UNIT 29 AND 30: Evaluation

Research:

Throughout this brief I independently researched: photographers, characteristics of location and documentary photography, the equipment I needed for location photography, audiences for documentary photography, back busking campaign and image sharing sites. Below I reflect back on the research I independently carried out.

During the research stage I independently researched two different photographers. One photographer was Henri Cartier-Bresson. Reflecting back at this stage of my research, Bresson’s work inspired me to shoot in a documentary style because I really like that style of photography. Bresson’s work also inspired me to convert my images to black and white because of how effective black and white is. The other photographer I researched was Martin Parr. Reflecting back at this research, Parr’s work inspired me to focus on the facial expressions on the people because looking through his work I noticed how much impact was added by the facial expressions on the people in the image.

During the research stage I independently researched the characteristics of location photography. Reflecting back on this research I found weather was a major characteristic of location photography because depending on the weather you could or couldn’t shoot. To tackle this characteristic I used the pre-installed weather app on my Iphone to make sure it wasn’t going to be raining before the day of shoots because there won’t be any subjects to shoot because people don’t go out during rainy days. Another characteristic I found was natural lighting. This was another major characteristic for this brief because depending on how the natural lighting was on the day of the shoot it made or brake the image. There was no real way of tackling this characteristic because natural lighting is something you cannot check unlike weather. There was a way of working around this characteristic by trying to shoot in the shade if the natural lighting was harsh because the shade made the shadows softer which flattered the model. If the day was cloudy there was no real need to shoot in the shade because the clouds act as a big diffuser which would create softer shadows which will flatter the model.

Due to independently researching two documentary photographers I started to research documentary photography. As I began to research documentary photography I found this genre of photography was a form of location photography. This was positive thing because documentary photography suited my ideas for the brief.

To start of I began to research the characteristics of documentary photography. One characteristic I found was people. I found this an enjoyable characteristic to work with because I really like how people can add meaning and impact to the image. During my first test shoot I found it really easy to tackle the characteristic because I used a member of the class, Rhiannon which made the shoot relaxed. During my second shoot I found it harder because a member of the class, Gemma had to talk to one of her friends who was a busker so it took time to organise the second shoot. I could of tackled this characteristic by asking for the buskers number so I could talk to her over the phone therefore not needing to go through the member of the class. Doing this could of saved time and I could of done the second test shoot earlier therefore having time to do other test shoots. During my final shoot I found it easy to tackle this characteristic because I walked around the location until I found a busker. If I didn’t find a busker I moved on to my second location. The rest of the characteristics I found was the same as the characteristics of location photography.

I independently researched the equipment of documentary and location photography. This research helped because I found equipment I thought wouldn’t be used in location and documentary photography. Due to this research and my photographers research I found out that a 50mm lens was best for documentary and location photography because of close you can get with the lens. Another piece of equipment I found was a tripod. I didn’t use this piece of equipment because it would slow me down which is bad because I couldn’t react quickly to split second moments. 

I independently researched audiences for location and documentary photography. Reflecting on this research, it really helped because it made me aware of what audiences are out there. Through out my test shoots and final shoot I tried to keep a general music loving audience in my mind because this would allow me to show my work to everyone. I originally wanted to target teenagers who like music because I am a teenager myself and I know how to target that audience but I came to realise focusing on one target audience limited myself to who I could show my images to.

I independently researched the Back Busking campaign because I really wanted to get an insight into what buskers have to go through. Reflecting back on this research, it didn’t help with this brief because it doesn’t talk about location or documentary photography.

I independently researched image sharing sites. Reflecting back on this research, it helped because I could tailor my audience to the audience from the image sharing site. I chose Flickr to upload my images because Flickr’s main audience is photographers which is good because my images will get viewed by people who know photography. I also chose Flickr because it made it easy to submit my images to my tutor due to the albums you could create.

 

Development:

My independent development was my two test shoots. Below I reflect back on these test shoots.

My first test shoot I did inside because I just wanted to focus on practising on getting my settings right. I also did the test shoot inside because I didn’t want to include natural lighting at this point of the brief because I just wanted to focus on getting my techniques right. During the test shoot I stuck to a 50mm lens because I wanted to emulate how close Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martin Parr was to their subjects because I really like the impact of the closeness. This test shoot at the end of it really helped with my final images because it allowed me to get the techniques right.

My second test shoot I did outside because at this point of the brief I wanted to include natural lighting because I wanted to have experience shooting in natural lighting before my final shoot so I could make the mistakes and learn from them. This test shoot also helped me practice on getting my settings right which helped me because I don’t want to worry about the settings on the final shoot because I want to focus on getting the image right. Like my first test shoot I stuck with a 50mm lens because I really like the impact it has on the image.

Both of these test shoots impacted my final shoot because it allowed me improve on my skills before my final shoot. I think if I didn’t do these test shoots my final images would be bad because I didn’t practise.

 

Final images:

During the shoot I found it easy because there was plenty of buskers around meaning I had plenty of images to chose from. When shooting it was made easier by the shadows of the shops merged together. The shadows merging together made the shoot easier because it meant there was no harsh shadows on the buskers face which would be unflattering. Due to the test shoots I felt I was prepared to do this shoot because I have practised the techniques and skills needed for this shoot.Martin Parr’s work I think have influenced my final images because the way I have captured facial expressions is similar to how he has captured facial expressions.  This final shoot went well because there was plenty of buskers to photograph.

 

Conclusion:

In conclusion I think this brief went well because there was barely any issues during the brief. The issues which did arise was easily and quickly fixed because it was minor issues. An example of an issue was Photoshop in college and on my laptop could read my RAW files due to Photoshop being out of date. To tackle this issue I installed a DNG converter by Adobe which converts my RAW files to DNG. These DNG files was readable by Photoshop which allowed me to edit my RAW files. The only thing I would improve on is my development work because I felt there was not a lot of development work in my work.

UNIT 29 AND 30: feedback on my final images

I produced a questionnaire and handed out to my class mates. I made this questionnaire to find out what people though of my final images. I wanted to find this out because I wanted an unbiased opinion of my final images so I could improve. I have also asked this question if one image was to be taken out what would that image be because I want to slim line the amount of images I have. Below are the answers to my questionnaire:

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An answer for the first question “What do you like/dislike about image 1?” was “I think you caught him at the wrong time with a weird expression” After looking back on the image I do agree on this comment. If I retook this image I would try not to capture that weird expression again and try to capture a better expression.

A common answer for my second question, “What do you like/dislike about image 2?” was, there was a shoulder of a passer by which needed to be removed. I definitely agree with this answer but as this was a split second moment there was nothing I could really do about this. If I retook this image I would wait until the passer by was out of the shot before taking it.

An answer for the third question, “What do you like/dislike about image 3?” was “I feel it is a bit out of focus and could of been cropped a bit closer in to the singer” I agree with this answer because I do think I could of gone closer on the busker. I disagree with this answer because I was getting a mix of close ups and distance shots so I have a selection of images to chose from. If I redid this shot I would keep it the same because I wanted to get a mix of images.

For my fourth question, “What do you like/dislike about image 4?” the answers was very postive to this image. However there was a suggestion of the background being busy. Upon reviewing this image I disagree because I think this adds to the image. Another suggestion was to darken the image to add more drama. Upon reviewing this image I disagree because if I darken the image further the image would be under exposed. If I redid this shot I would try to get the busker on to a less busy background because I then can compare it to the image I took originally.

For my fifth question, “What do you like/dislike about image 5?” most answers stated the crop needed to be less. Upon reviewing the image I disagree because I think the crop helps sell the image. Upon reviewing the image I disagree because it gives the image a documentary feel to the image.  If I redid this image I would keep it the same but in post processing I would leave the crop as it.

For my sixth question, “What do you like/dislike about image 6?” a lot of the people stated they prefer the black and white version which is good because personally I prefer the black and white version. Some people answered  her left arm was cropped which didn’t look good. Upon reviewing the image I agree with this answer. To fix this I can go back in photoshop and adjust the crop.

For my seventh question, “What do you like/dislike about image 7?” answers were mixed. One answer was, “her thumb is showing on the bottom either crop this out or re-edit to include her hand” Upon reviewing the image I do agree with this comment because I do think the thumb is distracting. I’ll crop this out before uploading to Flickr.

For my eighth question, “What do you like/dislike about image 8?” many answered they preferred the black and white version which is good because I personally prefer the black and white version. Another common answer was they preferred the facial expression which is good because I was aiming to get good facial expressions because I find facial expressions add impact to the image. One answer was, “Crop hand out of bottom of image. Crop so arms are at the edge of pic” Upon reviewing the image I agree with cropping her hand out because I do find it a distraction. Upon reviewing the image I agree with cropping so the arms are at the edge of the image because it will improve the composition of the image.

For my ninth question, “What do you like/dislike about image 9?” many answered they didn’t like how the left arm was cropped. Upon reviewing the image I agree with this answer because I find it is a strange crop. To improve this I could crop on the right arm so it is similar to the left arm. I could also retake this image and make sure that I don’t crop the left arm.

tally

Above is a tally chart I made because with question nine I asked “If you  were to get rid of one image what would that be and why?”. This tally chart helps me because I can quickly look at the answers put for question nine. Looking at this tally chart image 5 was the image people wanted to be taken out. Upon reviewing this image I disagree because the image relates to my brief very well. I then reviewed image 3 as that was the second image people wanted out. I agree because the zoom is to far out. The image is also blurry which looks unprofessional. After looking at these two images I am going to take out image 3 when uploading to Flickr because out of image 5 and image 3 I think image 3 is not a good image.

UNIT 29 AND 30: Reflecting on image sharing websites

There are many image sharing websites. I am going to reflect on the major websites.

Instagram:

I really like Instagram because it has a wide range of people using the app. This wide range of people will be really helpful because it will allow my images to be seen by many people.  I don’t like how Instagram doesn’t allow you to create folders to organise your images. This doesn’t allow me to send the link to the folder to my tutor for marking. This doesn’t bother me personally but it would be a helpful thing to have. Based of this wide range of people Instagram is a potential site for me to put my images on there.

Twitter:

I personally don’t use Twitter so I don’t know much about Twitter. From what I seen you can only write a certain amount of words which I find bad because I like to explain what my image is about. I also know twitter has a wide range of users therefore my images will get seen by many people. Based of the fact that I don’t know twitter as much I am not going to use this site to put my images on.

Facebook:

I really like how you can put images into albums because it allows you separate your different projects from other projects. I can also send the link to my album to my tutor which will be easier than scrolling through all my images on my Instagram feed. Facebook has also got a wide range of people meaning my work will be seen by many which I want because I really want to get my work out there. You can also make a page for your photography work which I like because you can separate your personal Facebook account from your photography work. Based of the fact you can create your own page for your photography work and make albums I may use Facebook to upload my work.

Flickr:

I really like how Flickr audience is photographers because it allows my work to be seen by like minded people. I don’t like this because I won’t be able to get my work out to everyone. I like how flickr allows you to create albums because it allows me to separate different projects. Creating albums also makes it easier to submit my images for marking by my tutor. Based of the fact that I can create albums I may use flickr.

Behance:

I don’t like how Behance is all creative fields because my work may be seen by a creative person  who don’t know anything about photography. I like Behance because it has many creative people on there who can give me creative feedback on my work. I like how Behance allows me to create albums to separate my different projects. The albums will also make it easier to submit my work for marking.

Upon reflection I think Flickr would be the best to upload my images because it has like minded people on there. I can also separate my projects in to albums which makes it easier to submit my work for marking.

UNIT 29 AND 30: Final shoot

During  this shoot I shot RAW and JPEG files because from test shoot 2 I found photoshop cannot process my raw files unless converted to DNG files. I also found out photoshop couldn’t make contact sheets unless the image files was JPEG. The date of the shoot was the 10th March like I mentioned in my final shoot plan post. I also walked around Liverpool One and Lord Street because they are popular locations for buskers to go to. Like I mentioned in my final shoot plan post I used my Nikon D3300 camera because I prefer the image quality over my other camera.

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Above are my annotated contact sheets. I made contact sheets because I find it helpful to see all my image so I can highlight the images to look at when it comes to editing. This helps with my editing because I can quickly view the image on my contact sheet and process it through photoshop.

Above is the time lapse video of me editing the shoot. I mainly used the camera raw menu to edit my finals. When I was editing I made sure that I did over edit the image because I found over editing images can kill the image. Before recording I converted the best images to DNG files so photoshop can read my RAW files.

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I like the facial expressions on the busker because it very similar to how Parr captures his facial expressions. I wanted to achieve this because I really like how Parr captures his facial expressions and I wanted to emulate that in my own documentary photography.         I also like how there are people in the background because I think it gives character to the image. I don’t like how there are people in the background because it is an distraction to the viewers. Upon reflection I don’t think the black and white works because I find the colour really makes the image stand out more because colour highlights the main features of the image. Upon reflection I thin the black and white works because based from my second test shoot I found black and white worked well with this type of photography. I don’t like how there is a person in the background because it takes away the impact of the image. Upon reflection I could of waited until the person was out of the frame as this wasn’t a split second moment. I set my shutter speed to 1/60 because it was bright day therefore a fast shutter speed helps deal with a large amount of light going into the camera. I set my aperture to F.5 because a wide aperture helps me to blur the background which will allow me to deal with distracting elements in the background. I set my ISO to 200 because it was a bright day and if I put my ISO any higher it could cause my images to be overexposed. I think my target audience for this image is anyone who are into music because it is centred around buskers. I also think this because it is a general image. I don’t want to aim for this target audience because I want to aim for the teenage audience because I am a teenager myself therefore I know that audience. As the image is I don’t think I could tailor the image to teenagers but if I retook the image I think I could tailor the image to teenagers. Like I said in my final shoot plan post I used the body of the buskers to hide distracting elements in the background. I did this because distracting elements I think makes the image bad because it makes me as a photographer come across as an amateur. Like I said in my final shoot plan post I used my 50mm lens because I really like the closeness the lens gives the image.

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I really like the facial expressions in the image because of the emotion in it. I really like the emotion because it shows how passionate the busker is for what he is doing. I don’t like how there is a person on the right in the background because it takes away the impact of the image.  Upon reflection I could of waited until the person was out of the shot but I couldn’t wait because this shot was a split second moment. The black and white version is similar to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s black and white images because like Bresson I used black and white to add impact to the image. I set my shutter speed at 1/80 because it was a bright day therefore a fast shutter speed was needed to ensure the image wasn’t over exposed. I set my aperture f.5 because I wanted to blur out the background so no distracting elements show in the background. I set my ISO at 200 because a low ISO allows me to make sure I have a fast enough shutter speed so my images aren’t over exposed. I think my audience for this image is for anyone who likes music because this image is very general and it is centred around buskers. I don’t want to aim for that audience because I want to aim for the teenage audience because I know that teenage audience because I am a teenager myself. To tailor the image to teenagers I could of not cropped the image and have Forever 21 in the background because most teenagers go to that shop. When taking this shot I found it easy to work around the shadows cast by the shops because they are close together therefore the shadows merged together. I found it easy to work around distracting elements in the background because I mainly used the body of the busker to cover any distracting elements in the background. Like I said in my final shoot plan post I used my 50mm lens because I really like the closeness of the lens because it adds a personal touch to the image.

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I don’t like how far this image is because it doesn’t add impact to the image. I want to have impact in my images because I want my images to give an impression. I don’t like how there are people in the background because it looks unprofessional. I don’t want the images to look unprofessional because I want to come across as a professional photographer. I do like having the people in the background because people are a major part of what a busker is all about. I don’t like the blurriness because it is distracting. I like the blurriness because it emphasizes how much effort he is putting into singing. I prefer the black and white version because it is similar to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s black and white images. The image is similar because when Bresson uses black and white it add impact to the image, The way I use black and white is to add impact like Bresson’s work. Upon reviewing the image I should of cropped on the right side so the white pillar isn’t there because I find it a distraction. I set my shutter speed at 1/80 of a second because it was a bright day therefore a fast shutter speed helps to even out the exposure. I set my aperture at F.5 because a wide aperture allows me to blur the background which will get rid of distracting elements. I set my ISO at 200 because the lower the ISO the less sensitive the camera is to light, as it was a bright day I needed the camera to be less sensitive to light because my camera could of over exposed the image. The target audience I think for this image is anyone who is in music because the image is general and the theme is music. I don’t want to target this audience because I want to target the musical teenagers because I know that audience because I am a teenager myself.

People And Places Final 8

To view the rest of my final images for this brief click the above link.

UNIT 29 AND 30: Back Busking Campaign

http://www.itv.com/news/london/story/2014-04-09/boris-johnson-launches-back-busking-campaign/

http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/76572

http://www.london24.com/news/politics/boris_grabs_his_guitar_for_backbusking_campaign_1_3537491

Above is links to news articles about the Back Busking Campaign Boris Johnson set up in April 2014. The campaign is about supporting buskers playing in public areas. The campaign is also about cutting down on the laws surrounding busking in public areas.

A fellow classmate, Kayleigh informed me about this campaign and I thought it would be good to have look at the campaign because  I want to have some understanding of campaigns around buskers because I want to have an understanding of busking so I can reflect that in my images.

Looking at the campaign helps me because I want to get an insight into buskers lives because in my images I want to capture that passion buskers have for music.

UNIT 29 AND 30: Amateur Photographer 27th March 2016 Issue

front coverpage 1 & 2page 3 & 4page 5 & 6

Above is pages from the 27th February issue of Amateur Photographer. The article is called “Natural Instinct”. The article is about natural lighting. The article gives tips about working with natural lighting which will be helpful for this brief because the brief is about going out on location which will force me to work with natural lighting.

Tip 2 is a good tip because it states harsh light is best avoided because harsh shadows aren’t flattering to the model. The tip also states cloudy days are best because the clouds act as a soft box making soft shadows on the models face which flatters the model. This is a helpful tip because it has made me aware of the best shooting conditions when out on location.

Tip 3 is a bad tip because it states use a reflector to brighten up shadows. This is a bad tip because the reflector could leave a bright spot on the subjects check which makes the shadows come across as unnatural.

Tip 9 is a good tip because it states to use a small light meter and manual mode to shoot in natural light because the camera’s light sensor can sometimes get confused about the lighting. This is good advice because this will help me get the correct exposure. I want the correct exposure because I want to do as little editing as possible because I find to much editing can make the image come across as fake.

Tip 15 is a bad tip because it states don’t use a flash gun or the flash pre-built on your camera. This is a bad tip because a flash gun or a pre-built flash can help fill in the shadows if they are to dark.

In conclusion I think I will use the tip 2 the most because I think this will really help improve my images because when I look at my second test shoot images I have noticed the shadows are harsh so using tip 2 I think I can remove the harsh shadows.

UNIT 29 AND 30: My initial final plan

Planed dates:

  • Thursday 10th March because this is my one of my days of so I will have time to take the pictures. I may not do this day because some buskers could be in school therefore I won’t get many pictures of different buskers. I want to have a variety of buskers because I have to select 8 images.

 

  • Saturday 19th March because it gives me time to edit and blog the images from the previous date. There will be more buskers on the date because it is the weekend therefore most buskers will be free to go and busk.

 

Location:

  • Liverpool One because that is a popular location for buskers. With this location the main issue I think I will run into is shadows from the shops. This is a problem because it will cause my shutter speed to be to slow for me to hand hold the camera To solve this problem I can up my ISO to ensure I have a fast enough shutter speed to hand hold the camera. The shops in the background won’t be an issue because it will give the image some character. The shops will give character because sometimes they have funky signs in the window. Signs like “get one for free” will be an issue because it will be an eyesore. The signs will be an eye sore because people will look at them more than the busker who is the main subject of the image. To solve this issue I could move myself so I can use the body of the buskers to hide the signs. As Liverpool One is one of the main shopping areas there will a lot of people going through the area. People won’t be an issue because they are a main part of buskers because they are the ones who put money in the buskers suitcases.

 

  • Lord Street because that is where most buskers go to. With this location the main issue is similar Liverpool One, the shadows from the shops will cause my shutter speed to be to low for me to handhold my camera. To solve this I can up my ISO which will allow me to put my shutter speed at a fast enough speed to hand hold my camera. The shops in the background won’t be a problem because sometimes they can have funky signs which add character to the image. Like I mentioned before signs like “buy one get one free” will be an issue because it will be an eye sore. The signs will be an eye sore because people will focus on them more than the busker who is the main focus of the image. To solve this issue I could use the body of the busker to hide the sign. I could also move so it doesn’t appear in the frame.

 

Equipment to use:

  • Out of my two cameras I will be using my Nikon D3300. The camera has a 24 megapixel sensor which is good because the image quality will be good. This is good because the better the image quality the more people will look at the images. The native ISO is 100-12800 which is good because it allows me to shoot in low light.

 

  • A 50mm Lens (aperture is F3.5 to F36 which is good because I can really get really blurred backgrounds which is good because a blurred background makes the subject stand out from the background) because through out my test shoots I have found a 50mm lens gives that personal touch due to the closeness the lens has.

 

  • No tripod because I need to react really fast so I can capture the facial expressions. I also need to be fast because I want to capture those split second moments.

 

  • No reflector because it will slow me down when shooting. I also think I won’t need a reflector because the clouds will act as a reflector.

 

Target Audience:

Teenagers who interested in music because I know that audience because I am a teenager so I know how to appeal to that audience. I am targeting the musical teenagers because my idea will suit that audience. below is a lifestyle board:

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Editing processes:

From editing my two test shoots I want to use the Camera Raw menu because I feel that gives me more control over my editing than the regular Photoshop interface. Personally I don’t want to over edit the image because I find it kills the image.