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.
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.
The aim of this shoot was to capture different expressions upon a persons face to see if I could link it into my project work.
I set up the studio and positioned my models in the same way. I presented them a prop (Christmas Hat) and began having a general conversation with them telling them lies and truths about the hat and also making them laugh. Due to this engagement I managed to capture different expressions from each model.
The overall quality of the images has helped me solve the problem i have been having with kit. I used the Cannon 650D instead of my Nikon D3200 and also used a tripod, so there was no camera shake or moving of framing. The images are sharp and focused. I am happy with the overall aesthetic of them. They look like fashion images which represents my interest within the area. I’d like to continue testing this theme throughout my project work to see whether or not it transforms the images and gives them something extra to look at and to convey the meaning and my interests.
Throughout this semester I have managed to develop as a person and a photographer. I have managed to develop my skills which allow me to express myself, my ideas and my work more professionally.
From the class tasks I have learnt how concept is a key part within photography. I now know how to conceptualise any object or words and what it takes to do this. After taking part in these activities I have managed to develop them further by choosing my own objects and conceptualising them myself. Knowing how to do this helps me as a photographer. It means I can expand upon the ideas I have as a photographer and allows me to tackle any problem upon a shoot by been able to think openly and imaginatively.
Producing a self-portrait helped me develop as a person and a photographer. It boosted my confidence, I had to look deeply at myself as a person and as a photographer, I had to narrow myself down in to one simple shot on how I want people to look at me. This was the biggest development I made this semester. It allowed me to take control, plan and research and also develop my strengths and weaknesses. Which has helped me take control and develop as a photographer working within a wider commercial context. It helped me develop skills with lighting, planning a shoot, control the model and scene and identifying with myself, a huge confidence booster.
The Julia Fullerton Batten Workshop helped me understand how lighting/props and creating a scenario within your images is a huge factor as it draws in the audience and it is how your work will be noticed. Make it different, stand out, unique.
This workshop also helped me develop my weakness of learning new skills as a photographer. I am now more informed about different lights which can be used within photography/film and how they work and what they do.
Overall all these tasks throughout the semester has helped me develop and strengthen as a person and a photographer and are one of the main reasons my proposal project developed successfully as I managed to incorporate all this information and pursue it within my project. They also helped me develop as a photographer as they pushed me to work upon commercial jobs and collaborate with models and make-up artists. This is a huge step for me and my confidence. I enjoyed these jobs and collaborating with other users and it is something I want to pursue within my future as a photographer.
The aim of this task was to continue my development within my no-daylight brief by capturing characteristics by drawing with light.
This was a successful and unsuccessful shoot. I have recently found it difficult to continue my development due to weather conditions. However i did manage to get back outside for this shoot. I much prefer the exposure of the sparkler to the LED light as more colour is captured by the burning fire work and more movement is captured creating the visible characteristics of the person. However looking back at these images and my past shoots whereby i have chosen to ask the models to explore their characteristics through movement of the light source i have noticed that it is not characteristics i am capturing it is expression, also the images are beginning to look slightly similar; this is due to the usage of the same light sources and models. I am disappointed by these problems however i have had to use who was available when the weather was within a workable condition for health and safety terms.
If i was to shoot these images again i would like to have a wider area to shoot within. A field space for example and use of a wide angle lens and a much longer exposure of maybe 3 minutes (around average time of a burning sparkler) i believe this would allow me to capture the true expressions/characteristics of my models as they would have more space to move around in and also more space to set themselves free.
Overall i am happy with the images i have captured, they have developed from my last shoot with sparklers. They express the model and have an artistic edge to them. The colours are bright due to the exposure of the image.