Originally, I had planned to base my interview on an up and coming Leeds band, however in the short space of time I had, this was proving difficult. Luckily, my friend knew somebody who is currently studying Music Production at Leeds Met and has recently released an album. After getting his contact details we arranged for me to interview him at Headingley campus. Fortunately for him, but unfortunately for me, Ethan was then called to perform in Berlin on the day we had arrange the interview. Although this caused a few problems we decided to continue and conduct the interview online. I was happy with how the interview turned out although I was quite disappointed I wasn’t able to interview Ethan face to face. This also meant I would need to find alternate arrangements for images that I was to in my article. I photographed various music venues in Leeds and then included some images I had taken in the past at concerts. Overall, I was quite happy with the way my article turned out and think I overcame the problems I was faced with quite well.
Being very passionate about travel, it was relatively easy to decide what I wanted to base my list article on. Having visited the West Coast of America almost every summer for 12 years, I have visited a lot of the popular tourist attractions as well as some of the hidden gems the travel agents don’t tell you about. For my list article, I compiled a list of 10 places I think you have to see if planning to visit Western America, including photographs all taken by me during my time there. Overall I was quite happy with how my article turned out and I didn’t really encounter any problems whilst putting it together.
During this workshop we were given time to work on our assignments and catch up on any outstanding work. This was useful as it gave me the opportunity to show Karl my list article and make some final changes before uploading it. This means I can now focus all my attention for this module on my other article.
During this workshop Mike showed us some photographs from his recent trip to Hong Kong, these were very interesting to me as I am extremely enthusiastic about travel photography and have never visited this part of the world. We then learnt about the transition over time of selling and copying photographs. This was useful as I didn’t realise photographs could be sold for so much from auctions.
In these workshops we were given time to work on our 2 final assignments for this module as well as any other outstanding work. I managed to finish my list article for the second assignment, I am glad I now have this out of the way so I can focus on my outstanding assignments.
Distorts position of pixels and cross fades two pictures where overlap happens
- Use a tripod
- Use a pano head
- Use a wide angle lens
- Decide depth of field
- Decide on exposure
- Manual settings
- Overlap shots by 30% to 50%
- Previsualise shot
- Best camera position
- Take several series of shots
10-15 images for each theme on blog
1 high resolution of each on xstream
Panoramic Photography software:
- Adobe Photoshop
- Panorama factory
- panaVue Image assembler
- 3D Vista
- Canon photostitch
- 360 panorama pro
- Panorama maker
- Iphone- photosynth
360 degrees shot
add open files
turn off blend images together
Select all layers
Auto blend layers
During this workshop we learnt about panoramic photography and some tips on how to do it successfully. We were then taught how to create a panoramic image using Adobe PhotoShop which was extremely useful as I wasn’t aware of this method before. I have already started to use this method to create my panoramic images for the ‘Special Techniques’ assignment and will definitely be using after this.
We were given the opportunity to travel to Bradford to visit both the Impressions Gallery and the National Media Museum. The first challenge was to get there, all of us, on time to Bradford. Surprisingly me and a group of others managed to catch a train at around 10am and made it into Bradford successfully at 10.30 with no problems. The next challenge was to find the Impressions Gallery, as this was where we would meet Karl and the rest of the group at 11am and I can proudly say we did just that! It was then decided that we would have some time to get some breakfast while we waited for the others, so off to Wetherspoons we went. Once everyone had arrived we were given an introduction to the Impressions Gallery by one of the staff members who told us about the current work they have on display there as part of ‘The Roads to Wigan Pier’ exhibit. (See more information below)
We were given a task to complete to think further into one of the images from the exhibition. This is the image I chose:
Taken by Huw Davies, this photograph shows scrap metal merchant Alan Grey and his Sons sitting in front of a crane which is in the process of being dismantled and sold for scrap metal. I like the image because although it is a pretty basic portrait, the people’s faces reflect a genuine happiness which has an effect on the viewer. The photograph makes you think of the story behind the sons, their father’s career and what life was like at the time. The composition of this image is pretty basic, with the people taking up the majority of the foreground and the crane and buildings in the background still in focus. This creates a clear focal point and keeps the viewers attention remaining on the main subject of the photograph which is the people. Although it was taken relatively close up, Davies remained far back enough to include a detailed foreground with all three people completely in frame. The basic natural lighting of the image reflects the genuine happiness of the people rather than a synthetically staged scene.
After spending some time in the Impressions Gallery, we returned to Wetherspoons for lunch before walking to the close-by National Media Museum. Rather than an actual written task, we were just given things to try and find in the museum, giving us a lot of free time to explore the various exhibits. I learnt a lot about the origins of photography and some of the old equipment that was used in the establishing years of this art. This was extremely useful and I found out a lot of information that was particularly handy for my ‘History of Photojournalism’ module.
Special Techniques and HDRI
- Reduces glare,
- More contrast and saturation
- Reduces reflections
- Works best at 90 degrees to light source
- Cuts out light by about 1.5 stops (might have to adjust exposure)
- Reduces intensity of light
- Allows for slower shutter speed and shallower depth of field
Graduated ND filters
- Brings out sky, (HDR timelapses etc.)
- Reduces haze from UV light
- Blocks all visible light apart from infrared
- Exaggerate selected colours
- Adds star/twinkling effect
High dynamic range imaging
- Dynamic range is the difference between the darkest and lightest part of an image
- HDRi allows for a greater range to be represented than standard display can produce
e.g. take 1 shot at f4.4 1/32 sec, f4.4 1/13 sec, then f4.4 1/315 sec
Combine exposures using tone mapping in Photoshop
Set auto bracketing range
Suitable tone mapping
In this workshop we learnt about special effects in photography and HDR imaging. We were taught the differences between lens filters which was helpful as I now know which filters could be useful when shooting certain subjects. We were then given the task to go out on campus and shoot a range of photographs that we could then use to create a HDR image with. Being shown how to do this in PhotoShop was good as I had never worked with HDR this way before.
During the workshops we were given time to work on both Assignments 1 & 2 aswell as to catch up on our reflections and any articles we may have missed. This was useful as I had a number of reflections to complete and it gave us time to speak to Karl about plans for our final assignments.
During the session in week 8, we were given the final topic for our assignment which was ‘The Journey’. Our task was to research an image that shows a stage of a journey, either physical or spiritual, the motivations for that journey and what was discovered there. This was another of my favourite tasks as although it took some time to find a suitable theme, I chose to base my piece on the both physical and mental journey of the firefighters involved in the rescue and recovery efforts after the 9/11 attacks in New York City. (See post http://wp.me/p2KG4i-2F )
During the session in week 9 we were given an overview of all the tasks we are to complete for our final assignment and time to catch up on research and reflections, this was useful as I had a number of reflections to complete and it made me more confident in knowing what was to be expected on deadline day.