Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Shoot 7

OUTCOME 2
04/04/16

The aim of this shoot was to continue on from shoot 6, photographing the subjects in collaboration with two make-up artists, focusing on capturing the trends and colour impact alongside directed and empowered posing.

From this shoot I have discovered that the overall of my final images has a mixture of strongly directed poses from the subjects and a mixture of empowered poses from the subjects, some of these poses are more dominant with each individual subject (see contact sheets). When creating my typologies I am going to have to take these elements in to consideration.

The next step within my project is to get feedback on my final selected images, edit the final images and then begin creating my typologies. I need to think about how I am going to create my typologies and present them in order to identify the issues with beauty myths and its impact upon consumers.

Selected images below, not edited.

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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Shoot 6

OUTCOME 2
29/03/16
31/03/16

The aim of this shoot was to continue on from shoot 5, photographing the subjects with self-application of make-up (by me) and also more direction of posing/expression from my instructions and the models behaviour.

From this shoot I have learnt that the pose/expression of the model is just as important as the make-up trend and background colour influence (all these elements  link together). It is harder to direct people who are less confident in front of the camera (within different coloured backdrops – see contact sheet – you can see the poses/expression of the subjects becoming more empowered than directed as they became more comfortable within the situation). From this evaluation I have decided to show my next subjects previous shoot examples and pose examples as well as making them feel comfortable and getting them to act things out.

The next step within my project is to continue photographing to the strict structure (make-up trends, hair style, colour backgrounds) through continued collaborations with make-up artists and people with more direction from myself and the subjects in relation to the portrayal of the subject.

Pictures below show the expression/pose development. (Pictured unedited)

 

Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Shoot 5

OUTCOME 2
29/03/16

The aim of this shoot was to begin developing the creative ideas from test shoot 4 in order to finalise images for my project. Collaborating with a make-up artists and a model. I provided the make-up artist with a strict structure (make-up looks, hair styles, background colours) which I am shooting specifically.

Due to the problems within shoot 4, I took precautions in triple checking dates and times with the make-up artist and model. Unfortunately the make-up artist cancelled on me two days before the shoot was going to take place. With regards to the time limit, I first tried to arrange for another make-up artist, as it was short notice I was unable to do this, I therefore went and bought all the products I needed in order to create the specific trends I wanted to capture, I also informed the model and asked her to come earlier in order to give us more time (myself and a friend would be applying the make-up).

Once problems were resolved the shoot went well, using a female which is confident in front of the camera made a vast difference to posing and the overall look of the images. The confidence from the model allowed me to direct the way she posed and also allowed the model to be assertive herself (empowered). This has allowed me to interpret a range of different pose ideas for my future subjects to try and re-create/portray.

The next step within my project is to continue photographing to the strict structure (make-up trends, hair style, colour backgrounds) through continued collaborations with make-up artists and people with more direction from myself and the subjects in relation to the portrayal of the subject.

The pictures below represent this directed and empowered posing structure. (not edited)

Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Shoot 4

OUTCOME 2
20/03/16

The aim of this shoot was to develop the creative ideas from test shoot 3 in to finalised images for my project. Collaborating with make-up artists and everyday people as models. I provided the make-up artist with a strict structure (make-up looks, hair styles, background colours) which I am shooting specifically.

From this shoot I have learnt how to adapt to difficult situations, act professionally and how I want my photographs to look. The make-up artist I was due to collaborate with did not show up on the day without any correspondence or cancellation (giving me no time to cancel/re-arrange with my models), this made it difficult for me to try re-create all the looks I wanted to as the make-up would not be of the highest standard and I also didn’t have all the specified kit needed, however I attempted to create the looks to the best of my ability with the make-up products I had on hand (this meant the people which were modelling for me still got to take part in my project). This experience has taught me not to rely on people. From this I decided I would go and buy products I needed in order to create the looks in case it were to happen in the future.

In regards to how I want my photographs to look, self-application of the make-up to the subjects influenced this, applying the make-up myself (controlling the radius, contrast and impact) made me realise how important these features are and how I want them to stand out in order to convey the message. As well as the make-up I have discovered how the use of various colours adds to my narrative and the overall display of the images in regards to typologies.

The next step within my project is to continue photographing to the strict structure (make-up trends, hair style, colour backgrounds) through continued collaborations with make-up artists and people.

Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Shoot 3

OUTCOME 2
07/03/16

Fake freckles have been part of an emerging make-up trend since Spring Summer (SS)2014. Over the past 2 years it has developed from Topshop’s freckle pencil, to tattooed freckles and now to rainbow freckles.
I am going to be reamping rainbow freckles. I am going to incorporate other ongoing influential trends and create a series of images which are bold and stand out in order to show how greatly influenced consumers are by the fashion industry.

Colourful drawn on freckles
Nightly make-up appearance
Slicked back hair styles
Coloured backdrops
Cropped portraits

(pictures of evidence coming soon) (pictures for major project portfolio coming soon)
10/03/16 – Shoot commencing 

The aim of this shoot was to revamp the current trend of fake freckles and create a series of images which show how consumers follow trends. However when photographing i decided to test photographing numerous trends again like in shoot 2. I developed the fake freckles into a more colourful look and collaborated with two other trends. I photographed using a speed light and soft box facing the subject upon various coloured backdrops.

This is due to feedback from test two, discussing in regards to narrative and dissertation research; looking at new objectivity, typologies and de-personalisation in relation to adolescence themes.

I tested the trends upon different coloured backdrops in order to see which trend and composition flattered each other best. I also photographed using a speed light and soft box so that i can photograph at home in order to accommodate the subjects of my work and to be able to collaborate openly. I will be buying extra coloured card for my backdrops too add more space for posing an cropping of the images.

Overall the sharpness of the images is not as high as i would like them to be. I have been testing kit therefore this will be improved within the next shoot, as they will be finalised portfolio images. From capturing five different trends, posing with and without direction and using various coloured backdrops i have decided that i will be producing images to a strict structure. This structure will be written up and passed on to the collaborating make-up artist before Shoot 4 on 20/03/16. Each trend will be photographed on a different coloured backdrop, each trend will be photographed on all subjects and each subject will be posed the same for each trend to create consistency for potential typologies to be created.

 

Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Cut Outs

OUTCOME 1
OUTCOME 4
01/03/16

Practice for external job (product shots)
Practice for portfolio images (career choice)

Looking at how to light products (continuous lighting, white light, LED)
White backgrounds
Positioning products upon mannequins/dummies properly
Using Pen Tool to cut out
Quality of packshots

The aim of this shoot was to understand how to photograph products upon a torso. Focusing on how to position the product correctly, showing all the information that needs to be visible and making it look wearable. This means focusing on the minor details like making sure gaps between arms are equal and tags and bits of the material are visible. As well as this you must make sure you’re background it lit equally and is also as white as you can possibly get it. Following on from this you then need to light your product, making sure there is no light spilling behind the product on to the clothing (which has unfortunately happened in this case, just need to add more distance between background and torso) and finally cutting out the product to a high standard to show the final image.

This was my first time photographing on a torso. I found it difficult to photograph some products compared to others due to not having a full mannequin body. However this meant problem solving and adding in replacement arms. Now I have done this however i feel that I will be able to produce high standard pack shots with more practice no matter what I have to photograph the products on.

I enjoyed using continuous lighting for this set up. I found it easier to use due to seeing what is lit up in front of your eyes is exactly what is lit up in camera, which saves time and makes sure you are accurate. As well as this I preferred the white light affect rather than the orange tinge of flash. I find this the best lighting option for clothing especially if you have a large amount of products to photograph. It is the lighting i would like to use when i photograph for cheeky sew and sew.

I still need more practice with the pen tool. I feel comfortable using the pen tool i just need practice on slightly more precision with slight elements within my cut outs. The one below is done on my laptop at home. There are a few areas on the edges and corners which need more care taken with. I want to test using a Mac to do these cut outs and see if it’s easier to use the tool on a computer designed for editing rather than document work.

 

I want to be working within  fashion photography so I need to improve my skills within product photography. I am going to continue to practice shooting a various range of products to show I understand lighting and positioning products as well as cutting them out afterwards. So that I become comfortable and confident that I can photograph any type of product.