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Photography evaluation

  1. 1. Photography Evaluation Shania Carter
  2. 2. Visual Language • Each of my final images do not have a specific angle to them although in some of the photographs the main focus is the football. Some of my images are also in black and white which helps set the tone of the photographs especially on the day the photographs were taken e.g. cold and windy. Many of my photographs have a visual language as you can see the facial expressions of some of the football players. I mainly took the photographs from the right hand side of the pitch so that I could find the right position when there was a tackle in the middle of the pitch. I analysed sports photographer Vladimir Rys, he used a lot of effects on his photographs to create a blur on people or their movement, I have used the blur effect in my work to put a main focus on one particular footballer or where their movement has been on the pitch. As I view my images again I have sub consciously tracked the movement of some of the football players and this is similar to what Vladimir Rys has done in his photography – although not always in his football photography. Photograph 15 is the main one in which I have focused on creating a black and white tone and also focusing on the football and how the player has controlled it as I think the photography that appeals to me is seeing the football at a player’s feet.
  3. 3. Audience • There can be lots of things said about audience for sports photography, including gender and age. I have chosen football as my sports photography as it is my favorite sport, not many women choose to do sports photography as women’s football isn’t as popular as the men, gender stereotypes are still massively influenced in sport photography with more women choosing to do the opposite. I think that gender stereotypes shouldn’t influence the type of photography women choose to take or to look at because we all have our own preferences. I don’t think that there is a specific age range to my photography even though I have photographed teenagers because any age can look at sports photography and watch the football. Although people don’t like to be classified in some age profiles the similar likes and dislikes is what boxes them. In sports photography, everybody likes sports but it broadens the creativity for photographers as the angle (for example) wouldn’t be of a great concern for any age specific. Within sports photography, especially football the audience wants to see the tackles and the goals so that they can relive the ‘memory’ through that photograph, whether it be taken amateur or professionally. In my final eight photographs there are a few that have the tackles which stand out as one an audience would really like.
  4. 4. Context • I did look at some of the historical photography but I didn’t find it as intriguing as the contemporary photography. In sports photography now there are faster players and there are more fights and dirty tackles that people want to capture. I do think that historical sports photography is very memorable to a certain extent but the photographer than influenced me was Vladimir Rys, I studied his work for a long time and I liked the way he captured the football players when they were running or were stood. Vladimir Rys uses a lot of expression and movement in his photography which I tried to incorporate into my photography. Vladimir Rys has worked all around the world exploring different cultures of sport, my favorite photography of Vladimir’s comes from the German champions league final last year, he captured the emotion of the players before the game which inspired me to create the same with my photography. I think that my work would fit into football magazines and websites to help promote the team, lots of sports photographers use online portfolios which helps them find work for smaller football teams so this is where I think my work could fit into contemporary settings.
  5. 5. Realization of Intentions • At the start of this project I had my heart set on doing sports photography, I love football and it is the field of work that I would love to get into. I think that my photography does reflect my initial intentions because I wanted to capture the tackles within the game and the movement of the training session. I think that I have achieved what I wanted to do because I have captured some great images of the training session, expressions and tracking movement. I was to make any improvements to my photography I would make sure that I focused on the player’s emotions rather than the football because Vladimir Rys who I looked at has some fantastic portrait photography of F1 star Sebastian Vettel. The purpose of my photography is to show football at a teenage level, my photography does not have a story to tell as it just shows the action. I think that my images do fulfill this purpose because my images reflect the action of the game however there are a series of photographs that show a goal and then a goal celebration. Similar work to my photography is used on online portfolios as must people surface the internet for sports photography. My other intention of this project was to create a set of images that reflected a hard working attitude in sport and that’s why I tried to photograph more so of the facial expressions to show that.
  6. 6. Technical qualities • I think that I have gained a lot of technical abilities over the run of this project, the main technical quality that I have learnt is how to select the right ISO setting to get the right photography. I used F22 in a lot of my photographs as that gave me a sharp image to work with and it picked up a lot of the features that I wanted to include in my photographs. Although I didn’t use aperture in my photographs it was a good technique to use and I think that if I used it for another photography style I would definitely know how to use it. The camera I used to take the photographs was on auto so I didn’t need to change many settings but it helped that it was on auto so that I could be ‘snap happy’ and not miss any of the action. I think that the skills I have learnt I will definitely use in the future. My favorite skill to learn was the shutter speed, although I didn’t use it in my final eight photographs, I like the way it captures fast movement and I would like to use it again next year for experimental photography. I took some simple photographs and didn’t use a lot of skills that I had previously learnt as I didn’t think they would make an effect on my photographs and also I wanted a raw shot as the tips from sports photographers taught me that.
  7. 7. Aesthetic and Creative Abilities I think that I have become more creative in this project because I am taking photographs from high and low vantage points and various different angles around the football pitch. I think that my confidence boosting has led to being more creative as I would have never taken consideration into vantage points before. An example of my creative ability was that I went closer to the action and made sure that I got the action in from a difficult angle. I do like the way my images look because they capture movement and show the action like I wanted to achieve from the start of the project. I think my images are interesting because they show different aspects of the game i.e. celebrating, scoring and tackling which is also what professional sports photographers try and achieve. I am happy with my photographs before they went into post production because they were interesting and the raw look I wanted of the footballers was clearly shown. The photograph below shows the interesting and raw look that my images have and that’s why I like them so much.
  8. 8. Skills and Knowledge gained I have learnt a lot of skills and knowledge on this unit. Before starting this unit I didn’t know how to use a DSRL but over the past few weeks I feel confident using one and knowing where everything is on the camera. Although I didn’t use every single skill on my final photographs, I do know them and would happily use them again. The most difficult skill for me to master using the DSLR was depth of field, I had to keep practicing but in the end I managed to get a great photograph. I know a lot about the digital camera and this history behind it which I found very interesting learning about. The skills that I have gained for this project has helped me take my photographs. I think that if I had used some more skills that I had learnt my photographs would have been better i.e. ISO and white balance. When explaining about aperture and ISO I have a good enough understanding to know what to say about them both. Selecting the appropriate white balance was fun to choose because it showed how you can take photographs with a glow without having to move to a completely different light. I think that my photographs have developed over the course of the project as they have got better and more focused, I did also take the skills that I had learnt and used them to enhance my photographs for sports photography. I looked on the internet and thoroughly researched Vladimir Rys and the tips he gives to be a good sports photographer, I think this helped me gain knowledge about the positioning of the camera and the way my photographs should be taken especially at football matches. I also learnt through my tutors about positioning and what settings I needed to use on the camera to get an almost professional photograph. I looked at a lot of tips from the internet which bolstered my knowledge on the DSLR and sports photography in general. I am constantly learning new skills about the camera, at Nunnington Hall, College and at home. The skills and knowledge that I have gained have helped me to become a better photographer and to take photographs that I can be proud of. I think that because I looked at so many different ways to gain knowledge it has helped me to use it in my photography – both written and practical work. Looking at famous sports photographers and the careers they have had has also helped as they have a similar style in sports photography and that is also what I wanted to achieve when taking my photographs. Nunnington Hall was a good practice day for me as I could spend an extra day with the camera and playing around with the settings, that day also helped me gain extra skills i.e. using the camera without a tripod and experiencing what angles I needed to take the photographs from.
  9. 9. Skills and Knowledge Gained I think that my images are controlled because I didn’t have camera shake and I didn’t use a tripod. I had more confidence using the camera without a tripod as it gave me the ability to move around more freely without missing the action from either side of the pitch. The knowledge of actually using the camera before hand helped me because I remembered how controlled the photographs needed to be and how accurate the action should be to create a great photograph. Looking back at my first images, my skills and knowledge has grown because my photographs are much better, controlled and of a nicer standard. I studied a lot of photography outside of college so I had all the knowledge from previous and present sports photographers and how their images altered over periods of time barring the colour change. I think that my skills and knowledge were gained in two very different ways as more of my knowledge about sports photography was developed from looking at my favourite sports photographer and finding out all about his photographs. Time management was also an issue as I had to use my contingency plan so I could get my photographs taken in time. I was hoping that York City football club would respond quickly but unfortunately they didn’t and I had to use the college football team within a short space of time before putting the final eight photographs together. After taking my photographs I think that I have met the deadlines exactly as I have now got my photography blog filled with the right tasks from this project. I do need to work on my time management skills and be prepared for a change quickly and to have a thorough contingency plan that could effectively help me. The production process came about exactly how I wanted it to and I used Photoshop to create some great images. In the production process, my favourite technique was the dodging and burning technique as I could track player’s movement and darken the areas that were irrelevant in the photograph.
  10. 10. Responding to Feedback • I like the feedback that I have received as I can relate to a lot of things my peers have said. I agree with the comments made on my dodging and burning as I feel like that was my weakest point and that I used the tool too heavily in some parts. I like that people feel photograph seven is my strongest image as I used the ellipse tool to create the effect around the football theme. I like how the overall feedback is the same throughout which gives me confidence when looking back through my photographs. I wanted to make the players look like they were in a different light – on photograph two and this is the only comment that I disagreed with. My inspiration for this project – Vladimir Rys, doesn’t change his images into different lights but I wanted to be a bit more creative with my work. I like how my overall strengths have been recognized as using the dodge tool appropriately in some photographs which is what I wanted to achieve on the production process. I didn’t want to create an image that looked un natural so I am quite disappointed with that comment, I think I should’ve carried a theme of pure black and white which would have made the images look authentic. I wanted to keep the images as natural as possible and making the images brighter and darker to set a distinct tone within different times of the match being played. I also wanted to create photographs with no blur on them during the tackles, which has paid off and people like that idea on some of the photographs. I like that people think I took the photographs at the appropriate times because I wanted the match and my photographs to have a story too it, this is also something I wanted to change from Vladimir Rys’ style because he takes random pictures of the game rather than one following on from the other. I also like in my feedback that people think that the contrast of having black and white, color photographs works well together. The strongest point of my feedback is the comment on the photographs been taken in all parts of the pitch and this is what I wanted to achieve straight away and focus on the team rather than one player which wouldn’t have made my photographs particularly interesting in some respects.

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