The project was on showing us how to achieve negative scanning, first of all we had to choose the film that we wanted to scan and insert it into the negative scanner, then on the computer open the application called Hewlett-Packard which is the scanner then choose these settings to get perfect results.
When everything was prepared I clicked the ‘scan’ button and chose where i wanted the files to be exported to, it then started to scan the images, I had to set the settings to they came out in black and white, they had a very strong red tint in the preview but as you can see on the right hand side they came out in black and white.
When the images had finished scanning I imported them into Photoshop and started to clean them up, I used to patching tool to remove the marks and smudges that were created on the negatives. These are the before and afters from using the patch tool.
As you can see from the before and afters the patch tool really helped me remove the white marks and and other aspects that i did not want to appear in the photograph. I think that it makes brings out the clarity and just makes the photograph more appealing to the audience and engages the viewer more than to the before images with the marks etc. I also think that it makes the picture look more professional and well prepared.
This project is on hands, I love this photograph purely because of the detail and shadowing that is shown. I think that the detail is what makes this photograph because it engages you into the hand so much more to than if there was no detail and the hand looked bland. I like the lighting because most photographs of hands are used with flash lights and a white background, I think that the lowkey lighting is much more effective because it makes the hand stand out more. I like how the composition isn’t framed to just the hand and how you can see the forearm on the left hand side, it makes the photograph seam more real and engaging.
I plan to shoot my project using a lowkey lighting setup purely because i think the outcome is better and you can use post production a lot more effectively. I wish to keep the post production manipulation to a minimum because i prefer shooting the raw images and it being good enough to not need any post production. The only post production i think i will use is the sharpen to bring out the detail in the hand(s).
These are the two final photographs i have chosen from the shoot. I chose this first photograph because it was inspired by another photograph that i has seen, the picture was of a mans hand but the sharpen had been used dramatically to enhance the detail nd texture of the hands. I decided to produce two final images because of the post production, I wanted to create one photograph with the hands looking soft and appealing and the other looking very rough. I like the fact that I produced two finals because i think its good to have a contract between the two rather than just having one final photograph.
This photograph was taken by a very talented photographer called Faarifi, He is a commercial photographer and is very versatile with photographs ranging from fruit to printers. I love the way in which this has been taken because of the mystery that the lowkey lighting brings to the apple. I love how the fruit is wet and the detail just comes alive. I think that the fruit appears more fresh and appetizing to the audience. I love the discreet lighting, only revealing part of the fruit makes it so much more interesting rather than if the whole photograph was lit.
I like the composition in the photograph because it is not perfectly centered, with the fruit being more on the right side it creates a more dynamic image, this photograph follows the rule of thirds and i think it makes it more interesting. It appears that the fruit is floating because of the framing and the spacing that is underneath the fruit. It makes the viewer question how large the fruit is.
It appears that the photograph has been shot on a very high aperture to give maximum focus on the fruit.
This are the photographs i have chosen as my finals. I chose to go with the lowkey lighting setup because i had washed the fruit to try and capture the water drops and i thought it would be very unique and effective.
In this photograph I like the colour of the fruit especially the pepper catching the light directly into the lens. I chose to go with the pepper because i had planned to make the fruit wet and i knew that pepper had a very rich red colour and the light would catch perfectly off the water drops.
I used a white backdrop, I had problems getting the sync lead to work, the hot shoe adapter wasn’t working so I had an idea of switching my camera settings so i could use what i had to produce an effective photograph. I turned off the light that was lighting the backdrop and only used the flash at the front with a large softbox connected. I used the fixed flash from my camera to wirelessly set off the front light. I had changed my aperture to F32 and set my shutter speed to 30 seconds and had my camera mounted onto a tripod. I set my camera to a long exposure because with only my flash it wasn’t producing enough light so doing a long shutter speed would allow the camera enough time to produce a well exposed photograph.
Here are some other photographs that i shot.
The rest of the photographs were taken using flash. My settings were an aperture of F8 with a shutter speed of 1 1/25S and an ISO of 100. When in the studio and using flash i prefer to have my camera on the manual setting because it allows me to have full control over the settings o i can get them perfect to the lighting and scene.
I have opened the images that i want to make into a panoramic. FILE >AUTOMATE > PHOTOMERGE.
– Once you have saved all of the images you wish to create a panoramic with click
Once you have clicked Add Open Files it will show which images you have to produce a panoramic. On the left hand side you can then pick what kind of panoramic you wish to produce.
This task is about panoramic, as its summer i have the idea of getting one of the beach including the Brighton Pier and the West Pier. I want to have them included because although they are both attractions of the city, it would create balance within the photograph.
Locations – My first idea is to shoot on the beach on a sunny day and capture the whole beach including attractions.
My second idea is to capture a panoramic of the city center and to include all the buildings and the highstreet
In the first picture the lighting is very flat on the shoe to produce a level light and to make the shoe stand out as much as possible. There is a white backdrop being used to focus the viewers attention on the product. Photoshop has clearly been used to produce a shadow underneath the shoe, this hints to how the shoe is poised and the position of it.
I like how the photograph is lit and the composition of the image, however my shoot is a lowkey lighting setup, I chose to go with lowkey because i think it make the subject pop out and stand out more.
This is my final image from my shoot. I decided to go with photographing bright coloured shoes so it stands out from the black backdrop. I decided to have composition slightly to the left to consist with the rule of thirds and to make the photograph generally more interesting.
I had a black backdrop and a table to place the shoes on, there was also a cloth on the table which was very dark so it did not interrupt with the subject. I used post production on the photograph to have the scene totally blacked out and i took the shoes from the original scene and place it onto a black background to create maximum effect on the shoe. I think it has worked because where the background is completely black the viewers are drawn straight to the subject.
For this photograph I used a tungsten light to solely focus on the subject and to have a specific spot lighting, the shutter speed was set to 1/250S, I had it set to this because if I had set the shutter speed any lower the photograph would of come out over exposed and i wanted perfect lighting for my shoot. I also used an aperture of F8. I had this aperture of F8 because it worked perfectly with the tungsten lights and also because I wanted the shoe to be in focus but not too much, I wanted this because altough the plan was to have a completely black background and wanted the original to be not as dark so i could play around with it in Photoshop and tweek some aspects.
The photographer I have chosen for this project is Vivian Maier. I chose this photographer and image because I think that Vivian is an amazing photographer because of her technique, I like how her self portraits are not straight forward photographs, they are taken from reflections of herself, I like this approach because it shows are scene around her and I also love the fact that they are in black and white, it really brings out the age and feeling in the photographs.
Vivian Dorothea Maier was born February 1st 1926 and sadly died April 21st 2009. She was a very special American photographer who was born in New York City but was raised in France, Vivian was an nanny in Chicago for round about 40 years and in that time she had taken over one hundred thousand photographs primarily of people and cityscapes in Chicago. Her photographs were unknown and mostly undeveloped until a local historian John Maloof founded her. Vivian’s work has been exhibited in the U.S, England, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Belgium.