Exercise 2.7 People in light

Take a series of photographs of the same person in different kinds of light. Do this over a week or so – certainly on more than one occasion. Aim to make at least 9 portraits and mount them on a grid.  I had had the idea on one of the previous exercises to utilise some…

Exercise 2.6 Near and Far

As with some of the other exercises, I have generally taken longer in planning and shooting than most I would imagine – though I can’t guarantee that there is any real benefit from this.  I planned out who/ when/ where/ why in my notebook all before going out. I had two potential places and structures in…

Exercise 2.5 An identikit portrait

4 people, 4 squarish tubes, 4 facial features…. I put 4 people against the kitchen wall and shot them!! – its a plain wall and convenient. I had a 105mm lens on the camera which I use often as a portrait camera though its sold as a Macro lens – I like the glass in…

Exercise 2.4 The two dimensional plane

The handbook suggested it could be a problematic photo – so thats what it got. I took this photo about a year ago, and did some editing on it. It was really based around some work I was doing on the most expensive photographs ever sold at auction. So I had taken Gursky’s 99 cent…

Exercise 2.3 Depth: foreground etc

I chose 3 photographs that didn’t make the cut for the activity project. They were images that I had done some work on but discarded. I chose the shot with the columns simply because the foreground, background, subject selection were so entwined. With the others I think it is pretty obvious which is background, foreground…

Exercise 2.2 – People and activity – part 2

Following on from the coursework suggestions I have edited down my selection. This wasn’t too difficult – some were pretty much duplications, others poor, a couple even out of focus… I then reduced it down to around 20 shots which I worked on. These were all processed in Lightroom – though some I was still not…

Exercise 2.2 – People & activity part 1

I am writing this up the day after doing the work. I had a very enjoyable morning at the airport and took over 200 shots – the notes did suggest taking lots of photos. I would recommend airports as a place to go for shooting – 50% of people will have cameras on them, the…

Project 1 – Activity, depth & distance

These are my initial plans for the people and activity exercise which kicks off this project. I read through the material and was initially quite happy with the suggestions of a football match or political rally. I took on board the suggestions to research the types of photographs and photographers that inspire you, so began…

Exercise 2.1 – Karl Blossfeldt & plain backgrounds

Moving on to section 2 of the handbook. It was interesting reading up on Blossfeldt’s career. Armed with a sheet of A4 and my camera I wandered around the garden looking for interesting shaped leaves that weren’t weeds and that would therefore highlight to the world that my garden needs a real tidying up. As…