Creating Website logo

Today, in a group chat with the people who turned up, it was identified that we still needed a logo for the name and byline of the website. I volunteered to do some designs for this because I enjoy the creative side of the course. Also with me having time off recently for ill health and my surgery, I wanted to show that I am back and ready to step up and work as a part of the team.

The agreed name of the website is: “Out of the Shadows” and the byline is: “Shining light on Modern Day Slavery.”

When creating this logo I know that it has to reflect that of a professional standard and has to also reflect the brand identity of the site. This will help to draw people to stay on the site and deem it as a highly well designed and thought out. Professionalism is key as it then makes the audience see content as reliable.

Whilst I know the text that has to be included in the logo, I am not entirely convinced on how the layout should look. To help me narrow down on a few different designs I roughly sketched on a piece of paper some ideas.

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Once I was satisfied with three designs I then started to build digital versions. This will help me to see what works and what doesn’t. Also, it gives the group more designs to choose from. To build the digital versions I will and am still going to use Adobe Photoshop as this is a great tool and I have previous knowledge of the software.

For the first design, I wanted to create a spotlight effect. In order for me to do this, I referred back to old notes and spoke to Dave Eccles who taught me in the first year. He explained the steps that I needed to do and this really helped to refresh my memory. As he spoke I made notes in order for me to remember everything so I didn’t make a mistake.

Here is how you create a spotlight effect

Step 1: set up a blank document with a black background. set the canvas to 10 by 6 and 75 dpi. This can alter depending on the size of the file required.

Step 2: create a new blank layer, with that layer selected then click on the rectangular marquee tool. With this draw, a narrow selection in the middle of the canvas but all the was down to the bottom of the canvas. After this either click Shift and Delete (mac) or Shift and backspace if you’re using a windows system. this brings up the fill palette, set this to 50% grey and click ok.

Step 3: Go to the filters drop down menu and hover over render then select fibres. The fibres tab will appear. zoom the rectangle image out to 33 % so you can see the fill image set the variance to 4 and the strength to 30 then click ok.

Step 4: Next open the levels tab and the 3 points change to 16- 1.00- 138 then click okay. This will help with the contrast.

Step 5: After that go to the filter menu go down to blur then click on motion blur set this to 90 degrees up and down and set the distance at 250 pixels. click ok then add a layer mask onto the layer. use the gradient tool and in the pallet pick the 2nd item in the first row. This is the foreground to transparency. Set the colour to black.  Press Shift and drag from the top of the rectangle downwards. Now you can delete the layer mask and click apply because that will keep what you have done on the actual layer itself.

Step 6: Press command, control and t and rotate the object to a make it angled off the corner of the page. whilst still highlighted click control and right click then pick the option to distort. push and pull the points to make it closer together at the edge of the page and open up the other points to represent that of a light beam.

Step 7: click control and the hue and saturation option the tab will open up. tick the box that says colourise and slide the points across until you get the colour that you want.

Step 8: create a round element by selecting the elliptical marquee tool and create a narrow oval shape. This shows the bounce of the beam on the floor.

Here are my efforts

The next design was more simple to create but still had a few steps, this time I wanted to use thicker text and smoke.

For the font of the text, I used Haettenschweiler. I thought it was bold and it makes a statement and was easy to read for the audience. Next, I wanted to use smoke but that is something I wasn’t sure how to create so i used an image from Creative Commons which is a royalty free site. This protects me and the project from legal issues with plagarism and copyrights.

The image was set as the background and I duplicated this layer and placed it higher the text layers as I wanted the image through the white text. To do this you go to layer create clipping mask. This has been successful on two words but having issues with the two other words I want the same. I don’t know what the issue is so I will ask Dave when i next see him around HSAD.

Here is my attempt so far


Reflection on Don McCullin

As I was unable to attend the session as I had a hospital appointment, I was sent the PowerPoint presentation that was used in the session. In this PowerPoint it had links to YouTube videos. We all were expected to watch the links.

The documentary was really insightful as Don McCullin openly talks about the effects of his job role and from a personal level. He also explained the emotional challenges when having to photograph hard news. Some of the things he referred to was how it affected him emotionally and mentally. He knew full well that he would have to see some of the most tragic and upsetting scene in his line of work.

McCullin said  “photography for me is not looking, its feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

I did further research into Don McCullin’s and came across one of his books: Don McCullin (2003). When reading the book it set the scene about don McCullin and his home life then moved onto the different conflicts and wars. There were passages from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Beirut. I believe that McCullin when writing this book focused on the humanity aspect and throughout the majority of his work. In the book it showcased a large amounts of his photography work. The images I thought were quite disturbing and showcased the harsh reality of war. McCullin’s work is extraordinary as he was one of the first photojournalists to capture photographs the ways he did. His work draws viewers in and makes them connect with what’s going on in the image.

One of the images that caught my eye was;

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This image is so powerful, it really shows suffering and the mind-sets of the solider. This image to me shows the solider is dead behind the eyes. The emotions are very reserved, but at the same time showcase fear, sadness and so much more. I really like the negative space over the soldier’s right shoulder, it has a very faint outline of what looks to be a tank. It makes the danger seem incredibly close.


McCullin’s career began in 1959, he specialized in examining the dark side of society, from conflicts, poverty/ the third world countries and death. One of the most interesting facts I learned about him was that in 1968 when he was out doing his work, a gunman shot a bullet aiming for McCullin however, his Nikon camera stopped a bullet intended for him. He also has been awarded a number of awards for his photography.

I think by reading the content on the PowerPoint and conducting independent research on Don McCullin it is really humbling to hear and see some of the situations he was involved in. by listening to a professional it has opened my eyes. I don’t think me as a journalist would be able to cope with this line of work. I am too emotional and as I have a disability am at a disadvantage in this area.

War and conflicts are so important and it is cruel that there are people out there like McCullin, to capture and tell the events to viewers. Viewers will never really understand the enormity of the situation but images can speak millions of words. I truly am taken back by McCullin’s work as there is so much depth and skill. Most of McCullin’s work is in Black and White this helps to increase the level of depth. Grey scale makes viewers look at the whole image and not just the main focal point. A lot of the images feature people looking directly towards the camera, this increase the human quality and increase the emotion and connects with the viewer.



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.


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.





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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Information Graphics Statement of Intent

After, conducting relevant research to the task. I then had to come up with a theme/topic to focus on for me to make my own infographics. This was an opportunity to mould the task to my interests which is Sports – Disability Sports. I collected lots of different types of research to help me with facts and statistics for this task.


The topic choice I picked for my assignment is to look at the results of the 2012 London Paralympics and how different countries did in terms of talent and how many athletes they brought over to compete.

For this task the research will be collated an made into different images, short and snappy statistics or sentences. Also into charts, graphs ect. However, putting my own spin on them to make them something more advanced, in comparison to the everyday simple ones that can be seen.

I have decided to use the colours of the nations within the images and the background presented on to be (Black). This is because it will look more formal and will help to make the colours pop on the page. It also will make  it look clean and professional. The font colours will be (White and Yellow) this is to contrast and juxtapose the background, making it stand off the page.

finally, I will try out different things, to see if they work and if they don’t and identify what i can do in order for it to be better and give the audience a good experience. Things, I have to consider: What is the best data? What will the audience want to know? What may be important for the audience to know? What is the best ways to present the data? By considering all this i will then be able to make something that will be of a high standard.


Reflection and Recap of Camera Settings

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:

  • Start with checking which camera you need
  • Might it be best to take a tripod just in case you find you do need one
  • Don’t forget to check for a memory card! Very important!
  • Cables and batteries- these can be borrowed from stores if i haven’t got the right ones
  • Make sure your camera is set to JPEG:
  • On the 60d check the quality option
  • You can use raw but can be difficult for others to open so it is best to turn it off
  • Set the camera to large JPEG – these have loads of pixels
  • ISO sensitivity – we were advised to Set it as auto – under the orange menu on the 60d
  • Exposure should usually be at 0 (although i can change it if i think it is necessary) i can also lock the exposure wheel with the button underneath it to make sure that I will not change it by mistake
  • Sometimes if the image has come out blurry make sure you have not caught the wheel and changed the setting to MF (manual focus)
  • Then check the shutter speed if it is a blurry image – if I haven’t got a tripod I can use a steady surface (such as a table) if there is a long shutter speed although a tripod would be best
  • Use the AV, TV, or P setting

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.

Reflection -Aperture and Angle of View

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.

Reflection- Camera Angle

In a recent session, we looked at the different types of camera angles that can be used when filming something. It means that you could capture a subject showing different aspects to highlight, importance. When creating anything using footage it is important as an editor to change up the shots frequently as the audience will get bored and lose interest. We also looked at how different angles can convey specific things and can create a different emotion.

Some of the shots we looked at as a group was:

  • Wide shot or establishing shot
  • Full shot
  • Mid shot
  • Close-ups: straight on, side on
  • Extreme close-up
  • Dutch shot – creates unease
  • Lower angle shot – convey superiority
  • High angle – viewer in control
  • Pan shot
  • Cut in
  • Over the head – looking at something
  • Tilt
  • Dolly zoom
  • Over shoulder
  • POV shots (point of view)
  • Aerial shots

Rule of thirds is another compositional technique seen within a lot of photography it is where the image is divided into a 3 x 3 grid hypothetically. If I was to interview someone and wanted to use the technique then ideally, the subject should be positioned on the 3rd line.

When looking at the ‘Golden ratio’ I thought it was really intriguing as it is just a hidden swirl within an image. This swirl line draws your eye in to a certain place within the image generally where the action is or the focal point within the image. I found that some of the images we looked at made me feel uneasy as people manipulate and change the position of the ‘Golden rule’. This can be done intentionally. Learning about the ‘Golden rule’ will help me as a practitioner of my own work. Especially, when thinking about the composition of an image or piece of footage. I could use this technique to draw the viewers eye in or make a sense a little unsettling. This will only work in some cases.

Lighting is incredibly important with any filming or photography as it can under light or over light and area or subject. We were introduced to the 3-point lighting of an area or subject. This was nothing new to me as I had to use this technique on my previous course. The light sources should be:

  • One behind the subject at an angle
  • One in front of the subject at an angle
  • One on a 45° angle to highlight

The session was really useful as it reminded me of the key things and reminded me of my own knowledge and refreshed the memory also reminded me how i can use all these techniques when later doing projects and assignments. All in order to get the best out of what i can do.