ASSIGNMENT 5: PHOTOGRAPHY IS SIMPLE

Niki South    Student number: 514516

REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

My Tutor’s feedback has gave me encouragement, confidence and further food for thought.

Strengths highlighted:

  • Organisation, research (critical awareness and use of value judgements) and presentation of this through mind maps.
  • My plan to present as a “slow reveal” as a devise to construct my narrative around. I did reorder the images after taking out my weakest one and following used my tutor’s suggestion of scale to present the images to “tighten up” my slow reveal presentation.
  • Awareness of viewer and how to engage them.
  • My passion and knowledge of the subject. I am glad that this came across even though it was not one of my favorite assignments in this course.
  • Demonstration of technical and visual skills – I was especially pleased with this as I knew it was a technically subject and could have shied away from it but took up the challenge and risk, and felt that I learnt a lot from it. I also know that I couldn’t have tackled this at the beginning of the course.
  • Compositional skills which sustain interest and create intimacy with the subject.
  • Creative use of “scale, proximity and dynamic compositions”. I can see the progression here in particular since my 1st assignment.

 Areas for development:

  • Critical editing: My Tutor suggested I that swap 2 images for others almost identical to them, and on reflection he was absolutely right I had not originally chosen the best of them; I need to look really critically at similar images. Although he praised my “quirky” idea to include a static version of the boat to show it in its entirety, on reflection I agree with him that my original porta cabin image was “flat” in comparison the other images, and decided to drop it from the final submission. I learnt from this not to hold on to what might seem a clever idea if the image isn’t strong enough.
  • To continue to read and research widely.

My Learning points:

  • As with my previous assignment to continue to trust my instinct and remain flexible throughout an assignment. I am glad that I had the confidence to change my subject when a unique opportunity arose and to proceed with this.
  • To look critically at images chosen in series or exhibition to learn more about the rationale behind how other photographers make their choices.
  • To read along the lines of my tutors suggestion (Dialogue with Photography, Hill & Thomas 2014) to discover more about what goes on in photographer’s minds.

 Link to work submitted to tutor: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a5-work-submitted-to-tutor/

Link to learning log: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a5-learning-log/

These mind maps summarise the narrative of my preparations, post-shooting thoughts and editing notes contained in the learning log:

Preparations

mind map planning

 Shooting

mindmap shooting

 Editing

mind map editing

Analysis grid of the information contained in images

analysis grid final

 

 

 

 

 

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ASSIGNMENT 4: LANGUAGES OF LIGHT

Niki South Student number: 514516

REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

My Tutors feedback has gave me encouragement, confidence and further food for thought.

Strengths highlighted:

  • The way that I explored and used various possibilities of light.
  • That the planning, notes and research support the images and explain the rational and methods.
  • I was particularly pleased that my Tutor commented on the sharpness and good exposures of the images as this was the first time that I had consistently shot in full manual mode and this had been a challenge for me in the harsh midday lighting conditions. I also noted this as a development point for myself after the last assignment.
  • The successful forming of a series. This I was relieved about as the series had evolved as I shot and subsequently edited, and was concerned that I may have strayed too far or misinterpreted the brief as it was unlike any other work I had seen for this assignment.
  • My creative concept combined with my choice of light. It seems that from my exercises and development work I was able to correctly assess the best light conditions for my subject.
  • Following on since assignment 2, when I lost my confidence to edit my images, it seems in the last two assignments, that my more fluid process and thinking is working well. 

Areas for development:

  • To ensure that I “kill any babies” during editing. I completely agree that the first image (29) does not fit as well as the others in the series and have dropped it from my final submission. This was definitely a case where I held onto the image for too long in the editing process because it was one the earliest images which I “liked”.
  • To take a step away from subject matter and develop my seeing eye, as in the work of Uta Barth whose photography “ isn’t about what is seen in the photograph; it’s about the very act of seeing”. (Fallis, nd).

 My Learning points:

  • To continue to trust my instinct, remain flexible throughout an assignment and have more confidence in my photography.
  • To continue to research widely and follow up on the photographers suggested by my Tutor. I particularly like the work of Uta Barth who “has made visual perception the subject of her work” (Anon, nd) and will explore further the work of Keld Helmer-Peterson.
  • To continue to learn how to voice the rationale behind my images; although my tutor commented that my explanations supported my images well, his comments seem to describe my rationale in both a more artistic and interesting language.

 References:

Anon (nd) Uta Barth Biography.  http://www.tanyabonakdargallery.com/artists/uta-barth/series-photography

Fallis G (nd) Uta Barth. http://www.utata.org/sundaysalon/uta-barth/

 Link to work submitted to tutor: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a4-work-submitted-to-tutor/

Link to learning log: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a4-learning-log/

The following mind maps summarise the narrative of my preparations, post-shooting thoughts and editing notes contained in the learning log.

Preparations:

mind map preparations

 

Shooting:

mind map shooting

 

Editing:

mind map editing

 

 

 

 

 

THE DECISIVE MOMENT

Niki South Student number: 514516

REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

My Tutors feedback has given me much encouragement.

Strengths highlighted:

  • Scouting, planning and patience whilst shooting.
  • Editing from lots of images post shooting, as well as reviewing and reshooting whilst on location- This I was especially pleased about because I felt after my last assignment that this was an area that I needed to develop, and had lost confidence in; this time I had more of a “feel for it”, I was instinctive about which were the images to choose.
  • Forming a cohesive project – I struggled with this more the previous assignment, I believe I overthought it at first; however this time I found that the idea for the series for emerged almost by itself as I was editing, and I went with the flow.
  • The use of humour – This was a relief as was nervous about how that would be perceived.
  • My visual and conceptual viewpoints.
  • Creativity – I was particularly pleased about the positive comments about this as I had set out on the streets to “find my difference “and thought that one had emerged. This happened in part as I took my tutors advice from the previous assignment on not over planning, and being flexible whilst working through the assignment.
  • My self-reflection.

Areas for development:

  • Study the images to see whether they need any post processing (a couple would benefit from lifting the shadows).
  • Consider slower shutter speeds if needing to increase depth of field (for the future).
  • Trying a “pop of flash” when shooting on the streets (for the future).

My own Learning points:

  • To trust my instinct, remain flexible throughout an assignment and have more confidence in my photography.
  • That recognising the decisive moment, and acting instantaneously is essential to successful photography.
  • To move to using manual settings as a default.

Link to work submitted to tutor: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a3-work-submitted-to-tutor/

Link to learning log:The Decisive Moment: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a3-learning-log/

However these mind maps summarise the narrative of my preparations, post-shooting thoughts and editing notes contained in the learning log.

Preparations notes:

planning mind map

 Post shooting notes:

Post shoot mind map

 Editing notes:

Editing mind map

Collecting: Crowds

Niki South Student number: 514516

REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

My tutor feedback was thought provoking and useful. He highlighted lots of strengths such as my planning, the quantity and range of pictures taken, the variations of camera position and framing and my critical analysis. The main area that needed development was to select an effective set of images from such a range, as he felt that I had omitted some interesting images during the editing process.

Having stepped back from the assignment for a while, I believe that I concentrated too much on trying to create a series with a theme (a journey through a town) in addition to that already running through them (Indian crowds). I have now revisited the images choosing those that show a variety of crowd dynamics, depth of field, perspective and shutter speed but most importantly interest.

In my final set I have retained five of the original images (directing, gathering, carrying, embracing and waiting), added five from the contact sheets  (anticipating, travelling, riding, and crossing) and swapped one of my “meeting” images for another. I do feel that with these changes the set is stronger.

My major learning from the assignment is how to select a range of images that can be drawn together by a common theme, to produce a coherent body of work that tells a story. To do this I must learn to trust my instincts, develop my own vision and voice when editing, just as I trust my instinct when capturing.

Link to work submitted to tutor: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a2-work-submitted-to-tutor/

Link to learning log collecting: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a2-learning-log/

However these mind map summarise the narrative of the preparations, post shooting and editing notes contained in the learning log:

Preparations:

IMG_1551 mind map preparations

Post shooting notes:

IMG_1552 mid map post shooting

Editing notes:

IMG_1556 mindmap editing 2

 

 

 

 

 

Y Filltir Sgwar – The Square Mile – Tutor feedback and final reflections

Niki South Student number: 514516

The feedback from my Tutor was very encouraging and the developmental points were constructive and useful.

I was pleased that it is noted that I take a self- critical view of my images and working methods (don’t all photographers!) but in a positive developmental way, for instance my comments on the need to use my tripod and filters more.

There were positive comments on my creativity and compositions, with development along the lines that I reflected on: more time taken on site, returning in different weather and lighting, using a tripod and additionally exploring shutter speeds.

As I reflected myself, the images don’t form a truly cohesive theme but more of a documentary, however I accept that this is “fine at this stage”, so I am not going to rework the assignment before submitting aside from the tweaks mentioned below, as it reflects my starting point.

I have responded to my Tutor’s suggestion that I should amplify the reasons why I have chosen some of the images by adding to the narrative for a couple of the images (Neighbourly Rubbish and Boundaries). I have also replaced one of the original images with another from the contact sheets, this is to give more context to the subject (neighbourly rubbish).

I have been given some useful suggestions for reading on lighting control ”Basics photography: Lighting” by David Prakel which I have ordered, a couple of websites to view on lighting, lens and perspectives, as well as several useful suggestions of photographers work to study. I look forward to studying these in addition to building up my research generally.

Most of all I can now take the positives and learning points forward to the next assignment following the exercises in the second section. In particular I will “try to add some extra variety by looking up or down, or by changing shooting height”.

My initial analysis can be found here: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/y-filltir-swgar-the-square-mile-3/

Link to work submitted to tutor: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/assignments/assignment-1/a1-work-submitted-to-tutor/

Link to learning log collecting: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/assignments/assignment-1/a1-learning-log/