Layout Planning Inspiration

I was looking at Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition as they displayed a lot of images, which relates to my work as I too plan on displaying a lot of image. I like how not all of the images are the same size, it brings the viewer closer to the images as they have to get close to see within the smaller images. The colours within the images allow each one to stand on its own even though it’s in a sea of other images. They have almost scattered images over the wall but some how it doesn’t look a mess, to them it is an organised mess. It shows me I don’t have to place all my images perfectly straight next to one another along the wall. Even though they have more space to display their work than I do I am going to take inspiration and apply it to my display by scattering my images in a way that to me is organised

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Printing and Mounting Images

Option 1-

An option for printing my images is to use the collages printer. The costs with this would be having to buy my own printer paper. I think I want to use matte paper but I thought I would be best for me to compare the prices for matte and glossy incase I changed my mind before. The problem with this is there will be excess paper, which will be a waste of money and unfortunately I was not able to find any smaller packets. It would however allow room for mistakes.

Glossy (A4/3)-

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Matte (A4/3)-

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Option 2-

I could use a photo printing website, this will ensure no wastage. I will have to choose the sizes I want my images, this would help to keep all my images roughly the same size. Looking at the prices for Sim Lab the cost would also work out cheaper. I plan on having 4 12×12″ and 22 6×4, amounting to £5.40.


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When mounting my images I want to use my money wisely, as my small images are roughly 6×4. I will only be able to cut out two of my small images so A3 will be a batter option. I don’t want my images to come out too much from the wall so having it 3mm will be good. I want it on foam board as I feel it’ll bring the images out more, as if they were just on the wall it may blend in with the white.


How Photographic Film Works

What does it really mean when you “take” a picture with a camera? When you click the shutter, you have frozen a moment in time by recording the visible light reflected from the objects in the camera’s field of view. In order to do that, the reflected light causes a chemical change to the photographic film inside the camera. The chemical record is very stable, and can be subsequently developed.

If you were to open a 35-mm cartridge of colour print film, you would find a long strip of plastic that has coatings on each side. The heart of the film is called the base, and it starts as a transparent plastic material (celluloid) that is 4 thousandths to 7 thousandths of an inch (0.025 mm) thick. The backside of the film (usually shiny) has various coatings that are important to the physical handling of the film in manufacture and in processing.

There may be 20 or more individual layers coated here that are collectively less than one thousandth of an inch thick. A very special binder that holds the imaging components together takes up the majority of this thickness. It is a marvellous, and ubiquitous material called gelatine. A specially purified version of edible gelatine is used for photography — yes, the same thing that makes Jell-O jiggly holds film together, and has done so for more than 100 years! Gelatine comes from animal hides and bones. Thus, there is an important link between a cow, a hamburger and a roll of film that you might not have appreciated.

Colour print paper is a high-quality paper that is specially made for this application. It is made waterproof by extruding plastic layers on both sides. The face side is then coated with light-sensitive silver-halide grains that are spectrally sensitized to red, green and blue light. Since the exposure conditions for a colour print paper are carefully controlled, the paper’s layer structure is much simpler than that of the colour negative film. Once again, gelatine plays a key part as the primary binder that holds the image-forming grains and the colour-forming components (couplers) together in very thin, individual layers on the paper surface.



Film Images:

I’ve never used a  film camera before so espicially as this is my final major project I want to really push myself and try new tecniques. When previous working in the darkroom, using pinhole and photograms I really enjoyed it. As I’ve never worked with film I’m really intrested in how the images will come out and to develop them. Using a film camera means every shot counts, so I will take each shot with care and thought, hopefully getting a complely different image than what DSLR gives. When shooting with film I will most likey choose shoot with a group of people so I can get a wide range emotions from people and different view points/ angles.

Moving Image:

As I am moving onto Film Production next year I wanted to include some of it within my final major project. I plan on capturing part of the surroundings of my shoots as well as the actions of my models, I don’t want the clips to be stages too much as I want to their real emotions. I feel adding moving image will add to the rality of this projects as people will be able to see the models moving around, seeing almost a 360 degree of everything. Along with the editing there are so many way to showcase these moving images, but one thing I know is I don’t want to include any of the audio as I feel that may be distracting.

Captions/ Titles:

Captions and titles are a way to add some more context to the im,ages as they explain the story that little bit more. And I do want my viewers to get to know the models within my images, that’s part of what my project it, showing we all live different lives and even though we are different ages etc we all have some similaritys. I will explore all the different way of using captions and titles, from the way they are written to how I choose to place them on my images.

Different ways of using them-

  • Having the photographer write the text
  • Having the model wite the text
  • Informal/ formal
  • Basic infomation
  • Meaning behind the images
  • Explain what’s within the images
  • Placing the text ontop of the image
  • Leaving a gap to be written underneth
  • Text/ handwritten

General Shoot Plan

As I don’t know where my shoots will take me I can’t individually plan the lighting and location of each shoot. I want my images to be relaxed and candid and planing shoot will take away from the care free part of that, as I plan on following my models around to see what they get up to.

What equipment to have if needed:

  • DSLR camera
  • Phone (to shoot video)
  • Film camera
  • Tripod – If lightings too low will need to use a low shutter speed to insure as much light as possible. The low shutter speed will cause camera shake without tripod.
  • Hand held flash – If lighting is low with no tripod can help light the shot.

When shooting these are the top things to keep in mind:

  • Keep changing viewpoints and angles.
  • Think about the weather/ lighting, how to change the settings to fit the surroundings, especially if they’re changing.
  • Getting a lot of both wide angle images as well as cropped.
  • Not just photographing the model but the details within their life as well, this will show the viewer who they really are.
  • Make sure the model is comfortable.
  • It’s okay to stage a few shots as long as they don’t look stiff, not everything important in their life will happen in one day.

Weekly Plan

Week 1 (23/01/2017)

  • Test Shoot, to get feel of the topic and start to explore.
  • Shoot evaluation, talk about camera settings, how I felt, how the models felt, location, lighting…
  • Make contact sheets.
  • Start the blog.
  • Start the mind-map/ mood board.

Week 2 (30/01/2017)

  • Begin the artist research.
  • Begin the proposal.
  • Finish mind- map and post on blog.

Week 3 (06/02/2017)

  • Make sure research and proposal are done.
  • Start editing images.
  • Do research on social documentary and the best way to take images.

Week 4 (13/02/2017) Half Term

  • Travel to Colchester and shoot a friend also the journey.
  • Travel to Cambridge and shoot friends also the journey.
  • x2 contact sheets with evaluations (talking about how the shoot went).

Week 5 (20/02/2017)

  • Shoot in London, experimenting with different angles and cropping.
  • Contact sheets.
  • Shoot with film camera

Week 6 (27/02/2017)

  • Work more on artist research.
  • Make sure all contact sheet evaluations are done.

Week 7 (06/03/2017)

  • Start to choose favourite images.
  • Experiment with editing images.

Week 8 (13/03/2017)

  • Have all artist research is done.
  • Experiment with moving images.

Week 9 (20/03/2017)

  • Go on a shoot with film camera.
  • begin to develop film images.

Week 10 (27/03/2017)

  • Evaluate film images and think about shooting again if goes well.
  • Have all other contact sheet evaluations done.

Week 11 (03/04/2017)

  • Think about putting final images together, see what works well.
  • Go on another shoot fitting what is needed with the images I have picked out.

Week 12 (10/04/2017)

  • Refine final images to the best ones.
  • Edit images along with evaluating the edits, saying why I chose to edit that way/ why I chose that image.

Week 13 (17/04/2017)

  • Continue editing image, experimenting with tools in lightroom and photoshop.

Week 14 (24/04/2017)

  • Look through final images and make sure everything is evaluated as why the image was chosen (eg good angles, framing, interesting lighting) and reason behind editing.

Week 15 (01/05/2017)

  • Look at the series of images and think about how they will displayed.
  • Play around with different layout ideas, making sure to document my ideas.

Week 16 (08/05/2017)

  • Start to mount images on chosen coloured board.

Week 17 (15/05/2017)

  • Look back through written work and make sure everything is there and to a good standard, fixing anything.

Week 18 (22/05/2017)

  • Do any last minute edits, go through shoots and see if there’s any images that could still be used.

Week 19 (29/05/2017)

HAND IN WEEK -Week 20 (05/06/2017)