Visual language-The composition of the photographis made to look simplistic however
it has been thought about in the way it is presented. Such as for example the
photograph below was taken to form a pattern of symmetry as well as made to look
more of an older image due to the monochrome style. The Sharpen tool was used in
Adobe Photoshop for post production and used to sharpen the foreground of the image
and bring the detail out of the football pitch the players are on. The shape of the image
was thought about as I wanted to incorporate both players with background of the goal.
In post-production the dodge tool was used to make the players and the ball lighter, the
burn tool was also used to make the background slightly darker. To go with the burn, the
blur tool was used to make the players stand out and make the image look more 3D.
The Photograph was made into a monochrome piece because it was to go along with a
set of eight images, four of which that will be in the similar shade and the other four part
of a higher contrast and much brighter photographs. It was designed like that to show
the difference in the emotions and what affect the color can do to an image. The
photograph itself has a good depth of field due to being able to see a far distance
beyond the players; it has therefore been blurred on Photoshop rather adjusting the
aperture to a higher F number. The images are made to document a game and to show
the different stages that can happen during a football game.
The photographs are all Candid images as they have not been set up. As a
documentary type of photography it was important not to be seen as acting.
Manipulating with images could result in less people believing what you had to show
them. A wide lens was used for all the images in order to take a lot of the scene and
show to the viewer what exactly was going on. Natural light was used at first in the
images however post production has been added to the photographs to give it a little
edge and make the players stand out more from the photograph.
Audience- the Audience for this type of is people of any age that like to view the
images. The documentary style images can be looked at from when a person is very
young to more elderly. The can be no specific demographic to target to with his type of
photography. Locations for the photographs may be the billboards found near the sports
department at the college or located on the sports section of the college website. In a
professional way of thinking the photographs would be seen towards the back of
newspapers or on online sports websites.
Context- Previous work that has influenced this type of photography was that of the
Current Photojournalist and documentary photographer Steve McCurry. His work
applied very well to the theme of the project, Discovery. This is due to being known as
the man who took the famous ‘Afghan girl’ image on the National Geographic Magazine.
When looking through the photographs he had taken it struck me that they had been
thought about and that there was a story behind each image, Such as this photograph
below. You can see the coach trying to send a message across to the players and
ultimately here myself trying to get this across to the viewer of the photography. The
Photographs are documenting how the sportsmen are coached and how what they have
learnt is put into practice.
Another and more specific photographer who has inspired my images in the sporting
theme would be George Grantham Bain; he was a sports photographerwho formed his
own news agency in the 1800s. He photographed boxing, football, baseball and tennis
in a spontaneous, unpremeditated way.
It was these types of images taken by Bain that made me look into having some of the
photographs in a monochrome style as it brings out the togetherness of the team and
brings variety to the collection of images.
To compare two photographs, one that I have taken and the other by Steve McCurry in
the 1960’s. This first one below is a famous image from a baseball game in America.
The style is a very good one as this is a good example of focus and how to make the
foreground detailed with leading lines used to make the photograph more professional.
You can read a lot from the image such as Rule of thirds as there is a foreground with
the players, a middle ground with the field and boundary line and a background of a full
stadium with thousands of spectators.
Here is a similarity of the sportsmen in a line from one person in focus to the other.
These Photographs also except the background and want the location to enhance the
image. McCurry’s Image has a lot of people watching meaning a lot of expectation,
which can be seen from the bowlers warming up. The image below also has the same
dedication to impress; here to show the coach what they can do. This is seen by the
battle for the ball from both sides. I believe that the McCurry’s images have influenced
me when I have been taking the photographs and I had to think more about what
techniques can be used rather than just taking an image.
A current working sports photographer I would compare my style to would be Vincent
Rush. He focuses on capturing the highest quality images of sports including both team
and individual shots.
I would like to think that the images share similar features such as the close control of
the moving ball and the wide camera to show the location and people around the player.
Realisation of intentions- The aims set at the start of the project was to produce eight
photographs that documented people and how they did a certain subject. The original
plan was to document Nunnington Hall and how the people there worked to maintain it.
Many images were good however due to unforeseen weather changes and that the
majority of staff was not working the images that could have been taken were not.
Therefore the location and photographs changed but the application and aims remained.
As a contingency was well thought through the photograph taking was quickly ratified.
The aims were to take images of footballers in training and that was met at the end.
Fitness for Purpose- The images are suitable for the purpose as they do document
what is going on and if you look at the photographs in depth you can start to see a story
building from where the coach speaks to the players to moments of magic , which can
be seen from the players reactions. Such as here for example, the players are all
looking at the player celebrating a good goal. For this image light was added in parts
through post production to show the parts where the player had moved before scoring
and to make the existing players stand out more. This is one of many images that go
hand in hand with the theme of discovery.
The original Proposal underneath has not been kept to due to the contingency being
started instead. It had been originally thought that the photographs would be more of an
older style of documentation however as the location changed, as did the demographic.
It had gone from a both gender style to more of a young male orientated style. This is
because the images taken are of that age group.
Here below is an image that was part of a selection taken at Nunnington Hall. It has
been decided that it will not be part of the final eight images that have been chosen to
go with the application of documentary. This has been post produced with the other
photographs from the contingency plan just to experiment to see if they would be good
enough for use. As many other photographs were not of workers it was decided that the
eight images were of footballers instead.
Technical Qualities- When looking at the photographs taken it becomes clear that the
techniques taught by the tutor have been taken into consideration such as controlling
the depth of field and the exposure to light. A smaller aperture was used on the camera
to provide as much clearer image and detail across the full photograph. Natural light was
used at first to keep to the documenting style; however post production was needed to
ensure the viewer knew where to look on the image. As the
Photographs were part of a contingency I did not have enough time to set the camera up
like I did on the field trip to the National Park. But I do feel the photographs did come
out well. A much smaller shutter speed was required as the movement of the players
and the ball could not be seen as blurred nor could camera shake be risked. Here on
the photograph taken below movement was added through post production to
experiment with the smudge tool and see how the photographs can be manipulated.
When looking at Documentary photography you should not change the photograph as
you want the viewer to believe what you have taken and for it to be taken seriously as it
is reporting a certain matter. Post production has been used on these images to show
what exactly you can do to enhance a photograph. Should these be used to professional
purposes then no adjustments would be used with the exception of the crop tool.
Aesthetic qualities- When looking the photographs you can start to see some sort of
inner meaning to them and a documentation of a sport. However as it is only a record of
events and to do with people working it cannot be classified as art or of artistic quality.
The images are nice to look at due to the colors being altered though the levels button
on Adobe Photoshop. The reds and blues were brought out more to make the image
look more interesting to view and to bring out the color of not only the red bushes but the
blue kits the players are wearing. The framing of all the last 8 photographs were altered
and cropped. This is due to how far the images were taken from and needed to get
closer than the zoom allowed. Post production has been used to change the color as
well in each of the images as they needed a boost.
Skills and Knowledge gained- The skills and knowledge I have gained from doing this
project are that of knowing in a lot of detail how to prepare for a shoot and to know the
difference between many key aspects such as Shutter speed, F Numbers and Aperture.
Now I can take an image knowing what the outcome will be without having to look
through what I have taken or change the settings numerous times when out with the
camera. This therefore has saved my time which can be spent on producing much better
quality images. To get a better understanding of depth of field I need to keep practicing
with the settings and try to start with a lower aperture in order to see the difference.
The production process- My technical competency has improved as I can apply what I
have learnt to my own photographs. Before the project I had an limited understanding to
the photography settings and what goes into making a good image however now I feel I
have become more creative when taking a photograph and thinking of many things
instead of just the settings. The time was managed well throughout the project as two
sets of images were taken in the days given to produce them. The first set was not of a
certain standard wanted for the documentary application as staff was not working so
having a contingency helped giving time to produce a new set of photographs more
appropriate. It was not the time management that delayed the image taking in the
This photograph was taken on the Trip to Nunnington Hall. This again is not part of the
collection of eight chosen to be part of the documentary application but it does show
evidence of the techniques in practice when taking the pictures.
Responding to feedbackWhen asking three people for feedback on the work there was some mixed responses
for what was the best however there was no disagreement on which was the worst. The
images that were seen as the best were the ones which captured the action in full and
that had a lot happening, such as the image below. It was said that the ball moving was
a good use of a slow shutter speed and that the monochrome style was well used in that
situation. The images that were seen as good all had no blur what so ever and all
focusing on detail of what was happening.
This image below was seen as the worst out of the eight by all three people that were
questioned. I can see this as because of the documentation nature of the application it is
supposed to be more life like and the blurred way the image was made in
postproduction took all originality out of the image. Also it was seen as unrealistic and
had been suggested that a change in setting could just have easily made that effect.
Using a slow shutter such as the image above could have sorted the image before
When looking at the responses overall I feel that they are very constructive as they point
out clearly what needs to change should the project be repeated again. As a
documentary application it is important to keep the images realistic and not to over do
the postproduction as it can make the images look bad quality. Points that will be taken
on board will be that of keep taking images of the action as it was suggested that those
are the images people would like to see more of and also to keep the photographs raw
without altering them. Should I have more time to redo the project concentration will be
on more of the camera settings such as shutter speed rather than postproduction.
This image above it taken off the Internet and this best describes what one of the
photographs would look like should I have more time to o the project again. To capture
the detail in the feet and ball is something that would have looked better in the collection
Here is another photograph taken off the Internet. This is one that I like and again if had
more time to look into the application again of documentary photography then action
shots would look better to add variety into the images.
Comparing my work with another person’s in the group shows the vast difference a
certain application can do to the style of the images taken. All photographs meet the
requirements for the theme that is discovery however having a particular application
such as Landscape/ Nature will determine what happens in the image. Here there is
much more colour in this image as it is of the natural environment and includes all the
different types of texture the trees and grass offers. Unlike the photographs taken on the
football, this includes natural shades and colours and a simplistic observational
photograph however the image taken by myself was of an artificial pitch and with players
wearing similar kits and bibs. These add to the photographs and bring out more colours
then needed, thus meaning why some of the images have been made into monochrome
ones to show the difference.
Time Management: The time during the project was well thought about and the
schedules were met well without needing extra time. The planning was shown to be
good when the thought about contingency was put into action after the first shoot and
collection of images did not meet expectations, the equipment was booked for each
shoot as a precaution, a precaution that helped save a lot of time when looking at the
three week deadline of the unit. The first week of the unit, the preparation was made and
looking at the theme and what images were going to be taken and who of. The first
collection of images were taken, uploaded and later edited to see if they were fit for
purpose in the second week of the unit. The times were being met to the schedule, the
last week was kept free as a contingency and later used to take the second batch of
images which were later used as the final images to be uploaded.
To conclude, the photographs produced are of a certain quality to be seen as
documentary and ultimately the theme, Discovery. They have been taken with the
incorporation of the techniques learnt throughout the process of the project. Also the
images have been taken with consideration for the target audience and who will look at
the images. Due to taking part in this project new skills have been leant such as knowing
how to control the amount of light that comes in the lens of the camera which can help
you have a grasp on taking photographs with the knowledge of what you will produce.
After looking at past and present photographers in that field, inspiration has come from
them and now I have a much better idea of what to take photographs of and from what
angle. In conclusion the eight produced images were well done as not only did they
meet what was set on the brief, they included parts from previous tasks and they can
share a fitness for purpose, that which can be on the colleges website to advertise a
game or to get more students into the sport. An example of the purpose of the
photographs can be found on the extension task.