EVALUATION AND REFLECTION ON 15 -30 PHOTOGRAPHS

In today’s session I presented my final image to the group. Overall, I feel the task went really well as I tried to capture the movements and freeze frames within sports. Getting really positive feedback off my peers really helped me believe in my skills.

I feel this task was really interesting as the challenge to capture a high standard photographs, whilst considering the different compositional techniques. Photography is one of my interests so was fun to try and bring my interests into my project.

The feedback i was given by my peers was really useful as it allows me to understand the positives and where i could improve upon.

Some of the positive comments made:

“The presentation was really well but together and was really effective the ways the image details was displayed”.

“detailed description – Good still frame of the jet ski image”

“The black and white image stood out and I really liked it”

“encapulating, good use of shutter speeds both slow and fast”

“showed a wide range of compositional techniques”

some of the more constructive feedback:

“some of the images could be more in focus as a still image”

“The images could have been cropped in a different way to get rid of more negative space and showcase more what is going on around the action”

“Colours could have been bolder and brighter, to give more intensity to the images”

I really thought the comments where valid and I taken then on board for future images. however, some of the feedback was contrasting and juxtaposed, therefore it depends on each individuals preferences. The fact that people picked up on the range of compositional techniques made me feel proud that i could follow the techniques learned in the previous weeks. I feel there is always room for improvement and sometimes I can be my own worst critic. Holding a camera can be really tricky for me because of my disability so next time when doing a photograph using a fast shutter speed setting I will consider using a tripod. This will help to stop the unnecessary movement i got when trying to get a still image.

Finally, I agree with the constructive feedback, personally I wanted to get the images more bolder and brighter in parts and to crop the images. I am really proud overall of what I produced.

Photographs I Intend to use

For the assignment i only needed 15-30 images however, I have a really hard time choosing the best ones. Overall, I had around 150-200 images estimated to choose from. There were some really bad images and some images that were not to bad.

I ended up whitteling it down to 60 images then got stuck for choice. I still didn’t know which ones to put forward. some of the images needed to be cropped as there was lots go negative space in the image and doesn’t make a great image overall.

these are a few pictures i have cropped and make relevant colour adjustments. This could be to strip away the colour altogether which would leave the image in grey scale or make the lighting more natural instead of a horrible over saturated look.

Overall, I think it was a really hard task picking out the best images however, from learning the skills I now feel more confident in photography and believe that my images demonstrate what i have learned over the sessions. In my powerpoint i had around 15 images which I then presented to the group.

Evaluation – Research into Photographers

When I was developing my idea, for the genre of photography I was going to adopt for my project, I conducted market research to help me identify what I like and dislike about the genre and what types of different images are already out on the market.

As, I am focusing my project around sports, I thought that it was only right  to look at the different sports photographers and there work. This will help me to understand what common compositional techniques that are used with in the sports genre.

The first photographer I looked at was

Ernst Haas

From looking at his website it is clear to see that, Haas follows multiple of genres of photography. The genre I was most interested in was the motions images. This is because he uses the shutter speed settings to help create blur. This style is what i will employ in some of my own images. This style will help me to capture the sports taking place, also allowing the audience to see a different side of what sports can do. The blur can make or break an image. if there is to much then the image will become unidentifiable  to the audience so will not have the desired effect. I will play around with the shutter speed settings to see how far i should push it.

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In the image above, it is a bull fight that is identified through blur in image. This image personally is really effective as it showcase the intensity and the fast movement of both the bull and the guy. This image is still identifiable to the human eye, if the camera lens was open much longer then i feel the image would be to over exposed and not recognisable. By looking at Haas work, it has given me a idea of how i can incorporate the techniques I’ve seen in his work like the rule of thirds, depth of field and many more.

I also looked at other photographers like Christopher Martin and Mariano kamp. these use the techniques that i was trying to emulate when doing my project. which are motion blur and freeze frame photography.

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Contact sheets of all Images taken

These are my contact sheets of the images i have taken. The images range from wheelchair rugby through to basketball. some of these image i have used and edited for previous projects. In order for me to meet the brief i will pick the best 15-30 images, modify them if need be and crop/ manipulate the images. The images have been influenced by multiple of professional photographers from Ernst Haas and Christopher Martin. Not all the images turned out in as expected as the shutter speed – aperture and ISO settings where not set properly. Also the lighting on some of the images wasn’t expectable as the images came out over saturated and of a yellow/ orange colour.

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New Statement of Intent (Photography)

I have completely changed my mind on what genre of photography I was going to adopt for my project. I was going to do about the services that are around (still life photography and photo journalism) however, I thought this would have been very difficult to do as there was constraints with this. Permission was needed from the service (of choice) and the council. This would have defiantly of been a long process and especially as we have time constraints on the assignment/project, I thought that picking another style and subject would have been much more appropriate and less time consuming.

The new idea was to highlight movements in sports and the skills that are needed to play sports. (sports is a large topic, so I wanted to narrow it down to wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby). I would need to uses the techniques already learned to be able to capture the speeds of both sports. Also I have to consider the different compositional elements when taking the images.

Overall, this will be a good topic and I will fit the requirements of the brief using my skills in photography.

IPSO (The Independent Press Standards Organisation)

Who are the IPSO?

In the UK there is a  independent regulatory body for newspapers and magazines, they help to promote high professional standards within journalism and look at any concerns where there is a breach of this. To help make sure of this the Independent Press Standards Organisation, commonly known as the (IPSO) implement the editors code of practice. these are the guidelines to making sure content is accurate. When there is a breach of their editors code of practice the independent press standards Organisation takes it very seriously and deals with issues such as accuracy, invasion of privacy, intrusion into grief or shock and harassment. If IPSO deems the complaint to be correct they have to power to fine publications.

There have been many instances where the editors code of practice has been breached. For instance,

On 19 February 2015 the IPSO received a complaint about it in accurate publication that stated in young boy had Down syndrome, this was wrong as he had cerebral palsy. Newspapers did not recognise the article was inaccurate on basis that the reporters notes as a record of the conversation and therefore maintained a hand humour and correct reports. The ruling of the incident was held under the clause 1 -clause 1 looks at the accuracy issues. Under this clause is states that the press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures. The press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between,conjuncture and fact. As the press, clearly made an error they got an official warning as a breach of this clause.

It is a proven fact that things can be reported in a way which is inaccurate or biased however, by having the IPSO helps to provide protection a valid punishments to those who breach the different rulings also allowing the public to voice where they feel the press have made an error. As a journalist it is crucial that i follow the NUJ and other guidelines, this will help to protect me from reporting inaccurate information, help to protect my professionalism and make me a trustworthy person.