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Lighting Workshops

Lighting Workshops

Walking Workshop

For the walking workshop, we were put into groups of 3, In my group there was Amelia, Stuart and me. We were asked to walk to 4 different locations based in Plymouth, one was in the Barbican area, one was under a bridge, one in the centre of Plymouth and the last location was on a street. At these locations, we were given the brief to create interesting experimental images following the themes of:

  • Texture
  • Misen en scene which means telling a narrative
  • The sky as a backdrop

At each location, we needed to take one image that represent the above themes. For this project, we had to use specific equipment, the equipment we needed to use throughout the day was:

  • Camera
  • Light Meter
  • Quadra kit
  • Beauty dish
  • Sky port
  • Reflector
  • Stands
  • Soft Box

Below is the contact sheet from the day

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Here are the images my group took in the varied and different locations for each of the themes

Texture

Mise-En-Scene

The Sky

My favourite image that my group took during the day was difficult to finalise on as I was torn between two images that were taken for different themes. The first image that drew my attention was taken for Mise-En-Scene and the second image was taken for Texture. I believe the two images really draw you in by the atmosphere we created for the two images. The first one because it is in black and white, the model is in a phone box and you can’t see what might be coming from behind her and so it creates an eerie atmosphere of suspense. The second image I really like because of the lighting we used, the lighting makes the photo look dark and mysterious and the light from the lighting equipment leads you to were the model is standing.

Looking back at the day I think it was very successful as I got to learn more about on location equipment which will help me with my own fashion images, but also because by having themes to follow for each of the images we took it really made you think about how to get the perfect image. I also think my group worked well together and we jointly came up with ideas and helped each other make our ideas into reality by finding the right place, modelling for each other or holding the equipment. Each location was very different to one another which was good because the images we were then producing we different as well, however my favourite location had to be the Barbican it was a great day and there were many different places we could go to experiment with the themes and the lighting so that we could really tryout and create unique images in the theme of Sky, Mise-En-Scene and Texture.

Beard Workshop

Another work shop we completed during the project of fashion was working in groups of four in my group it was Amelia, Jade, Stuart, Tara and me. The brief we were given stated that we all had to be given individual roles Producer, post producer, Stylist, Lighting assistant and Photographer. My role was Producer which means you over look every aspect of the shoot making sure everyone is working well as a team and everything is going to plan, Amelia’s role was stylist which means she was in charge of positioning the model and making sure the model is ok, Stuart’s role was post producer which means we had the camera tethered to the computer so that each time the photographer took an image it showed up on the computer so that we could all see how the image looked and if anything needed to be changed and also  enabled us to edit the image, Jade’s role was photographer which means she took the images and worked with the stylist to make sure that the model was in the best positioning and Tara’s role was lighting assistant which meant she was in charge of making sure that all the lighting was in the right place. I think it was a good idea to give us individual roles as it meant we got a look at what it would be like on a really fashion shoot and that on a shoot there are more roles than just photographer.

In this project, we were asked to light male models who had beards in a low key atmospheric way, where the breads were the focus of attention. It was really, interesting lighting male models instead on females as it was something I had not had much practice with before and that posing male models is very different to females so we spent some time trying to find out the best poses to use. The equipment we got out for this project was:

  • 2 BX Kit
  • 1 Skyport
  • 2 Lighting Stands
  • 1 Light meter
  • 4 soft boxes
  • 1 honey combe
  • 1 Reflector
  • 2 dishes

The lighting setup I found quite easy as I had done something similar before and so had other people in my group so we quickly setup the lighting and began experimenting with different exposures of the lights and moving the model around.

Here are my favourite images from the day

Overall I found the tasks very interesting as I got to learn the best way of posing male modes instead of female models. I really enjoyed experimenting with different lighting and poses and I really enjoyed the role of producer which is a role I had never tried before and I really liked looking over the whole project and making sure everything was going smoothly. Looking back my group worked well together and I would be happy to work with them again and I would also feel more confident with using a male model as I now have some more experiences of posing one.

Colour Workshop

For this project, we were put into groups of 4, In my group there was Ian S, Sophie, Seb and I, we were asked to go into the cove studio and work with a certain colour which our lecturer gave us. Our group was given gel lighting which meant we could use all the colours. When doing this project, we also had to source our own models who we thought would best fit our theme of gel lighting, my group worked together to try and find as many models as we could be asking our friends and people around college, In the end we managed to find 3 models who were willing to help us.

I was really, excited that my group got to use gel lighting as I love the effect it gives you, but also because for my fashion project and for the colour in the studio task my plan was to use gel lighting, so this would be a great practice for my project and away of experimenting with different colours and exposers of lights to see what works best with what. By practicing, now it meant my group had creative freedom to experiment with the lighting in any way we wanted to. It also enabled us to learn from mistakes, which also meant that when I complete my final colour shoot I will have some experience and will know what not to do.

To begin with me group was not sure on the lighting setup we would need to get the best effect with the gel lighting so after doing a bit of research we found that to get the best effect was to have three lights one on the back and two at the front. This means that you put one colour gel on the background light to make the background a different colour and then for the front lights either have gels of both lights or just one which will light the model and if lit perfectly will merge with the background colour. During the day we experimented with many different colours and we had a lot of fun doing this, some colours we use were pink, purple and blue, blue and pink, red and blue, blue and yellow, blue, red and yellow, pink and red and blue and purple. Here are some examples of images using these colours.

The equipment we needed for this shoot was not huge amounts as in the cover studio they already have four built in lights. The equipment we used was

  • Skyport
  • Gels
  • Masking tape (to attach the gels to the lights)
  • Two soft boxes
  • Beauty dish
  • Honey combe
  • Dishes
  • Reflector

We did not use all the equipment at once we experimented with everything to see what create the best lighting. At the end of the day we realised that the best results were when you had dishes on each of the three lights and tapped the gels over them.

Here are the contact sheets from the day

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Here are my favourite images from the day

I really enjoyed the day as I got to experiment with using gel lighting without the stress that it needs to be perfect straight away. It was also a good experience of working with people you don’t normally work with. My group seemed to work very well together and I would be happy to work with them again.

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Looking back at Vogue Front Covers

Looking  back at Vogue Front Covers

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Anna Wintour once said that “The best cover is always the next one, the one you haven’t seen yet.” In a way she is right, however is this because each month they try and make each cover better more unique than the magazine cover before? Looking back at the covers of Vogue magazine throughout the decades you can see how much the covers have changed as they move with the times of fashion. In these magazines, they also show how as the decades move so does the fashion. The first Vogue magazine to be released was in 17th of December 1892 and from then Vogue has been the centre of the world of fashion giving you tips, telling you the best collections and the do’s and don’ts in the fashion world. They have naturally seemed to be always there to guide us with our fashion choices and they are still going strong and will probably stay strong for many years to come as they appear to keep up with changing times.

The first issue of Vogue magazine came out 125 years ago.  The magazine started as a small, weekly society magazine which is nothing like the magazine we know now. The magazine was founded by publisher Arthur Baldwin Turnure. The first cover features a debutante at her debut, which is something you would not see on the cover today.

here is a picture of the front cover of the 1st Vogue magazine

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Looking inside the magazine the first photographs were taken by Jessie Tarbox Beals and the pictures and the articles explain what was considered the right way to stand when walking, how to offer a seat, how to carry a bag and umbrella, how to come down the stairs and how to sit in a chair. Not advice women would seek today.

Here are some of the images from that first magazine

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When vogue was having its Vogue 100 exhibition I went down to London to see it I was amazed to see how much the magazine had changed throughout the years seeing the prints and the covers was amazing as you got to have a proper look at each one, as by looking at all the images you not only got to see how the fashion has changed but how society and photography has changed as well.

Here are some front covers vogue have created throughout the decades

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One of my favourite vogue covers was the cover Vogue UK in February 1938 which was taken by Horst. P. Horst I love the use of bold colours like the use of blue for the background, the red hair band, white circle glasses, white top and red and white bag that makes the image bold and contemporary, where the image pops out at you. For some reason, every time I see this cover it stands out to me and makes me want to look at it for longer, maybe I like this cover because it is so different to the front covers you see today, or maybe because I just love the use of the bold colours which is something you don’t always see in front covers today.

 

Final 4 Fashion Images

Final 4 Fashion Images

Here are my final 4 images one in the style of On Location, Interior, Colour and High key lighting. I am really happy with how these images have turned out and have really enjoyed this project and hope to do more project on fashion in the future.

On Location Image

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Interior Image

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High Key Lighting Images

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Gel Lighting (Colour) Image

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Stylist Research

Stylist Research

Rachel Zoe

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Rachel Zoe has been in the industry for nearly twenty years and is best known for her A -list clients and influence in the fashion world, she is a American fashion designer, businesswoman, writer and stylist. During her career she has worked for many celebrities such as Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Lawrence, whilst also working for fashion houses, advertising agencies, beauty firms and magazine editors. She began her career as an editor but soon became one of the most influential people in the fashion industry. Although she works with many high-profile clients she never had any formal fashion training and over the years she has developed her own unique and recognisable style that she has refined over the years. Going freelance enabled her opportunities to meet and work with many high profile clients and gave her greater freedom in her work. Some of the high profile clients she has worked with are listed above.

During 2009 Zoe founded a daily free newspaper called “The Zoe Report and in this newspaper she covered the worlds fashion industry, lifestyle and beauty. This was a very successful move for her as it gained her a lot of popularity quickly.  In 2011 she focused the newspaper on just beauty. Then also in 2011, Zoe rereleased her first collection of clothing, footwear and handbags which was influenced and inspired by her vintage 60s and 70s style. The collection is available worldwide in over 257 different department stores such as Bloomindale’s and Neiman Marcus etc. In 2012 she announced that her line would be expanding to include cold weather accessories and jewellery.

Zoe is one of the most popular stylists in the world with many people following her daily routine and styling ideas. She connects with people via many different social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram and snap chat which helps her create new contacts everyday.

Here is some of Rachel Zoe styling ideas

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Rachel Zoe was Jennifer Lawrence’s stylist for a long time up until they recently parted ways. I think Jennifer looks great in this bridal inspired white strapless Dior Haute Couture gown with a structured bottom.

 

Kate Young

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Kate Young is another well- known and influential fashion stylist with many top A-list clients such as Dakota Johnson, Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez and Sienna Miller and she was ranked No. 1 on THR’s list of the 25 most powerful stylists of 2012 and also landed No 1 on the 2016 list as well. She first majored in English and Art History in college but started out in the business of fashion as an intern at a London-based fashion PR firm. To begin with Kate wanted to work at a fashion magazine, so she got a job in Vogue PR department before going on to be a writer, a fashion market editor and also was assistant to Anna Wintour’s When finally an opportunity arose to assist a stylist Kate decided to go for it, despite her boss saying that it was a bad idea and that she had no style.

Kate has a very unique approach to celebrity styling as she puts the wearers needs first which is probably one of the reasons she has risen to the top. Kate once said that “What I’m trying to do with people is not to make them into a fashion editorial,” she said. “I try to make them the best they can be, and you can’t do that if they’re uncomfortable… Most of the time, these events are moments, actually important times in these people’s lives. I don’t want it to be my fault that they’re like, ‘Remember that time I wore that dress and it was so uncomfortable?”. As well as working for her celebrity clients, award shows, red carpet premiers and press tours, she also styles for magazine editorials, advertising campaigns and runway shows for designers like Cushnie Et Ochs and Jason Wu.

Kate says that her top look she created was Dakota at the Oscars because it was so simple it was a red Saint Laurent Column that topped Vogues best dressed.

Fashion Week

Fashion Week

For the project of fashion week we were put into groups of 9 which had 6 people form the first year 2 people from the second year and 1 person from the third year, The fashion shoot would then take place at Pentillie Castle in Cornwall, each group would be given certain rooms to photograph on the day. My group selected the brief of Holly McGlynn and we were group 2 out of 3 groups, who, where given this brief. When we were first given the project I was really excited as this would be one of my first looks into what a fashion shoot would be like and fashion is my favourite genre of photography and where I would like to take my career in the future.

Below is the sign-up sheet, we were told to put our names by the brief we wanted to take part in.

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Here is the brief Holly McGlynn gave us showing the style of clothes she wants us to get and the styling of images. The style of this shoot was New Romantics.

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After the groups had been made, my group all decided that we need to meet up to make sure we all understood the brief and to get to know each other. Our third year was the producer and we were then meant to be given out roles to everyone such as Photographer 1, Photographer 2, Lighting Coordinator, Assistant, Stylist, Runner, Image editor/post-producer, However we all decided that the best way to experience this project to its full was to not be give roles and to all work together on everything. On our second meeting as a group we talked about the mood boards we were given by Holly for the type of clothing we should get, and by looking at the mood boards we decided that the styling we really like was making waves and fine layers and for the make-up we would need to have natural look with rosy cheeks. For purchasing clothes we were given a budget of £100 and we decided that we would go to charity and high street shops to try and find clothes in the new romantic style for a cheap price.

However we did have some problems in our group for example there was a difference of opinion about interpreting the brief. Some people wanted to have a high class fancy look to the images with heavy makeup. They also wanted to spend the complete budget on one or two ball gown dress to go with the high class look. We did suggest to them many times that this was not out brief and that our style was new romantic which has a grungy edgy style to it. My belief is that the reason they wanted to do the high class look was because the place we were given I.E Pentillie Castle is a very fancy hotel and they automatically thought the images need to be high class which would make the images look very classy and that by doing the new romantic style the two styles would clash in a good way. But still they did not hear us so in the end we had to let it go and let them do what they want whilst we tried to go by the brief. Overall this did mean there was some tension in our group.

On the day of the shoot at Pentillie Castle the day was not the best with it being cloudy, rainy and a bit cold. Luckily my group was based in side the hotel we were given one of the hotel rooms to shoot on the day called Tillie Bed and Bath and Dewhurst Suite. Here are some images of the hotel rooms.

Pictures of Tillie Bed and bath

 

Pictures of Dewhurst Suite

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To begin with we had an introduction on health and safety and the do’s and don’ts whilst we are there. We then went to meet our make-up artists and models to make sure they were ok and knew the style of makeup and hair we wanted as we had advised them the day before. We then went up to the first hotel room which was Tillie Bed and Bath and started to setup the lighting and sort out which clothing our two models would be wearing. After we had everything setup we just had to wait for the models to arrive which seemed to be taking some time, which we had under estimated the amount of time it would take for them to get ready, which meant we were a bit behind schedule. When they were finally ready we began to use both models modelling by a chair one sitting on it and one standing by it. This was to make sure the lighting was good and to see how good models they were and if they work well together. Here are the first image we took of them together

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One thing about having nine people in a group and having two models is that it made the room very small and because we spent so much time setting up and waiting for models we had not gone into the next room yet. So we were advised to us to split into two groups one staying in the Tillie Bed and Bath and the others moving into the Dewhurst Suite I moved into the Dewhurst Suite with three other people who all happened to be first years. The good thing about splitting into groups was that it was not so crowded and everyone could have a go a taking images changing the lighting etc instead of some people sitting down doing nothing. It also helped because we could focus on the style of new Romantics and the other group could focus on the high class styling of images.

Here are the contact sheets from my group in Dewhurst Suite

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Here are some of my favourite images from the day

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Here are the contact sheets from the Tillie Bed and Bath room

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Here are some images I really liked

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The day after Pentillie Castle we started to edit the images from both rooms as a group to see which images we all liked and which ones we did not. This surprisingly did not take as long as I thought and we all seemed to like the same images. After choosing the image and narrowing them down further we then went to print off the images to show to Zoe Maxwell and our lecturers and then they would pick the images they liked and narrow down our selection even more. When the images had been narrowed down to seven and the order of the images had been chosen, Amelia and I sat down and started to make the look book and banner each group had to make, This went well and we seemed to work very well as a team and worked together to find the perfect fonts, colour and words to say on the look book and banner. Before printing out the banner and look book we then showed the rest of the group to make sure they were happy with it, overall they seemed to be very happy with what we created and I am also very happy with how it turned out. They were then printed out and shown to the rest of the groups and lecturers.

Here is the banner

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Here is the Look Book

Magazine Final print

Looking back at the project though our group had some disagreements on what the brief should look like overall we seemed to get on well and I think it worked best splitting into two groups which meant we all got a chance to try everything and no one was left out. I am very happy with how the project turned out and I love the images our two groups created. I also think that it was good that not everything went to plan as it gave us an insight on what a real fashion shoot would be like, as no matter how much planning you do there will always be something that goes wrong. Overall I loved the experience and would be happy to do something like this again, but maybe next time in smaller groups.

Evaluation for Fashion

Evaluation for Fashion

For The project of fashion we were asked to research in depth four magazines all with different target audiences and research how they differ? We then had to look at two different fashion stylists and think about what attracted you to the stylists etc.  For the next part of the assignment we had to take four images one taken on location, one taken in an interior area and then two images in the studio. For the two studio images, one needed to be with a theme of colour and one needed to be with the theme of high key, mid key or low key. All four images would need to be full length and in the style of spring/summer. After completing all the research and experimental work for this assignment, I have selected my four final images which I think are the perfect images that represent spring/summer in an experimental and unique way in both in a studio and on location.

This project has been my favourite assignment of this year as it given me the opportunity to experiment with the idea of fashion photography, which is my favourite genre and also try different techniques from photographers I have researched throughout this project such as David Bailey and Guy Bourdin. I think It was a great idea to look at these two photographers because they both have very different styles which means I will be able to experiment using two different techniques and bring it into my own work. Another reason I picked these photographers was because they have both done a mixture of studio and on location work which means whilst doing this project I can look back at their work and see how it can improve my own images.

One of my favourite parts to this project was the fashion week I really enjoyed getting to know what a fashion shoot environment is like as well as an insight into what fashion photography is like. Though my group did have many problems thought the experience. However in the end we did work well as a team and I learnt a lot from the experience.

When I was first thinking of the type of images I wanted to take for the four images I had no idea on the location I should use or what type of lighting, clothing, makeup, hair and environment I could use. So to begin with I made mood boards for each of the four images as well as the type of posing and makeup I would want to try. After doing some extensive research into all of the areas, my ideas started to form. Such as in the studio I finally decided to use gel lighting for the colour shoot and use high key lighting for the lighting shoot, I thought this would be a good idea because I have always wanted to experiment with gel lighting. As well as really getting to know and experiment with the lighting of high key.

For the location images, forming my ideas took more time to begin I thought, I had no idea on the outside and inside location I wanted to use I knew I really wanted to experiment and try new techniques. In the end I decided that for my on location shoot I wanted to do a country feel to the images maybe have the model sitting in a field or sitting on a fence, but as that idea grew I wanted to try something completely outside the box and that was to not only have a model in the image but also have a horse, I knew straight away this would be a difficult idea as I had never used horses in my images before and that for these images I would not only have to think of the positioning of my model but the horse as well, Yet I had fixated on the idea and I knew I had to try it. Many people told me it was a bad idea as many things could go wrong for example the model getting hurt or the equipment being damaged but I did my research and talked to my friend who’s horse I would be using about if the horse was easily spooked or not and she advised me no and that we would just have to make sure the horse was comfortable before starting the shoot. After the plan for the location shoot was sorted I Then I needed to think about the interior shoot which I think was the hardest to come up with the idea of where I would be shooting I thought of ideas such as a coffee shop, car park, house and shop but none seemed to stick out to me. So again the research really helped and I found that what I thought were the best images taken for the interior shoot was taken inside a house with the model sitting or standing by a wall or sitting on a bed I really like the idea of  the model standing by an interesting and detailed wall and that by using a house there would be many places to try different positioning and poses.

When all four ideas had been formed it was then time to start shooting I think that all the shoots went really well and I enjoyed experimenting and trying new techniques I had never done before. All four shoots were very different experiences which I really enjoyed because I got to learn many different techniques and try lots of different models and see how different models act. These experiences I would not have learnt so much from If I had only had to take four images on location because by taking 4 different images in different environments I got to learn new skills that I could then transfer into the other shoots. One thing that I found frustrating about this assignment was that we could only take full length images as I believe my style is about trying to find peculiar positioning and angles by angling the camera so part of the head is cut of etc, But on the other hand I do understand why these constraints were there as it enabled me to learn how to light full length images in different locations and not just using lighting and positioning within my comfort zone.

Within every shoot there will always be images that don’t work this could be because they are under exposed, over exposed, angle of the camera, positioning of the model, makeup, lighting, clothing and the weather. You always have to be ready for something to go wrong and to maybe change your plan on the day no matter how prepared you are there will always be something to go wrong. Here are some examples from my four shoots when something went wrong.

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The reason why this images did not turn out right for the on location images is that the image is blurry , I don’t think the setting works with having the house, caravan and the menage in the image and I also don’t think the image look like a fashion image.

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One image I took during the interior shoot that did not work was the one above this is because the exposure on the model is not right, you can’t see the full length of the image which the images need to be for this assignment and I also don’t like the area that the model is sitting in and around.

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The reason in which this image does not work is because I think the colours of the gels are not dark enough and they also don’t seem to be merging together very well. I also think that I didn’t get the right exposure on the model.

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Though the lighting I think looks really good in this image, The image would need to be cropped a little bit on the right side. I also don’t like the clothing the model is wearing and I am not sure about the posing, but not all posing will be perfect.

Though there will be images that go wrong throughout the shoot you carry on experimenting with different ideas you will always get a variety of images that do work or don’t. Sometimes it might be something you thought would not work but after having a go you find out it does. One image I really like out of all four shoots I did happens to also be one of my final images. The image was taken in the studio with gel lighting I really thing that the positioning of the model is very different to anything I have done before and I think the two gel colours of purple and blue work well with the clothing on the model as well as with the environment around it.

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For my final four images I am really happy with the way they have all turned out and I think I spent a long time planning my ideas before taking many images for each of the four shoots. It took me a long time to decide on which four images I was going to take as I got over whelmed by the amount of images I took for each of the shoot and had to choose from, so I asked Gem to help me narrow down and help pick my final images for the on location and Interior shoot. These two shoots I did back home in Northamptonshire at my friend’s house, but I made sure to focus on one shoot for the first day and then next day do the other. The first shoot I did was the interior shoot I got my three models and told them what I wanted them to wear and what makeup to use as I went around the house finding the best places to photograph and started to set up my lighting. Out of all the images I took that day the images I like best was the one of my model standing by the wall and behind you can see the kitchen, however when talking to Gem she advised me that though the images were really good you were being distracted by the kitchen and not spending your time looking at the model and the clothing she was wearing and this was meant to be a fashion shoot. So we found an image that was by the wall but you could not see into the kitchen.

The next day for the on location shoot we tested the horse with the lighting and he seemed fine with it so after getting the models ready and setting up the lighting we began the shoot. For this shoot I tried many different outfits, models and positioning of both the horse and the model but when I looked back at the images the images I liked best was the ones of the girl in the red ball gown standing or sitting on the horse. Yet whilst talking to Gem she advised me that she really liked the images but she thought the red dress did not suit the day time and would look better if I took the images in the dark. We then began to look through all the images to try and find some better ones and she really like the ones of the girl in the purple and black ball gown as the dress suited the day time more than the other. However The model and the dress had already been used in the interior shoot and for this assignment you cannot have the same model in any of the shoots this meant we had to look at the contact sheets again and in the end find one of the girl in the red dress that works the best and the image we chose I really like.

Moving on to the studio shoots my first shoot was the gel lighting, This was my favourite shoot out of all four fashion shoots I did for this assignment I felt that I experimented well with lots of different clothing and coloured gels and the model happened to be really good and each time I took a picture she moved into a different pose. Luckily nothing seemed to go wrong with this shoot and I am really happy with all the images I took as well as my final image.

My final shoot was the high key lighting this shoot and this did not go to plan as my model canceled on the day of the shoot, this panicked me a bit but after calming down I started to message people to see who could model for me. One person who got back to me was Amelia who happens to be in my class. This worried me a little as I knew the lectures do not like us using each other in our shoots so I thought if I asked the model from my gel light shoot to come a bit later as well I could do some high key shoots with Amelia on her own and ones of both model together and ones of the other model alone as well. This I thought would show that I have experimented and thought about not taking the easy way out and try and find two people. One thing I did find hard during this shoot was when they were modelling at the same time this was a lot harder than I thought and getting the positioning of both models right at the same time was hard.

I learnt a lot form each of the shoots and I am proud that I experiment and tried things that were out of my comfort zone and I am very happy with all four of my final images

Whilst post producing these images I wanted them to look as natural as possible and not over produced. I really wanted the images to show the truth and my intention was not to use too much Photoshop, however sometimes to make an images reach its full potential you have to do a bit more photoshop than first thought. For editing my gel lighting image I just did the basics such as adjusted the brightness, contrast, clarity and a bit of saturation I then used the clone and healing brush tool to get rid of any blemishes and to get rid of any dirt on the background. For the high key image I did the same but as well I got rid of some shadow around both of the models to help make the image stand out but to also make the image look more high key. For the last two images I did the basics such as adjusted the brightness, contrast, clarity and a bit of saturation I then used the clone and healing brush tool to get rid of any blemishes like I did for the first two. But for the interior shoot there was a book case in the image so I had to use the masking tool etc to get rid of the book case and make it look like it was never in the image. Finally for the on location image I did the same as the others but then masked the background to de-saturate the back ground to make the model and the horse stand out more and I also got rid of the horses reins which was going across the right side of the image by using the clone tool. I really hope by doing these post productions it has made the images look better and that I have not over produced on any of the images

If I was going to do this project again I would probably spend more time researching photographers, magazines and stylists to make sure I fully understand the industry of fashion. I would also spend more time looking at the clothes I put the models in to make sure they fit the theme of spring/summer in its fullest.

I am really happy this project was my last assignment as it meant I could spend more time focusing on the idea of fashion photography as it’s my favourite area in photography and I wanted to put all my focus and effort into doing this assignment It took me out of my comfort zone and got me to experiment with different ideas and techniques. It also gave me the chance to try a particular style of photography for the first time and really learn about what is fashion photography and this is the area I want to go into and explore further!

Overall I think I have fully met the assignment brief, completed everything the assignment was asking for and enjoyed challenging my own thought process and experimenting with different techniques that are out of my comfort zone.

Contact Sheets for On Location, Interior, Colour and High key lighting

Contact Sheets for On Location, Interior, Colour and High key lighting

Here are my original contact sheets for each of the four shoots, you will find the annotated contact sheets in the folder along with the model release forms for each of the models.

On location Contact Sheets

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Interior Contact Sheets

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Gel lighting (Colour Shoot) Contact sheets

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High Key Lighting Contact Sheets

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Fashion Photography Notes

Fashion Photography Notes

12/10/16

notes

John Spinks

  • first inspiration from magazines – caught his attention – 1987 he was 17
  • Matt Mchvwan – stark – minimal – unusual images
  • photo poche – entry point into history of photographers work
  • inspiration behind his work – taking ideas from other photographer – on original ideas – but bring own style to the work
  • Lee freelander – contracted well – familiar now – seeing villages obscured by branches
  • To begin with he stayed within rules within photography – but then stated breaking the rules – the began to dissolve
  • John practice a lot to become a good photographer
  • paul Graham – documentary photographer one of the first documentary images in colour
  • slow down when looking at image and take you time
  • started working in studio – slowly got commission for magazines
  • want to find not the normal model wanted to disrupt the normal flow and use teens
  • August sanders – his portraits look like
  • the nee village – by John Spinks
  • Herbert read – the green child – told it would be useful to read – book showed him the way he took images and helped him finish his project (the new village)
  • George sure – painter  – but painting look like photographers
  • different people have different views on the worlds – even if they are right next to each other
  • the book – new village took 15 years to make

27/02/17

he evolution of fashion photography

  • It is about the clothing and selling it
  • A record of culture, social change
  • David Bailey
  • Terry Richardson
  • Irving Penn
  • Helmut Newton
  • Important on how the clothing is been represented advertising i.e Vogue magazine
  • Corrine day
  • Edward Steichen Photographer dared to promote fashion photography as a fine art
  • Did not invent fashion photography but was the template for the modern fashion photography
  • Cecil Beaton
  • Horst. P. Horst
  • Richard Averdon
  • Martin Munkacsi
  • Louise Dehi- Wolfe
  • Guy Bourdin
  • Look at Rankin documentaries on photography
  • The second world war shifted the photography industry from Europe to America
  • 60s brought a new era of fashion photography
  • David Bailey’s work showed the British culture

27/02/17

Magazines to look at

  • Vogue
  • The face
  • ID
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Love Magazine
  • Harper’s Bazaar

27/02/17

Lighting Full Length Photoshoot

  • Think of your background and subject differently
  • The background needs to be 1 stop over exposed so if lights on model is F8 the background need to be F11

28/02/17

Theorising fashion photography

  • What is theorising- it an idea which is backed up
  • Therosisng fashion- 6 key words
  • Culture
  • Class
  • Communication
  • The body+ identity
  • Sex
  • Aesthetics+ art
  • What is a culture- a group of people- way of life in countries – politics religion- everything come under the banner of culture + it is always changing
  • The Eurocentric system
  • Fashion industry originated in Pairs in the mid 19th century
  • Influenced came from royalty and aristocracy
  • Paris fashion houses producing haute couture dominated the early 20th century
  • The fashion system is inextricably linked to the development of consumer culture
  • Paris fashion comes under threat from the 1960s with the development of popular culture
  • New fashion capitals of Milan, London, New York now compete in design production+ Marketing
  • Chanel
  • Coco Chanel 1883-1971 one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century
  • Transformed female fashion creator of the little black dress
  • First perfume no.5, 1921 best selling in history
  • recognised the value of using hight profile models and celebrities

14/03/17

Theorising fashion photography

Part 2

  • Herb Ritts
  • Bjorn Looss
  • Holly McGlynn
  • Mario Testino
  • Giampaolo Sgura
  • The body and identity
  • sex
  • Body techniques- we are all engared  with it i.e. by the way we move, what clothes, groom ourselves etc
  • Clothing is neither simple functional nor purely symbolic codes of dress are technical devices that articulate the relationship between a particular body and its lived environment. Clothed construct the habits of the self.
  • The language of posing- how do you pose your model?
  • Fashion gender- more women models
  • Femininity- females contive to create a certain look that is spectacle and that becomes the object of the normatively male gaze
  • Masculinity- constructs body techniques that communicate power and authority over the body and its habits
  • Helmut newton
  • Emma Summerton
  • Gender Fluidity designers express notion of fluid sexuality and non-binary gender in their work, these ideas are gradually homogenised from the persecuted fringes of society and transforms mass consumption by magazine editors, fashion bloggers and stylists keen to celebrate this new diversity with shoots, editorials, articles and blog posts a go – go

07/03/17

Holly McGlynn

  • Does Editorial, fashion and campaigns photography
  • Started as a fine art photographer
  • Award winning fashion photographer
  • Works for companies such as Mulberry, Levis, Cosmopolitan etc
  • Career Lessons:
  • Treat your photography like a business
  • Marketing, accounting, pitching, sales, know your customer, Tailor your product accordingly
  • be absolutely relentless
  • Don’t compare yourself to other photographers
  • Network
  • Embrace failure
  • Say yes to opportunities- and they say no when you are in a position to do so
  • Create your own opportunities
  • be brave
  • 35 images in her portfolio- but should be 14 but to start out have about 5 to 10
  • Working with models:
  • Working with models is an intimate job, treat everyone with respect
  • Prepare and research
  • Freelance photography
  • Favourite company to shoot for Primark
  • Assist photographers to learn how to work and speak with models
  • Collaboration
  • Only as god as your team
  • Find a creative team that shares your vision and are nice to work with
  • Give everyone time to do their job
  • Shoot, shoot, shoot
  • Lighting
  • Can make or break a portfolio
  • Hire lighting and experiment
  • Look at other photographers work
  • It is your job to interpret ideas in novel ways
  • Your idea your currency
  • More important than technical abilities

14/03/17

Kirsty Smith

  • Sports wear and catwalk photographer
  • catwalk photographers are mostly men
  • Shoot lots of fashion weeks like Paris
  • No one gives you a wage to be a catwalk photographer
  • Worked for Harpers Bazaar – but is not payed for it
  • Assistance work long hours a long side photographers
  • Shoot a lot of skate board photography  and behind the scenes
  • Want to be a fashion photographer you need to assist
  • Good way to get into fashion photography is street style fashion photography
  • Under 10 and over 60 are the main money for fashion at the moment
  • Lots of different fashion photography jobs
  • Being able to talk about the product and the industry they are in it will intrigue them
  • You can’t just be a photographer you also have to know film and social media
  • Politics and how effects the fashion  photography industry

16/03/17

Ram Shergill

  • Works for lots of magazines such as Vogue, GQ etc for 20 years
  • Works for lots of the vogue magazine such as India, China, UK
  • Likes to bring narrative to his work
  • For his first project he used the street as his studio
  • (For the lecture with Ram Shergill I did not get any other notes as I was to busy listening to what he said. The lecture was very interesting and I learnt a lot about the world of fashion photography?

Professional Practice Evaluation

Professional Practice Evaluation

Looking back at part 1 and 2 of the project of Profession Practice It has taught me so much about the industry of photography and the different genres within it. The project consisted of many different tasks such as interview with a practitioner, work experience, tasks, creating an AOP account, creating a linked-In page, writing a CV, writing a PDP and writing and reflecting on our notes on photographers who visited our class.

One task I found very hard was trying to find a photographer to interview I emailed many different people and I was getting really worried that no one would get back to me and I would have no one to interview but luckily two photographers finally got back to me one saying they could not do it which worried me further and the second thankful said they would be happy to answer my question. I did a lot of planning, getting ready for the interview thinking what would be the best questions to ask them that suits there genre of photography which was wedding photography. We decided to do the interview over Skype which suited the both us more than meeting face to face. When doing the Skype call to begin with I was not very confident about asking the questions but as the interview went on I got more confident and relaxed. In the end I found the interview very revealing into what it is like to be a wedding photographer and I learnt a lot and he also answered all my questions and more questions, that I thought of as the interview progressed and we developed a relationship. I feel the interview was very successful.

Another task we had to do for this assignment was to either do work experience with a photographer or do our own photography for people. I decided do both as it would give me the experience of the industry in to different ways. By doing my own photography work it gave me an opportunity to see what it would be like on my own in the industry and that everything is up to you to get right, On the other hand assisting a photographer gives you the opportunity to get tips from someone who is already in the industry and learning by watching what they do. I really enjoyed assisting a wedding photographer and my own photography work and hope I can carry on practicing, experiencing and learning from different opportunities I may get within photography.

Along with doing the work experience and interview tasks we also learnt about what is photography  and the different genres whilst learning how things are advertised and how you can sell your work, This I believe will be very helpful information to have in the future. We also learnt about the need to start networking in the photography industry so one of our tasks was to create a LinkedIn page and an AOP account to connect with the world of photography. For the assignment we also learnt about the a importance of copyright and when you have rights to your work and when you don’t, so to understand the more we also looked at the Law and legislation and looked at some cases of people fighting over the copyright and learning each side of the story and the outcome.  One thing I thought was very useful to learn about was stock photography which is where you put your images onto a site like Getty and they can be bought and sold and can be used for many different uses depending in your contract.

Also for this project we also had to create a creative CV, PDP, write notes of the visiting lectures that came and answer some questions about where we see ourselves in 5 years and why we are studying this course etc. This I found useful as it really got me thinking about my future and asking myself what kind of photographer I want to be.

To conclude, this assignment has really given me the chance to think about the future and push me out of my comfort zone and experience new things like assisting a photographer and interviewing one. It has also given me the chance to get better at my own photography and work with really clients and learn what works and what does not when taking images. Answering the question about where do I see myself in five years I hope that I am on my way to being a great fashion photographer working for a magazine and traveling the world.

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