try and focus more on the lyrics because I think that this photograph is a little bit out of focus.

Friendship

• Date taken: 19/02/13
• Location: My bedroom
• Settings: 1/6 | f/4.8 | 200
• What do you like about this photo? How well does it work? I like the composition of this photograph because the friendship bracelet is in focus and is the only bracelet on my wrist which makes it stand out, and it is clear that the bracelet is the subject of the photograph. I like the different shapes and colours in the photograph and I think that the two blue beads stand out and contrast nicely. I like the meaning of this photograph because the bracelet symbolises friendship.
• What did you learn from this experiment? If you had to take this photo again what would you do differently? If I were to take this photograph again I would take it from a closer angle so that you could not see my wrists and it would almost appear abstract. I would also try and take the bracelet off so that I could take the photograph using manual settings, as I had to use auto focus to take this photograph.

Family

• Date taken: 18/02/13
• Location: My hallway
• Settings: 1/15 | f/4.5 | I200
• What do you like about this photo? How well does it work? This is a photograph of each of the family members’ shoes. I don’t really like this photograph much because I don’t think it represents family, but I was stuck for ideas on what to photograph as my parents don’t get home till later in the night and I didn’t want to take my photograph when it was dark because the lighting would be bad. I like the composition of this photograph and the depth of field used because the shoes in the foreground are more in focus than the shoes in the background.
• What did you learn from this experiment? If you had to take this photo again what would you do differently? If I were to take this photograph again I would photograph my actual family rather than objects because I think that this photograph does not represent family. I would also change the background as I do not like the colours.

Fashion Photography Example 3

• Photographer: Richard Avedon
• Date taken (approx): 1964
• Location: New York
• What do you like about this photo? I like the composition of this photograph because I like how the model is in the centre and how she is posed. I also like how you cannot see her face. I like how the photographer has captured the model in action and also how he has captured the rain coming down. I like the lighting because I like how you can see the light coming from behind the model. I also think that the rain creates a nice textures as it reflects the light.
• What could you learn from this photograph/photographer? How could you use it in your own work? From this photograph I have learned the lights being visible in the photograph is a good idea as long as you make it look aesthetically pleasing, and I have also learned that it is good to capture motion. I could use this in my work by using different lighting set-ups where one of the lamps is visible in the photograph. I could also use slower shutter speeds when taking photographs so capture motion.

Fashion Photography Example 2

• Photographer: Nick Knight
• Date taken (approx): 1992
• Location: Studio (Unknown)
• What do you like about this photo? I like the composition of this photograph; how the model is in the centre of the photograph but how you cannot see her face. I really like the lighting and colours of this photograph because the shadows appear really dark and contrast nicely with the lighter areas of the photograph. I think that the pale colours of the photograph are really peaceful. I also like the shapes in this photograph as the arms and the dress coming together create the shape of butterfly wings.
• What could you learn from this photograph/photographer? How could you use it in your own work? From this photographer I have learned that experimenting with composition and lighting is good and you can create some great effects just by changing the lighting and colours of a subject. I can use this in my own work by experimenting more with different lighting techniques and changing the colours of my subjects in Photoshop.

Fashion Photography Example 1

• Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
• Date taken (approx): 2008
• Location: Unknown
• What do you like about this photo? I like the composition of this photograph because I like the distance it has been taken from, and I like how the model is separated from the other people in the photograph. I like the colours because the pink balloon really stands out against the rest of the photo as the building is grey and dull. I also like how all the people dressed in white are on a separate balcony to the model dressed in pink, separating the colours. I also really like the lines and shapes that the windows and balconies create.
• What could you learn from this photograph/photographer? How could you use it in your own work? From this photograph I have learned that using one object that has a vivid colour against a plain background works really well and helps the colour to pop and stand out. I could use this in my own work by photographing my subjects in front of a plain background.

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