Underneath is my powerpoint presentation that has my final images for this task.
This presentation went well, I got positive feedback and constructive feedback that I have taken on board and will use the skills learned in the future.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In todays session we had a practical that require us to capture images of a defendant who was entering court. For reasons we couldn’t actually go down to courts and take real images of defendants so we set up a fake shoot out side of HSAD.
Before we went out to do the shoot i made sure the camera settings were properly set up. This meant i had to go into the menu, making sure the image quality was set to large and changed it from raw to a JPEG setting.
When actually doing the shoot it didn’t go exactly to plan. The images were pure white, this was because the shutter speed was open to long meaning lots of light got into the images. To avoid this happening again i will take a few shots before the subject arrived – more preparation time. This would minimalise the chances of this happening. I was disappointed with the results, however from this i know understand how important preparation is and how camera set ups have an effect on the overall project. Everybody has bad days, this was definitely mine.
These where the bad images
This was a good example from a member of the group. If my shutter speed was faster it would have caught something similar to this. The defendant appears to be hiding his face at the side where more photographers were at. this could symbolise that he is ashamed and mot wanting face shots. Because we where at the alternative side this allowed, the photographer to capture the face profile. The defendant has his head down which could imply he is guilty. I believe Danielle’s image was the best of the day as it had the subject mainly in focus and not the background. Also the image shows interest as other photographers appear to be wanting a good shot.
In todays session the tutor went over the camera settings that we should follow in order to take a high standard image. We all was issued with a camera checklist, this is important for me to follow as a practitioner as the tutor knows what to do, in order to take a professional image and as I am not an experienced photographer, guidance is always useful. This is good skills to have as this will help me produce better quality images. Also when writing articles and other things I could use my photography skills to make my articles to have more impact and visual aid.
These are some of the things what was recapped:
when i have to write some feedback on others photographs this checklist can help me realise what may have happened to the image. Also using the methods we learned in a previous session about describe, techniques, what is good and what i dislike about the image.
When taking my images for my project, I will follow the tips I am given however, as I am doing about sports I might need to change these settings away from what’s advised in order for me to capture the shot I require. I will be using a Canon 60D SLR Camera, taking a tripod but not sure if I will use it yet. In the images I want to adopt some of the key compositional elements seen within photography.
In today’s session, as a group we discussed the importance of aperture and how the angles in which we take an image can change the whole tone, distance and professionalism of the image. Aperture is a massive part of the exposure calculation, when taking my own images I will have to consider this as it will have a great impact on whether the image is of a high professional quality. With the aperture restricting the amount of light entering the lens and image can become over exposed or under exposed. For my images, I have to make sure I have the right light balance as it changes the appearance of an image. Today, I learnt that the F.stop number refers to thickness of the black shutters within the camera which is there to blocking out certain amounts of light. As the aperture gets smaller there will be more depth, When the hole if restricted the light gets more focused. This means that as a practitioner I can decide what I want in focus and get rid of distractions if you want.
in these images i change the F.stop to create and develop different scenarios. in the first image on the left the camera focuses more on the right hand side hedge. The rest of the image seems much more in the distance and became blurry. The camera settings was set up on F3.2 and the image on the right is all in focus which doesn’t draw the eye into a specify point in the image, this looks much more basic and not as interesting. this image was taken at F8.
Angle of View, Occurs when using different lenses or the zoom feature. From participating in the practical I noticed when I used a wide angle lens with an aperture of f.stop 5.6, the subject can become distorted and will make things look further away than they are. The internal parts of the lens change the angle of the light being captured. The angle of the light when taking my own images is important as I can manipulate the surrounding area and make things appear further away or closer the the lens. to show my understanding i had experimented whist out and about. See the images below
In the image on the left it is a lot you can see a lot more background, the pole seems further away and the ducks near the pond. By changing the angle of view it makes the image on the right appear much more sharper in the face and makes the background appear closer to my subject. I personal like this technique as you can create an illusion to the viewer and they would be no of the wiser. it also helps to take something not so good into focusing much more on the main focus point and not on the background as much. another really good example was the images below, these was taken when we were doing the practical, however our tutor David took these to give a few of us in the group more of an insight into the impact and change it can have on an image. i personally prefer the image on the right as the face doesn’t appear as elongated and there is less background seen within the image and appears much closer to what it actually was. Also i believe it has more appeal as it is much more pleasant to look at as the subject is much sharper.