PH1200 visualizing ideas- exhibition review

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The exhibition I am going to be reviewing is the Tate Exchange. The exhibition ran from 27th to 30th November 2016. This was a collaboration with the Tate Liverpool Gallery and the Open Eye Gallery. The work on display was a documentary story regarding people with dementia. The work produced was by a solo photographer called Tadhg Devlin. Devlin is an Irish born photographer but works out of Liverpool. Devlin also teaches at university level. From looking at the work I get the feeling awareness for dementia is the main theme of the work. Another theme I get from looking at the work is showing people with dementia. I can relate to these themes because my grandmother has a slight touch of dementia herself. So looking and reading the exhibition has opened my eyes to her day to day struggles. Due to physical objects being present it adds to the engagement because you can touch and look at the objects. With images you cannot touch and get a sense of texture which lessens the engagement. With the prints being large prints it does help with the engagement because it instantly grabs your attention which causes people to to engage with the images. The strongest image is the man looking out to the river. This is because of the story behind the image. At first glance it is just a pretty image but when you read into the image’s story it adds a whole new level to the image. This exhibition has really inspired me to do my own documentary on a disability like this. With the exhibition a newspaper and a booklet. The newspaper had more images in it along with some descriptions of the image. This was a nice touch because it gave context to the images and it gave a unique way of viewing work. The booklet had interviews with the people Devlin worked with.  The booklet was a nice touch because it gave a personal insight into the peoples day to day struggles with dementia.


PH1200 visualizing ideas-photobook review

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The photo book I am going to be reviewing is Real Food by Martin Parr. Martin Parr is a documentary photographer but has moved into other areas such as food photography and photo book collecting. Real Food is a documentary book on everyday food. I chose this book because it related to a semester 1 brief called still life, so I thought this book would give me some inspiration for that brief. I can relate to the theme of the book because as a photographer I particularly interested in documentary photography. With the work being presented in a book format it dramatically impacts the readers engagement with the work because you can touch and feel the print itself which is an important part of traditional photography.  Looking through the book the only weakest element is the layout. With the layout you a majority of the images are full landscape image then sometimes it goes to a grid shape. I find this to be a weak element because there isn’t any consistency with the layout. When there isn’t any consistency with the layout it throws viewers of. Looking through this book I have been inspired by Parr’s use of flash. When flash is used it tends to create harsh shadows but the way Parr uses flash it doesn’t. This makes me think that he used a flash diffuser to soften the harsh shadows. It also makes me think Parr uses the flash on a low power so it doesn’t create harsh shadows.

PH1200 visualising ideas- Website Review

I have chosen Kate Hopewell Smith’s website to look at. I have chosen this photographer because she works in an area of photography I would like to go into.With Smith’s work I feel can relate to it because she shoots portraits which is something I would like to go into. Kate Hopewell Smith is a leading UK portrait photographer. She is also a Nikon Ambassador. This is the link to her website: From looking at the website the overall theme is promotion of work to get hired. This is clearly shown by the tab investment which is found in the portrait, boudoir and wedding section of the website. Due to the work being displayed via a slideshow improves the engagement with the work because you are physically pressing buttons to move the image to the next. The slideshow itself doesn’t move which improves the engagement with the work because you can properly look at the work instead of being rushed on to the next image. When you go into the gallery tab it is laid out via rectangles. These rectangles are clickable which takes you to a set of work. This layout doesn’t add much to the engagement with the work because you aren’t seeing any work until you clicked that rectangle.

Looki00001108_png through her work I think this image is one of her stronger images. With this image I like how there is a dog and a child present because it shows who are the most important people in his life. Due to the image being taken in a field this suggests the man is also a farmer. The image being over exposed slightly puts me of it because I cannot make out any detail which to me is what photography is about.

I get a good insight into the photographers work because viewing the work is easy to do. This is due to the simple but effective slideshows and easy navigation of the website. Visiting this website has given me inspiration for my own website because there are some features on the website I would like to include on to mine.

With websites in general I don’t think they are the best platform to view work because the photographer can swap and change images with ease. This means they have the ability to influence our thoughts about their work instead of leaving it up to the viewer to form their own thoughts. This also means they have the ability to show only their best work which is bad because it leads people to think they are good photographers but in reality how many good images come out of a shoot?

PH1200 Visualising Ideas – Photo Journal Review

I have chosen Amateur Photographer as the photo journal I am going to review. In particular the Saturday 1st October 2016 issue.front cover.jpg The journal is published once a week. I think this is a good publishing rate because it keeps readers up to date on the photographic world. Amateur Photographer contains techniques, reviews,  from March to October they run competitions and news summary’s. The technique articles I find particularly helpful because they give me inspiration to shoot in a certain way which in turns improves my photography.In the issue I am reviewing the technique article this week was about street photography which I found very interesting because I am very interested in the genre. I find the news summary’s interesting because I find photographic news interesting. I also find the news summary’s good article because it keeps everyone up to date on what is going on in the photographic world. In this issue I found the news article about the Iphone now shooting RAW interesting because I some times shoot with my Iphone and shooting RAW will be a massive step up from the regular photos Iphone’s take.  I chose this journal because it is one of the best and reliable photo journals out there. I have also chose this journal because I personally prefer this journal compared to other photo journals I have read. I can relate to the audience of the photo journal because I am still an amateur photographer which is what the journals main audience is. Below I show pages from the journal:

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The journal presents photographers works in multiple ways. One way is using the work for a large feature image for the article. I think this way is good because it allows the photographers work to be the main focus point rather than the article itself. This is a bad way of presenting photographers work because the text can sometimes take away from the images impact. Another way the journal presents a photographers work  is mini images which relate to the paragraph of text or the article. This is a good way of presenting photographers work because it gives a spotlight to their work whilst giving the article a spotlight to. This is a bad way of presenting photographers work because this restricts photographers to a certain theme or style which they may not want to shoot in. Photographers work in journals makes it easy for me to engage with their work because it is printed and I can go back to that again and again whereas if it was on a website the photographer may take it down after a time meaning I cannot go back to it again and again. In the issue I am showcasing in this review I find all the article are strong. In particular the reviews on the latest photography gear I find is the strongest article because it helps photographers decide on whether or not to buy that piece of gear they have been thinking of getting. I find there is no weak article in this particular issue because all of it has some relevance. Reading this particular issue  I have been inspired by some of the tips they talked about in the street photography article because some of the tips have really made me want to shoot street photography.

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.



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.



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.