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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Sophie and Tiana – The Street

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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.

English Heritage – Osbourne House

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.

♡ 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.

Street

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.

Feminism

model: rachel andrews

The debate on gender equality – concerning issues such as sexuality and the rape crisis due to the over-sexualisation of the female body – has been ongoing for years. Throughout the 1960’s rape culture was very real, women were trapped in violent marriages and unfair, poorly paid jobs. Second-wave feminism was a feminist activity which began in the 1960’s, mainly in the US, it had then spread around women internationally over the years and ended in the 1980’s. Throughout this time woman were fighting for further equality than had been gained throughout the first-wave; the main view of the women involved in the second-wave was that culture was sexist, still seeing women as the weaker gender whose body was seen as an object.

INSRIRATION

One of the most iconic feminist photographers throughout the 1970-1980’s was Cindy Sherman. Sherman created a series of images named, ‘Untitled Film Stills’, which included self-portraits showing young, beautiful women in stereotypical ways/roles.

Sherman is a photographer whose work, I believe, stands out the most to me throughout this era. Her black and white photography has made a great influence in my ideas on how I want to produce my final images. She has also used herself as her own model, which reflects that these opinions are that of her own as well as those of the women Sherman is playing the role of.