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Niamh Turfitt – Level 3 Student

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Evaluation – Project One!

My client for this project was a Gothic and witchcraft themed clothing shop located in the town centre of Rotherham called Mysticum Luna. They are only a small shop but have a brilliant range of clothing, jewellery and even some home-ware products. I emailed them as soon as the project started and within about a week they got back to me saying they would love for me to take photos of their new winter collection coming in. I started pretty much straight away and managed to capture some good shots which, with some editing, would be able to be used on their website. When I arrived at their shop, my client told me they had a small room downstairs which they use as a small studio. They had made it look dark and chilling to fit with the theme of their products and most of their photo’s are shot here. However, they only wanted me to take photo’s of their new jewellery collection because their models were away. I was happy to do this. Their house photographer, Shannon, was already studying photography at the same college as me but was on  Higher Education course. She had already got a small pop-up studio for the jewellery to be photographed from and studio lighting which I was allowed use. I got on with my client really well and enjoyed taking photo’s for them. Once I had editing all of my final images of the products, I put the edited version’s next to the original image and compared them – seeing if I could make any more changes to the edited image.

I feel happy with my edits and with my photography in general. I found it quite difficult at first because obviously the jewellery had to be photographed quite close due to their size and so this meant I had to get the most suitable zoom in and also make sure that the camera was in focus joint with the correct zoom. My tests shots were mainly blurry or had lack of detail due to the fact that I was testing the different sizes of the zooms on the camera and also trying to get the perfect focus on the close-up object. If I was to change anything, I would probably change the lens I was using and maybe use a Macro Lens on the camera which would have helped further with bringing out the detail in the different pieces of jewellery but I think this would be the only thing I would change with my images. Overall, I am happy with my clients response to my final images as they said that they were “brilliant” and this made me feel more confident about the quality of my images.

 

 

When taking photographs, there are many areas and different subjects you can produce photography around such as fashion, landscapes, portraits, etc. and with each of these categories, there are many different photographer who produce amazing photographs related to that subject. People can take photographs for themselves or for other people. These people include clients, public exhibitions and magazines/newspapers.

When people take photographs for themselves, they tend to be more informal as it is something personal for them and this means they can do whatever they want to in their personal photographs. When taking photographs for a client, these photos would be more formal and would not include what the photographer wanted, but they can involve their own ideas related to the clients request, but only if their client gives specific permission. When taking photographs for the public, this can be many different things. One could be either for exhibitions for the public so these would be more formal. Or you could have photographs that are still for similar exhibitions but are a bit more informal and personal to the photographers feelings and thoughts etc. and these could be involved in small galleries. When taking photographs for magazines/newspapers, they could be a mixture of both formal and informal. This is dependent on what theme the magazine/newspaper is in. If someone was to take a photo for (as examples) Vogue or the Daily Times, they would be quite professional and would be formal as they are popular and serious magazines/newspapers. Overall, I believe that magazines and newspapers can feature both formal and informal photographs.

From my own work, I feel that they are formal photographs because there is just the simple object of jewellery within the image and nothing else around it except a white background which also makes it appear more formal. Thee images are still formal even when edited as they are only edited to make sure that the detail within the image is presented and can be seen clearly to the viewer of the images.

 

 

When starting my client for my work, I was on a short time limit as my client wanted their photo’s to be given as quickly as possible so that they could update their website. I only did a small amount of research of some of the ideas they wanted for their photography for their clothing. Because I was only doing the jewellery at that moment in time, I looked at their previous collection of jewellery too give me ideas on how to make the images I would be taking look. I created these on a mood board and then also looked at other images where my client had explained ideas of using coloured smoke grenades when doing photography for their clothing. Unfortunately, I did not find any photographers that took photography the same as what my client wanted.

When working for my client. I took a few of the products I would be photographing so I could do test work. This was to test the zoom and focus on the camera. Overall, I believe that my client photography is actually at a good standard and I was happy with the final edits that I had produced.

Editing Final Pieces – Pentagram Necklace!

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This was my starting image for this necklace. I chose this image because it is quite close up to the product already and so only needed a few changes to it. I like this image because of the simplicity of colours within it and I think that this is effective. Because I am only focusing on the products, having a white background really helps you to focus on the singular object present in the photo.

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I then changed the levels so that the detail from the lighter colours/shades within the image. By doing this, this helped to make the image look more bolder around the product and it also brightened up the white background and this helped me when using the Spot Healing Tool to remove any dust particles and dirt that may have ended up on the background. When I did this, the white background looked so much better and helped to make the product stand out even more without dust and dirt getting in the way.

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Next, I changed the Gamma Correction slightly to help bring out the shadows and boldness of the black ribbon within the image making it more interesting and eye catching. The boldness of the image from the change in Gamma Correction is shown mainly around the Pentagram itself. Within each of the corners and spaces in between each of the spikes of the pentagrams, you can see how the use of Gamma Correction has created more shadow and shading around the pendant which makes it look more effective by the increase of shadow.

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Overall, I believe that this image is one of the best ones I have taken and edited and I am happy and proud of the result. One thing I would have maybe changed would have been the background. I would still have used a white background but after the editing, I would have used the Spot Healing Tool further to remove any more dust and dirt that were more visible after the change in Gamma Correction. However, I still like this image and so do my client which is good.

Editing Final Pieces – Witch Necklace!

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This was my starting image. I chose this image because it was clear to see what the image was. Within the image, you can see that their is not much colour and the white background there are a few marks which show dust and dirt but these would have been easily edited out and changed. However, I really like this image, just because it is simple and really makes you focus on what is there. I thought the colours were simple yet effective and they still manage to capture the attention of the viewer.

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I used the Spot Healing Tool on Photoshop to remove the specks of dirt and dust on the white background to I could make it look as clear as possible. After I had done that, I then made the image fully look black and white by turning the saturation all the way down. This then gave the image this effect which I think works better as before because, in the beginning their was hardly no colour the image so, this is why I think it was better to turn the saturation down to make it a black and white image. Even though it is i black and white, I still think it manages to capture the shadows and metallic look in the necklace charm and this still make the image effective.

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I then changed the Exposure and the Gamma Correction to make the colours look bold and also for the detail towards the photo. With the Exposure, I wanted the background the look completely white or as close to that as possible and by changing the exposure, I managed to remove even more of the dust from the white background that I couldn’t get properly with the Spot Healing Tool. Also, because I increased the exposure, it has made the shadows more visible and this adds too the effectiveness of the image. With the Gamma Correction, I didn’t want the image to look faded because I had changed the exposure of the image. So, by doing this, I still managed to preserve the boldness of the black, engraved writing and the black ribbon too. This gave the result shown above and I’m also happy with how it made the shadows from the necklace stand out more.

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I then changed the levels on my edit and this was so this was to make sure that the detail within the image was shown to full capacity to give the best quality of detail. I felt as if the image was too dark so I moved the brighter levels output pointer to 220 so that the detail of the black and white colours was shown as much as much as possible. This made the image come out better in detail and so this is how I kept.

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This is my finishing image. I like this image because it shows how the use of a mixture of black and white colours can be just as effective as photos with colours. It also shows that mean point in the image and that made me realize that the viewers would definitely be focused on this product.

My Client!

Who is my Client?

My Client for my first Photography project is a shop in my local area called Mysticum Luna. They are a fashion based shop which theme their products around Gothic styles and witchcraft styles too. I got in contact with them and they were willing to let me help take photos of their products alongside their house photographer.

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What will I be doing for my Client?

I would be taking photographs of the Clients winter collection coming in and they would need these as soon as possible to that they could update their website with these photos. I would be working with models further into the future with the client and so this will increase my portfolio for my work experience.

Why will I be doing this for my Client?

My client are launching a new winter collection on their website and were in desperate need of their new products being photographed. My client also wanted me to help them in the later months when they want their clothes to be modeled. They have their own models for this and so this means that, although I will have my work experience from the shop for this project, the fact that they are willing for me to continue working with them, whether it be for my college work or for their own needs is something I am grateful for because it would help with future projects and for skills to do with photography work in the future too.

Contact with my Client?

When trying to find a client, I didn’t just email this shop. I emailed many others too. However, Mysticum Luna were the first to get back to me. When sending emails to my clients, I was polite, formal and straight forward. This attitude was present in all of my client emails as this was so I could make a good impression to who ever would become my project client.

Mysticum Luna then got back to me within less than a week and were extremely happy for me to work with them and when I went into their store to see them. They were eager to share their ideas with me and I was more than happy to work with them when these were to happen. They also told me about plans they had in the next couple of months for their models which included woodlands and coloured flares/smoke grenades.

I am really happy with who I have for a client and I am looking forward to working with them and editing my work for my project.

Philip Lorca-Dicorcia!

Philip Lorca Dicorcia is an American photographer who focuses on the suburban parts of cities and towns. This piece is an example of his work that focuses on a suburban part of a Los Angeles. I like this piece because it has many aspects which a viewer can think about and feel the effectiveness of each element within the image. I believe that the photographer’s main point in the image was to show the loneliness that people can feel in big cities.

I think that the photographer was wanting to make loneliness is the major theme in this image because of the man who is sat alone outside a block of apartments. The reason why loneliness is present in this is mainly represented through the man’s posture, expressions and body language. The man is dangling his legs over the side of the balcony as if he wants to jump down but the bars are stopping him from doing so which could show that he is trapped and therefore, lonely. The man is lonely and is aware of this because he is holding onto the bars which are representing the denial of his freedom and feeling of loneliness. The use of space in this image also shows the isolation of the man and the use of bright colours could show how the man is missing out on the world because he is lonely and he is keeping himself in the shadows rather than being out in the world experiencing the streets of Los Angeles.

I think the use of bright colours such as the blue lights in the background and the colours of red and orange in the sky are used well to make the viewer question what is going off in the background. I believe that these colours help to make the viewer also question why the man is avoiding the light and is staying in the shadows. Also the use line within the image gives the effect of confusion to the viewer because, although they are wanting the man to be free and enjoy the life in Los Angeles, the fact that you can see if the railings end could show how he can’t escape because you can’t see if the railings will open up and let the man out.

I really like this image because of the fact that it makes me think about what is going off in the image. It makes me wonder why the photographer wanted to show loneliness in suburban life. I think one reason why this is, is because of backstreet gangs. The location of this image appears to be in an old, rough part of Los Angeles and gives a very cautious vibe from the image if you were to picture yourself in that location. This relates to backstreet gangs because, instead of being lonely, the man is actually looking out for gangs and is trying to avoid them and that is the reason why he is on his own.

 

Location Photography!

What is Location Photography?

Location Photography is where you can go outside of the studio or indoor photography facilities and manually take pictures of the scenery around you. For my location photography, I started off by taking photographs in my local park. This was so I could understand the different settings and controls on the camera I was using. From this, I could then understand which settings to use when I do more professional location photography work.

About a week after my first location photography experience, me and my photography class were given the opportunity to go to Liverpool for the day for a chance to capture more exciting location photography. I really enjoyed the trip and I captured many images which I like. We went to many places around Liverpool’s city centre – especially around the docks area. I captured many photographs of the locks alongside the docks which people put up locks to represent their love. I captured many beautiful and colourful pictures of the rows of locks alongside the bridge. I also captured pictures of the Liver Birds on top of the Liver Building. I like these photos of the Liver Birds and when photographing in Liverpool I think its important to show some proof of being there by giving hints within your photography. For Liverpool, it would be the images of the Liver Birds.

I enjoyed the trip to Liverpool for so many reasons. One of those reasons was because I had never been before and was excited to go and see it. Another reason was because I was interested to discover what Liverpool had to offer as the only thing I knew about Liverpool was about football. As well as discovering the things that I have already mentioned from what I’ve already photographed, I also managed to capture some images from one the Wheel of Liverpool which I paid to get on and take images which spread out to all of Liverpool.

David Bailey!

David Bailey is probably the most famous and well-known photographer throughout his career. Known mainly for his portrait photography and also fashion photography, Bailey’s photography is spell-bounding and creative.

Celebrities:

Being one of the most iconic photographers, he has been very popular when it comes to taking photographs of celebrities. Some of these celebrities include Angelica Houston, Alice Cooper, Cecil Beaton and Andy Warhol. The film he made for his TV station, with Andy Warhol in-fact, caused quite a lot of bad publicity due to the fact that both the men were in bed together. However, when Bailey’s TV station contract was cancelled, he returned to Vogue and continued his career in Fashion and Portrait photography.

Animals:

Bailey was a very creative person. He had many interests and one of those interests was his love for birds. Bailey loved animals and birds (especially parrots) took over his home. He had so many that even his model girlfriend Jane Shrimpton even commented saying that when she moved in with him, she was shocked by the amount of parrots that were all around his home. Another time where animals became involved with his photography is when he did a photo shoot with Alice Cooper. Alice had a pet python and was almost like it was his pride and joy. He contacted David Bailey and asked if he could come round and do a photo shoot with his pet python. The photos that were produced were of the python hanging over his shoulders and twisted towards his stomach and Cooper holding onto the python.

Abroad:

David Bailey was very popular photographer, both for his own photography and for the major popular fashion magazine, Vogue. During his career with Vogue, he became bored of taking the same fashion photographs in the same locations. Therefore, Bailey took his fashion photography abroad. He went to places such as Turkey and Egypt to take his photography. When these photos were published in Vogue magazines, the world was amazed on how brilliant the locations and the clothing were and this then encouraged readers of Vogue to not only continue to buy the magazine but also made them buy the clothes advertised and also encouraged people to travel abroad too.

Vogue:

David Bailey had a lot of success with fashion magazine sensation, Vogue, but after 15 years of being in partnership with them, it started to become at bore to him and so left. This is when David Bailey decided to work individually and for anyone or any companies that would want to pay David Bailey for his photography. David Bailey has been active for almost 60 years and is at the age of 78. He has been active since 1959 and is still active to the present day. David Bailey’s photography is impressive and Vogue were disappointed when he left because his photography was an inspiration to Vogue magazine.

 

My 35mm Film Outcomes!

When developing my photographs on my film, I had many good pictures and some that turned out not so well. Luckily, for next time, I know how to fix the problem that I had done in my first attempt of photography with 35mm film. Photos that I captured include:

  • College Campus,
  • The Market Streets,
  • An Alleyway,
  • The Fountain,
  • College Car Park,
  • Buildings,

For the photos on college campus, they turned out to be a mixture of detail and good exposure in each photo. I was happy with how my film turned out. I managed to capture some really good detail in most of my images and so when this would could to me enlarging these images, the detail would stand out more and so from this, I was happy with my 35mm film results.

I really enjoy using 35mm film cameras as they are something different to what most people use today and they are more challenging when capturing images. For example, when using a digital camera and the image comes out in a poor quality, you can delete the image from the memory and retake the image, but with a 35mm camera that is completely different. With a 35mm camera, if you take a photo, you do not know what the result will be like until you have developed it. I think that 35mm cameras are better to use because its very technical and digital cameras are not that technical as they pretty much do the different settings for you. Below, is my contact sheet of all of my 35mm film results:

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My Pinhole Photography Outcomes!

I took many Pinhole Photos and some came out terribly, some were not that bad, some came out quite good.

Not-So-Good Pinhole Photos:

For this image, I timed it at 30 seconds as that was the recommended maximum time to reveal light into my pinhole camera so I decided to try it at this first. I then took it to be developed and this was my result. Unfortuantly, it didn’t come out very well. However, I believe that the wobbly line towards the middle of the image shows where the light is from where i was taking the photo which was out of a window. The lighter part of the image could show how the image was where hardly light was getting to it and this could be because of my positioning of the Pinhole camera. The darker part of the camera could show how the light was getting to the camera but the fact it came out like this shows that there was enough light but too much time of the light being exposed.

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For this image, it was pretty much the same as the previous image. However, I did change what I did. When taking this image, I was in a dimmer location than pointing the camera out of the window. Instead, I was pointing it towards a window but was stood in the middle of a corridor. This was the result. I believe that this was the result because, although I had it facing the window from a certain distance. The light was obviously was exposed too much and so the outcome was this. Yet again, I took the image for 30 seconds so I knew that for my next images, I was to shorten the timing of the taking of the photo to around 20 seconds and then see the outcome from that before making another decision.

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A-Little-Better Pinhole Photos:

For this image, I took it at 20 seconds and this was just a few steps away from a window so I was still quite close to it. The outcome below was not bad but was still exposed too much. However, within this image you can still see where the edge of the window is and where the actual glass pane is. From this, I knew that if taking this image again then i would know to do it for a lower time due to the fact that it would have a less exposure of light therefore, capturing the image at a correct exposure.

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For this image, I was taking a photo of a corridor but I was facing away from the window . I remember a pair of double doors. Each with a window on them. I focused the camera on those doors for 20 seconds and got this result. I was happy with the fact that I had captured a better shape of an object and this also helped me to understand the different time periods of light in different lighted areas. Another thing which it showed me was that I would need more balance and to use some sort of tripod to help balance the camera. Without the tripod holding the camera still the photo would come out like this. Although I believe this, I am still happy with the result of this image. img_2964

 

Best Pinhole Photography Photos:

For this image, I took this on the stairs outside my classroom and I think that it is a better result than my previous image. I took it for 10 seconds and so this is why the windows (which are shown as black) are more visible than anything else. Also, around the windows you can see the frames which are just marked slightly. This image helped me to understand my timings but it also showed me that I need to manage the lighting of the images I’m taking. For example, make sure the lighting and timing work well together. Overall, I believe that this is one of the best pinhole photographs that I have captured.

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For this image, I took it in the same place as the previous image. This time, I made sure that I had considered the timing and lighting of the image to get it correct. Although it does look similar to the previous image. One thing I am proud of is the fact that I have managed to capture the bars on the windows and because of this, this is my best image eve thought I only managed to capture the window within the image. However, when I do pinhole photography next time, I will try different areas and try to capture images of better scenery such as outside the building.

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