Location lighting

What have I done?

Using a location lighting set, I lit the model using an umbrella soft box positioned a little to the left. Using a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, an ISO of 200 and an aperture of f13. The background was lit with ambient light from the window in the room, looking back at the photos now I would set my shutter speed lower so more ambient light would have lit the background just to balance out the background and foreground. I should have also told the model to take off her lanyard, just to give the photos more of a professional feel. Over all I like the lighting, however if I had had more time I would have introduced  a second light on the right of the model as a fill light so I could get rid of those shadows on the right of her face.


Speed lights and location lighting

What have I done?

These images are my testing using a speed light and ambient lighting to light my model. The images were shot at 1/125th with an ISO range of 200-400 and an aperture of f5.6. My speed light was set at 1/2 power.

The back of the image is lit using the ambient light coming through the window on the left side of the room. The model is lit using the speed light at 1/2 power, and the speed light was pointed just above the models head so she was lit nicely but not too directly, so no really harsh shadows were created.

In these images I like how soft the speed light is, I always tend to just use ambient light to light my images as I usually find flash is too harsh and I do not like the look it creates. However I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the way it lit the model. I think the flash also worked well  with the model’s skin tone as she has a olive tone which warms up the image. I was also surprised that the flash did not create too many harsh flash spots on the models face.

What’s next?

To develop this further I would like to introduce a second speed light behind the model to light the background more because I feel that the background is slightly too dark. I could also try and balance this by turning my shutter speed down to 1/100th or 1/60th of a second to capture more ambient light to light the background, and possibly turn the speed light down to 1/4th power.

Techniques and Processes ‘Crimson’ 1st experimental shoot

What have I done?

Here are the images from my first test shoot for my Techniques and Processes project ‘Crimson’. The idea behind this project is to not use daylight in any of the images, or not to use daylight as the image’s main source of light. I decided to develop my skills further in the studio and to use studio lighting as my light source. The body of work is to include a red item in every image, using only one light either lighting from the side or the back of the item. The idea is that you can’t tell what the item is when you first view the image, but I was not sure whether I was wanted to capture the entire item, or whether to just shoot a portion of it. Whilst I was in the studio I decided to use repetition in the images to tie them together, rather than just relying on the items being red. So I started to shoot just the edge/side of the item in the left side of the frame, again this was also to distort the product so an audience can not tell what the item is straight away.

For my next test shoot, I am going to continue to shoot the corner of the item, positioning it in the left hand side of the frame and continuing to use red items, preferably that are red. I am also going to experiment with different textures, for example I am going to be shooting a red wig, a red velvet cape, red lipstick, a Coke can and red washing up liquid.

I am very pleased with the initial images as this was only a test shoot and I was not sure how I was going to use the items and I did not know if the images were going to be successful or not. What I dislike about the images is the shine that the items give as they are reflecting the light, on my next test shoot I am going to attempt to block out the reflection that the glass and apple give off. I will do this by using card to either block some of the light causing the highlights or to control the light more.


Studio Practice Speed lights


What have I done?

In the images below I have shown the different effects a speed light has on a subject when at 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 and 1/64 power. I also had an aperture of f5.6, an ISO of 100 and a shutter speed of 1/125th.

What have I learnt from this?

This was just a general practice and getting use to the speed light, from this task I learnt how to change the power on the speed light. I also learnt about what different modes can be used on a speed light and discussed what situations I would use a speed light in.

What’s next?

I would like to put using a speed light into practice on an actual shoot, and to also experiment with balancing the flash with ambient lighting inside and outside.

Media make up and SFX collaboration

In studio practice we worked with the media make up and SFX students. The media make up students had a lot of different make up styles and it was a first come first served kind of situation where we just worked with whatever model walked through the door.

This was a different experience than we usually have, there was much more pressure and we worked with people that we had never even spoken to. The make up artists had their own ideas on how the images should look and so we had to cater for that as well as our own ideas, whilst balancing the lighting and poses. It was a really interesting experience for me and I really enjoyed working in the studio at such a fast pace. These are my favourite portraits I have ever taken in the studio, I think this is because the make up is very high fashion and glamorous which I have not really photographed professionally before.

The shoot gave me quite a few new contacts and after I sent the images to the girls, We all agreed to work together again and exchanged contact information for future shoots



Tech and Processes ‘no daylight”Crimson’

Here are three images from Timothy Hogan which are all advertising images. Again this is more inspiration, especially if I decide to show my images as advertising images. I want to use a black background in my images, this way the red will stand out even more. I may also experiment with effects of photo skills, possibly adding smoke into the images using. I will learn how do this through an article I have found in Digital Photo November issue 2016.

Techniques and Processes ‘no daylight’ research ‘Crimson’

Below I have included some visual inspiration that I have found, My initial idea for my no daylight project is a series of images that all somehow include the colour red. The images will include an array of products and they will be backlit, the idea behind this is that you can not tell what product is in the image or only see a small part of the product. I have not yet decided if the series would be used for advertising projects or whether they are to be simply abstract images. My testing will include experimenting in the studio with different light set ups, but will focus primarily on light the product from behind and distorting the way the products look.

The objects I have chosen to photograph will be bright red (this may include some post production work to get the contrast that I want) and some will be liquids that light can appear through. Some of the objects I have chosen to experiment with include:

Strawberries, red washing up liquid, red lipstick, sparkly red paint, a red apple, red glitter, a red air freshener, a red wig and a red dress.

I have also been researching into using a singular colour repeatedly in a body of work, and looking at other photographers that use colour to link a series of photographs together. One of the photographers is Gabriel Isak, and his project ‘The Red Line’. The images all include something that is red, and all the red objects are the same shade of red which I think is important to tie the series together. This will be something I must consider whilst shooting, and I will have to keep comparing my images to make sure that the red in each image is of a similar shade.

Gabriel Isak’s other project ‘The Blue Journey’ is another project that uses colour repeatedly but not in a product but using different shade of blue in the background, with different textures such as clouds.

Below are two images that Alastair Strong (left) and Charlie Surbey (right) took, and these images are my inspiration of what I would like my body of work to look like if I chose to go down the path of advertisement for my project.


What have I done?

I have created an alternative advertisement for J.A HENCKELS knife company. The idea behind this task was to take an object and show it doing something that it is not meant to be used for. I decided to do this by showing the product doing something that it is not meant to do, but at the same time the product is doing what it is supposed to do. Advert.jpg


Carol Highsmith V Getty

What are the key points?

Getty accused Carol Highsmith of copyright infringement for using on of her own images on her website, they wanted £120, Highsmith had donated the rights to the images to the libary of congress for general public use at no charge.

she wants a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Getty and alamy for gross misues of 18,755 images. But now Getty want money off of Highsmith as she used her own images which she didn’t own the rights to and made money off them.

Who is in error here?

I think Getty is in the wrong in this situation, they don’t morally have the rights to accuse her of infringement of her own images, however she is also in the wrong asking for $1 billion, which she will obviously never receive. in addition, she gave up the rights to her photographs so Getty can use the images as they are there for the general public to use so Highsmith should not have proceeded to go against Getty.

Are the punitive claims and counter-claims fair?

I agree that she had given up her rights to ‘complain’ when she gave the images to the public domain, however I also disagree with Getty as they have no right to want money off Highsmith for her own images.

How could this affect you?

this could affect me because I often put my images onto social media without a watermark or without changing the quality/size of the image. So anyone could steal my images from my Facebook page or my Instagram and sell them off as their own. I would not know that my images had been stolen and I would not be able to stop it because when you sign up to social media it often says in the terms and conditions that anything you upload onto that site is actually owned by the social media site.

One strength and One weakness

Homework task:

Our task was to take to photographs, one that represents a weakness that I have and one that represents a strength that I have.

I have chosen to show my strength with my equine photograph, as I really enjoy taking photographs of horses with their owners. I love this image and i’m really proud of it, as I feel it shows the high energy that owners feel from their horses. The image represents a genre of photography that I would really like to explore.

For my weakness I have chosen to show the struggle that I have with the writing side of the course. I have always struggled with writing essays and evaluations, and especially with my spelling skills. I took the task and created a picture that shows my weakness very literally. I decided to hide my face with the book to hide my identity, as my weakness is not something that I am very open about and I feel like I hide the part of me that struggles with writing and spelling.