UNIT 6: Photography exhibtions

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Above is a Google search for photography exhibitions. I wanted to look at photography exhibitions because photography is my specialism. Below are some of the image I found whilst looking through the search:

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When looking at these photography exhibitions I have noticed that most of the images are framed. I would love to do something like this but someone else is using frames so I don’t want my work to clash with their work. I have also noticed how the frames line up. To me this is a plus because it looks aesthetically pleasing. Looking back at my Open Eye Gallery trip I did notice that the work wasn’t framed or mounted just nailed. I think this way looks amateurish because of how untidy it looks. Mounted or framed images look more professional so I will go with mounted or framed images for the exhibition.

UNIT 6: Evaluation

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.

 

Research:

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.

 

Final shoot:

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.

 

Digital book:

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.

 

Conclusion:

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.

UNIT 6: Sizing up my board

Above is a video of me showing how I plan to layout out my board. Due to needing a large scale image I have chosen to go with 2 A2 prints which will be printed by reprographics at college. I have chosen 2 A2 prints because going between A1 and A2 I think A2 is an acceptable size because it gives me room to get smaller prints on. Due to the amount of space I had I chose to go with 2 A4 prints because when I tried an A3 print I felt it didn’t fill the space like I had planned. When I tried A4 I felt this filled the space better than the A3. I have also outlined where the mac will be going because I plan to use the mac to show my digital book. I also have my sketch book on display because I think this will give a good insight for the viewers into how I got my images. I think I need to print out the images to the size I planned to make sure this layout will work. I hope it will work because I really like how it lines up on the board.

UNIT 6: Uploading book to Issuu

above is a video of me uploading to Issuu. The main problem I had with uploading my book to Issuu was one of the images turned out pixelated even though it was a high resolution image and I chose high quality display in Indesign. I was unsure how to fix this so of camera I changed the image which works when uploaded to Issuu. Other that problem it was pretty easy to upload to Issuu because it didn’t take long for Issuu to upload my book. It was also easy uploading to Issuu because the export to a PDF file didn’t take long which helped because it sped up the process of uploading my book to Issuu. I would happily use Issuu again to upload any of my digital books because of how simple and quick it was upload and use.

UNIT 6: Final book

above is my final book which I will show during the exhibition. I am very happy how this book turned out because the way I organised the pages look professional which is what I was aiming for. I wanted the book to professional because it is for the exhibition. I also want my book to look professional because when future employers look back at my work I want to give them a good impression. The front cover I think turned out well because of how creative it is. Placing the text in the bottom left hand corner was a good idea because it allows the front cover image to speak. With the second and third page it was a good idea to make and introduction page and an about me page because it gives the reader some insight to what the brief was about and also gives some insight to who I am. On page 4 and 5 I had two full bleed images because I wanted to start of with a “wow”. I wanted to start of with a “wow” because I wanted to keep the reader hooked. With page 6 and 7 I wanted to mix up the layout because I want to keep the reader hooked. Placing the bottom two images was a good idea because they link up which gives a nice flow to the book. With page 8 and 9 I think having the images lining up together is a good idea because it gives a nice flow to the book. Again I mixed up the layout because I wanted to add freshness to the layout. With page 10 and 11 I went back to the two full bleed images because I felt the book needed another full bleed. I thought this because the book so far lacked impact before I included another full bleed layout. With page 12 and 13 I went back to the diagonal layout because I wanted to start a pattern. I wanted to start a pattern because I felt it gives the book a nice flow. Keeping with the pattern I went back to having the 4 images in line layout on page 14 and 15. I kept with the pattern because it gives a nice flow to the book. also went back to this layout because I like the way it flows to one page to another. With page 16 and 17 I went with two full bleed images because it gives a nice brake in the book in terms of layouts. With page 18 and 19 I kept with the two full bleed images because I wanted to end on a “wow” because it will make my work more rememberable to the reader. With the back cover I really like how I just have the quote which gave me some inspiration for this idea.

 

UNIT 6: Changing my book based of feedback

above is a video of me using Indesign to change my based of feedback. I changed my book based of my feedback because there was some good points made when I was given feedback. I changed my front cover so it was more creative because most of the feedback stated the original front cover was plain. So what I did was arrange cellophane and took a picture of it to serve as my background because I felt this was improvement on my front cover. I like how there are now multiple colours instead of one colour because now it looks less plain. Another thing I changed was the font because some feed back stated to change the font so it was more read able. I chose to go with Helvetica was this was the most recommended font to use because of how simple it is which makes it more readable. Another thing I did was my back cover because most feedback stated it needed a blurb of some sort but already having an introduction page I felt it was unnecessary. As you seen in the video I looked for back covers of books and I saw a book with a quote. I liked this idea for the back cover so using the quote in my brief I placed that on the back cover.

UNIT 6: Adding images and text into my book

Above is a video of me using Adobe Indesign to add my final shoot images to my book. This was a simple task to do because it was only placing images into the squares I set up before hand. Placing text into the book was an easy task to do because all I had to do was placing the text into the boxes I set up before hand. What I found hard to do was to think of what type in the boxes. At the start I thought about explaining the images but changed my mind because I wanted to let the viewers make their own mind up about the images. I settled for saying which image was unedited and edited because I wanted to make sure it was clear to the reader.The task which I found the hardest was designing my front cover because I was unsure of how I would lay it out. I did have some sketches of how I saw the front cover which I referred to when I worked on my front cover.