UNIT 29 AND 30: Test shoot 1

test shoot 1 plan

Above is my plan I made. I made this plan because it will help me remember what I need to be testing during the shoot. I am only going to focus on techniques during this shoot because I want to get my techniques right before adding natural light because I will be focusing on the lighting instead of techniques because with natural lighting the lighting will be changing.

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Above is my contact sheets which are annotated. I annotated my contact sheets because it helps me when it comes to editing because I can quickly look at the contact sheets and see which images I liked.

Above is a screen recording of me editing my images. I did this recording because I can look back and see how I did a certain edit. When it came to editing my images I didn’t want to over edit them because I find over editing kills the image. I converted all of the images to black and white because Henri Cartier-Bresson’s images was black and white. I also converted my images to black and white because I think black and white works well with documentary photography because black and white removes the distraction of colour.

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I like all versions because of how I captured the woman drinking her coffee and working because it comes across as natural. I wanted to aim for a natural look because I really like the natural aspect of documentary photography. I like the black and white versions because of how there is no colour to distract the viewer. I find colour can distract the viewer because the viewer can focus more on the colour than the main focus. I tried to cover the paper in the background because I found it distracting and takes away from the image. With future images I won’t do this because it looks messy and obvious. I will how ever keep the black and white because of the reasons I stated before. In my research “UNIT 29 AND 30: Buskers research: Martin Parr”(https://leahjonesphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/unit-29-and-30-buskers-research-martin-parr/)

I stated how I would like to use a 50mm lens like Martin Parr did because I wanted to try and get that close feeling the 50mm lens has. I think I have achieved this because of how personal the image feels. It feels personal because the image is very close to the woman. Looking back at my video I have noticed the black and white clone stamped background image was edited badly, if this was for my final images I would definitely go back and edit it more. As it is purely for developmental work I won’t go back and edit it. Out of the two camera I own I used my Nikon D3300. The camera has a 24 megapixel sensor, this is good because this means the quality of the images will be good.  I chose this camera because of the image quality the camera has is better than my other camera, Fujifilm Finepix SL260. I want the better image quality because I find that more people look at images more when the quality is good. I set the shutter speed to 1/13. That is to slow because there was more of a risk camera shake would occur. I don’t want camera shake in my images because it makes the image look unprofessional. The shutter speed I need to shoot at is around 1/50 because that is fast enough to remove camera shake which will make the image more professional. To do this I can up my ISO because the higher the ISO is the camera is more sensitive to light meaning I can use faster shutter speeds to make sure the camera doesn’t over expose the image. I set my ISO to 800. This is to high because grain can occur at that number. I don’t want grain in my images because it makes the image come across as unprofessional. I wouldn’t mind grain in my images because it would give my images a film feel which I like. I could of put the ISO higher because I was shooting under the class room lights which can be to low therefore I needed a higher ISO to ensure I had a fast enough shutter speed. I set my aperture to f5.5. This is a perfect aperture because a low f number allows the camera to take more light in allowing the image to be correctly exposed.

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I like the black and white version compared to the colour image because it removes the distraction of colour. I sometimes find that colour can be distracting because people focus more on the colour than the subject but if the colour is removed people focus more on the subject. I also like the laughter because it makes the image come across as natural. I don’t like how the hand is blurry because I find it a distraction. I could of used a faster shutter speed because a faster shutter speed would of froze the hand. Out of the two cameras I own I used my Nikon D3300. The camera I used has a 24 megapixel sensor, this is good because the quality of the images will be good. I want the better image quality because I find people look at images more if they are good quality. The shutter speed I used was 1/10 second which was to slow to freeze the hand because the slower the shutter the more the moving object is blurry. The ISO I used was 800 because the higher the ISO the more sensitive the camera is to light, therefore allows me to use a faster shutter speed to freeze the motion of the hand. Due to the room being in low light I needed a high ISO because I wanted to make sure the image was correctly exposed. My aperture was F5.6 because I needed a big aperture so the camera could take in more light. A large aperture allows me to do this because the smaller the F number is the more light can be taken in by the camera. This links to my research (https://leahjonesphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/unit-29-and-30-buskers-and-homeless-idea-research-henri-cartier-bresson/)  because I have tried to shoot in the style of Henri Cartier-Bresson. I think this has worked well because when I compare this image to Bresson’s work I find it is similar to my image. I mentioned in my research I wanted to capture humour in my images because I think it will make my images stand out. I think I have achieved this because of how I have captured the laugh of the model. I also mentioned in my research  that I wanted to get the timing right in my image because I think it will improve my images. I think I have achieved this because of how I captured the laugh of the model. I think I haven’t achieved this because of how the hand is blurry. In my research (https://leahjonesphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/unit-29-and-30-what-equipment-do-i-need-for-documentary-photography/) I stated I would try a 50mm lens because I wanted to add a personal touch to the image. I think I have achieved this personal touch because of how close I am to the model. I have cropped in to the image because I wanted to exaggerate that personal touch to the image because I really like that touch because it makes you feel you know the model.

 

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I prefer the black and white version compared to the first edited picture because I find the black and white makes the image stand out more. I also prefer the black and white version because it takes away the distraction of colour. I find colour can sometimes be a distraction because you focus on colour more than the subject. Without colour you focus more on the subject instead of the colour. I like how I have captured the person drinking coffee because it makes the image natural because drinking is a natural thing to do. This is similar to Martin Parr’s work because he sometimes captures natural emotions. I don’t like this image because of how the hand is blurry. The reason why I don’t like the hand being blurry is because I find it a distraction. To avoid this I could of used a faster shutter speed because a fast shutter speed freezes motion. Out of the two cameras I own I used my Nikon D3300 because I wanted the better image quality because I find people look at images more if they are good quality. The shutter speed was 1/10 second which I found to slow because the hand is blurry. I could of used a shutter speed of 1/100 because that would make sure the hand is frozen. My ISO 800 because the room was in low light so I needed a high ISO to ensure the image was exposed correctly. My aperture was F5 because the smaller the number more light can enter the camera. I needed a small aperture because it would help expose the image correctly. I think I will keep the small aperture because I want to make sure my image is correctly exposed. I stated in my research (https://leahjonesphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/unit-29-and-30-buskers-research-martin-parr/) that I wanted to use a 50mm lens because it adds a personal touch to the image because the 50mm lens is a short lens therefore I have to get close to the subject. I think this has worked because of how intimate the image is. I think could of cropped the image to exaggerate the intimacy aspect of the image. I think I will stick to a 50mm lens because I really like how intimate the image is because it shows what the person is like.

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I prefer the black and white version to the edited image because it takes away the distraction of colour. I sometimes find colour distracting because I tend to focus on colour not the main focus of the image. I like how I have captured the woman holding the coffee cup because it makes the image feel natural because holding things is a natural thing to do. I like how I have captured the smile because it makes the viewer think she likes coffee. I like how I frozen any motion from the person because I find blur can be a distracting element. I have managed this by pressing the shutter button at the perfect time. The timing is similar to how Henri Cartier-Bresson timed his own images because in most of his work he needed to have perfect timing to capture the images he took. I also like how I have captured the smile because it is similar to how Martin Parr captures expressions. If you look at my post “UNIT 29 AND 30: Buskers research: Martin Parr”(https://leahjonesphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/unit-29-and-30-buskers-research-martin-parr/) you can see the similarity between the way he captures facial expressions and how I capture facial expression. I don’t like this similarity because I want to make my own style because I want my work to stand out. I also stated in that post I could use a 50mm lens to add a personal touch to my image. I tried this because I really like the personal touch Parr’s work had because it gave the viewer an insight into the people in the pictures. Out of the two cameras I own I used my Nikon D3300 because I want the better image quality because I find people look at an image more if they are good quality. The shutter speed I set my camera at was 1/10. This is to slow because it risks the image having camera shake. I don’t want camera shake in my images because of how unprofessional it can look. To make my shutter speed faster I can up my ISO because a higher ISO will allow me to select a faster shutter speed which will eliminate the risk of camera shake. I set my aperture to  f5.6. This is a perfect aperture because a small f number allows the camera to take in more light which will allow me to get the correct exposure. I set my ISO to 800 because I was shooting under low classroom light therefore I needed a high ISO to ensure the image was well exposed.

I think the audience for these pictures is everyone because there is no mature topics in the images. I personally don’t want to target this audience because of how general this audience is. I want to target teenagers because I know how to target this audience because I am teenager myself.

In conclusion this test shoot has helped me because it has helped me settle on techniques and equipment to use for my final images. A piece of equipment I am going to use for my final shoot is a 50mm lens because through out this test shoot I really liked the personal touch the lens adds to the images. A technique I will use in my final shoot is timing because through out the test shoot I had to press the shutter button at the correct time. The reason for this is because I may of missed the perfect facial expression. This test shoot has helped me practise at targeting everyone for my audience because I normally shoot without thinking about my audience. Looking back at my plan I think I have achieved testing out a 50mm lens because in all my images I stuck to a 50mm lens. I also achieved testing out facial expressions because through out my test shoot I mainly focused on facial expressions. I failed to achieve testing out camera raw because Photoshop wouldn’t take my raw files. Recently I have acquired a program which allows to convert my raw files to dng files which Photoshop will take, so for my next test shoot I will shoot raw and convert the raw files to dng files.

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