T&P tester shoot- clothes and make up

what have I done?

Below are images that I took of my model Gabrielle Smith-hart, here we are testing different outfits for the photoshoot in the studio. We tried 3 different dresses for her 50s look, and a t-shirt for a second ‘punk rocker’ look we’re doing. My make up artist Matthew McKnight also tried different foundation shades of Gabrielle, to determine which foundation shade worked best with Gabrielle’s skin. We did not have time to try different hairstyles on Gabrielle, but my plan is to have Gabrielle with a ‘Marilyn Monroe’ hair style, e.g. really blonde and curly with lots of volume.  Our official photoshoot will is on the 8th of March in the studio at college, we will be working with Matthew to create two different looks (50s and punk rocker/alternate model).

Polaroid film cost research





Between Argos, Amazon and Ebay it seems like Ebay is the cheapest place online to get the film for the Instax mini 8. At around

£13 for 20 shots, Ebay is £2 cheaper than amazon at £15 for 20 shots. However there are different styles of film for the camera, ranging from boarders with colours and patterns to black and white film. The price will change depending on what film I want. However I think for the style of photography I am doing and with my subject matter, black and white or colour film will fit best, colourful boarders won’t fit with the vintage theme I have.

Polaroid tester!

Whilst I was shooting my tester with the Zenit 11, I also used Kerrie’s Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, which is a polaroid camera. What I learnt from this image is do not use the polaroid camera in the studio with a flash if the studio lights are on cell/slave mode! The flash from the Instax triggered the studio flash which really over exposed the image which is why Kerrie almost blends into the white background. I want to experiment with instant images, however silly mistakes like this will cost me a fortune as the film for The Instax 8 is not cheap. In fact a pack of 20 is around £15!

However there is something satisfying about taking an image and getting a physical copy within a few minutes, especially for a photographer who is so used to the immediacy of digital like myself. I think one of the things film is going to teach me is how to be patient when it comes to viewing my images. In addition to this, film will teach me how to stop being so ‘trigger happy’ as I have a limited amount of shots which all need to be thought out carefully, unlike in digital cameras where it feels like your number of shots is unlimited. I would like to experiment with both black and white and colour polaroids, but I will have to do some research into how much this would cost me.

Polaroid pictures have recently come back into fashion, I believe this is due to the popularity of Instagram. When Instagram was first introduced, each image you posted had a polaroid-like frame around it which became very popular. Another reason I believe polaroid has become so popular is the fact that so many celebrities have been using the cameras, and posting images of the polaroids they take.  For example, Kim Kardashian, arguably one of the most influential woman in celebrity culture is well known for posting pictures of her polaroid family shots.


T&P test shoot no 1

What have I done?

Here are the images from my first test shoot for my T&P 2B project (so far unnamed). Here I have taken my images on a Zenit 11 35mm film camera using Ilford HP5 plus 400 ISO black and white film. This shoot was to test that the camera worked properly and also to see if the camera would cooperate with the studio/flash. I then scanned the images in and slightly changed the levels on Photoshop. Also as it was a tester I did not use a make up artist as I thought this would be a waste of time if the images did not come out the way I wanted them to. Overall I am really pleased with the images, the camera worked really well and I was quite surprised with my ability to focus the lens, as I am (shamefully) use to using auto focus on my digital. To dress Kerrie for the shoot I collected different jewellery that I thought was 40s style, as this is what style Kerrie will be made into on the actual shot.

What have I learnt?

From this tester shoot I have learnt a few things about using film, as I am not very familiar with film cameras and even struggled to load the film into the camera. The first problem I faced with the Zenit 11 is that the camera I have is quite old, and so the exposure metre does not work anymore. Obviously this was a slight problem but not one that couldn’t be overcome, I simply downloaded a light meter app onto my phone which worked perfectly fine, however in the studio I used a light meter I had borrowed from stores. The second problem I faced was the big scratch that was on the cameras view finder, and I was unsure whether the scratch was actually on the view finder or inside the camera somewhere. Luckily the scratch did not turn up on the images so I can only assume it was on the view finder.

To use the camera with the studio flash I used a hot shoe and a sync lead which worked perfectly well. The aperture I used did not change a whole lot throughout the shoot, a steady f11 was all I used, with just a few slight rearranges of the lights. I also faced a problem when coming to develop the film, as the chemistry was a 17 degrees and I needed it between 20-23 degrees. To heat the chemistry up I had to block the plughole and fill the sink up with hot water, this way the chemistry heated up slowly whilst I checked it regularly. I used the chemistry at approximately 22 degrees, and developed the film for about 7 1/2 / 8 minutes. This was plenty of time and the film developed perfectly, apart from 1 image which seems to have either some chemistry or light leak on it which has blackened out part of the image (seen below). I also didn’t use a wetting agent on my film so when I came back to view the images, there was dried chemistry on my images. However this was easily fixable as I just rewashed the film and made sure I used a wetting agent! And then finally I just scanned in my negs and played around with the levels. I had to correct the images as I had had the shutter speed set too high (1/125th) so the film caught the shutter on the image causing a light to dark gradient on the images.

I also realized that when scanning my negs, there is a lot of dust and finger prints on them. This is something that I need to be careful as, however when it comes to the dust and ‘scratches’ on the images I think they add to the vintage style I am looking for in these images. Unless the dust distracts majorly from the subject matter, I will probably keep it in.


What’s next?

Tomorrow I have my official shoot with Kerrie, who will be dressed as a 40s woman, and Mel, who will be dressed as a 60s woman. I am collaborating With Make Up Artist Matthew Mcknight to make sure my models have the right style and make up. Tomorrow I shall be slowing down the shutter speed  to 1/60th of a second to prevent from getting the light to dark gradient, apart from that there is not much I would change about the images. I will also be remembering to use a wetting agent to get rid of all the chemistry on my negs.


T&P 14/2/17 lecture notes

  • creative expectations are limited to fast and easiest methods
  • commercial world demands fast production but ‘new’ ways of photographing
  • brief is to re-appropriate ‘old’ processes and technology
  • film vs digital is seen as two separate technologies and processes but this isn’t how we should think
  • digital has come with the natural advancement of photography, it’s always evolving and changing
  • to work commercially you have to adapt especially in photography, be good at expressing ideas n every medium and processes, show originality and be willing to try new or different things
  • g. pinholes, box brownie, polaroid- why has polaroid come back into fashion?- instagram – what can you do differently with polaroids


  • Emily soto


  • Mirrorless cameras- we want faster but we also wat lighter and compact- consumers force companies to come up with different cameras


  • Try using different types of film and different papers- try using old chemistry or using the ‘wrong’ chemistry – different papers e.g. gloss, matte, metallic


  • Wet plate collodion- what are the dangers of using it? How expensive is it?


  • Ian ruhter


  • Cross process- can get the effect on an iphone- x pro on instagram – very popular now


  • Platinum prints – irving penn

Initial ideas for T&P 2A

Inspiration for images

  • Jane Mansfield – 1940-50
  • Greta Garbo- 20s-30s
  • Bette Davis-1940-50
  • Jane Fonda- 60s
  • Joan Crawford-1940
  • Elizabeth Taylor-1950
  • Marilyn Monroe-50-60s
  • Judy Garland-1930-40
  • Doris Day-50s
  • Farrah Fawcett-1970
  • cher-60-70
  • Sophia Loren-1960
  • Madonna-1980

I will also collaborating with make up artist Matthew McKnight, this will help to get the models looking like they are from the era I wanted them to be from. I will be experimenting with different ways of photographing my models, with different digital effects to film to polaroid to shooting with an automatic film camera. I want all my images to be in black and white especially on film as I want the images to look vintage and old fashioned.

PDP 3/1/17

‘I.am Shy’

On 3/1/17 photographer Shy B came to talk to us about her journey as a photographer and her life after Bradford College. She spoke about creating a good rapport with customers and also other services she uses such as printing companies. Shy also spoke about gaining mentors through networking, people who have helped her though difficult decisions and have guided her through processes when she was not sure what to do. A mentor that Shy spoke very highly about was Johnathan Smith, a friend she met through the Bradford Trident. Bradford Trident offer opportunities for amateur business people and gives them advice and mentors. They also offer networking opportunities in a  variety of different fields of work. Johnathon told us that his four essential things to run a business are

  • hard work
  • understanding/knowledge
  • enthusiasm/passion
  • luck


Studio Practice developing an idea for my brief

1 word that describes my subject:

  • Animals

I typed in my word onto a Word document and looked up different synonyms for inspiration and ideas for my brief:

  • pets
  • companions
  • creates
  • spiritual
  • instinctual
  • beast
  • being
  • organism
  • mammal

‘My project involves photographing the relationships and companionship that pets and animals provide their owners with’.


PDP 1 word, 10 words, 100 words.

PDP- 24.1.17

Targeting yourself and your work


1 word

  • Photographer


10 words

  • I specialise in photographing animals and owners capturing their relationship/companionship

100 words

  • At the moment I am specialising in animal and equine photography. I love working with animals and owners and capturing their relationship, love and companionship. I am also experimenting in other areas of photography, such as portraiture and studio work, but photographing animals is my real passion. An ambition of mine is to work for an animal/equine magazine such as Horse and Hound, supplying them with images of animals and getting my work published. I also hope to one day own my own company that specialises in animal/equine portraiture, as well as studio portraiture.

Pinhole images for Bradford Media Museum

What have I done?

Below are the 5 images that I have submitted for Bradford Media Museum’s Pinhole exhibition. All the images were done using a digital pinhole camera, which was a Canon 450D.  I experimented using different sized pinholes, and also using several pinholes at once. I also experimented using a 3D printed pinhole camera and a pinhole camera made out of a coffee can. The images I took using film did not turn out very well at all, the 3D printed pinhole camera malfunctioned and the film would not wind onto the spool, which I did not realize until I thought I had exposed the whole film. which meant that on the whole film, only 3 images were exposed. Another problem I had taking film pinholes was making the coffee can light tight, I experimented using a paper negative in my coffee can pinhole camera but struggled to make the can completely light tight which compromised the paper neg.

The first image called ‘A Giant Among Friends’ was taking using an ISO of 400, an exposure of 0.8 seconds with an f stop of 1024.



The second image I submitted was called ‘It’s a Cliche World After All’. This image was taken using an ISO of 400, an exposure time of 1 second and an f stop of 1024.


The third image is called ‘Excitement, Fear and Bradford’ the image was taken using an ISO of 1600 and an exposure time of 16 seconds and an f stop of 1024. excitment-fear-and-bradford

The fourth image is called ‘Through The Looking Glass’, it was taken using an ISO of 1600, with an exposure time of 10 seconds, and an f stop of 1024. pinhole-3

The final image is called ‘Car Crash Frenzy’ taken with an ISO of 100, an exposure time of 5.2 seconds and an f stop of 1024. pinhole-5