Professional Practice Diary: Frederick Bird week 3

This week (Friday 31st Jan 2014) Kat Korwaser (fellow student also assisting at Frederick Bird School) and I, planned a lesson for the children. We arrived at the school and were soon told that Nicky Downes (The teacher running the photography sessions) had gone home. This meant that we had more responsibility, as the lesson plan really did fall back on us. I loved the fact that I had control over the lesson, we had a great plan and knew exactly what the children would love. We had decided to show the children the idea of long exposures and painting with light. The experimental aspects of the task we gave the children kept them engaged, they loved playing around with new ideas. It was interesting to see how the children started off by being quite shy and unsure about the task; keeping their torch movements quite small, to then once we had reassured them and shown them their images and given them feedback, creating large and impressive experimental painting with light creations.

We also gave the children feedback on their work from last week. It was clear that they had taken our advice on board by their images this week, as they had vastly improved. We had suggested that a few of the images used impressive creative frames, however they had then forgotten to frame a person/object. The idea of the frame had become more important over the subject. However, when we pointed this out they realised that time should be taken to think about both, and re-created some of the work from the week previous. This was great to see as it shows that they are learning and improving from our teaching and experience. I feel proud to be a part of this as I have always wanted to pass on my skills. The children are creative and inspirational.

The lesson went down a treat. The children loved it. The enthusiasm from the children was amazing and has inspired me to push for my future aspirations to create my own workshops for children.

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# picbod: Negotiation

Nude vs Naked Feedback

https://jstonelyphotography.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/nude-vs-naked-task/

Successful image was discussed to be the one of myself, as the double exposure is less awkward and has something more to it compared to the couple photograph

  • Perhaps the couple photograph wasn’t as confident as it was intended
  • I thought about working on this and expanding it for exhibition as I am proud of the self nude image
  • The multiple exposures give the image depth and engages the viewer, the viewer wants to read into it and ask why…
  • Technique needs a little bit of work, but not a alot
  • Washed out image looks great, however maybe a little more skin tone, and dull down the boldness of the hair
  • Could experiment with other people as well, in the same style

Negotiation Lecture: Jonathon Worth

Negotiation

Invading their personal space

Meeting someone you haven’t met before and taking intimate images

Documentary, is often easy to take from a long way away

The backs of people

And one day… you will come across someone who has turned around, and you will still take the picture

No longer just observing, it becomes a dialog.

We see things, and understand what it means, we actively engage with what we are photographing

“Philosophers” Steve Pyke

Philosophers by Steve Pyke

Philosophers by Steve Pyke

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He has to get very close with the camera that he uses

You have to learn how to make people feel at ease. You have to make them feel comfortable.

He would photograph very passively, as he had a camera where you aren’t eye-to-eye level with the subject

“Jack”

Jack and Duncan collections by Steve Pyke

Jack and Duncan collections by Steve Pyke

jack

Everything is photographed; he has to take pictures of things all the time

Photographing the soles of his shoes

His children have been photographed from minutes old, to every year when they are older

http://www.pyke-eye.com/Philosophers/1/caption/

Nicholas Nixon, “The Brown Sisters”

Nicholas Nixon "The Borwn Sisters"

Nicholas Nixon “The Borwn Sisters”

Introduce your self

Smile

It’s very difficult not to smile back when someone smiles at you.

Start up a conversation, perhaps about your camera, something you have with you.

A turning point, more of a mature photographer

For the Telegraph Jonathon Worth was hired for sensitive subjects

Asked to make a portrait

Very personal story behind this image

This is the first time that the story has been told to someone other than her husband. The first time it will go public.

A massive responsibility…

How do you make a picture of a subject a dialog?

The subject is very vulnerable, how do you get them to trust you so that you can show their story?

Graeme Obree “The Flying Scotsman”

Graeme Obree "The Flying Scotsman" by Jonathon Worth

Graeme Obree “The Flying Scotsman” by Jonathon Worth

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Inspirational book “The Flying Scotsman”

English policeman goes to Scotland to police the strikes

Worth feels that he gets invested in his subjects

Wanted to photograph “Workers”

Heroic male

Eating Disorders

Males: At this point used to only seeing women

He has to think about how to answer a question that hasn’t been answered yet

You have to figure your approach

Enrique Iglasias Tour photographs

Epileptic Open Ocean Rower

Huge story

Hillsbury Football Disaster

Relatives of people who died at the football disaster

How do you photograph people who have had their children stolen?

Stranger

Every one has a story

Find common ground

“Can I make a picture with you in it?”… rather than, “Can I take a photograph of YOU?”

Toning workshop:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/85473487″>Toning 2</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user14118719″>Jenny Stonely</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Virtually real- really virtual

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The destination of reality and non-reality. What does virtual and reality even mean?

Convergent media courses used to be available. Now everything is convergent, therefor e we don’t teach it anymore, we are convergent and “cyberly” connected. Giving lectures on laptops and blogs etc.

Artificial Intelligence

How do e know we are real… “Blade runner”

What is a virtual world?

The reach down for the goggles proves that the viewer feels they in are Milo’s world. 

This didn’t kick off… but why? This technology is old now. Is this creepy? and what are its limits….boring?
“Mitsuko” artificial intelligence or not? Do the test.
Creating another reality that we can then therefore operate.
Startrek, 1960’s, ground breaking series.
First TV series that had equal racial hierarchy, first TV interracial kiss.
Immersive experience, Holodeck
Makes you believe that you are somewhere you aren’t… Hex at Alton Towers, the cinema…
This video shows that people believe immersive media sometimes…
Cave UT
Depths perception

Will CAVE UT (click to see link), and Kinect  eventually emulate Star Trek’s holodeck?

Flight simulations is probably the most accurate immersive media. Immersive environments can take away the risk. The problem with this is that children don’t know the risks in the real world now.

The way we want to be tricked. Phantom limb pain. New therapy, called mirror therapy. The pain is in the brain, by tricking the brain into thinking you have the limb it can dissipate the pain from the phantom limb.

It is understandable why this man wants to be tricked. However, why do we even want to go to immersive environments such as war zones (where in the real world people limbs get blown off) on our video games? They are becoming more and more realistic, why would people want to put themselves in this situation?

The Thirst for Illusion…

Our desire for illusion, and how easy illusion is done to us. 
Oliver Grau, (Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion) (click to see link), puts into perspective the thirst for illusion.

“says that these “immersive” techniques have been utilised by artists throughout history to create the environment for worship and ritual. Grau’s work is comparative and examines how virtual art fits into the art history of illusion and realism. He does this by tracing the history of the image through to the present day and examining how the immersive techniques of the ancients continue to impact on the aesthetics of New Media.” (http://252mc2014.wordpress.com)

Illusion space images (click to see link)

Trompe l’oeil (click to see link)

-Popular, trickery, aesthetic

Sleeveface (click to see link)

-fun trickery

Though many photographers actualy want to show people the truth.

-Robbie Cooper’s work…

Video, Production video and blog, touching on theory, he wants to capture the truth of immersive environments, and how it makes us react. Whats amazing is how “drugged” people look when experiencing this media, they don’t look alive. He captures the truthfulness of the human expression as they experience the immersive environments.

Photography is  mainly see as a ‘true representation’, poeple say that “The camera never lies”. Culture Wars… touches on this.

“We are more inclined to think a photograph is an accurate representation than a painting or a sculpture, the former of course having the advantage of immediacy and spontaneity so the ‘artist’s touch’ can be more easily hidden.”

“But here’s the question: Does the making of a representation immediately move it into the realm of the virtual? And is virtual then immediately ‘almost’ truth’ and ‘almost real’?” (http://252mc2014.wordpress.com)

Can you even pinpoint truth and reality. The minute you make a representation is when you have falsified something. 

“In a way you can say that any image or representation is a fantasy even if the image is of something prosaic or everyday – even if it is true. The mere fact that it isn’t real – or that that moment no longer exists in real time but is still able to be viewed without being real gives it (or the subject matter) an existence in virtual time and space.” (http://252mc2014.wordpress.com)

Every time we take a photograph we are creating an un-reality. Every time you take a photograph you are part of virtualising reality.

“Grau argues that the aesthetic preconcepts of virtual art are traceable and seamlessly connected to the present incarnation of New Media with its” (http://252mc2014.wordpress.com) …

“real time computation, sensorial interactivity, relational databases, distributed networks, knowledge engineering, artificial intelligence, telepresence and artificial life functionality.”  (Joel Slayton)

Liu Bolin and his distinct – Urban Camouflage (click to see link), painting himself with paint, merging with his background. Playing with the idea of camouflage and illusion.

Street artists Kurt Wenner (click to see link) and Julian Beever (click to see link)

Making you look like you are in the environments, though they are only chalk drawings. 

“So Grau is, in a way (as is Manovich – see his introduction to The Language of New Media) saying that digital/virtual and traditional have exactly the same purpose – to create illusion – to give us, the viewer the opportunity and sensation of experiencing an alternate reality – and, we can argue that this is one of the primary functions of art. Even the ‘true’ representations of photojournalism go through a process of choice of subject, setting up (Capa’s famous Falling Soldier from the Spanish Civil War was arguably ‘set up’ – and there has been 60 years of controversy regarding Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima and Raising the Red Flag over the Reichstag), developing, editorial veto etc etc.” (http://252mc2014.wordpress.com)

A war photographer had his work rejected because he had modified an image (click to see link)

Cut off, by his imagery being used in the press. His camera was visible in the photograph, so he modified his image, getting rid of the camera. This lost him his job. 

-‘Digital Art‘ (click to see link)

-Photographers (click to see link)

-Hyperreal (click to see link)

A blog post on BBC News (click to see link) looks at the similarities of war photographs and gaming.

ITV misled viewers by airing footage claimed to have been shot by the IRA (click to see link),  (BBC News), taken from a game, as if it was a real thing. This is how close constructive realities are to the real thing, ITV used it as real theatre of war footage. 

– Game Transfer Phenomenon (click to see link)

Zombie game on the streets… in the real street, immersive on your phone, can see the zombies coming on the phone map, however they aren’t obviously there.

How we interact with our real world and technology is starting to blur.

Lev Manovich’s book,  The Language of New Media…

“Whose Vision is it? It is the vision of a computer, a cyborg, an automatic missile. It is the realistic representation of human vision in the future, when it will be augmented by computer graphics and cleansed from noise. It is the vision of a digital grid. Synthetic computer generated imagery is not an inferior representation of our reality but a realistic representation of a different reality.”

Creative Brief… Image sets

Creative Brief

Set up and shoot 3 sets of images. There must be 10 or more images in each set.

1: entitled ‘Work’

2: entitled ‘Rest’

 3: entitled ‘Play’

The images must be your own work and capture the essence of the module in terms of ‘digital media’.

The production process and creative research should be blogged throughout – subject/location/equipment/rationale/post-production etc.

You may replace one set of images with a video exploring the replaced title theme. The video should be no less than 30 seconds and no more than 2 minutes in length.

Image sets must be displayed either via WordPress plug-ins or on static pages hosted on your server-space.

NB: It is up to you to interpret and research the brief.  

(252MC Digital Media Moodle page)

Digital Media Theme Research:

Cosplay Character Photography

http://www.fubiz.net/en/2013/11/07/cosplay-series-photography/

Taking pictures of all the landscapes using his iPhone

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/professional-iphone-photographer-kevin-russ-documents-the-world-an-instagram-at-a-time

Use of Google maps

http://photomichaelwolf.com

CCTV, how it can alienate people

http://www.tomwichelow.com/gallery.cfm?gID=5510

Video game Immersion, Robbie Cooper

http://www.robbiecooper.org/small.html

“Alter Ego” Robbie Cooper

http://www.robbiecooper.org/small.html

Gamers

http://www.mrtoledano.com/gamers/02

David Hockney iPhone pictures

http://www.hockneypictures.com/iphone_pages/iphone_etcetera-01.php

Children are introduced to immersive media so young

joker face

Interesting how family time has changed 

We trust machines to a crazy level…

John Taylor told the story of the song (as quoted on the Genero.tv site): “The title came from one of Nick (Rhodes)’s and my silly games, the idea being, ‘What would we call our offshoot electro ensemble?’ The answer was ‘Blame The Machines,’ which Mark (Ronson, producer) loved. The lyric idea followed on from that, basing it on a story in theHerald Tribune about a German driver who was killed when his GPS sent him the wrong way up a freeway off-ramp. Blame the machines indeed.”

(http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=21803)

‘The inspiration for the song came to Sandi Thom when after her mobile phone was stolen she thought how simple life was when we weren’t so reliant on technology: “When not everybody drove a car, when music really mattered, and radio was king.”‘

  • Perhaps I could rework this video and create a new video about all the technology disappearing. A room with all the technology turning into flowers before your eyes. If the technology disappeared from the world would it be beautiful again, simple things in life like flowers would be beautiful, hence the technology being replaced with the natural beauty’s in life.

“Get your face off the Facebook and turn off your phone.” The Independent April 24, 2010 asked Weller if this is his view of technology. “I can see some of the benefits of modern technology,” he admitted. “I can edit my tracks at the touch of a button now, which is incredible. But there’s lots of bulls–t, too. It’s strange that people my age spend all evening on Facebook talking to their ‘friends’. Why not go down the pub? A guy once came up to me at a gig and asked me if I had MySpace. I said, ‘This is my space, and you’re invading it.'”‘

  • Laptop culture

Brian Briggs (vocalist) told the NME that he doesn’t believe there’s anything wrong with the internet as such. He explained: “I believe that the extent to which our society, both work and home, tends to be indoors has meant that people have very much lost touch with the outdoors and actually suffer as a consequence.”‘

  • Danger of technology

American Punk Rock band The Offspring…He explained to Spinner: “You see people on their cell phones constantly. Everybody is in the same room but no one is looking at each other or speaking. You start to think, ‘Does technology really bring us together, or does it isolate us? Does it help us, or does it hurt us? Does it give us more freedom, or does it enslave us in a way?’ Everyone is tied to his or her device all of the time.”

Work related video:

GaGa said to MTV News that this song is about her “fear of suffocation.” She explained: “Something that I have or fear is never being able to enjoy myself. ‘Cause I love my work so much, I find it really hard to go out and have a good time.”

Gaga also said ‘that the phone in the song isn’t just a physical phone, but also somebody in her head telling her to keep working harder and harder’. “That’s my fear – that the phone’s ringing and my head’s ringing,” she explained. “Whether it’s a telephone or it’s just the thoughts in your head, that’s another fear.”

  • This made me think about how work traps you (like jail), you feel like you can’t escape it. Its always on your mind, a voice telling you you should be doing it, even when you are trying to enjoy yourself.

Chris DuBois, Kelley Lovelace (song writers) and Paisley, told Entertainment Weekly (2013): “I remember thinking, ‘Well, the internet is sort of new, and people are getting away with complete false identities everywhere you look… It isn’t going to be this way forever; but this’ll be fun to put out right now. Boy, was I wrong. I think it’s way more relevant today.”

Corey Taylor (vocalist) explained to Kerrang: “There’s a whole generation stuck in front of blue computer screens. They’re slowly going blind and getting fat. This is me telling people to unplug and live their lives.”
  • Maybe I  could create a mashup of video/lyrics talking about technology

Gallery of images taken so far for…

Work:

Rest:

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Looking back at these I realise that my image sets are quite obvious. I want to develop on these further so that I can illustrate more in depth about Digital Media.

Here is some more planning…

Work Ideas…

  • Person surrounded by book, however, always on the laptop to study
  • Distractions on the laptop
  • Digital Devices for education, Smart board
  • Work- Conference calls over Skype for example
  • Its crazy what Skype and other Digital media devices are now used for …
  • Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 17.11.09

Conference calls or Job interview idea:

Whilst I was searching for mood board images, I was struck by the idea that people are now able to have a job interview in their underwear or other silly things and the Employer would be none the wiser. This is due to Digital Media, we now use Skype and other online webcam devices in the work place. This allows us to perform interviews and conferences without the people even being in the same room. I remember one of my friends telling me how he had a job interview, and the night before he had had a heavy night drinking, because of this in the middle of his Skype work interview he excused him self and was sick, however because this was off to the side of the camera, the employer didn’t even realise. I am interested in photographing and looking into what people think they can get away with whilst using digital media to converse with work…will they still be in bed, or feeding the dog, or have friends around, or just be sitting there in their boxers with the top half of their suit on. I think this will be a great comedic style of image, showing the viewer what digital media now lets us get away with. Even in front of our bosses!

Found imagery

Found imagery

Ideas to photograph…

  • On Facebook, paying little attention
  • Playing with the dog off camera
  • Slippers still on
  • Suited up top half, boxers bottom half
  • Still in bed, boss doesn’t notice
  • The whole room messy, yet the mess pushed to the side off camera
  • Humour involved
  • the irony
  • The environment is important

First image set:

Rest Ideas…

  • Place of rest, Bed, Sofa, Bath
  • Could do a time lapse of sped up video of time sleeping taken on a digital device
  • Falling alseep with digital media device, phone, music, laptop, TV

Main idea for Rest:

CIA can access our webcams and switch them on.

Relevant research:

Video of David Beckham sleeping…

http://www.npg.org.uk/about/press/david-beckham.php

-Uses Rembrandt lighting

-In the National Portrait Gallery

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/86297689″>sleep with music low</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user14118719″>Jenny Stonely</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

After first feedback session…

I realise that I need to add more narrative to my video. That the video of me sleeping doesn’t show my idea of being watched sinisterly through our webcams. My idea at the moment just shows the viewer a video of me sleeping, however if I was to add a little intro and conclusion to my video it will make more sense. I plan to do this by having audio of me…

Introduction…

Boyfriend- “Why are you leaving your laptop on? don’t you want to switch it off now?

Me- Nah I will use it in a bit, I shall switch it off then

Later…

Me- “I cant remember where I put my laptop. Can I use yours and I will find mine in the morning? This room is such a tip.

Boyfriend- “Yeah sure”

I then use a different laptop and forget about my one which is left on

Conclusion…

After I reach up for my laptop

Me- “Opps I left my laptop on… What the hell, why is the webcam on?

Maybe I could fade the video out and leave the screen with a fact about the CIA watching us, or maybe just pose a question, “Do you know who is watching you?”.

After second feedback session…

Perhaps I could develop this further. After feedback I realise that the music doesn’t work with my idea. I originally thought that I could use relaxation music, however I now realise that my idea is more sinister; someone watching you when you are at rest and you don’t realise. Perhaps I could use a voice over of someone going through my profile or something similar, like the lolly pop video on Facebook (http://www.takethislollipop.com, watch this on Firefox if it doesn’t work) I want to make the noise more relevant to the subject that I am looking at. I plan to record someones voice whilst they look through my Facebook profile and twitter, I plan to make the script sounds creepy and like a stalker.

Reworked video:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/86339362″>Who is watching you?</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user14118719″>Jenny Stonely</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

I thought about the feedback that I got in the first session, and the idea that I should place speech into my video to give the video further context, however, I think I have decided against this. The changes I have made now have given the video more context and allows the viewer to understand without spelling it out to much. I have got feedback on my final video and this all seems to be positive.

Charli-Nicole Collins: “I like it as it is. You don’t want to give the viewer everything, otherwise they won’t think about it themselves”

Deana Chantler: “I like that what you have and the new sound fits well.”

Who is watching you?

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/86551198″>(Final) Who is watching you?</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user14118719″>Jenny Stonely</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Who can access your webcam? Who can see your Facebook? Who is watching you?

Play Ideas…

  • Gaming Portraiture
  • Photographs of people and their avatar
  • The idea of dating an operating system is looked at in this film

“An original love story that explores the evolving nature and the risks of intimacy in the modern world.”

Hybrid Forms Task

“In the seminar you will be giving mini-presentations on the glorious hybrids you have found. These might be images that have been recoloured, or montages/mashups – or they might deal with images distributed via an app you use. Or they might be an application of some kind – or a film. Think about:

  1. The motivation behind the hybrid
  2. The narrative or message of the image/form/application
  3. Is it art/journalism/entertainment?
  4. Is it useful?
  5. Who made it?      “

http://ukdataexplorer.com/european-translator/?word=hello

1. Informative maps

2. An interactive map, translating European languages, and showing the Country

3. Education

4. It is interesting to see what the translation is at the same time of seeing where the country is in Europe

5. UK Data Explorer: James Trimble

Kirsty Mitchell Wonderland 2009-2014

Natural environment, model, props, costume

Fantasy element

Need a big budget, normally gained from advertising

Re-imagining of … “The lady in the Lake”

Fabienne Rivory

Photography as truth and Art as fiction

Photographs with watercolours

Fine art for the purposes of aesthetic

The image alone, would be a child playing, however her gaze at us and the hybridity and the colour reads symbolism (anger, blood etc), this should be pure white frozen landscape. However, this now has impact, perhaps looking at the innocence that war takes away.

Black Rock Trail…

Photographs presented as an interactive story

Coming together in delivery, however, the content itself is not.

Narrative

“Portwiture”

Your twitter status in photos

The relationship between what you have been posting and the imagery related to it

The hybrid creates an image board

Inspiration for other ideas

“thinglink”

Can place images and create interactive images

People can view your tags and explore

Jezebel

Mens’ and womens’ idea of perfect beauty

Celebrity face mashups

Daily Mail

Escentual.com, cosmetics and body care retailer

To perpetuate ideas, (under the ideas of a survey about beauty), creating ideas and using it to their advantage.

Demilked.com

Double self portraits

Chino Otsuka

Her own project

Photoshop

Brooke Shaden

Fine Art

Changing the original image, by adding lots of her images together (photoshop)

Editing photos, this is what it was and this is now what it is

Challenge

Brooke Shaden editing Video for “Changing Winds”

I feel a little let down now, as I didn’t realise how highly Photoshoped her work was. her original images are not that strong, in my opinion. It is the editing that has made her strong, Photography has changed, is it becoming editing.

However, she doesn’t mind what people call her. The camera and photoshop are just tools.

Brooke Shaden is very talented at editing, however, the photography in the first place is not so strong. It is her narrative and editing that works.

She is very good at advertising herself, You tube tutorials, Facebook profiles and workshops, because of these most photography interested people have heard of her.

petapixel.com/2014/o1/02/masterful-mashups-reveal-similar-celebrities-today-stars-old/

The young and the old celebrities faces mashed together. Contrasting the past and the present icons.

The last image has narrative, much more important than all of the others. These people are linked. British story, Royalist, ideas that we have been brought up with, the story of Diana and Kate. This means something to use Culturally.

Archiving, going through thousands of photographs, looking at angle and perspective

Marc Ghali and George Chamoun

 

Maurizio Anzeri

Stitching over photography, masking

Similar to Ellen Gallagher (Tate), racial stereotypes, black beauty magazines, all the eyes are removed. Not looking or seeing cultural prejudices in the media.

Mural Printing WorkShop

Mural Printing Workshop…

  • high quality printing
  • troughs for chemicals
  • The timer
    • One dial has a 1 under it, which shows that it is equal to 1 second
    • The other dial has a 10 under it which shows it is equal to 10 second increments
  • Dodging
    • lightening the image
    • expose this area for a shorter time period, by covering it up (hands, card and wire etc)
  • Burning
    • Darkening the image
    • expose this area  for a longer time period
    • By creating a shape that covers the rest of the image and shows the area that you want to expose for longer
    • Note: To create a less obvious line when dodging and burning keep moving the object that is blocking the light, so that you get a soft line/blur

Creating large prints…

1. The filters use Magenta and Yellow, these will add contrast

2. The negative has to be focused which can be hard as the image is projected on the wall away from the enlarger

3.Create a test strip

4.Once you have produced a test strip and decided on the correct settings and exposure

5. Turn off any lights that may be on including the enlarger

6. Cut your paper to size, mount on the wall opposite the enlarger and stick it firmly to the wall so that it doesn’t fall down in the middle of an exposure.

7. Expose

8. Dodge and burn as you desire

9. Develop it in the troughs of chemicals

10. Dry your print

Professional Practice Diary: Digital Flow / Network Shoot Day

On the 7th of December 2013, I attended as a photographer’s assistant, a Network Shoot Day run by Digital Flow. I was excited to be part of this team as I wanted to see for myself how model-photographer relationships work. I have already had a grounding in studio lighting so was able to lend a hand setting up and changing the lighting throughout. This was a learning curve as I hadn’t experienced setting other peoples ideas up before, I had only set up my own. This meant that I was in a new photography environment where I didn’t have the control I am used to. I realise that in the future I may choose/have to assist a photographer to learn new skills or even just to earn money; however, from this experience I have learnt that it isn’t always the easiest transition. I was able to adapt, however, I kept on having to stop myself interfering too much. Thankfully the photographer I was working along side was open to suggestions, which meant that I could voice my opinions from time to time.

By observing how the other photographers worked with the models, I realised that what you give is what you get. If the model is nervous and you are closed off then they will stay rigid and awkward. However, if you as the photographer loosen up and relax then so will your model. I observed how the photographer also used the other models attending to help relax those on shoot. The helping hand from a fellow model was surprisingly helpful.

By seeing the day through all its stages; planning, preparation, shooting, and editing, I now have a more in depth understanding of how a day like Network Shoot Day comes together. As excited as I was about the shoot, I felt a little let down by it, though I was appreciative of the opportunity. I realised that I wouldn’t necessarily choose to assist on this type of shoot again as I found it a little un-inspiring; I could see that many of the shoots would be very similar and I found this rather dull. I would however, like to run my own workshops, the planning, and preparation observations I made will be useful for this. I realise that if I want to create my own business that I have to be professional, this means, being organised, running to time, and having a plan to carry out. I have come to the conclusion that model portfolio days such as Network Shoot Day are not my cup of tea, however perhaps I could try running my own portfolio shoots with my own clients to see what I would do differently. This will enable me to see if it was the style in which Network Shoot Day took, or the whole idea of portfolio shoots for models.

 

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