Assignment Two Feedback

I was quite happy with my tutor feedback for this assignment. It was not my favourite assignment, but I felt that I put in the effort to produce creative work.

Below are some of my thoughts on a few of the positive and negative comments that my tutor made, and any changes I made in accordance with these.

Negative- Image 1, Artificial Light: “Using flash would give you more control over the aperture setting as with the first shot of the welly boot, the area of focus is quite small due to the large aperture/low lighting combination, the whole of the sole really needs to be pin sharp. The second ‘after’ example highlights this quite well and also shows the viewer more of the actual boot.” I agree with this comment. A smaller aperture would have worked better to get the entire sole in focus. However I did not have the lighting for this, and could definitely do with purchasing a flash unit as suggested by my tutor a few times in this feedback.

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Image 3, Artificial Light: “I would have tended to shift the point of focus in the third example to the actual shoe itself rather than the lace, using the same camera settings; I wonder did you try this at all?” I did try this during shooting, but felt that it didn’t produce as interesting an image, and it took away from my sneak peak aspect of the introduction to the shoe. I thought about changing this image as I still had versions which were focused on the shoe- but I really liked this shot, and wanted to stick with my own unique style and tastes- a risk possibly!

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Positive-

Image 3, Window Light; “The second example of the childs trainer works well, the shot has a great natural feel to it with the sunlight adding warmth to a domestic setting. These kinds of shots are quite difficult to get right so well done on getting the exposure spot on as this makes so much difference to the overall quality of the shot.” I felt that I exposed this shot well and loved the simplicity of it- so I was happy with this feedback.

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Image 3, Backlight;”The shot of the shoe on the wall works well, it is as though the shoe has been lost and then placed on the wall by a passer-by, you often see that with childs toys and especially dummies! The exposure is good within the context of the shot, and yes you could say the background is a little too dark but this helps in making all of the viewers attention being put onto the shoe and the wall and the narrative that starts to form.” I was happy with this feedback, and it further highlighted that in future I should always expose for the subject, no matter how the background appears. This was my slight downfall in this assignment, as I thought that we were supposed to produce images with no highlight clipping- so therefore some of my subjects suffer with underexposure because of this. This was an unfortunate misunderstanding in this assignment!

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Image 3, Dappled Light, “The final shot of the shoe and football works very well, the addition of the net being quite crucial in giving the image a quite natural feel. The light is nice and bright with the subsequent exposure bring out the best of the subjects and situation.” I wanted to be quite creative with this shot, and so therefore came up with this idea! I was happy with the outcome, and felt that I calculated an accurate exposure for this shot.

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Part 2, Low contrast images: “The before and after shots are interesting especially the first two where the ‘after’ shots are a definite improvement, this highlights your learning curve quite well and I think can only improve the standard of your work further.” I put a great deal of thought into how I could improve the images, and so was pleased with the overall outcome of these low contrast shots.

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For further reference, I have listed my tutor’s feedback in full below;

“Hannah, this second assignment moves on well from the first one and already I can see how your own particular style and vision are starting to come through, the level of communication through your photographs is good and even at this early stage the quality of outcome is high.”

I have copied the entire feedback from my tutor below, and then I have gone on to further explain my thoughts on a few of his comments at the end.

Your choice and range of subject matter is excellent and allows for the fine mix of studio and location based shots, although as I mentioned the studio shots suffer a little because of the low quality of the light source. Using flash would give you more control over the aperture setting as with the first shot of the welly boot, the area of focus is quite small due to the large aperture/low lighting combination, the whole of the sole really needs to be pin sharp. The second ‘after’ example highlights this quite well and also shows the viewer more of the actual boot, this composition would be one to work on, you need to reveal just enough of the subject but also bring in other details such as the shape and form of the object.

The second shot does suffer from blow out highlights on the heel part of the shoe and again this is really down to the harsher qualities of the tungsten-balanced lamp that you used. The viewer wants to see all of the lace detailing on the shoe in a studio shot such as this, you can show less detail in the location shots, but studio shots should be high quality bringing out the absolute best of the object/subject. I would have tended to shift the point of focus in the third example to the actual shoe itself rather than the lace, using the same camera settings; I wonder did you try this at all? The lace leads the viewer into the image well and although I know you are playing with the ideas of ‘sneak peeks’ you could have done this in any number of other ways; for example dipping the sole of the shoe into water and making a print of this onto paper and then taking a photograph of this. Studio skills and techniques are not so difficult to master if you have access to the relevant equipment and sometimes hiring a studio for a couple of hours can be beneficial.

The second shot of the welly full of flowers shows good creative and imaginative ideas and I agree with you that the result could have been better, possibly the light needs to be softer to help with the overall ambience of the image. You seem to be using quite high aperture settings so far and to be honest I would try and stick to f8 and work your lighting around this.

Using the stained glass window as a background and source of light is good and certainly offers the photographer a challenge! This shot works well although I found the magazines a little distracting, any text in an image will instantly attract the viewer and here your head automatically tilts to one side as you try to read the words. Due to the nature of the shot the shoe is slightly underexposed, here a small amount of fill in flash would illuminated the detail and caught the textures. Combinations of natural light and flash can be quite interesting and again is a technique well worth learning.

The second example of the childs trainer works well, the shot has a great natural feel to it with the sunlight adding warmth to a domestic setting. These kinds of shots are quite difficult to get right so well done on getting the exposure spot on as this makes so much difference to the overall quality of the shot.

Using candle light can be problematic due to the poor light quality and orange cast, its also a bit of a photographic cliché to use candles to light an object as it doesn’t usually come across that well. The crop is a little tight and may have worked better with a wider angle to give the shot a bit more space around the shoe.

Placing the welly into an outside location is good, but you really need it to be in a muddy field, shot in black and white with lots of contrast. The main problem with this shot is that you seem to have exposed for the background rather than the object, so that the welly appears a bit flat, a bit of fill in flash could have helped here. If you are having problems with exposures then try using a light meter with the camera on the manual settings. This is something worth thinking about as you progress through the various modules, any exposure problems need to be ironed out fairly early on.

The shot of the shoe on the wall works well, it is as though the shoe has been lost and then placed on the wall by a passer-by, you often see that with childs toys and especially dummies! The exposure is good within the context of the shot, and yes you could say the background is a little too dark but this helps in making all of the viewers attention being put onto the shoe and the wall and the narrative that starts to form.

The dappled shot of the lady’s shoe is good and has a warm feeling due to the light streaming through, not sure about using the magazines as a background and they are a little distracting. If you are going to use props then its worth checking out other photographers work and see how props can enhance the subject and add interest to the photograph.

The shot of the welly in the field makes it seem a little lost or discarded, there is a strong narrative that could be played out based on this and I can understand about your illness and how this impacts on your images. For me the strongest images in this assignment do have strong narratives and I think this is something you should continue to develop over time.

The final shot of the shoe and football works very well, the addition of the net being quite crucial in giving the image a quite natural feel. The light is nice and bright with the subsequent exposure bring out the best of the subjects and situation.

The before and after shots are interesting especially the first two where the ‘after’ shots are a definite improvement, this highlights your learning curve quite well and I think can only improve the standard of your work further.

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