These are my photomontages for hidden Nottingham that we were told to upload to the blog.
I had to chose 6 photos rather than 5 cause I like all of them.
During this assignment I have learnt a lot for example I have learnt to plan my photo ideas on the day I take them rather than have them planned from a few days before. This was sort of a new skill I have adapted to as normally I would plan a few days before so I was ready but this way I had better idea generation on the day I needed to take the photos. Because of this I feel I got better photos.
I feel it has improved my photography as it has helped with my idea generation. The research has helped me find out more techniques to use in my photography. For instance I now know a lot more about the rule of thirds and composition. Also I have learned how to use depth of field effectively in macro shots and portrait shots. Which will help me in the future and not so distant future when I do my dads wedding photos. These techniques will help make them look better.
My organisational skills have increased, as I am now able to think of ideas on the day and not need to plan a lot. But sometimes I need to plan ahead for instance for the wedding this weekend.
I believe my productivity has increased as I am not wasting shots by taking a lot of photos of the same thing I am taking one or two photos of each thing rather than like 10 shots of each thing.
I can apply what I have learned to future projects by using some of the ideas in other projects like rule of thirds and depth of field to make powerful images. I could also use the ideas of thirty days in general to continue to help improve my photography on a daily.
I have chose to upload the same photo twice with different edits the original image is a bit orangey but the edited one has better white balance and captures the more natural colour of the garden and my skin colour. I like how my shadow is very dark and in focus as well to emulate my pose. I like how the shadow in both corners is slightly used as a framing technique to frame me. I like the composition as I am in the center but my shadow is slightly offset. I think the orange one is slightly wrong because it is too orangey but it still looks good, as does the edited one.
I learned that when taking self portraits using self timers and tripods you have to make sure you are in a position where you are all in focus and not to close as I experienced this a few times because the camera only focuses on the first shot then uses the same focus for the next few as I used a nine shot mode so I got quite a few that where out of focus but some good ones.
If I was to do it again I would try doing just one and getting the focus right and standing In the focus point area.
In the original photo I didn’t like it because it didn’t really show the one point perspective in the shot that it should have. Is lines weren’t brilliant they didn’t lead to anything and they weren’t really there that much only a few lines and they had gaps in between them rather than being a full line.
The new photo is better because it actually has lines that lead down the image to a vanishing point. I also like the texture in the image as you have the texture of the leaves and tomatoes.
The only thing that could have gone better is if I didn’t have the flash because it was slightly dark so needed the flash to make it lighter without having a slow shutter speed to reduce motion blur. But the flash adds a weird look to it but it is alright.
For today the subject was a line from your favourite song which in my case is Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars and my chosen line was “we were the kings and queens of promise” and to photograph this is decided to cut the letters and words out of newspapers to make the line and it makes it look like a ransom note. I like the fact the low angle of the shot as it gives a unique perspective to the image. I also like the depth of field in the image as it has slight blur on the first and last row of letters which makes the words “Kings and Queens” stand out and because that’s the title of the song it sort of emphasises that and the fact the song title is highlighted. I like the contrast in this image as it is a very high contrast image and looks really good.
I learned that there is many ways to show lyrics of a song I thought making a good song look like a bad thing as a randsom note is a good contrast of the image.
If I was to do again I might have a few different designs for the lyrics and do different lyrics as well.
I like this photo as it shows the friendship between two football legends Brian Clough and Peter Taylor and it shows their friendship cemented in stone forever to let people know about their friendship that was over most of their careers. I like the composition of the photo as it has part of the stadium in the background that adds to the meaning of them being to do with football. I like how you can see the texture of the mould on the statue. I like the fact it shows the meaning of today subject, which is friendship, and it shows the friendship that would last forever in stone.
I learned from this experiment that it doesn’t necessarily have to be actual people who are friends it could be people who where friends before they died and they’re friendship was solidified in a statue which shows a different type of friendship.
If I were to do it again I would try and emphasise their friendship even more. Also get pictures of different friendship statues and actual people friendships.
I like the natural effect in this photo because we started taking posed ones and then just went for random poses and they came out better. I actually like the bit of motion blur from the few people in the background and I like the randomness of the poses throughout the image. I like the colour of this image even though it looks a little orangey I still think it looks really good. I didn’t like the posed photos as they looked too posed and not everyone had right smile so I thought random poses would work better.
From this experiment I learned that not all posed images are that good random poses are better and capture the natural feel of the image and the people in it as it shows the family feel about each other. If I was to do it again I would do it outside so I don’t have to use slow shutters that will blur people too much.
I like the use of natural light coming in through the window to illuminate the subjects face and then making the back of the person darkened to give a cool silhouette effect. I like how the photographer has used the rule of thirds very well as it makes the viewer wonder what she is looking at out of the window. It is a very social realism photo because of the fact it looks un posed just looking outside having a cigarette.
From this I learned to use natural light as well as staged light and try to include silhouettes in the photos for different feels as well. And use social realism unposed photos to make it look better because unposed.
I like the surreal feel to this image as the head has been turned into a skull with a fake brain showing. The hard part to work out is if it is face paint a mask or a tattoo on his head. I like it because of the lighting as well because the face is fully illuminated as Is the shirt. I like the shadow on the neck line and the use of making the background dark black makes the white shirt and face stand out because of the colour contrast.
From this I can learn to experiment with different people and obviously it will be hard to find people with tattoos like this so I may have to use a mask or face paint to add surreal effects to it.
I like this photo because of the rule of thirds usage as the photographer has set the subject to the right of the image and by leaving space between the subject and the left side of the image. It makes you wonder what the subject is looking at that is in the distance. I also like the use of the fog coming from the ground which builds in amount of fog starting with not a lot in the left to a lot covering the subject in the right of the image so shows the smoke is growing.
From this photographer I learned that use of fog could be good as it adds a really cool effect to the image. I could use this in my pictures by using the rule of thirds in portraits and using fog to make the images look cool.