Assignment One: Workflow

This assignment is about developing a personal and effective workflow and using it on a themed assignment of my own devising. Although the assignment suggested I worked in a field of photography in which I felt comfortable, I had the opportunity to do some street photography and wanted to use this as a vehicle for this first assignment. (more…)

JPEG vs TIFF vs RAW

One of the first things my tutor said to me when I embarked on Digital Photographic Practice was always to shoot in RAW. I can honestly say that I have never set my camera to RAW so I suppose now is the time to try. I realise it is covered in the course in part three but I thought I might research it beforehand and try to understand better the file formats available and their relative pros and cons. (more…)

Jeff Wall

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A photographer whose name always seems to be cropping up at the moment is Jeff Wall.

Described by the Tate Modern as “…one of the most intriguing and influential artists working today”, Wall is best known for his grand back-lit tableaux. These are large in every sense of the word; they take up a lot of wall space (up to 2m x 3m), they are grand in conception and they are a long time in the making. (more…)

Project: Editing

This project required using a set of recently shot images, numbering at least 50 and following a rigorous process to whittle them down to just 2. I had recently visited Rome and had collected an extensive portfolio. It is a city with an extensive collection of statues and fountains, so I chose the fountains as a suitable subject for the exercise. (more…)

Study Visit: Light from the Middle East and Laura Letinsky

Light from the Middle East

It’s an impressive task to attempt to encapsulate the photography of an entire region in one exhibition. In the introductory wording on the V and A’s web site:

Light from the Middle East: New Photography presents work by artists from across the Middle East (spanning North Africa to Central Asia), living in the region and in diaspora.

The exhibition explores the ways in which these artists investigate the language and techniques of photography. Some use the camera to record or bear witness, while others subvert that process to reveal how surprisingly unreliable a photograph can be. The works range from documentary photographs and highly staged tableaux to images manipulated beyond recognition. The variety of approaches is appropriate to the complexities of a vast and diverse region.

Light from the Middle East is divided into three sections, Recording, Reframing and Resisting, each of which focuses on a different approach to the medium of photography.” (more…)

Project: A Sequence of Actions, Histogram

What is a histogram? At its simplest, it is the graphical representation of the distribution of tones across an image. Cambridge in Colour (http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/histograms1.htm) considers it one of most important tools in digital photography; “A histogram can tell you whether or not your image has been properly exposed, whether the lighting is harsh or flat, and what adjustments will work best.” It’s so useful it’s important to understand. (more…)

Project: A Sequence of Actions, Your Own Workflow 2

Whereas the previous exercise was for a defined assignment, this was more open-ended. The location and subject were not defined, the number of shots were not limited and unpredictable and the time available would remain flexible. There could be a possibiity of revisiting the assignment at a later date. (more…)

Project: A Sequence of Actions, Your Own Workflow 1

The object of this exercise was to develop my own workflow for a portrait session where the time (and presumably the dmodel’s patience) are limited. The brief requires a final one or two images and suggests that the outcome of the shoot should be around 20 images that have been refined for composition during the shoot. (more…)