My Ideas.


❝noun: portrait; plural noun: portraits; modifier noun: portrait
A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders.❞

Capture Movement: I’d love to do some portraits that look at everyday movements, but I would like to show the movement in my work; like a long exposed image were you can see a ghostly figure move across the image. Examples of movements: walking, running, arms moving, covering eyes, dancing. I’m not too sure whether to do this in the studio or outside (maybe I should try out both).

– Theme, Alice in Wonderland: I could follow in the footsteps of Alice and recreate some of the memorial scene in the book (like the tea party).

– Double exposed images / Two images in one: I’d like to see what would happen if I take more than one image of the same subject but overlay them, in Photoshop.

– Owners and their pets: Show them bonding together, and try to focus on pet (with owner in the background), or owner (with pet in background/out of focus) or together, both in focus.


❝plural noun: tableaux

A group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history; a tableau vivant.❞

– Mirrors: I could make a series of images like Duane Michals’ work, where the model or objects in the image changes each time, looks and interact with a mirror/s (narrates a story).

– Masks: Have faces covered; either with a ballroom mask (Masquerade), or animal mask. Covering something up/hiding something.

– Shadows and Silhouettes: I’d like to try having my main light source behind the model, so you can’t see any detail of the model – only the silhouette/outline of them. I’d also like to try taking photos of the shadows, again it takes away the detail of the subject.

– Lace Patterns projected onto model: Draws attention to shapes on face/body.

Based off books: I would like to look to Stephen King’s Carrie  and have a shoot based of the story.

Still Life:

❝noun: still life; plural noun: still lifes; modifier noun: still-life

A painting or drawing of an arrangement of objects, typically including fruit and flowers and objects contrasting with these in texture, such as bowls and glassware.❞

– Meaningful objects: Objects that have a story behind them, maybe objects that belong to one person (hold different shoots with different objects off a different person).

– Flowers/Plants or fruit: Close-up of them, experiment with angels and unusual shots.

Fruit in Water: Close ups of them falling into water, shots of the air bubbles that form around them.

– Painted flowers on glass: I’d like to take photos of glass – but with a difference! I’d like to see what would happen if I painted onto pieces of glass (like flowers) and have light shining though it, I’d like to see the effect the refection might make.

– Old and New: New/modern objects in old urban places or old objects in new/modern places.


Location and Weather for 13th Feb Photo-shoot

On Thursday, we have to prepare in groups and head outside on location somewhere around the University. In my group, we have discussed about heading to a couple of place; near the university is some allotments, we’ve been able to get in them before, but only because someone was around to let us in (the place is usually locked up). So as a ‘back-up’ location in case we can’t get into the allotments is a small ally around the back of Britannia Mill; it’s an odd location, but we hope to get some interesting images. We don’t want to go too far away because there is a lot of equipment; which is quite heavy too, plus we haven’t had much decent weather lately.


Image from Google Maps


Image from BBC Weather website

Since we are photographing outside; and will be handling heavy equipment, I thought it would be a good idea to check the weather just in case it rains or snows. By the looks of things it’s meant to be quite cold with some wind and showers nearing into the afternoon, so looks like we’ll be needing some warm clothes (and umbrellas) – and since we’ve had quite a lot of rain in the past few days, will defiantly be needing some suitable footwear (specially if we get into the allotments, two of us headed down to them Monday and it was very mucky – the second location wasn’t too bad).

Studio Lighting Methods Research.

Research into portrait lighting methods. We’ll be needing these techniques when we do our own portrait photography.

Broad: In the Broad Light set-up, the main light source illuminates the side of the face closest to the camera.

Short: Short light is the opposite of broad lighting, where the face side which is further away from the camera gets the main light.

Spilt: Spilt lighting uses a single light facing the subject at 90 degrees offset where one side of the face it lit up and the other side is in shadow.

Rembrandt: Is a more ‘natural’ lighting method. This is when you use one light or two and a reflector gives a more natural effect.

Loop: The main lighting is angled above the face at 25 – 60 degrees, either a little to the left or right of the model. This lighting creates a shadow in the shape of a ‘loop’ under the nose.

Butterfly: The main lighting is placed above the model’s face at 25 – 70 degreed angle, pointing in line with the face – this makes the shadows ‘equal’ on both sides of the face (this method makes the cheek bones seem higher).

Clam Shell: Is where you use two light sources (either lights or reflectors) one lighting is pointing down above the model/subject and another light below pointing up towards the subject (this effect reduces shadows).

Other lighting terms

Key light – main source of light

Fill light – doesn’t change the the object of the key light but it lighten shadows (controls the contrast)

Kicker – light is placed to the side of the subject

Rim light – illuminating the subject from the back (light is place behind the subject).

Hair light – the light is placed above and behind the model, pointing down to illuminate the hair

The Brief!

For my photography module; I will be using medium format digital cameras (which I’ve never used before), I have been given the task of creating a minimum of three large format prints (printed and prepared to A0 size), around one of the themes of portrait, tableaux or still-life. I’ll be exploring each of the three topics through the course of this module (by researching into each technique and seeing how to photograph each one successfully, looking at artists and photographers who work in these areas, and I will try out photographing within these themes myself) and I will need to pick which one to focus on for my final images.