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.