This project is a personal project meaning we get to choose what our subject is to photograph in the studio, I decided to shoes again for two reasons, one of them being because although we have already had a project on shoes ‘m not 100% happy with my final shot and i would of picked shoes and it gives me a chance to reshoot so it ties in perfectly.
In the shoot for shoes, I decided to go for a black backdrop and use a lowkey lighting setup but to switch things up, for this shoot im using a white backdrop and a flash light, I have decided to go with this because for the shoes i think a flash light would make them look more dramatic and effective.
I plan on using a studio box to have my shoes in purely because i think it would look a lot more productive and clean. I want this shoot to be as perfect as possible and to not have to use Photoshop, I plan on doing two shoots, one with tungsten and the other using a flash light, I want to get two shoots because I think its good to have various different images and to experiment with lighting rather than having all the same effect on the shoe.
I am happy with my final shoot for my personal project I think that it went well and I think i have planned it well and knew exactly how i wanted the photograph to look. I chose this photograph because i think it represents the photograph i was trying to capture and i think its come out better than how i pictured it in my head, I like the way I plan my photograph because i create a picture of what i want it to look like to when the time comes i know exactly what i need and can set up quickly.
I had edited some photograph so I could have a selection of final images, with the post production of the pictures i enhanced the tint and the saturation, no major changes were made because i like to keep my photographs as natural as possible. I kept on switching the shoes around so i could get different points of view of the shoes, I think thats important because if you didn’t you would have all the same pictures and no selection to choose from.
I had my camera on the Manual setting, I had my aperture set to F8, my shutter speed at 1/125 seconds, and my ISO at 100, I used a standard lens of 18-55.
I didn’t want to change the look of my photograph too much i wanted to keep it simple, I am glad that i did not whiten anything or clean anything up from the shoe because as the project is called personal i wanted to keep it as personal as i could because if i had edited the shoes and make them look brand new they would of looked like an advertisement shot and that’s not what i want i wanted them to look worn personally i think it makes the photograph look more interesting.
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.
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.
We have been given a new brief for the studio and the first project was on self portraits. We had to take our own pictures for this unit these are what I produced.
For my first photograph i decided to do a Rembrandt lighting setup. I chose this because in my opinion I think it is the best lighting setup because it highlights all the features of your face but with lighting from one side and from the back left.
For the shoot I used my camera which is a Canon 100D, 2 tungsten lights, a tripod and a black backdrop. With the lighting setup there was one light at a 45 degree angle a bit above head height, I did this so the light is shining down on me and if my head was looking toward the lens you would see something called the butterfly effect, this is where when the light is above your head it creates shadows under your knows which looks like a ‘butterfly’. With the ‘self portrait’ we was put into groups so it wasn’t entirely a self portrait, me and my partner both took turns at taking pictures and experimenting with different lighting setups. When it was my turn I had directed the lights into the position |I had wanted and the camera setting, my partner simply pressed the shutter for me. The ideal situation would be to have a sync lead from my camera allowing me to press the shutter from where i was.
After shooting I had imported the images I had wanted into Photoshop to tweak certain aspects, with this photograph I had lowered the temp creating the soft blue effect, I did this because I thought it looked better with the jumper I was wearing making it blend into the background more and just giving a more interesting feel to the image. I used the raw file, I prefer using raw to JPEG because of the quality, however if I wasn’t going to edit the image I would used the JPEG because of the colour.
With the second photograph I used 1 tungsten light