Portrait – Using people
Using people for experimental photography can achieve all
different advantages. As well as using the techniques and
methods of experimental photography such as double
exposure or movement, the subject of a person can always
determine the emotion or feel of an image. A models clothing
can also change the atmosphere of the photograph. For
example, if I was to place my model in a field full of
sunflowers and decided she/he was going to wear black,
dark and grungy clothing and accessorises it gives me the
authority to change the photograph into something dark and
gloomy even though a field full of sunflowers is ‘pretty’ and
uplifting. Portraits can imply anything to a photograph as well
the implications and aspects that I can change to create an
I have included a few images to the left, most of them being
just a normal portrait photograph, some of which are edited
and have the conjunctions of experimental photography.
These photographs are all have a different story to tell just by
looking at the person. They can give you an incite into
somebody’s personality and all the interpretations of it.
Portrait photography is definitely an aspect I will consider
when planning for my final piece. Many different things can
become wonders photographing people as almost every
photograph of a single person is going to be different then
These photographs I have included to the left are both
good examples of portrait and fashion photography. This
is something I am deeply considering to do for my own
work. The images are both black, white and grey, which
has completely changed the mood of the photograph.
The top photograph with all the bouncy balloons is at
first glance exciting and happy. The grey scale colours
connote an anxious person living in a fantasy world. This
world expecting the model to feel emotions of an upbeat,
thrilled character which in actual fact she is not.
This photograph shoes creativity and informality. The
fact that the girl is not taking the photograph is obvious
but making it look like she is works very effectively. Its
unusual but its eye-catching to see.
Around the border I have included some more photographs of portrait and fashion
photography to give me some inspiration in to what I am going to do.
Landscape – Using places
Landscape photograph can be very exciting. It is all about the lighting, the setting, the
colours and more importantly what you can do with the camera. Although you need a good
scenery to photograph, the camera is the main piece to capturing something amazing. It
shows spaces in the world which the majority of people will not have seen. One of the key
points to landscape photography is that there is very little to none human activity around it.
It focuses just on the surroundings and the presence of nature.
Many landscape photographs are create in a pursuit of a pure deception of nature. Places
such as industrial sites, urban backgrounds and nature are the main key aspects. The
images as a whole capture the beautiful sites that audiences will never probably see in
person. It allows us as a society to fulfil what our thoughts and deceptions are of the typical
The photographs I have included to the left are just a few I chose to include into my
research. The contrasts on each of the photographs seem to be high to introduce the
cracks and emphasise the objects that are included. The colours are very vibrant on the
photograph at the bottom making it almost look as if its surreal.
Most of the landscape photographs I came across all included reflections. Reflections can be very distinctive but can also be
very subtle. As most of these photographs include the sea or some what water you can see the light from the sun shining and
the setting of the sky reflected into the water. Reflections can sometimes be extremely easy or very difficult to capture. It all
depends on the lighting and the angle of the camera. You need to have a good eye to be able to achieve something beautiful
like the top right photograph I have included,
Although this kind of photograph is very interesting, within the project I do not think I have enough time to travel to places in
which I would be able to achieve photographs like this.
Fashion – Using looks
Fashion is a very big aspect of society. Its all about what organisations perceive
fashion to be to enlarge the view to the audience. There are a lot of fashion stores
and icons that the public look up to. It is involved in the every day life of a person,
what the wear, their make-up, hair, every aspect about looks can be indulged as
fashion. Some take it to extremes where as others have their own personal style that
they feel comfortable with.
In photography fashion is also used a lot. Many of these photographs are usually
displayed in magazines, on advertisements for shops, in store imagery and even
exhibitions. Fashion photography can be done in all different ways. It always focuses
on the person and what they look like but the scenery chosen to be the background
can make a big difference. For example, urban outfitters store sells very unique,
grungy clothing. The photography consists of backdrops of walls and graffiti with the
models wearing the clothes to emphasise their style.
Methods such as double exposure and movement will work extremely well while
capturing fashion photography. It will make the photographs look and give that edgy
and mysterious feel that can be sometimes quite difficult to pursue. I will take this
into deep consideration when coming to produce my final products.
• Brightness and Contrast
• Aperture of the camera
• Black and White
• Shutter speed of the camera
• Manuel or Auto focus
• IOS settings
• White balance
These are a few key points I will think of during and after production. The edited techniques will allow me to
produce the photographs how I want them to be and it will also give me a chance to experiment and see which
one works best with each photograph I take.
Its important that I use my knowledge to the best of my ability in production in a quick and methodical manner to
ensure I produce high quality images and hitting deadlines.
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