After completing my final project i am fairly pleased with the results.
I feel that my shoots were all well prepared and executed well, as was my model scouting, and agreement with my client. I think that coming up with a concept, that really meant something to me really developed my work and has helped my build up a style. I feel i will now be able to carry this concept on into future work, and hopefully this will be the foundations of my career in fashion, and my photographic style. I feel my images really represent my concept fairly well although there is still room for improvement to relate my concept to future images.
I feel that my technical abilities built up over the last 2 years were shown in this project, i feel i managed the camera, the light, and the environment to my best ability to create some really interesting images with a lot of impact that draw the viewer in. I feel that i communicated well with the models and my confidence in shooting with models has been improved as a result, i have begun sharing my concepts in great detail to my models in order for them to understand exactly what i wanted. I helped them relate to my concept personally, and told them to think about those memories that were related while we were shooting, and i feel it paid off, as do my models as i had good feedback about my communication from all the models.
I also feel my images look great on print and i look forward to exhibiting them and hopefully getting some future publications like i have for similar images. I feel again that this project has been success as a result of me getting images published in a US magazine, this is more than i bargained for, and it is something else to put on my CV. It has also been a huge confidence boost and has gave me more motivation to carry this work on throughout the summer and into my own time.
I feel that there weren’t many aspects that didn’t go to plan. There were a couple of shoots that i wanted to carry out, in various exciting locations i had planned, with some fantastic models. But as is the nature of people and the world, things came up and unfortunately these shoots did not go to plan. I learnt a lot from shooting in open space and trying to make a story from it, i found this difficult however i can only learn from this. I also struggled with the bright sunshine that day, and did not have a large enough diffuser/reflector with me, so again i have learned to carry more appropriate equipment with me in case of weather like this again.
If i was to carry out this project again there is not much i would change, i started shooting early, and carried on right through my project, i would like to shoot more however with only 6 weeks, and lot of research and written work to get through, this proved to be a stumbling block, however i was still able to cover four photo shoots. I think i carried out an adequate amount of research and it really gave me ideas in my head to provide exactly what i wanted, looking at different forms of media including cinema really opened my eyes and helped me to think outside the box, and to think of other factors that could enhance and influence my work.
Overall the amount of research i carried out really helped me think of where i wanted to go, and the ways and means of going on about doing it.
I am very happy with the outcome of my images, and i feel i have built a strong base of images in which to expand on in the future. I have had images published in a magazine, and also used on the Client’s website and press packs, so therefore i feel it has been a success. My images are being used in mainstream media, and surely this is a good way to start. I hope to build on this in the future.
Also after speaking to the client, they are very happy with their images, and are looking forward to meeting up next week to talk about where we can go from here and hopefully i have built strong foundations with a client in which i can build on and build my portfolio, and get more publications printed with my images in.
My model released have been documented, and have been kept in my specific release documents folder at home.
I have researched various stock library’s such as getty and alamy and have looked on their forums, in ablefor me to find out what would be the best sizes etc for my images when preparing for printing and alsofor the web.
After researching printing guidelines for stock libraries etc, i have discovered that the best printingconditions for a print are –
– 240 DPI
– Adobe RGB
There has been dispute for some time whether 240 DPI or 300 DPI gives better quality, but after research from leading companies it has been found that the human eye can only see 240 DPI from
3 feet away, so anymore than this and theres not a great deal of use for it.
There has also been questions ove the colour spacing, whether it should be SRGB or Adobe RGB,
however the leading experts now have set guidelines that Adobe RGB should be used as it is the defaultcolour space for most programs and companies etc.
Tiff’s or Jpegs should also be used for printing and nothing else, however at A3 size, a decent size JPEG,above 1.5 mb should give quality which is exactly the same as as a TIFF. However printing any biggerthan A3/12×16” then a TIFF file should be used to retain quality.
After researching guidelines for the web, i have found that the following gives the best image quality.
– 96 DPI
– 250kb – 1mb
For many years now 72 DPI has been used for web images, as computer screens could only cope withthis amount of pixels. However with increased screen quality, most screens can now read 96 DPI easily, which gives better image quality.
The colour space used is SRGB, as all computer’s and web browser’s all use the standard colourspace SRGB, so colours will not change from computer to computer, unless the computers screenis not colour balanced.
A Jpeg is also needed so that the image will load quickly and not clog up the page, this should be around250kb – 1mb, it used to be around 250kb but most computers have broadband internet access with can load1mb jpegs on the web fairly quickly.
Below are my final 11 images for my portfolio.
I decided to include a series of 4, two series’ of 3, and a series of 1.
I feel they were all the strongest images, and sold the story the best, as well as fitting well with each other.
After creating an edit from this shoot i have decided to weigh up how the shoot went, and what could be improved next time.
I found the location organizing fairly easy as my research was thorough and paid off, my organization was spot on as everything went to plan, my technical thoughts were well planned and my visual research really led me to knowing exactly what i wanted from my images, and looking at similar images with a lot of light in these sort of locations helped me understand how i should manage my light.
I think the images really sold my story well, and i have created some really interesting nice images that i am fairly pleased with.
Overall i feel that this shoot could not have went much better, the images i had in my head are pretty much what i have ended up with, i encountered no problems worth mentioning, and it did not cost me anything for an agency signed model, and it only cost me a small fee to enter the lighthouse.
The following is a selected edit, after post production of the images from my fourth shoot.
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