David Bailey; Michael Caine:

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David Bailey photographed Michael Caine in the 60’s using a film camera. The lighting in this photo is strong as it emphasises half of his facial features, whereas the other side of his face in the shadow are not as emphasised. I would say the lighting he used was on the right side of the model at 45 degree angle. I can tell that the light is to the side due to the reflection in his eyes. I like this lighting as it shows depth within the face as it accentuate’s certain features.

The cigarette makes the photo, as to me it looks like it splits the dark and the light from each other, as some sort of barrier from the good and the bad as it is white with no shadow on it. Also by having straight forward without a droop makes it almost come out of the screen giving more depth to his face. It also makes the cigarette look real as you can see the bottom of it, although it is only a little bit it still makes a difference as this is what creates the 3D look about it, as it makes the oval shape come alive in the photo not just in person.

Having the suit jacket blacked out makes the collar of his shirt stand out more as it is the only light thing around his face. Having the shirt on display frames his chin as it is in a triangular shape, making his chin seem broader than what it actually is. It also separates everything as his tie has been lost in his jacket as well. Although half of his tie has disappeared, having the top bit of the tie is all you really need as you know what it is so you don’t need to see all of it to understand what it is going on. I think having the bottom of the suit in the photo would draw attention from his face and the cigarette as there would be then too much going on in the photo.The main focus is the cigarette and his face so that is all you really need in it, I know this is the main focus due to the way he has presented himself in the way his is standing and leaning into the camera.

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Jean Shrimpton; Overview:

Jean Shrimpton was the first super model known, the highest paid model in the 1960’s and the face of ‘Swinging London’, along with popularising the miniskirt. Shrimpton was on the cover of Vogue in 1962 due to David Bailey insisting he used her for the shoot, this helped both of their careers.

Popularising the mini skirt started at her 1965 appearance at Derby Day in Australia where she wore a white shift dress 4inches above her knees, it was shorted than she intended as her dress-maker had run out fabric for her original design and ideas. This caused an up roar in the media, raising the style to be fashionable. After this Australian women steered away from traditions and were inspired to create their own tailoring path. ‘The establishment took itself pretty seriously and the Shrimpton sensation did something to break that. Young women were itching to ditch their gloves, and they certainly did after Jean. The mini was sensational, and her wearing it so well encouraged everyone to lift their hems above their knees’ Says fashion consultant and businesswomen Susan M.Renouf.

Tom Oldham:

Whilst looking through Tom Oldham’s portfolio I came across these two photographs that stood out to me the most. I feel like they stood out to me as the are in black and white with high clarity. I really like the photo of Sir Richard Branson as his facial features are really clear, and during the editing process he decided to keep his wrinkles in. Leaving wrinkles and imperfections gives the photographs more personality and character. The black back ground brings out his tanned/pale skinned. The lighting that he has used creates a shadow on the face but leaves a white haze around their faces. I prefer his black and white photography more as I feel like there is more depth within the photos due to the levels and contrast.

Oldham is inspirational as he started out to be a PCA student and now he is a famous photographer. This shows that by working hard and doing what you love you can become someone by doing something you enjoy, rather than being stuck in a job you hate.

Progression Talks:

Today we went to the main building to have progression talks about our chosen courses we are thinking about taking. The courses I had chosen were: Fashion,media and marketing and commercial photography.  The talks were really helpful as it gave me an insight into each course, which allowed me to see what it would I would be doing and how I would be doing it if I chose the course.

The progression talks were helpful but has made me think about what course I want to take as I found them both really interesting and something I want to do. What I am going to do next is to look into Uni’s that have these courses so I can compare how good there are from each Uni. I am also going  to compare the two courses I want to take to narrow it down.

 

 

Shoot One; How I Edited My Final Image:

To achieve my final edit it took a lot of experimenting and positioning of the layers to achieve what I wanted. My idea was to interpret the photo David Bailey had shot of the Kray Twins. I wanted to do this photograph as I liked the layout and the editing of the photograph.

The Positioning:

The positioning of these two layers had to be thought about a lot as I needed to work out which one suited my idea the best. I also needed to work out the angles the heads needed to be at.

I was dead set on having the heads like the first photo; as I thought that the angle of his head fitted in well with how the other head was looking straight over his shoulder. I also liked how it filled the frame and didn’t have a lot of negative space. The space in between them made it seem like they were stood too far apart, even though the illusion was to make him look like he was stood behind himself. I think to made this one look better I would have to make the head at the back smaller,only a little bit, and bring it in closer to succeed in the illusion of him standing behind him.

The second photo for me works better as the illusion of having him stood behind himself is more clear, as he is smaller but is closer to him. It has a more realistic look rather than having it look like I had just placed it next to each other. I got the idea of flipping and swapping the heads around during speaking to Jen when I was asking for her opinion. I took her opinion on ball and I think it works much better now as I feel the angle of his head fits better behind the shoulder as it looks like he is peeping over his shoulder as his head is at a tilt. It looks as though he is trying to be seen, not just placed there to be seen.

To put both of the layers together I used a layer mask. As both of the backgrounds were black I wasn’t too fussed about how neat I was whilst rubbing out the edges. You can’t see the edges when I had placed them both together due to the black background.

Editing:

To put the two photos together I used a layer mask. Using a layer mask makes it look more natural and seamless as it doesn’t look like it has just been placed there. Having the layer mask helps make it look like they are actually behind each other and more than one person. The placement helps with this as it doesn’t look out of proportion, it is to scale. Causing you to think that he is two people.

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During turning it into black and white I had taken away and added different selective colours and changed the brightness and contrast. But i soon realised I didn’t need those layers I just needed to play around with the levels to get the right highlights and shadows on the faces. I had added some dodging and burning to add more shadows and highlights to his face, I played around with this, hiding the layer to see if it had made any difference before I had added them. I feel like adding highlights and shadows makes the face stand out more giving it some texture and gives a 3D look about it.

I wanted to make the background blacker using levels and contrast as I wanted the model to really pop out of the photo, I feel like if it was a white background they would have got lost and it wouldn’t be as powerful. Having the black makes the photo look powerful and strong as it is a solid colour, showing what I want it to show of the model. For example the expressions are strong as their faces are the main focus now.

 

My Website; Carbon Made:

I created a website using carbon made to showcase my work for interviews with University or with clients. This is a good way to show my work as it is clear and easy to view. It shows what I am doing now and what I have done for past work, by doing this it helps show improvement and progression within my work. It shows how I have bettered myself and my interests now and in future work I will share on there.

https://lilliemortonphotography.carbonmade.com/

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