Photographic Journal and Lesson Notes from:! 10th October 2013 to 20th March 2014!
! City & Guilds Level 2 Award! ! By Brian Dry! !
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10th October 2013 to 16th October 2013:!
• Lesson Subject: Course Introduc3on and Induc3on. • Meet the other pupils. Introduc3on to Moodle and Issuu and course literature. explana3on of course • • • • • • • •
material for reference and a run through of the course roadmap. First Module: People Photography for 10 images with all 10 images rela3ng to each other. Ac3ons: Visit the Photographers Gallery and view Home Truths exhibi3on. Plan the subject of the ﬁrst assignment. Plan the subject of the ﬁrst assignment Write Statement of Intent using the workbook form Analyse photographers and choose inspira3onal pictures Copy some pictures into research folder and explain who/what/when/where/why Start Photographic Journal/Scrap Book
! 17th October 2013 to 23rd October 2013: ! • Lesson Subject: Presenta3on of various portrait photographers. • A good lesson presen3ng more than 50 photographers who’s work can be found on the internet. • I visited the Photographers Gallery. Really interes3ng. The photographer which stood out the most from an inﬂuen3al point of view was Ana Casas Broda mixing her inner childhood with her children’s own childhood with darkened messages.
• In planning I am taking an inﬂuence from Cecil Beaton in his unknown street/worker people images par3cularly from a picture of a shipbuilder in Tyneside and his pictures from the 40s and 50s.
• My main inﬂuence has always been Bill Cunningham from the New York Times and that is mainly where I will base my mind set for the ﬁrst module of Street People.
! 24th October 2013 to 29th October 2013: !
• Lesson Subject: Discussion on the documenta3on required for the module. • 4 Docs required: 1. Statement of Intent to be uploaded to ISSUU 2. Body of Images for ﬁrst module to be uploaded to ISSUU 3. Photographic Journal to be uploaded to ISSUU 4. Scrap Book in manual form of uploaded to ISSUU. (I will have this in hard copy)
• Also in the lesson; Leading Lines about drawing you into the ‘Golden Sec3on’ of a photograph.Spliang a photo into 9 boxes of “rule of thirds” and leading the viewer to the boeom lef corner of the top right box or the boeom right hand corner of the top lef box.
• Think about how to capture characteris3cs in a photo • DOP: Below f8 = Shallow and above f8 = Broad
! 31st October 2013: ! • Half Term ! !
7th November 2013 to 13th November 2013:
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Lesson Subject: Learning how to manually set the white balance using a grey card. Sunny 16 rule: f11 = Light Shade f8 = Overcast f5.6 = Cloudy f4 = Dark
! 14th November 2013 to 20th November 2013: ! • Lesson Subject: Silent Gaze • Learning the view point i.e. Strong, Weak, Natural, Dead Pan etc. • Lesson tasks to take pictures of body parts but not the face. then, Stare at each other and shoot an image when the expression changes and then analyse the results to see how the expression changes. I did not enjoy this task and while I understand the idea of recognising small changes in expression can completely change the story in the image, I got nothing from the prac3cal task itself which couldn’t have been achieved through discussion.
! 21st November 2013: ! • Tony was unwell and the lesson was cancelled. ! 28th November 2013 to 4th December 2013: !
• Lesson Subject: Using Props in Portraits. What is a prop. • Theory, props can be anything to enhance the message being conveyed by the picture itself. These can be subtle like lips3ck or a shadow or can even be the picture itself where everything is posed.
• Prac3cal: We were given props to experiment with in our groups. Barbara, Linda and I used a mask and
coupling that with the shadow of the subject from the tungsten light. We took turns at posing and taking the pictures to show how props can be used to convey the message which in this case was dark/mystery with the mask and the shadow against the wall.
• We then used bubbles to get the light reﬂec3ng and crea3ng colours and then using a balloon with a light in to create a mysterious light against the face of the subject with a dark background so the balloon was the prop crea3ng the ambience in the image.
• The idea of the lesson was to learn to appreciate how the props can be used to bring a message to the image or to enhance the subject or even be the main subject.
! 5th December 2013: ! • I did not aeend as I was sick with Shingles ! !
12th December 2013 to 18th December2013:
• Lesson Subject: Image Size for ISSUU • Uploading to ISSUU, Cropping to make image sizes 8”x12” for ISSUU set image resolu3on for 72dpi for ISSUU
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Use 8”x10” at 300dpi resolu3on for prin3ng.
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Lesson Subject: Film Noir
Always use a feathered brush as default Use the dodge tool for eyes (Lighter) Use Burn for darker. Use dodge & burn instead of the clone tool where possible for speed Always save for print Use size chart in Moodle for image size Vs pixel ra3ngs
! 19th December 2013 to 8th January 2014: !
Excellent prac3cal lesson on black & white and atmospheric photography. We looked at some photographers for ﬁlm noir and then started the prac3cal in the college grounds. Learned camera seangs and exposure points and focal points. I took a great picture of Tony and placed it in the student forum.
• Made more use of the student forum to try and get some cri3que going on Moodle
! 26th December 2013 & 2nd January 2014: ! Christmas Break ! 9th January 2014 to 15th January 2014: !
• Lesson Subject: Module 2 Subject and instruc3on • Choose any subject other then people • The body of images must be presented in 8” X 12” and presented in an appealing fashion i.e. photos within a background or framed in some professional way
• Photobox or Printspace are 2 online shops for prin3ng photographs. • Remember the size and pixels from previous lesson for preparing photos for print.
! 16th January 2014 to 22nd January 2014: !
• Lesson Subject: Photographers not people • Presenta3on of some photographers i.e. Bernard & Hilla Becher and thinking about using colleague. This was just looking to inspire where we may not have thought of a subject for the second module.
• Prac3cal: We took a number of photos of a subject and then using each others outputs, placed them together to remake the subject pasted from diﬀerent print outs.
• I did a face on face and then a side on face and placed the front on eye sec3on on the side view picture which looked rather weird but had a clever eﬀect.
• My chosen subject is Olives in Mar3ni Cocktails and a back up subject of Architecture. 4
23rd January 2014 to 29th January 2014:
• On Holiday • Taking pictures of Mar3ni Cocktails for 2nd module
! 30th January 2014 to 5th February 2014: !
• Lesson -‐ Displacement Mapping. • Merging 2 images together by using photoshop. • The original way of doing this was to project one image onto another
! 6th February 2014 to 12th February 2014: !
• Lesson -‐ Let’s go Doey/It’s a small world. • We took pictures in a room full of dots which was an experiment in the collage by a Japanese ar3st. • We also took pictures in close up of objects re: It’s a small world.
! 13th February 2014 to 19th February 2014: ! • Half Term ! 20th February 2014 to 26th February 2014: ! • Lesson -‐ Photographic presenta3on and prin3ng ! 27th February 2014 to 5th March 2014: ! • • • •
Lesson -‐ Lets have a go at silver surﬁng
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Lesson -‐ Photographic Prin3ng
Taking black and white images using a ﬁlm camera Developing ﬁlm In pairs, we took pictures and then in a dark room, developed the ﬁlm.
! 6th March 2014 to 12th March 2014: !
We took the ﬁlm we developed last week and did the processing We developed 2 8 x 10 pictures We were shown how to get the exposure right using a 3mer and strips of paper to ﬁnd the correct 3me to develop the ﬁlm correctly
• We were also shown the diﬀerence in paper types available for prin3ng
13th March 2014 to 19th March 2014:
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Lesson -‐ Power Puﬀ Using powder paint we created bombs of coloured powder paint and too pictures using ﬂash By throwing the paint in the air, using the ﬂash, the pictures looked like colour explosions Also, more discussion about prin3ng, sizing, paper and on-‐line printers
! 20th March 2014: !
• Last lesson in a fantas3c course • Overview and 3mings of when work needs to be in.
! 21st March to Present: ! • • • • • • • • • •
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Finalise Module One Body of Images and upload to ISSUU Module One Statement of Intent upload to ISSUU Update Scrap Book to ﬁnalise Module One Complete Statement of Intent for Module Two Finalise Journal (This Document) for whole course and upload to ISSUU Update ﬁnal version of Scrapbook Print images for Module Two Complete Module Two Body of Images in Hard Copy Make sure Tony prints oﬀ the ISSUU documents for marking Hand all work to Tony on Tuesday 3rd June 2014