Retouching Location Photography Assignment Images




This is the original photograph I worked on for this task

Firstly, I used the unsharp mask filter to adjust the contrast between the edges of the image.

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I then used the quick selection tool to select my subject and separate her from the rest of the image.
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I then used the quick mask tool to mask the selection.
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I then used a basic brush tool to mask the areas of the image the quick mask tool had missed.
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My subject was now completely selected.
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I then used a Levels adjustment layer to adjust the skin tone of my subject.
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I then used a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to reduce the saturation of the image and decrease the lightness.
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I then adjusted the Vibrance using an adjustment layer to reduce saturation and make the colours in the graffiti stand out more.
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I used a basic colour burn brush to darken the colours in the photograph.
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I then used a curves adjustment layer to darken the tone of the image.
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This is the final outcome. I am really happy with how this image turned out as I think the contrast between the subject and the background is effective.

Location Assignment


This is the photograph I took reflecting somewhere you would expect to see my model:

This is the photograph I took of somewhere you wouldn’t expect to see my model:


I dressed my model in very feminine, summery clothes and felt a good location for a shoot that reflected somewhere you would expect to see her would be some kind of outdoor, open area to reflect both the typical summer activities of camping and festivals as well as the freedom of Summer. I think because of the warm tone, the image gives a radiant mood. I then took my model to a building that has been plastered with graffiti as I feel this would be a good example of where you wouldn’t find a feminine girl dressed as she was. I think the graffiti and dark tones of the image give the photograph a grunge like theme and ominous mood.

Images and Text Task

We were given the task of adding headlines/captions to given images. These are some of the ones I came up with.






We were then given the task to take two photographs and create a caption/headline to pair with them. These are my two images: 



Finally, we were given the task of researching into examples of the combination of image and text in a variety of mediums, you can find my research here.

Research- The Combination of Images and Text

Stone Carvings

Stone carvings have used a combination of images and text for centuries for a variety of different purposes. The carving of rocks and stones has been evidenced even since the Prehistoric times where the Paleolithic Era began when stone tools were developed for the first time, marking the beginning of representational art from the human race. Then after the establishment of language, text was added to carvings, increasing information passed down to future generations.


Surprisingly, although done in more efficient ways, stone carvings of a combination of image and text are still extremely popular today in marking gravestones and embellishment of buildings.




Hieroglyphs were the method of written communication during the Ancient Egyptian era, usually written on papyrus reed with ink or carved into stone.


Hieroglyphs use a combination of alphabetic elements and logagraphs, a graphic that represents a word or phrase. There are thought to be over 700 hieroglyphs, each representing a different object, sound, idea or action.


This combination of image and text has been extremely important to historians in researching life between 3200BC and AD 400 thanks to the Rosetta Stone which, as it also reads in Greek, helped historians decipher the hieroglyphs.


Hieroglyphics are the first example of image and text being used as a combination to form a language, and is an example of how a combination of the two can be useful in learning about past ages.

The Chinese Language

Being a logographic language, Chinese uses symbols to represent letters, words and phrases rather than a traditional alphabet. Chinese is the oldest continuously used language in the world and is still used by approximately 1.1 billion people. The Chinese language is a perfect example of how images and text can work together to create a medium of communication.


Religious Manuscripts

The use of a combination of image and text are strongly evident in many religious manuscripts. A number of examples are:

The Book of Kells

 The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book written in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various early texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks in approximately AD 800.


Codex Amiatinus

Codex Amiatinus is  the earliest surviving manuscript of the nearly complete Bible in Latin Vulgate, and is considered to be the most accurate surviving copy of St. Jerome’s text.


Codex Gigas

Codex Gigas is the is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world thought to have been created in the 13th century.


Lindisfarne Gospels

Lindisfarne Gospels is an illuminated manuscript gospel book thought to be produced around the year 700 AD and is the best documented and most complete Insular manuscript of the period.


The Tetraevangelia of Ivan Alexander

The Tetraevangelia of Ivan Alexander is an illuminated manuscript Gospel Book written in Middle Bulgarian in the 14th Century.


All of these manuscripts use a combination of both image and text to pass on information about religion to future generations and their contents are still read and lived by today.

Soviet Propaganda

Soviet Propaganda posters first appeared during the Proletarian Revolution in Russia – their aim was to deliver Communist Party’s slogans to the general public and called on workers and peasants to fight for freedom and justice. The posters used a combination of image and text to project their message whilst also keeping viewers interested with short bits of text supported by larger, brightly coloured graphics. Posters proved very important during the October Revolution and following Civil War.


This ‘Have you enlisted in the Army?’ poster made by Dmitry Moor shows a solidier in the foreground pointing at the viewer, with plumes of smoke rising from a smokestack in the background.


This poster, titled ‘Lengiz, Books on Every Subject’ was created by Aleksandr Rodchenko in 1924, includes a portrait of Lilya Brik and was used as a bookstore advertisment. Rather than illustration, Rodchenko used an actual photograph in this piece with a combination of text.


Collages are another popular method of combining both images and text, with various objects, materials and mediums assembled together to create a piece of art that communicates a message. Some examples are below:




Comic Books

Comic books are a good example of how image and text can be used together in order to tell a story and provide entertainment for the reader. Comics are usually composed of a sequence of panels of images, paired with speech balloons and captions to indicate dialogue and narrations. Comic books have been popular since around the 1930’s and the basic juxtaposition of them has stood the test of time and remains that way in the present day. Below are some examples of popular comic books


Man Of Steel Comic


Image Processing Workshop 6- Preparing For Print

During this workshop we learnt about Colour Spaces, the differences between RGB & CMYK, enlarging files and Sharpening in PhotoShop.

This is the original image I worked with during this workshop.  

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Below shows the process of calibrating my screen to match images on the display to print output. 
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I then used the Proof Colours tool to preview what my image would look like in CMYK.
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This is what the image would look like in CMYK as apposed to RGB.
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I then enlarged the image.
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I then used the Unsharp Mask filter in Photoshop to increase the contrast between edges in the image.
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Next, I created a new layer via copy.
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I then used the High Pass Sharpening feature to sharpen the edges of the image.
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I then adjusted the layer to a Soft Light format and reduced the opacity.
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Finally, I used the Gamut Warning tool to see which parts of the image would not be printable in CMYK, as I was working in RGB.
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Making Selections



We were given the task of changing the colour and skin tone of the subject in a portrait photograph, then change the mood of the image by changing the background.

This is the original image I used

To start, I used the quick selection tool to select my whole subject in order to start the process of changing her skin tone. 

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I then used the quick mask tool to create a mask over my selection.
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I then filled in the missing spaces of the mask simply by using the brush tool.

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I then feathered my mask.

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I then created a levels adjustment layer.

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I used the new levels adjustment layer to adjust the skin tone of my subject.

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I then inversed my selection in order to be able to adjust the background rather than my subject.

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I then created a curves adjustment layer to allow me to adjust the colour and contrast of the background of the photograph.

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I then used a basic pen tool to select a rough area around the eyes of my subject.

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I then created a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and used the sliders to adjust the hue of my selection, therefore changing the colour of the eyes of my subject.
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This is my final outcome, I’m quite happy with how this turned out as I tried to keep changes relatively subtle in order to make the image still look natural.
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Portraiture Assignment


This is the portrait I took of somebody I know. In this photograph I wanted the viewer to learn more about the subject and her interests in a simple way. I think this image is successful because viewers can learn something about the character simply by seeing that she is holding a DSLR camera. Viewers may also notice that she is on a train, therefore may also enjoy travel as well as photography. I composed this photograph simply by keeping Rhian in the centre of the frame to prevent any distraction from the main focal point. I also timed the shot so that the sun was shining onto her hair, to represent this being a big part of Rhian’s individuality.

This is the portrait I took of somebody I don’t know. After noticing his extraordinary talent I promptly asked the man if I could take some photographs. I think this image was successful because the viewer learns about the subjects talents and hobbies right away. I oriented this photograph to be portrait rather than landscape to keep the focus and the majority of the frame towards the subject to prevent viewer distractions.

Both of the portraits I have displayed here tie together as they both tell the viewer about the subjects hobbies and interests. Both were composed simply to establish the viewers attention on the people in the photographs rather than external distractions. Although portraiture isn’t one of my preferred areas of photography, I quite enjoyed this assignment as I got to learn a lot about my subjects, especially the man I had never met,  and overall I think my final images were a success.

Travel Photography Assignment- Harrogate


This is the photograph I chose out of my set of final images that I feel not only describes Harrogate as a place, but also sums up our trip there. In the short time we spent there, I noticed there was quite a high number of church-like buildings. This reflects the historical location of Harrogate. I also became aware of the amount of ‘old style’ buildings, and that even modern shops and restaurants were placed in traditional buildings. I think this is a positive thing as often the historical parts of towns and cities in England are overshadowed by modern existence. I also feel this photograph sums up our trip to Harrogate, as there is a typical horror-like theme to it which reflects our anxiety of visiting an unknown place for the first time.


This is the photograph I chose that represents something I found there. This is an example of the detailed stonework atop many of the buildings which is often missed. I am a firm believer that we should always simply take a moment to look up, because you never know what you could be missing! I often take this into account when looking for inspiration during a shoot. This image again reflects the historical town of Harrogate and statues such as this make the viewer wonder what the story is behind them. There was a different piece of history around every corner I turned therefore I feel this photograph was appropriate to represent something I saw during my time there.

Research- Semiotics

New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam

In this image, the photographer’s intentions were to document the 11 ironworkers working on constructing the Rockefeller building as they ate their lunch atop the steel beam 850 feet in the air. To me, this image primarily makes me nervous to see the way construction workers got the job done back in 1932 with no safety precautions. It makes me think about how different time were back then, and something like this would never be allowed in the present day. That however does not make me think any less of the image, I personally think this is an amazing photograph that has been fantastically composed considering the situation. Each character emits a different story, making the viewer think deeper into the image. I think this photograph will mean something different to everyone. Some may even think it is fake, however I do think many will share the shocking nature of the situation.

the falling soldier

This photograph, ‘The Falling Soldier’ by Robert Capa was intended to capture the moment a Republican soldier was shot and killed during the Spanish Civil War to be published in magazines and newspapers across the world to document the war. Again, I find this to be another startling photograph that captures a harsh but true reality. However, there has been a lot of controversy among others regarding the authenticity of this photograph and recent research suggests that it was staged and doubt shadowed on the identity of the subject, that it may not have been Federico Borrell García as originally thought.

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This is the first of two photographs I researched that are included in Mario Tama’s set of Superstorm Sandy images. In this photograph Tama intends to capture the sheer devastation caused by Sandy. By taking a helicopter ride above affected areas, Mario Tama captured a number of incredible images reflecting the aftermath of the storm. I personally think these images are exceptionally successful in fulfilling their intentions. The fact that the images are taken from a birds eye point of view make them all the more hard-hitting and realistic, almost putting the viewer in the situation. I think most people will agree that photographs such as these from Mario Tama’s Sandy set are incredibly strong and realistically reflect the damage and devastation Mother Nature can cause.

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This is the second of Mario Tama’s Superstorm Sandy photographs I researched. The intentions of this image are clear, to capture the devastation caused by the storm and that these were actually people’s homes that were being destroyed. I think this photograph is incredibly effective and successful in it’s intentions, as it makes me think about the story behind this home and the family it belonged to, what would they do now? Often in the media, devastation caused by storms such as Sandy is only shown on a huge scale, from a birdseye view taken from a helicopter. However I feel close up and single subject images like this really make known the effects on real people. I think there will be a balanced opinion of this photograph among most people as it has basic intentions and a basic composition, leaving the viewer to think deeper into the image and draw their own conclusions.