External Job – Cheeky Sew and Sew (Product Photographs)
This job (the client) requires product images of her handmade garments (various products – clothes – belts – Ipad covers) for her website. We are providing the client with full size and web sized files (unpaid job, but credited). I worked on this job within a group, I have focused on the product photographs.
Within the studio (2 of us) used a large cover and smaller cove to photograph the products upon. We evenly lit the backdrop and used a large light source to light the products, we added in large white reflectors at either side to add detail to the side of the products (photographed upon a mannequin). We used Cannon camera software and Capture One throughout this shoot.
Overall we are happy with the outcome of the images. Looking at the unedited files (below) all the images have a strong consistency (which will sit well next to each other upon website page). The products themselves are easy to look at (good for consumer). We are going to edit these pictures using the colour range processes (used in previous jobs, worked efficiently) the backgrounds need tidying up and making pure white.
This has being a great learning experience for myself as it is the first time i have photographed clothing, i have learnt how to light the products and the best way to photograph them (using the software we used). I am now aware that due to creases which develop within the clothes you may need a steamer on hand (however in this case – handmade garments and didn’t have permission from client – managed to photograph as little creases as possible). Fortunately due to previous jobs i have done i am confident that the editing for this job will be much for efficient.
Throughout my project I have been collaborating with make-up artists and photographing everyday people. I have built a relationship with the make-up artists and we are supporting each other within our works, building up networking connections which will be useful for the future.
Below are some photographs I took for a make-up artists final project. The project was based on a theme of different eras (1960s). I photographed the model on a black backdrop using a beauty dish, taking a various amount of photos at different angles and with and without a jacket. I selected the strongest images and made some editing alterations for the make-up artist.
I would have liked more time in order to direct the model further (look more confident/feel more confident) and experiment with different lighting (backgrounds/light sources).
The make-up artist is happy with the overall images.
External Job – The Great British Deli (Product Shots)
Joyce Neil, owner of The Great British Deli, was referred to me through owner of Cheeky sew and sew (another external opportunity). She required product photographs for her website. I invited another photographer, a peer from my studies to help with the job as he has more knowledge within the area due to product shots been his main focus of photography. I have been coordinating with Joyce discussing details and making arrangements.The photographs were taken upon location within the shop itself, there was a misunderstanding with what products we thought we would be photographing however this allowed us to express our professionalism and adapt to the situation. Between us we have edited all the photographs (80+), resized them for web and passed them back on to Joyce. She has paid us a small fee for the work and we are planning to work together in the future.
From this opportunity I have learnt that communication is a key element to working professionally. Knowing exactly what you are photographing, how much you are photographing and the location you are photographing in will keep you organised, efficient and professional on the job. As well as this you must be aware of the job load you have taken on (daily job/processing time/final touches), be realistic with the time scale you can complete the job in.
Sharing and discussing your work is a key element to help develop as a photographer. Therefore entering your work in to competitions which have the potential to get you noticed is a good way to start. I have been browsing competitions to enter my work in to I have entered is the AOP student awards competition. This is a relevant competition for me to enter as the AOP is a fashion and commercial based association. If the images I entered are successful it will obtain me with greater networking opportunities within my desired area of photography. The category which I entered is described as follows;
‘People: covers any form of people-photography from portraiture to street photography, photojournalism and beyond. It is an opportunity to make visual comments about the human race and it’s ways.’ (AOP, 2016).
Looking at the elements of the category I believe this to be the perfect way to share my project work, adding in images which represent how consumers follow trends which they are told are fashionable, as these images express my visual comments on the human race and their need to be accepted and beautiful.
I was contacted by a local dance school teacher to work collaboratively and take photographs of her 15th anniversary dance show.
After meeting and discussing the roles we can both play it was decided that i would photograph the dancers within their costumes back stage as the main photography aspects and then photograph certain dances upon the floor. As well as this we arranged a selling option of images where be both make a percentage.
I wrote up a contract between me and the client stating what will happen on the day and the percentage we will both take. As well as this I wrote up a price list for both prints and digital images to sell and a model release form/contract for parents of the dancers to sign or the dancers themselves and finally an order form for the buyers to fill out.
It was agreed that I would take the images and bring them back to the client for her to push sales of. Then once release forms had been signed and order forms filled I would collect the forms and get the stuff printed or put on disks. Once established with parents are happy for us both to use the images i will them give the client the files to use for websites and social media.
I am currently waiting for the forms back to finish off the job.
Overall I have learnt a lot from this job. This is the second event that I have photographed. I attended the event prepared for the day. I had several memory cards with me for protection of usage in case any failed or got full. However I ended up using one per act. I also took my laptop and hard drive along to copy images over once shot in between breaks to keep images save. This was helpful as it kept the files save and also saved a job later on within time aspects. As well as this I took 3 cameras along. I have been having trouble with my kit therefore I borrowed a Cannon 650D from stores at uni along with 2 speed lights. I took these along as well as a camera I have borrowed from a friend which works in correspondence with my own lenses and flash gun and I also took my old kit which is slightly faulty just in case. Finally I also had a light stand and pop up soft box with me. They provided a white sheet against a wall to shoot against.
Been prepared gave me confidence. I had everything set up to go and I only used the cannon kit and two speed lights. Unfortunately the sheet provided was white, creased and see-through. Therefore I shot in raw in case I needed to up the exposer or edit out the marks.
There was 32 children of different ages to photograph and all within quick time scales due to outfit changes. I positioned them for single portraits and group portraits. I am happy with the work and hope that it sells and brings me more opportunities along the line.
Due to not yet having permission to publish images I cannot post them up therefore you will find a copy on a contact sheet within outcome 3. Also copies of contracts and documents formed in outcomes 2/3 of folder.
Working with the class/group and collaborating through the Art school, we worked with the first year Media Make-up students. We photographed over a 2 day period photographing images to meet their brief assignment. In groups we set up studio cove so that all lighting settings and composition was the same. We did this both days by metering and moving the lights and by use of a tripod and a stool.
In turns we photographed each make-up look as it was ready on the day, one after the other. On the second day we took the information of the make-up artists and the models (they modelled for each other) we got them to write down their email. We then asked their tutor for the names of the artists and models for each photographer. All the information got muddled up however we managed to sort through the emails and pass the images on.
Upon the second day we selected the best images of each shoot and sent the original files straight to their tutor through we transfer for assessment. We then went home and all chose our favourite images, edited them up and sent them off to the right people.
I photographed 4 different looks. The theme was based around fairies. For each look I selected the best 5 images to give to the artists. I touched up any small adjustments like lose hairs within the air. I gave the artists and the models the images with and without watermarks and sent the files to them through We Transfer. Within email I stated that I asked for credit when posting the images and that they do not edit or alter the images themselves as it may tarnish my reputation.
Overall I believe the shoot went well, due to the models been the make-up artists themselves they were shy and nervous therefore I made sure they were comfortable and made them pose simply, just by tilting their heads, lifting their shoulders, and looking within different directions.
I am happy with the outcome of the images and enjoy working on creative collaborations. I gave my information/business cards to the artists and will hopefully be working together within the future.
Working with make up artist and taking part in Photography workshop
I was contacted by a Make-up artist studying in her 3rd year at the collage. We arranged a date and time for the shoot – Photographing her make up ideas for her studies. We exchanged emails of her ideas and what style of images she wanted.
The first look – the MUA wanted an editorial style image, cropped, close ups. Taking this in to consideration i decided to sit the model down and use a beauty dish, this allowed for a dark background and only the model to be lit in detail. I started off using a tripod and 135mm lens however i struggled to get the close up cropped images with this method. I then went free hand. We also added in a large black flag behind the model to darken the background so that it was black and not dark grey in order to enhance the make-up colours. I begin photographing the model from the side and at different angles and getting her to look in different directions. Looking over the images I found that they are not all as sharp and focused as well as I thought they were, I need to work on focusing correctly and not letting camera shake affect me working free hand.
The second look – This was not the look the MUA intended to create however she improvised, due to it been a bright coloured look i decided to light the background up now as well, having a soft grey/white background will emphasise the colour of the make-up. I also added in a reflector (silver) as it added a glow to the models skin and added an airbrushed/smooth affect over it also. I photographed in different angles and styles again and changed from a soft grey to a brighter white background. I used the Cannon 5D mark III for this look and found having more range with the lens worked better and the quality of the images is much stronger. However when looking at the images i noticed some of the eyes aren’t focused due to having to focus on both eyes separately.
Overall I am happy with the images I produced and so is the make-up artist. I have learnt that I need to have more option with lens lengths in order to capture different angles. I need to work upon my focus/sharpness as well as camera shake, and potentially practice using other camera kits to see how they work and if I can solve the problems with them (use Cannon 5D mark III and work out how to focus on both eyes separately.
Whilst I did this shoot, the Studio was also booked out to deliver a Photography Workshop to show potential degree students what equipment is available to them. I had them watching me work and direct the shoot and also got them engaging with the light set up I had used, use of reflectors and was also answering questions they had about the course and photography. I found I had more knowledge on lighting set ups and the effects of reflectors and how to position the models than I thought.