Collages

Thinking about ways to present my images, one idea I had is to take the 4 day-to-day shoots and have a large collage for each of them so the viewer can get a rough idea of who these people are and what they do. Even though they were only experiments I like the way they came out as you do get a feel of all these different people and the different aspects of their lives.

I had the idea of placing large collages like this in a column to one side and then show their interactions in the other shoots in the grid format and in smaller, as I really like the look of the grids. This may mean also including grids of the day-to-day images also as I like the turn out of them but that may mean some of them images are shown twice, as they are all in a small scale I don’t think this will be a problem.

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I wanted to experiment with different techniques, this is a unique way of displaying them, having them overlap to show a connection to one another.

I ended up having each grid made into a square so they were all the same size when mounted. The images within them is a summery of when they all do in their day-to-day lives and some of the important details too.

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Showing Similarities

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I wanted to show the similarities of what each of the models do in their day. So instead of placing them next to each other I placed them on photoshop on top of one another and turned down the opacity to 50% of the top layer so both were revealed.
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I didn’t place the images directly on top of each other as their faces and actions wouldn’t have been as clear as putting the images just to the side. I really like the affect that was created as it really shows the point of how peoples day-to-day lives can be similar. As both of the image were quite white it allows them to merge well, not having too many other distractions, as I wanted to show them both in bed on their laptops.

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What I like about this image is how it looks mirrored in a way, as they’re both making the same actions and I took both the images in the refection of the mirror. As there was more going in the background of these images I placed both of the models faces to the side of one another and used the rubber tool to take away from the top image. I make sure to use a very soft brush to blend the image out, creating a nice gradient.

Test Film Shoot

I had never previously shot with film so this shoot was my first ever experiment shoot. Reviewing the test shoot I found that only a few of my images were exposed correctly, leaving most of them being over/ under exposed. As there is no way of knowing how the image came out until the development stage it’s hard to know where to improve. If I were to do another shoot I would make sure to take more than one image with different exposures to ensure the best quality possible. Prior to developing my film I wanted to do another shoot but I found developing the film and setting it up was very challenging. At this stage I feel it’s more important for me to work on working on furthering some of my selected images, making them as strong and unique as possible. For me I feel I need a lot more practice with a film camera and with that needs a lot more time and money so it makes sense for me to possible revisit film if I have the time after experimenting more with my selected images.

Captions/ Text

I feel my images tell their own story. The way I have put them together the viewer can clearly see what is happening so I felt it would have been pointless to do a caption explaining the images. Instead I wanted to bring up what you can see, such as their thoughts or basic information or maybe even a deeper meaning behind the images.

Text style 1:

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The easiest way I was able to get handwritten text on my images was to write them on paper, take a picture using flash and then take it to photoshop to make the white really bright and the black really dark. To do this I just added a levels adjustment level and increased the shadows and highlights. To get the text from one image to the other I used the magic wand tool to outline the text and drag to the other image. I dragged from the adjustment layer as I knew it would take the text in white, which is what I wanted.

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I really like the outcome of this experiment as it brings a more personal feel to the image as it allows us to see what the model was think when the images were being taken. Having the text written in handwritten text makes it more personal to me as a photographer as it’s almost like leaving my mark. If i were to do this style across my images I would have the most though of/ more important words in the situation bigger than the others to emphasise it.

Text style 2:

Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 12.48.19.pngTo add a text caption I took to photoshop and used the text tool. I chose a typewriter font as it reflects on what is being said within, basic facts. Having the text bold allowed it to stand out more.

Having basic text telling the viewer a bit more about the models just adds a bit of context to part of the image. Such as he has to use his laptop a lot as his course is very much digital based.

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This style gives the viewer the basic facts of the model, nothing about what they were thinking or feeling. This is different as it gives the viewer some background of the model and where they are now.

Text style 3:

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I used the same way to add text as the previous image, on photoshop. With these set of images I wanted to tell a different story than ‘the model is doing makeup’. To create a story I added a simple title and just a sentence underneath expressing that she wears makeup as she’s insecure. But to someone else, like her boyfriend, she is beautiful without it.

Fill in Flash

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First I took a photo with just daylight, the ISO was 400, the shutter speed was 1/100 and the aperture was set to f8. I had the camera on a tripod to avoid camera shake, as the shutter speed was low. I also used a small soft box over the flash so the light was diffused.

First I balanced the flash with the camera to see how the shot came out, and it made the subject too overexposed, I did this by making sure the camera had a aperture of f8 and having the same on the flash gun. Next I took the flash down a stop so it was on f5.6, still having an aperture in the camera of f8. This made the subject more underexposed then the previous picture. Then next I change the settings in the camera so the shutter speed was 1/40s and the aperture was set to f11, combining this with the flash set to f5.6 (2 stops down) this meant the subject in the image still got the light from the flash but the foreground was lighter as I used a slower shutter speed. Then I took the flash down one stop so it was only at f8 creating a brighter flash. I made sure to take a picture with no flash to compare.

I next changed the shutter speed so it was 1/200s and took the photo much faster; the aperture on the camera was set to f11. Balancing the flash so it was set to f11. By having a faster shutter speed meant that the foreground was darker but because of the flash the subject will still be lit. I added another layer on the soft box so it diffused the light from the flash even more, which left the image underexposed with the settings we where on before. Changing the camera so it had an aperture of f11 and a shutter speed of 1/125 along with the flash having f16, which is one stop up from the camera. This allowed the flash to be diffused more while keeping the foreground dark and dramatic.

I started with the camera on 1/30s shutter speed with an f11 aperture, which made the subject in the image too overexposed. I added the flash at f8 one stop down to make sure the flash wasn’t too harsh. I then brought down the flash even more by two stops making it f5.6 with even more less of a flash. I then added on a small soft box. I nexted changed the flash to f8 then the shutter speed on the camera to 1/60s allowing more light through. Then I took the shutter speed to 1/100s, making the background darker and changing the flash back to f11. Then took the shutter speed up to 1/200s and added another diffuser allowing less light through the flash. Then changed the aperture to f8 on the camera and changed the flash to f16 (one stop up so it wasn’t too underexposed.) After I took a picture with no flash. Changing the aperture on the camera to f8 and the shutter speed to 1/60 we added a silver dish reflector and pointed the flash gun towards it, then the light from the flash gun would bounce back the light back on to the sunject.

I decied that getting the perfect fill in flash is a very long process when the shoot location is consantly changing, like in all of mine. In some indoor public location they do not allow flash so would not be even possible to use it. I also felt that it would make my subjects uncomfotable as having a flash can be very intimating and I wanted them all to be as comfortable as possible.

Presentation & Feedback 31/03/2017

Feedback:

  • Add captions to incorporate more detail about the models… like what they study/ interests, even if it’s in the image.
  • Add music over the moving image video.
  • The detailed shots with the cropping and different viewpoints are really interesting.
  • The layout composition works well.

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My Thoughts:

  • I am currently experimenting with captions and all the different ways they can be used. Having the captions will allow me tell their stories further.
  • I had thought using music over my video clips may have been distracting but having the option of using headphones will remove that worry. I will take the comment and try and use it when presenting my project, and will chose a song that links with at least one of my models. As some of the have a passion for music picking one of their favourite songs will be a nice touch.

Grids

I wanted to put these images together as they’re all based on the same theme, of cooking. I like all the different view points and angles that i have captured within this collage. I feel all the images work as you can’t see the models face in any of the images which leaves some mystery of who this person really is, having to look at more images to find out.

I want to place with a lot of different layouts to find out which ones I like best, especially as the number of images in each collage will change. I want to make sure to have a good balance of cropped framed images and wide angles, just to make the overall image look interesting to the viewer as they layout can help make the images look even better. These images were based on being out and running errands, which isn’t very exciting. To make it more exciting I made sure to place different images with hints of colour that complemented one another.

I feel as if this layout is perfect for displaying images that contain details about the model but having one image that is maybe more important than the rest, like a portrait with the models face in the frame. Having the smaller details around will allow the portrait to stand out the most while giving the viewer more of an inside of who this person is and what they do with their private time.

When the selection of images are mostly wide angle I found it’s harder to get ascetically pleasing collage, but it can still be done. I found the tiles needed to be a bit bigger then they would be if the image was more cropped. Making the right template to suit the images is key, for example i prefer the collage to the left over the right as I feel we can see more of the images and get more of a relationship from the two models.

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This is one of my favourite collages that I’ve created so far, as all the images tie nicely together because of the colour scheme. Having the two smaller images in the centre of the images is a nice touch of details that might have been looked over. I really like how the top image has the model more to her right of the image with her face showing, then the bottom image the model is more to the left and he face hidden. I feel this balances the image well, with a reflective aspect.

Having the images is a good way to have landscape images. As this was a basic layout I wanted to experiment with the spacing/ having no spacing. Depending on what images are used I feel the images can flow very well, creating a story leading into each other. With this vertical collage I wanted to include both of my models. The collage to the left having two different images of them with a detail of the store we were in to show the viewer how they were interested in music. The collage to the right includes one image of each of the models interested in the music at the top and bottom, while having an image of just their feet to show them together without revealing their faves.

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I places these images together as they all are based on the model working at their desk. I made it interesting by creating different view points and angles, even though they are very similar as whats included in the frame they complement each other when placed in this grid as you get a view, almost like the viewer is there.

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Within this grid I wanted to include some of the detail within the models life that is used or seen on a regular basis. I wanted the keys to show the one main thing he will always take them leaving the apartment, so maybe that is something overlook for it’s importance. Having the image of the beanies on the opposite corner allowed some balance as it’s quite similar to the picture of the keys, and is something the models uses a lot. I then had one image to show the views they see on their daily walk when leaving the apartment, as well as a cropped image to show relevance to the beanies while outside.

These two grids show two different takes to the models daily walk to uni and how they like to get a drink before getting the day really started. They both show the location in different ways as one included the London skyline and the other a street sign. The grids are very similar except one has space to show two portrait images and the other two landscape images. The left set allows one main image with two smaller ones to help tell the story, while the right showcased all the images more equal as they’re roughly the same size.

These three grids show more detail within the models life, as it gives the viewer more of an in site to what they’re interested in/ use on a daily. I feel using these images take it to a some what personal level as you can only see these personal belongings in their room. I tried to make every image in the grids relate to each other, like the middle grid includes items in the bathroom. Having a shot of the model larger just reminds the viewer who the person is and the smaller details show how treat themselves. The other two are quite similar, I was experimenting with different layouts and seeing what images worked well together. I feel the grid to the right is slightly better as it shows more of the objects that are used quite casually, for example reading or lighting a candle.

I feel these grids have more of an editorial vibe as they’re taken with different angles and different ways of cropping. I really like how there’s mainly white with small part of black and yellow, I feel it keeps the images very clean and brought together. They don’t tell us too much about the model as a person but all of these images together make a strong grid.

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This grid shows us where the model is living, giving us more detail about them. I just liked how these images sat together as they have the same colour scheme as well as all linking. As the model is looking at the distance, having the view shown and then having the bottom image placed like that makes it more unique and interesting.

These grids show the model in the park. I wanted to include the caring image of the model with the dog as well as the cropped image of her feet, to include wide angles and cropped. The other spaces I wanted to bring in the models connection with her phone as well as her sense of adventure, roaming around in nature. Both of the top images are quite open which I like as a lot of the bottom images are cropped filling up most of the frame. They just allow more scenery into the grids, opening them up more.

For this grid I experimented with two themes, one focusing on the model doing her colouring to relax and the other being a more overall look at what she does within her room. I really like the colouring of one as it has many different angles, showing the concentration on her face as well as the detailed hand movements. The more over view look of the models day allows us to see more of her life with less of the attention to detail.

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What I like about this simple one is how the intimate interactions between the two models, showing the viewers their connection. That is shown more within the phone sharing image, I wanted to place the smiling image next to it as I wanted to show their facial expressions. The smile show a relaxed feel to the grid, inviting us into their friendship in a way.

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Within this grid I wanted to include the interactions between the models as well capturing them carefully looking for their favourite records. Doing this allowed a balance within the images having each diagonal image either be them alone or together.

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I liked having three different aspects within this grid as it has an image of just the surroundings, a unique image of 3/4 of the models where you can’t see their faces and an image of one of their faces in the location. The colourings really flow well together, allowing the images to all look in the right place.

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I wanted to have a grid of my model in her car as it’s not something the rest of my subjects have access to. I like how calm and carefree she looks driving considering how young she is. Capturing different view points within the car it’s almost like the viewer was in the car with the model too, inviting the audience in.

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A lot of the models room was white/ grey so to add some colour to the grids I included other details within it, these details also gave the audience more of a story of who this girl really is.

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I really like this grid as even though the model looks quite cold she sees her pets everyday and you can tell this by the way the dogs are in the images. They all are quite relaxed, even posing for the picture in some cases. This is good as it’s like taking a portrait of the dogs as well, showing what they’re like too.