Task 4: Project PORTFOLIO
You will now begin to create your portfolio of images around your selected theme.
- Begin test work and edit workflow
- Refine further, test, create
- Attend critique sessions for feedback
- Interpret research activity to develop ideas for creative production.
- Use knowledge of characteristics and context to plan and develop creative solutions for a chosen media and communication activity.
- Apply practical skills, knowledge and understanding of characteristics and contexts to produce creative solutions for a chosen media and communication activity.
alongside creating the practical element of this project, you will continue working on the contextual aspects throughout (L3, Y2 Photography project 1 2017)
On Sunday the 12th of November, I went to the remembrance parade and took some photos. I took the photos as test shots for my project. I tried to stay out of the way so people were not disrupted by the loud noise of my camera. Pretty much nobody looked at me whilst I was taking the photographs. I did use three of the shots from this shoot as final images.
Please note that I did not take photographs during the two minute silence or the prayers out of respect for the dead and the people there.
Below is an image of The Reverend, who had just done a speech, in front of the Cenotaph. The image on the left is the original and you can tell because it has a blue haze over the image, which means that the temperature of the image is too cold. To rectify this I just adjusted the temperature to make the image warmer.
Below, are two images of the flags that had just been raised at the cenotaph. The image on the left is the original as it has more negative space and is much bluer. The image on the right is edited as I cropped it to make the flags more central, have less negative space and is a duller blue. I prefer the closeness of edited one but I don’t like the colour of either of the photographs; the one on the left has a very dark blue sky and the flags seem to blend into the background and the one on the right has a light blue sky that is very boring to me. The image doesn’t grab attention with the background, but luckily this emphasises the flags. I think I will go back into photoshop and edit again to try to put in more shadows to give the background more depth- this could differentiate the two flags from the sky.
Band at pub
On the 24th of November I went to a pub in Wombwell to take photographs of a cover band that was playing. I wasn’t there that long as I was very dizzy, which is a shame, but I did enjoy it.
The image on the left is the orignal and it has a very obvious blue hue, this is because of the strobe lights that went across the stage in the pub
On Monday the 27th of November I went to the Metrodome to take photographs of one of their employees who was dressed as a pirate Santa Claus for a promotional video they were putting on their social media. The theme is Calypso Cove in the swimming area and the Santa Claus bit is for the upcoming Christmas Festivities. The photographs below are more behind the scenes photographs but they could also be used as promotional images on ther website.
The two images below are of the employee in a cell under the stairs that lead to the swimming area. The image on the left is the original and I did like it as it had a little bit of grain in it. I like the way the light comes in from one direction which makes it look like there is somewhere better to be than in the cell. I wish there was a little bit more light on his face but not too much.
The second photo is clearly edited as it is in black and white. The black and white makes the image look sadder to me
On Wednesday the 29th I went to take photographs in college of some students rehearsing for an event. I managed to get quite a lot of photographs and I didn’t have to edit the photos that much. I mainly had to tone down the exposure and highlights as the lights were quite harsh. Every other set had different lighting which made it quite hard for the settings. The dancers and singers were very fast, as expected, so I had to compensate fast movement and lighting.
The left image is the original and the lighting on the middle people is too bright and there is no definition to their faces. The image on the right is the edited copy of the photograph- I turned the exposure down and adjusted the contrast accordingly. The light is still quite bright but it works, it makes the girl in the very front stand out more.
Problems and Solutions
The printer broke so me and the other people in my class who wanted to print got their prints a few days late. This wasn’t too bad but If i had to hand my images in that day then I wouldn’t have been able to. A solution to this is going earlier for my prints.
Instagram wouldn’t upload my images, only black images, so I had to make the images smaller. I did this through going on photoshop, saving the image again as JPG and then putting the quality down to about 5mp.
On one of my events the weather decided to take a turn for the worst and it decided to snow which caused black ice and general slippy roads. I didn’t want to go on a bus that went through country roads as that could be dangerous (especially as there is one road where the bus had crashed before and that was on a sunny day, not a snowy night). Another problem that came to mind was that I could have been stranded away from home if the busses decided to stop. I did email in about two hours before the event started (it would have been earlier but I was constantly checking the weather).
The academy decided to say no to me being on the guest list and taking photographs, which is fine as they probably have their own photographers. Next time, I will ask in advance.
My prints cost roughly 16p per A3 sheet and I printed ten of them so it cost £1.60. I am happy with how the images turned out as they look exactly like I wanted them. I may reprint one image as I don’t know whether or not I want to edit it again.
My audience is quite varied as I can show my photographs to anybody as none are explicit and they are so varied.
My band photographs can be shown to anybody who is more into the rock genre as I went to a rock cover band at the pub and if I take photographs of more established bands then I can show these to magazines to get published. Most magazines have an online website as well so they can be shown through their social media and my own.
My college photographs of the rehearsals and college events have an audience of 16+ as it will be people who either attend my college or are looking at my college who will see the images. I know that some of my photographs are going to be used for marketing purposes for the college.
My photographs from the Metrodome will reach a wider audience as my photos will be shown through their media (for marketing purposes) and through my own social media. People who are interested in swimming, bowling and The Rigby events (bands, meals, etc) will most likely see my photographs.As I had to change my project slightly my audience changed as well. My audience got more varied as my project went from band and wrestling photography to more general event photography like fancy meals and rehearsals.