Photography workshop

In this session, we were worked through steps for making successful images through taking Photographs, editing them and publishing them.

Photographs can often be used to document moments, or to highlight an event. However, there are other aspects that need to be considered, such as:

  • Thinking about backdrops and where the photographs are being taken.
  • What are the photos for?
  • Paying attention to the quality of an image.
  • Setting up the space for your shoot.

Backdrops/backgrounds will affect the thing, subject or even the object that you are taking a picture of. The scenery will be there to create mood, tamper with lighting(or darkness) and even could affect the overall outcome you want to create. For example, if you had to take 5 photos of a horror-like scene for a murder based project; you wouldn’t want to take them in front of a flowery background. You’d most likely want it done in front of an eery, dark background/drop.

What are the photos for? Why will you need to take the photos? How are you going to present them? Once again, these were questions I had to ask myself for future reference. The aspect of the photo is key because it’ll give the image context, if someone else were to ask about it.

Quality not quantity.A quality photo is what makes it successful. We had to consider lighting, darkness, exposure of the image, the aperture settings and the shutter speed for the quality of the image.

Setting up the space for our shoot, when we had to do it. We had to make sure that the person or object was presented in a space where they stood out. Our two backdrops where a blank wall and a black, velvet curtain, this was done so the person who was the subject of the image would be seen in the photo.

3D and 2D objects

I have to majorly consider in future, that if I am taking a photograph of a 3D object; I need to angle the camera a specific way to make it look 3-dimensional and not 2-dimensional. This is a problem I have had in the past with images, I can’t quite catch the way I want them to look. I tried to achieve a look of them popping out of the picture. Though, they often tun out looking flat. With 2D images/artwork you may have to consider the angle, lighting and darkness more than simply just the angle.

Working in groups for the Mugshots

We had to go in to groups of 3 or 4 for this task. We all had to experiment with the cameras first by adjusting the settings, such as shutter speed, exposure or we had to decide on whether the camera should have a flash or not. Linking this task back to what we learnt previously during the hour talk; the considerations for making a successful image came to mind while I made my tweaks with the camera. I questioned myself: Where were we going to take the photos?  but before we moved out to find a space in the studio, I took a test shot of my ID card on the table. I cleared some space on the surface and placed the card down, I chose to use the auto option first to see how clear it would be and what the quality would come out as. With a ‘Click’, I had taken the image. It was clear as day and I was able to see how excellent the quality was with just the auto function. I was pleased.

I then moved over to another part of the room, to avoid the other busy groups. It was pretty difficult to move around a small room with so many people there, so we had to make do with whatever space there was, anyway I also


moved to get to a lighter part of the room because in the test shot, it was a little bit dark, though the quality wasn’t effected.

To the left hand side, we finally decided as two separate groups that we would share the camera because it would make the process of us taking mugshots easier and so that we could share feedback with each other on the images.

We chose a blank, white wall to present each of us to take test shots and then, finish off with the final shot. We chose this wall, due to it being clear, we also used a large lamp to give more light to the person we were taken a photo of. By having the light face the person head on, it made them stand out on such a blank wall of space. It also gave more exposure to the persons face on the image taken.

In doing this, I felt that this made our images come out successful, although there were a few images hanging beside the persons head, which I forgot to mention previously; that didn’t seem to interfere with the final photos we took, due to the light we used and it’s positioning.

Proceeding on to doing the mugshots, we were given a black curtain backdrop with one light facing towards us, as shown below.


We followed on to this stage, where we used the same settings as our practice shots. They were the more successful outcomes compared to us testing it with our flash settings, or having the shutter on.






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