Thirteen Photos – Exhibition

Thirteen Photos – Exhibition Evaluation

Overall the exhibition was a general success, everyone within the team managed to complete their work to a deadline and we all had great quality images printed and mounted in good time for the show to open. The location aesthetically was very nice, the exhibition boards fit in the room well as well as show casing the engine space as a work room; it was very cultural with a variety of people visiting every day. We all received very good feedback from our work. Although it took a while for us all to become confident in communicating with each other, we all eventually began to work effectively as a team.

There were very little issues for example the geographical location of the engine space was very out of the way and lots of people found it hard to find, there was a lot of preparation put into the exhibition for the images to only be shown for two nights; I believe we may have got a much bigger audience if the images were able to view it for more days. At the beginning of the planning we didn’t communicate well, and I believe this held us back when preparing things like food/drink for visitors.

Organisation, communication and planning

The show ran smoothly, we all met the deadlines we needed to in order to all have images ready to show for the exhibition. We all pulled together when time was running out to ensure we all had our images printed, cut and mounted. The communication was successful between us and external people, such as the engine space owner and the technicians. The social media was also a success and was accessed by all of us, this was something we all had a say in.

Our time planning was quite an issue, we decided on different teams to do different jobs however once these were decided these we didn’t really come back together as a team to discuss what each team had done; other than social media. When we disagreed on things we didn’t really listen to each other, everyone in the group is very strong minded, and this lead to sometimes causing arguments.

Individual

For the images for my shoot I shot them well in advance, this ensured I had plenty of time to decide on my best images and for post-production. I also carried out multiple shoots, of two relatively different genres, to make sure I had a back up plan if one shoot didn’t go as well as I hoped. When I had decided on which images I wanted to exhibition I believe they fit together well as a series, showed of my ability and were ready and printed in good time. Lots of people showed interest in my images at the exhibition, with lots of people taking my business card with them.

The biggest issue I faced was my business cards, as I had spent so much time on planning my shoots and preparing my images I left them to very last minute. Although I was very happy with their outcome, I ended up spending a lot of money on very few cards as I needed to pay extra towards fast delivery. I also changed my mind on which images I wanted to use half way though my planning which held me back slightly.

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♡ Tiana and Sophie ♡

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

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.

22311980_2080504258641897_1986261585_oIn 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.

Seeing in Black and White

“The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.” – Vikrmn, 10 Alone

When shooting images in black and white you are able to focus more on shapes and textures as the distraction of bright colours has been removed. It is very important for a photographer to have the ability to see in black and white so we are able to realise the complexity of the world with or without colour.

Seeing B&W

For my photo series, I focused mostly on textures that we see daily yet pay little attention to the detail of, due to seeing them every day. I aimed to include interesting shapes and leading lines to ensure my images were more interesting than simple textures. I firstly looked for textured backgrounds that were near items that could be placed in the corner of the image, such as windows, these were used as leading lines to guide the viewer through the empty space of the image to emphasis the detail of the textures in this space.