Project continues

I have submitted my final assignment for the foundation course to my tutor and yesterday he replied. Everything went extremely well – probably better than I could have hoped for when I signed up for the course. I would not have expected to be talking about exhibiting work etc, this early in any course. I…

Exercise 5.5 What is a flower?

Obtain two flowers of the same kind. Put one in a vase and leave it for a few weeks Take a close “macro” photo of the other flower against a neutral background Now pull the flower apart and photograph this sequence of destruction Make an individual extreme close-up of every part of the flower: petals, stamens,…

Exercise 5.3 Uploading photos to your blog

Apart from book reviews and exhibition reviews, very little of my blog would be text only based. Most of the exercises, research posts are text plus an image or two. Therefor I have have found little problem with uploading images. I use primarily 2 photography software packages. Lightroom for storage, and general exposure work, then…

Exercise 5.4 Inviting and Posting comments

I find looking at other students work very useful, and try to make my site as accessible as possible so that they can look at my work. I appreciate people liking the posts, and have managed to get some comments etc. I have followed a number of fellow students, across various levels, who’s work is…

Exercise 5.2 – Re-sizing a batch of your images for your blog

I use 2 software packages for my photography work. Lightroom for cataloguing, downloading and basic touching up, and then Photoshop Elements for specific work within the image. I started (after reading some advice from a Nick Fetcher book) to not only resize batches of images, but to actually edit them at the same time too….

Exercise 4.12 Presence/ absence

Familiar environments, we tend to ignore or not see certain things. Explore the absence and presence of an object you are accustomed to, in order to bring to the surface an altered ambience. Convey the trace of an absent person or thing. Express something of an altered mood by a particular emphasis. The documentation on…

Exercise 4.11 Emulation

Choose one key photograph to use in the next exercise. Emulate the photograph chosen. Make the image your own. Identify in the photo what appeals to you. I liked the similarity between a photo by Keith Arnatt and one I had found from the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. The visual quality – The…

Project 3 Learning from other photographers

Throughout this course you’ve been introduced to the work of different photographers to help give you an understanding of the creative potential of photography. Now it’s time to question your own work and identify anything you think is lacking. You don’t have to be overcritical, just honest. – Write down any areas in photography you…

Exercise 4.10 Processing technique – film look

This was an interesting project for me. I have been trying to do extra work on some ageing with Photoshop. I have a tendency to over use Lightroom for processing. I have a few books I have been reading which offer projects right through from lighting, to shooting, to processing – these have been quite…

Exercise 4.9 Repetition

Repetition of one image, whether the same or with slight differences in exposure, crop or image quality, elicits an inquisitive eye. Repetition emphasis the sameness and yet paradoxically indicates a difference. Andy Warhol used this strategy in his screen prints and photographs. I decided that I would continue with the Warhol theme. I wanted to…

Exercise 4.8 Photomontage

Search your archive to make a photomontage with your own photographs. Decide on background, parts of the environment, objects and people in the environment. I decided to print out the pictures, cut them and glue. I did this really because of having done the photoshop element before, so i thought this would be more old-school…

Exercise 4.7 Juxtaposition

Get a few old magazines and newspapers. Decide on a background picture. Now add to it a figure. Substitute the head. Photograph the result. This was an interesting playtime. I quite like doing these forms of artwork, but should probably have planned it better. My magazines were limited to some photography magazine, the Argos catalogue…