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Final Evaluation:

This project has been interesting due to the fact how much I have learned about Photoshop, and different countries. For my project I wanted to explore another tribe – The Inuit tribe. I wanted to also put what I had learnt about Photoshop into this assignment. Doing a model set for my shoot was interesting as I had never done something like that before, I usually take portraits. It was good to get out of my comfort zone and try something new as I now have practice in it,so if I was to do it again I would know how I could experiment with it and create a set.

The Inuit tribe to me jumped out as I found it was interesting how they are a lot different in the way they live, for example hunting and handmade clothes. Whereas someone from a country that doesn’t need to hunt or make their own clothes would find it odd or fascinating how they do it, like myself. I found it interesting that determining the weather/season their hunting techniques change. My photo shoot represents what it would be like in the summer and winter for them to hunt,as in both seasons they hunt for fish but in the winter it is a lot harder for them, as the ice is thicker so they can’t break through it as easily, as they would be able to in the summer. My photo that represents the winter months is with the haze around the man.

My inspiration for my shoot was Slinkachu, as I wanted to create a scene using a miniature figure in a big environment.The more I researched about him the more I found it interesting how he does it and where he does it. I also liked how he took a series of images of the set up he had created and then took a photo without a macro lens to show where it actually is and how small it is. I put my own twist on one of the photos as I wanted to experiment with Photoshop more,more than what I would have done if I was to do a portrait. This shoot made it possible for me to try new techniques on photoshop,things I had never done before.  My other inspiration was Jimmy Nelson as he had done shoots with many tribes for his foundation. One of his shoots was bases on the Nenet Tribe, who are similar to the Inuit Tribe. I started my research on the Inuit tribe due to researching Jimmy Nelson beforehand. I wanted to research a tribe due to them having different ways from everyone else. I feel like I had researched into depth for my idea, however I feel like I could have researched some else who photographed people from tribes so I had a wider knowledge and view on how they photographed them.

My ideas developed because I wasn’t originally going to expand on the Photoshop that was needed to create one of the three photos. My idea had always been the Inuit Tribe as I found them interesting and I wanted to explore them more. I also wanted to create something different from what Jimmy Nelson had done, as he takes portraits of the tribes he photographs, I wanted to use still life and put a 3D element into it.

I improved on my english and maths skills during this project due to the 500 word pamphlet that we had to create about a non western artist. The pamphlet had to include 500 words and statistics. I also used maths whilst doing the set up for the shoot, using a light metre and working out what aperture to have the camera on ect. The english skills is on going in this project as we had to write evaluations for everything we had done and how we had done it.

I learnt new Photoshop techniques whilst doing this project due to the lectures we had received on them, I also watched a few YouTube tutorials to show me how to do certain things in more depth. This did push me to try new things as I hadn’t done/learnt the photoshop I had during this project whilst I was at school, or just in general I had never done them. I also had never done a still life using model figures before, which was a task at first as I didn’t know how to set them up or how I could make them stay in the same position. I also pushed myself to use a macro lens as I wanted to experiment with the shots I wanted to take. This wasn’t the first time using the macro lens as I had used it for the food shoot. I wanted to use it for the final images due to the focus and closeness it creates. It made the figure look normal in the set which I wanted to create, as I had seen it in Slinkachu’s  work.

For the character development chart I would say I need to improve on PEOPLE as I don’t interact with people,other than group crit ect.

I think I managed my stress levels well due to my planning and research that I had done. The planning I had done had helped me know how I was going to execute my shoot. My time planning helped me reach the deadlines on time with everything completed,with no unnecessary panic. Attendance was important to this project as every session we learnt something new.

I feel like I put a lot of effort into my work due to me trying to new things and experimenting a lot more. The research and practicing for this project took most of my time due to having to know a lot about the Inuit Tribe and the way they live.

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Personally I feel like I have met the brief due to the 3D aspect and cultural feel about my shoot. The 3D aspect was hard to achieve as at first when being briefed on the brief I had no idea what to do. But after researching different photographers it made my idea easy to follow and commit to.

This project was good as I got to learn new photographers who focus their work on stereotypes and how they overcome them. I also learnt stereotypes people encounter everyday and how it affects them emotionally. I found this really interesting as I new stereotypes people encounter in their lives, but I didn’t realise that people who look different get stereotyped so bad by other people. The cosmetic retouching was something that I didn’t really understand why companies actually do it.What didn’t make sense to me was how they picked that model to photograph but would change them into something they are not. For example changing their head shape and the shape of their body. However I do agree with getting rid of something they are insecure about, such as spots or scars they have. This would make them feel better about themselves.

 

Final Images:

These are my final images for the assignment The Others. I was inspired by Slinkachu and how he creates scenes with miniature figures in a big environment. I wanted to be more experimental with my work for this assignment as we could experiment with a 3D element. Also as one of my targets was to be more experimental with my photography, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to try to achieve my target.

My idea was to have the figure fishing into the fish bowl with someone looking through the glass. I wanted to do this because of how different the two cultures are to each other. The Inuit Tribe hunt for their food to survive whilst the english culture buy their food to survive. I wanted to show a contrast of how different they are to us. Different in a way that they hand make their clothes,build their own homes, and hunt for their food. Whereas we buy everything we have, the Inuit Tribe do not have that luxury, however they would see that as different as it’s not what they do to live.

I decided to include the two other photos to show different angels of the set up I had created. To get the smoky look on one of the photos I used bubble wrap and a macro lens. Due to the macro lens not focusing clearly on the bubble wrap it made it have the effect of coldness. At first I didn’t like the photo due to the haze surrounding the man, but after editing the photo I realised that it could be an effect for the ice that they are surrounded in daily. For both of the close up photos I used a macro lens,due to me wanting to experiment more.

The editing process for the forward facing photo was all done on photoshop and camera RAW. The fish bowl and the face coming through the back are two different photos. I edited each of the photographs separately on camera RAW as they were originally darker than I anticipated on. Once I had smoothed out the background of the fish bowl photo,by adjusting the clarity and using a layer mask to reveal it. I then started to edited the face photograph. I took away some of the red areas on his face and that was it. I created another layer mask on the fish bowl photo, this helped me expose the face through the back of the bowl. Personally I do not think that is my best photo as I am still not sure on how I feel about it. It was worth doing though as it has given me practice on those areas that I had to do to create it.

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This is the set up I had for my shoot. I had set up a light tent in my front room, which had a white background. As I have patio windows to the right of the light tent it made the lighting soft as the tent diffused it,so it wasn’t as harsh. However as I have a smaller window on the left the light wasn’t as intense so I used a torch just to create some shadow and reflection of the water. I wanted to have a reflection of the water as I like the effect of the rain drops ect. When the sun started to go in I used the flash on the camera,this created a good effect as the flash also made the camera catch the water drops. This set up was good until the natural light went and it started to go dark, although I do like the effect the torch gave to my photographs.

However as the light was changing constantly I had to keep changing the settings on the camera so the photos were not over/under exposed. For this I downloaded an app on my phone called ‘Light Meter’ which helped me know which settings (aperture,shutter speed and ISO) to put the camera on. This app was actually really useful at the last-minute, as I didn’t book out a light meter from college. Each time the lighting had changed a bit, or when I moved the torch closer or further away I used the light meter, so I knew if I had to change anything before I started taking the photos.

For this shoot I used a macro lens again. The macro lens was good as I got to play around with what I wanted to be the main focus ect. The macro lens was easier to use this time around due to the practice I have had throughout the project. I was much quicker with how to set it up and the focusing of the subject. The photos that I had produced whilst using the macro lens was less blurred from the first time that I had used the lens.

I feel that using a macro lens helped me show the 3D aspect of my idea, as the depth of field in a macro lens is much more than the 18-105mm lens,which I was using at the start. Having a strong depth of field, creates the illusion of a part of the subject is further away from the actual subject, as it is not in focus like the rest.

 

 

Carri Angel:

We had Carri Angle come in and present her work to us, she spoke about how she got to where she is now and how she got there.

Carri Angle was a Btech student who had won a competition which then made her become a head designer for a company. She then went to East London Uni to study textiles. Her partner at the time had their own business, which she pleaded to become a part of to be the designer, which then lead to her becoming the director. As she had to bring photographers in to photograph the clothing she said that she didn’t like how they portrayed the clothing. So not long after realising she didn’t want other photographers taking the photos of her clothing, she became the designer and photographer for the company.

Later on she decided she no longer wanted to be with company anymore so she trained with a charity who photograph dead children- personally I do not like the thought of this due to it being upsetting. She was in Singapore at this time. She later moved back to the UK but no-one wanted her as they learnt how to cope without her. So she decided to work full time as a photographer.

Now she studies photography but she incorporates her fashion and designing techniques into her work. For her project she is doing now she is creating garments out of wasted but she has photographed them in a professional manor to show how fake everything is.

3D Evaluation On Food Shoot:

To give the food I was photographing a 3D aspect was quite difficult as I am more used to taking portraits of people, which is classed as a 2D image. The 3D aspect is created using different angles, lighting, textures and lens choice.

Angling the object to the side stops the photo from looking flat as you can now see the edges of the object, for example photographing a cube, face on would make it look 2D but turning it slightly makes you able to see the edges giving it a 3D aspect to the photograph, it creates more depth.

Using lighting creates a shadow, depending on how the lights are set up. By having a shadow from the objects it creates a wider surface area to photograph. By having a shadow, it shows that the object is not 2D but in fact 3D.

Capturing the textures of the object it makes the object come out of the photograph in a way. In portrait photography you can’t capture the texture of the face as that is not what you want to achieve, you want achieve emotion and expression. The texture you receive is from the clothing. Inanimate objects give off the 3D element in photography as you are aiming for it have the aspect of 3D, rather than 2D.

The lens choice is important as you want to use a lens that helps you achieve the final look you want to have. Such as I used a macro lens because personally I thought it helped give a 3D aspect to it. The macro lens enhances the edges as it focusing more on one area of the object. It also creates a greater depth of field making it the only object in focus if there was something behind it. By having a greater depth of field it helps bring out the object better than it would if there was a smaller depth of field.

What ideas were you trying to communicate?

I wanted to show the colours and textures of lemons and limes. As I feel like they both have great textures and colours to photograph. I also wanted to use fruits that were used for the same purpose but are from different countries.

How did you try to create a 3d piece?

I tried to make my photographs look 3D by making the segment slices much thicker than what they originally were. By making the segments thicker it gave the fruit more depth. It also made it easier to work with; I could then turn it to the side and the skin was more visible then what it was face on.DSC_3220.jpg

Arranging the fruit singular looked more professional in my opinion as I felt that I could concentrate on one fruit at a time. I presented the fruits in different ways, at times in was straight on and then other times I turned it to the side. Each way had a 3D aspect to it due to the thickness of the slice. The macro lens enhanced this as it gave a closer view of the segment.

The challenges I faced were minor when it came to photographing the fruit. At first I had smaller segments which made it difficult to stand them up straight, so to fix this problem I decided to re-cut the segments into thicker pieces. With the macro lens practice helped with focusing as it was hard at first because I wasn’t using a steady surface.

If I was to do this shoot again I would have used other objects as well, to experiment more and give myself a wider range of photographs to edit and experiment of photoshop with. I also feel that taking more photos with the macro lens would have given me more practice with the lens, which would have made future work with the lens easier; I would know how to focus steadily and the distance I needed to be from the object to get a professional looking shot.

Cross Crit Feedback:

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This is the feedback I had recieved from the girls I was in a group with. This feedback has given me some constructive ideas for my work, and how I can improve my work.

2.1→ We talked about what I needed to improve on, we all agreed that I needed to experiment with my fnal idea; I haven’t got many photographic experiments,just done alot of research for that idea.

3.1→  I understand their point here as I didn’t print any of my own photographs to display, I had just printed out the pamphlet on Jimmy Nelson.

I actually enjoyed this cross crit as I got to see how other classes have interpreted their brief. My favourite was fashion as their books have alot of experimentation in,such as samples of the fabrics they are going to use, and different cultures/themes of fashion they are going to recreate. The group I was in two of the fashion students chose to do age for their idea and the other girl chose to do plus size models. I thought their work was interesting and easy to talk about because of how they had portrayed their work.

Slinkachu:; Water Work:

Slinkachu has inspired me to work with a small model for my others project, as I want to experiment with perspective and be more creative with my ideas.

I have decided to research him again but in more detail. As I am photographing with water I wanted to know how he had done that seamlessly, without the reflection of the camera or himself. Whilst Slinkachu uses big objects to represent different things in his photographs, I am doing the opposite, using a small man with an average sized fish. His work creates a story, as he uses the right props to represent objects. Such as the tennis ball represents the island for the people to be stranded on, you can clearly see that as they are stood on it with a palm tree.

Final Film Photos:

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Personally I do not like my final images as much as I hoped due to them being too dark and one of them being scratched. The one on the left, I exposed for 10seconds but I wish I did it for 5 seconds instead as it is too dark. The top right photo is the one that is scratched which I am annoyed about due to the angle I took the photo and his facial expressions,which I really liked. It wasn’t the photo paper that was scratched it was the film that had been scratched.

If I had time to develop all of my photos, I would as I want to see how all my photos had turned out, to see what areas I had to improve on whilst using a film camera. For example focusing and the lighting. I would also do more than one test strip to make sure how long I need to expose each image, to guarantee a perfect photo.

The bottom two photos are the test strips. The test strips were for knowing how long you wanted to exposure the light sensitive paper to the light. To stop the other parts of the paper getting exposed to light we used a bit of card which the light wouldn’t pass through. For my test strips I made 5 tests each one was timing different intervals of light, 5 seconds,10 seconds,15 seconds,20 seconds and 25 seconds.

Darkroom Steps; Exposure:

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED/NEEDED:

  • • Photographic Paper
  • • Enlarger Lens
  • • Negative Carrier for 35mm film
  • • Enlarger/Contrast Filters – depends on enlarger
  • • Easel – size depends on printing/paper size
  • • Cardboard/black card at least 5″ x 7″
  • • Grain Focuser
  • • Blower Brush
  • • Scissors/ Guillotine
  • • Plastic Tray – size depends on print size
  • • Tongs
  • • Gloves/Plastic Aprons – to protect clothes against chemicals

DARKROOM CHEMICALS:

The chemicals are arranged in the large sinks in consecutive order:

  • Developer
  • Stop bath
  • Fix
  • Water bath

DISH PROCESSING TIMES – chemicals need to be fresh for each

printing session. If you are not sure, check with ERC

  • 1. DEVELOPER – In less than 15 seconds you will start to see the image appear on the paper. Leave the paper in the developer for 1
  • 1⁄2 to 2 minutes; making sure it gets fully developed.
  • 2. STOP – 30sec
  • 3. FIX – 5 minutes
  • 4. WASH – 10 minutes

Using the darkroom was good as I got to use chemicals that I wasn’t able to used before. Although the thought of doing this process sounded complicated, it was relatively easy when I began to do it. The hardest part out of the whole process was making sure the image was in focus and making sure that there was enough light being exposed.

Pamphlet On Jimmy Nelson:

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Questions:

How effective was it for your learning,that you explored a non-western artist?

It was useful due to the fact that it helped me have a general understanding on an artist who explores other cultures instead of their own.  As he was born British but raised in other countries it allowed him to express his work better than someone who has just done the research,as he has experienced their culture in person, and tries to make other people aware of his work.

How valuable would have it been to explore a British only artist?

I’m not sure how it would have been due to the fact they may just research a culture in their town ect. However if they had background in different cultures and had a cultural diversity it would have made an impact on the project as they have first hand experience in the situation or have at least their own knowledge on their project instead of just relying on information they find on the internet ect.

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