The purpose of this photo series was to bring fashion to the streets; allowing the models, Sophie and Tiana, to be themselves entirely through their clothing, hair and makeup choice. My intention was to show girls empowering each other, supporting each other’s decision to refuse to conform to how girls ‘should’ dress or look.
The objective with my work is to portray the quirky side of each model’s personality; showing them expressing themselves through how they look. I then linked this to the locations the images have been captured in, using the time of day and lighting to create a grungy/mysterious vibe. Shooting with the in-camera flash has allowed me to create the urban and gritty vibe I was aiming for, with harsh lighting and shadows. However, for this method to be more effective I would need to use a reflector to ensure the shadows are falling where I want them too.
The three images I have used as my finals fit together well as I have included both full and mid shots, full shots allow the viewer to see the whole outfit being advertised and mid shots allow viewers to then focus more on their hair and make-up, which completed the overall look.
I have created a series of images that English Heritage could use for their re-launch, my aim was to target a younger contemporary 25+ age group. No model release forms have been required as any people included in the images have not got their faces showing. All images have been produced to their standard size and cropped to square, all of which are saved as JPEG files.
To target a more contemporary age group I have used presets during post production in light room; I downloaded a set of presets from VCSO Cam, which is a photo editing program used by the younger generation on their mobile phone. I believe the use of recognisable filters will grab the attention of people of the intended age. To further interest a younger generation of people I have taken images at alternative angles, for example from above the landscape. In post-production I have also cropped my images in ways that create interesting shapes, using the negative space in the images to my advantage.
Due to the low lighting conditions, from the rain, the skies in the images were very dull. I used the gradient tool to add some colour into the sky and increased the shadows to bring out the clouds. The exposure has also been slightly increased on areas of each image to ensure the lighting has a more positive look, than the dullness from the rainy weather.
To capture my images I have used a Canon 1200D, with my kit lens, this limited me in my ability to capture full images of the large buildings. Creating a panorama image by merging multiple images together would allow me to be more successful with my images in this aspect.
I based my fashion shoot with Tiana and Sophie on their fashion and make-up. My aim for the shoot was to portray the adventurous element of fashion, taking the urban look into a wooded area.
The time of day was important to take into consideration when shooting outside, so that the lighting is the most flattering for the model. I captured these before and after the sun is at its brightest and highest point in order to avoid harsh and strong shadows/lighting.
I imported my images into Lightroom so that I could batch edit all my images in a similar way – this ensured they all fit together as a series of images. Once I had chosen my favourites I did more post-production to these images individually to ensure they were perfect. These final 5 images will soon be printed and displayed our class exhibition.
Portraiture on Location
♡ Natural Lighting ♡
- Avoid direct sunlight as this causes harsh shadows.
- Shooting in the morning or early evening is the most effective for portraiture, this will be the points where the sun isn’t as strong and will be the most flattering for the model.
- The shade of trees will also cause the light to be softer, therefore more flattering. Depending on what mood you want your images to have, where you need shadows to fall on a model’s face will change.
- Rim Lighting – Balanced lighting, placing the model in front of the sun so there is a glow around the model.
- Using shadows from unusual shapes can help add creativity to your images.
In the above image I have used natural lighting in the early afternoon; this has caused the lighting to give a soft lighting effect which is most flattering for the models face, with no hash shadows being cast on her face. I have also used a leaf, taken from the trees in the background, this is to add an element of creativity and to also add the effect that the model is blending into the background well.
♡ Background ♡
- Although the background can add personality, it also shouldn’t distract attention away from the subject.
- Opening the lens aperture will cause the background to be slightly out of focus, which will help remove any obvious distractions like road signs or other people in the background.
- Link the background to the model – match clothing with colours in the backgrounds
- Capturing your images in a quiet location will avoid unwanted, busy backgrounds; this also will result in not having to worry about model release forms for anyone but your model.
- The model will feel much more comfortable if they aren’t surrounded by people watching them.
In the above image I found the path through the middle of the image slightly distracting, to avoid this area of the image becoming a main focus I used a large aperture to ensure the background was slightly blurred and out of focus, ensuring the model is the only area in perfect focus.
Street photography displays manipulated scenes and moments on the street, mirroring the lives of the subjects that are unaware of their photography being taken.
Street photography typically is quite candid, if the photographer doesn’t make it obvious they are taking photographs, they have the ability to capture emotions and moments that are real, pure and true. We can become blind to what is going on in the world around us; whether it be comical, emotional or events. Photographers are also able to capture the comical moments happening in every day life, which others will miss as they are busy with their own day, this requires the photographer to be very patient to wait for the perfect photo opportunity; if the image is taken a moment too early or a moment too late it may lose the comical element.
When visiting London one of my main images with my images was to keep some consistency with what I was photographing. Before the trip, I decided I would make the people of London my main subject, focusing more on the people who live in/visit the town oppose to the town itself – as I believe it’s difference in lifestyles/cultures/backgrounds that pass through London daily makes up the city, every day will bring someone different, not the still buildings that everyone knows they’ll see when visiting.
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P A L A C E
In this photo series I have focused on the urban life in London. I spent a while stood in the same spot, an area in which I knew people of an urban/grunge fashion would be passing through. I looked out for subjects wearing unusual clothing brands or colours, I photographed these people from behind to ensure they were unaware of their photo being taken – I wanted them to be unaware as I did not want them to act in front of a camera. An element of mystery has been added by not photographing their faces, this initially hides their identity however you can begin to piece together the lifestyle they may live when looking at the background, clothing, hair and props (skateboards).
MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE SIR ELTON JOHN COLLECTION
The Radical Eye exhibition is a collection of photographs in flamboyant picture frames. After spending a small while in a rehab center for addiction to alcohol in the 1980’s Sir Elton John began to collect photographs; these images vary from documentary, studio portraits, street photography, surrealism and still life. The images also vary in print size; starting as small as postage stamps with André Kertész 1917 Underwater Swimmer to large format print with glass beads stuck to the subject’s cheeks in Man Ray’s 1932 Glass Tears.
The quality of the images featured in this exhibition are incredible; after watching a short clip of John discussing his collection it seems he used to buy lower quality until he began building his collection; when photography became a passion, he set out to find the originals/higher quality prints of these images, with the price of the prints only being a small matter to him.