Blog and Sketch book:
Originally my blog was going to be a place where I would scan and show my sketchbook pages because a sketch book cannot reach a wide audience but a blog can. This developed to using my blog as a place for any work relating to my exhibition and digital book because I felt it was easier to keep two aspects of the brief separate. My sketchbook primarily is for showing how I got to my final images. This hasn’t changed because I had no reason to change what was going into my sketchbook. I used a sketchbook for this project because throughout this year I have only used my blog so I thought it was time to use a sketchbook instead of a blog. I found it easy to work with both platforms because I am familiar with using them. I am familiar with using sketchbooks due to using sketchbooks in my first year. I am familiar with using a blog due to using a blog in my second year.
Scheme of work and Brief:
During this brief I found completing a scheme of work helpful because it gave the week and showed what I planned that week. I also found the scheme of work helpful because it helped organise myself during FMP. The main thing I found hard to do was to plan weeks ahead because I personally find it hard to plan weeks ahead. I personally find it hard to plan weeks ahead because things can change on a day by day basis. If I redid FMP I would definitely use the scheme of work again because of how helpful it was to organise my time.
When writing my brief I found it easy to write the tasks because it was a general outline of the tasks I planned to do. Writing the tasks I found helpful because it got all my ideas for tasks down so I don’t forget what tasks I need to do. With the brief I had to write what my idea is. I found writing my idea down helpful because having it written down will ensure I don’t forget what my idea is. The hardest part of writing the brief was listing the Limitations/Constraints because I had to think of every tiny limitation/constraint. If I redid FMP I would write up a brief again because I found it helpful because it gave me a place to look if I forgot what tasks I was going to do.
In conclusion I found the brief and scheme of work really helpful throughout FMP because it helped keep me organised. If it weren’t for the brief and scheme of work I don’t think I would have got my work in on time because this was the main way I kept organised throughout FMP.
At the start of the brief I had two ideas. One was to use colours to relate to rebellion. My second idea was to break the rules of photography because this relate to what I think rebellion is, braking rules. So I did some research on both ideas before combining them together because I wanted to gain a good grasp on the ideas individually before combining them. When I combined the ideas together I came up with the idea of breaking the rules of colour because one idea was based on colour and the other idea was based of breaking the rules of photography. This idea became my final idea because it related to rebellion in a creative way. I wanted my idea to be creative because throughout this year of coursework I felt I haven’t been creative enough.
I have research on my blog and in my sketch book. I have done this because I was researching separate aspects of the brief and I didn’t want both sets of research getting mixed up. I have also done this because it has helped me sort out my research because I find it easier to separate things than have them in one big clump.
The research on blog is exhibition layout, audiences, page layouts, gallery trips and questionnaires. Looking at exhibition layouts helped because it has given me some inspiration on how I can set up my board for the exhibition. Going out to galleries has really opened my eyes on how a professional exhibition is laid out because the exhibition was in a professional gallery. Looking at audience has helped because it has opened my eyes to how I can cater to special needs audiences. Looking at audience has also helped because I has opened my eyes to ways of setting up my board for various audiences. Doing a questionnaire on my book has helped because it helped develop my book into the final product.
The research in my sketch book photographers research, equipment research, rules of photography, colour wheel, health and safety in the studio, lighting set ups and colour meaning. Researching photographers has been a major help because it gives me a way of visualising my own images. It has also helped because it gives me work to relate to in the industry. Equipment research has been a major piece of research because it has helped me settle on equipment to use. The research has also helped because it has opened my eyes to what equipment is industry standard. Rules of photography was a major piece of research for my second idea of brief because the idea related to braking rules which related to rebellion. When I combined both of my ideas this research became inspiration because it inspired to still brake rules. Researching the colour wheel has helped when I combined both of my ideas because I needed to know about the colour wheel before I can break the rules of the colour wheel. Researching health and safety was something I wanted to research personally because I want to make sure me and my model was safe during the shoots. Research on lighting set ups became a major piece of research because it gave me a lot of inspiration of how I can set up my own lighting set ups. Colour meaning was a major piece of research before I combined both of my ideas because my first idea related to what colour meant. When I combined my ideas this research still helped because it helped me choose my colours because if I wanted convey a certain meaning I could use this research to find that meaning and chose the colour the meaning is linked to.
In conclusion the main research I have used is the photographer’s research because it helped visualise what my final outcomes looked like. The research on photographers has also been my main source of inspiration because one of the photographers I researched shot in the way I wanted to shoot during this brief. Another piece of research I have mainly is the colour wheel because this has provided the bases of my combined idea. If it wasn’t for this research I would have no bases of an idea because this is the bases of my brief.
Concepts and development:
Concepts and developments can be found on my blog and in my sketch book. Like I stated in
Looking back at my work I feel I have done a good amount of concepts and development because I have done two test shoots, altered my book based of feedback, came up with different layouts of my exhibition board and developed the idea of showing unedited and edited images.
The two test shoots have been a major piece of development work because has given me practice. The practice has been valuable because when it comes to the final shoot I know how to set my camera, the lighting and the background. The two test shoots has helped with my concepts because it has shown me my idea will work. The editing of this test shoots has helped as well because it has given me practice in getting the editing right. If I didn’t practise editing I wouldn’t of known upping the saturation would make the background more vivid.
Getting feedback on my book has been a massive help because compared to the original layout it is a massive improvement. One piece of feedback which was very helpful was to make the front cover more creative because originally I had a plain red cover. When I added an image of the cellophane I used I felt it was better because it is was creative which I wanted to aim for because I want to more creative. I wanted to more creative because I feel I haven’t been creative throughout this year.
When it came to making my book I originally had it so it only shows the edited images because it is the norm of photo books. So taking the theme rebellion I did some research on photobooks showing unedited and edited photos. I couldn’t find any photo books which do this so I decided to rebel against the norm of photobooks as well. I found this development helpful because I feel it has made my book stand out more.
Coming up with the different layouts of my exhibition board was helpful because it allowed me to explore different ideas before settling on a final layout. Each layout I was experimenting different sized paper because I want to get a good idea of what was the best size to use. Doing this helped because it allowed me to visualise the sizes of the paper on the board. I also experimented with two different types boards because I wanted to get a feel for which would work best for me. I didn’t experiment with the size of plinths because I was using a mac so I needed a specific plinth. I opted to have a lower plinth for my sketch book because I wanted my mac and the images on the board to be the main focus.
In conclusion I feel the main piece of development has been the editing of the test shoots because it has made me aware of how I can use the saturation slider to make my backgrounds more vivid. I also feel getting feedback on my book was another major piece of development because without the feedback the book wouldn’t look like it is now.
My final shoot can be found in my sketchbook because at the start of the brief I intended to keep all final productions in my sketchbook rather than my blog.
The final shoot went well because I have come out with a lot of images which worked. Another reason why the final shoot went well because I organised it a week in advance because I wanted to make sure everything was in place and everyone was informed about it.
When doing this shoot I found it hard to get the model directly in the centre of the two colours because I was using the only one light due to not having another helper. Looking back at the shoot I wish I had a second helper because I could of spilt the cellophane up and that could of looked better than having two cellophane taped together.
During this shoot I found it hard to keep the colours not washing out because I had a light on the model which was washing the colour out. Only in Photoshop I could save the colours which I didn’t want to do because I want to try and get everything right in camera because I am not a big believer in relying on using Photoshop to save your images because the images will look fake.
When it came to editing I found it easy because I had practise with editing the two test shoots. Due to the practice I felt I did the editing quickly which was good because I had time to do annotations.
Due to doing two test shoots I found it quicker to set up my camera and the lighting because I had practice before hand. I found this to be a good thing because it allowed me to spend more time shooting and getting the image to look right.
In conclusion the final shoot went well because it was well organised. The only thing I would change about the final shoot is having a second helper because then I could have spilt the cellophane to two lights.
My digital book can be found on Issuu and a link is embedded on my blog because I intended to keep all exhibition and digital book related work on my blog.
I originally planned to use Photoshop but changed to InDesign because InDesign is industry standard when it comes to creating digital and print books. I wanted to use industry standard software because when I go into the industry I want to be familiar with the software used in the industry. I found it easy to use Adobe InDesign because I used the software in my first year so I remembered some of tools of InDesign.
The feedback I got for my book had a massive impact on the impact of my book. An example of this is the front cover. Originally it was a red cover with the title in the centre but with the feedback it changed to having an image into the background. This to me is a positive change because I feel the front cover is more creative than the original front cover. Like I stated in the concepts and development section I want my book to be more creative because throughout this year I felt I haven’t been creative so this is my last chance to try and be creative.
I chose to do the quote for the back cover because I had an introduction page which was like a blurb so instead of repeating myself I chose to do a quote. I was inspired by a back cover when I was searching google images for some back cover ideas. I used google images because I wasn’t too sure on what to include on the back cover.
In conclusion I feel my book was greatly influenced by the feedback I received. I don’t mind this because it has improved my book compared to the original book.
The only issue I had during this brief was finding a model for my work because everyone I knew was busy. So I ended up asking family members to model which I didn’t mind because it made the shoots relaxed and enjoyable.
Other than the above issue I found this brief stress free. I found the brief stress free because how organised I was. Being organised was helped by the use of the scheme of work. Like I stated in the scheme of work and brief section if it wasn’t for the scheme of work I don’t think I would have been organised throughout this brief.
Doing a digital book aided in making the brief stress free because I didn’t have to wait for a publisher to print and send my book to me. The only stress making a digital book brought was making it in time which I achieved due to the scheme of work.