Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Studio Portrait Final Evaluation

During the course of this assignment brief The Studio Portrait; I have researched a number of photographers. I was inspired to interpret David Bailey’s work into my photography, as his work looked professional, also the monochrome effect throughout some of the photographs he has captured evened out the colours. Other photographers I have researched were, book: ‘Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter Portraits of Children's Writers’, Edward Steichen, Edward S Curtis, Jill Greenberg, Irvin Penn, Gaspard-Felix Tournachon aka Nadar, Platon, Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Steve Pyke, Terry Richardson, Tim Walker, Dazed and Confused Magazine, ID Magazine, Video  ‘Seven Photographs That Changed Fashion – Rankin’, book ‘Unseen Vogue’ and, book’ Archaeology of Elegance 1990 – 2000, 20 years of fashion photography’. The artists I have studied are photographers that have inspired me to capture photographs, which are similar to my idea of portrait photographs, ideas and interests.  I was able to analyse the photographers work and express my personal opinion as well as the technical side to the overall photograph.

The studio was a new environment for me to work in, I feel as though I have gained the skill and confidence when working in the studio. Working with other class mates, by either modelling for a shoot or photographing them helped me to gain experience and perspective of what it’s like for the model. Making the model comfortable behind the camera is crucial for a successful photo shoot as well as the setup of the studio. I captured photographs of different models; using different lighting set up’s each time to see what the most successful would be. I found with the lighting that the beauty dish was most effective when being placed from the right hand side, shining down onto the sitter. For the backdrop I found using a snoot on the light was successful to guide the lighting on a particular place that would illuminate behind the sitter. I have learnt where to place the reflectors to help me to bounce the light onto unwanted shadows.

Capturing photographs with the Hasselblad got easier overtime, as I got used to looking into the top of the camera. Also with the Hasselblad, when telling a model to move in one direction, I had to remember to tell them the opposite direction as the lens flips the direction. Tethering the camera to Capture One allowed me to see clearly on the focus screen if the photograph was in focus or not. I used both the Phase One camera as well as the Hasselblad. I contemplated that both of the cameras were as successful when shooting, but I mainly had my shoot experiences shooting with the Hasselblad.

Overall, throughout my shoots I started to add materials e.g. veil and eye masks into the photographs and concluded my final photographs from those shoots. Throughout this brief I have explored a range of angles in terms of the lighting. I had to be careful not to make the photographs look flat by using different angles to make the sitter stand out.

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