Thursday, 2 October 2014

Portfolio Wk 1 – Field trip to Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead

 Our task was to find three different works and talk about the presentation.  
Work No 1:
Name of work and artist:
Allan McDonald
Aperture: Cuba Street 2014, Elliot Street 2013, High Street 2013, Pitt Street (Service lane) 2014
Four digital C prints collection of the artist

 How does the presentation affect the way you view this work?
All four of these photos are taken through windows, the viewer of the pieces are looking out, as if from the window itself.  The light in the pieces are flat, giving the colours a softer, duller tone.  A real view of the buildings and objects.  The presentation of these frames connect the viewer with the photo.  You feel a part of the scene, as if looking out from that room.  

Would you use this type of presentation for your photography and why?
I would use this type of presentation to draw my viewers into the scene or to delve into my subject.  The pieces were quite large prints and framed without a stroke or space between photo and frame.  Which would allow the viewers to get close to the photos, quite confronting for portraiture but also engaging if the subject appears mysterious or doing something interesting.

Is there anything you would have done differently?
Not really, I like this type of presentation, the framing and glossy sheen of the photos were appealing and didn’t distract from the photos I was viewing. 

Work No 2:
Name of work and artist:
Allan McDonald
Notes on the pleasures of looking
Notes on how a building might think
Fifty two pigment prints collection of the artist
How does the presentation affect the way you view this work?
These are smaller prints, some prints had one print and others had two on them.  They are of A4 size.  My initial feeling is to try and view this works as a whole, however because of the amount of photos (52 prints) on display, it requires me to take my time though them and purposefully view each individually.  At times I was distracted because there was too many.  With time constraints and a task to complete I didn’t have the time to really go through the entire piece.

Would you use this type of presentation for your photography and why?
I possibly wouldn’t use this type of presentation with my work because I don’t have the scope of work that Allan McDonald has. 
Is there anything you would have done differently?
I’m not really sure, i don’t feel that the type of photography that I will be doing will require it at this point.  What I do like about this presentation is that it encourages the viewer to slow down and really look at the work.

Work No 3:
Name of work and artist:
Sam Harrison
The Crucifixion 2009
Woodcut print on paper
How does the presentation affect the way you view this work?
It is a huge piece, which is dominates the staircase.  It is printed on 3 pieces of woodcut print on paper.  It is confronting, emotive and awe inspiring.  I didn’t notice this piece while I was walking up the stairs, it caught my eye as I turned to walk up the second flight of stairs.  I was drawn to the sheer size of the piece but mesmerised by the intensity and sadness of it.
Would you use this type of presentation for your photography and why?
I would love to use this type of presentation for my photography, but in terms of this portfolio I don’t think the ideas or concepts of they type of genre I am considering would translate well presented in this way.

Is there anything you would have done differently?
No I think this presentation style suits this piece perfectly because it gives the viewer the option of exploring every detail and connect with the piece on their terms.

Portfolio Wk 1 – Portfolio Trajectory

Pitch for Portfolio trajectory

I’ve been thinking for a while about what type of photos I will be taking for my portfolio.  It’s a pretty hard ask mainly because it’s that piece of work that I’m going to be using as a showcase of my skillset as a photographer.  I am feel anxious because I really want to nail it.  I want my photos to appear professional and something that I would be proud to share.  

I posted photos in an earlier post noting the types of photos that i wish to take.  At the moment the only thing that i am sure of is that i want to take portraiture.  Hopefully along the way (through experiementing) i will be able to fine tune my ideas.

Next Thursday we are to present our approach to our portfolio project in class.  Below are the answers to the questions we have been asked to identify in our presentation:

What is your genre? 
Editorial - life - documentary portraiture.  I chose documentary portraiture because it will reflect a moment in my life.  They will signify the wonderful people in my life who have been with me throughout my journey; particularly while i have been studying.

What techniques and styles will i incorporate for these photographs?
My portraits will be taken in the studio, using different lighting techniques.  I will be using three point lighting (key light, fill light and back light).  I will be experiementing with chiarosuro, rembrant and loop lighting.

How will you approach research for this project?
I will research:

  • portrait photographers
  • lighting techniques
  • posture and poses for my subjects to try
  • how to run photo shoots
What is your plan for the next three weeks?
Wk 1
  • research portrait photographers, look for tips for running a photoshoot
  • organise models
  • practise with models taking photos outside of the studio
  • research poses, make up and hair
Wk 2

  • do a photoshoot 
  • edit photos and review outcomes with class and Caryline
  • clarify portfolio ideas
Wk 3

  • photoshoot 
  • edit photos and review outcome with class and Caryline
  • refine portfolio ideas
  • research ideas or  problems which arise from photoshoot

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Digital Tech 2 - Wk 1 Kingsize studios response

Today was an excellent day, we visited the Kingsize studios out in Grey Lynn.  Our gracious host Luke showed us around and shared a lot of great info with us.  In terms of everything he spoke about it is very easy to say that the staff are well informed and have a lot of experience in what they do.  I hope that one day I will have the opportunity to tap on their expertise when putting together photo shoots.

Background info:
Kingsize Studios have been around for over ten years, they offer the largest variety of specialised stills, HD-DSLR gear rental in New Zealand.  All their staff are working professionals with a wealth of knowledge of industry standards and technical know how.  They are available to talk you through your photographic requirements catering specifically to your needs.  They stand behind every product they supply which they have individually tested and use.
Kingsize studios offers four different shooting spaces which accomodate black out, drive in, daylight and outdoor photoshoots.

For more information check out there website
As I mentioned earlier, Luke gave us a lot of information during our tour of the studios.  Below are some of the tips that he shared with us. 
Tips :
·       Cameras used by professional photographers Canon Mark 5D, 6D or 1D – good camera for us to consider is Canon Mark 5D or 6D
·       AIPA membership for photographers – students $80 per year.  Members are a great resources to assist with photographers starting out
·       Kingsize scholarship – 12 week intense program to further develop the photographers.  Application details are availiable on web or by contacting the studio
·       Kingsize workshops and gatherings – A good opportunity to gain technical knowledge and meeting and learning from people in the industry
·        Get clued up on photography history, the greats as well as current photographers styles and work
·       Quality is worth the price tag – Clients will get what they pay for, sometimes clients need to be educated.  Great end products require a lot of consideration, technical knowledge and equipment
·       Kingsize assistant bootcamp – 6 hour program which will equip people with the confidence and knowledge to work effectively for a photographer.  The goal of an assistant is to ease the load of the photographer, so that they can concentrate on producing the best product that they can.
·       Be an assistant – This is the best opportunity to gain experience, learn techniques and styles as well as become familiar with photography equipment.  By far the best way to get your foot in the door!
·       Be persistent! – Take a chance and make yourself known to people in the industry.  This could be by volunteering as a second assistant on shoots or being an intern at a studio, attending workshops, photography events or by emailing or calling a photographer.  Be respectful of their time and be sure to read their body language.  Try not to annoy them too much, that would be the worst impression to leave someone with.
This may sound a bit of a random endorsement especially because I haven’t actually use Kingsize studios before but I really like what these guys stand for and the processes they have put in place to help those up and coming artists.   

Luke showed us some Broncolor lights and a battery pack that they had just bought in.   They choose this brand because of its versatility, mobility and of course quality.  We currently have been working with Elinchrom, so i wanted to do some research on broncolor.  I came across a "how to shoot this photo" tab on the broncolor site.  Although i don't have access to these lighting products i thought that these would be good to try out in the studio.

Heres some info on broncolor

  • The advantage of certain broncolor packs are the speed you can shoot 
  • Consistency in colour temperature and light
  • Expensive but durable and often lasts longer

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Back to school - Wk 1

I am looking to portraiture of family and friends.
I wanted to look to the 40s and 50s as inspiration, i love the elegance and beauty of this time.  I also love the lighting techniques, which captures a depth and mystery to the subject.  I really want to produce a portfolio that is timeless, beautiful and elegant. These are some of the photos i wish to reproduce.

A photographer who i really like is Yousuf Karsh.   His portraits are amazing.  My favourite is that of Ernest Hemingway. The lines on his face emphases a man of substance and thoughtful.  He appears to be strong yet personable.  I really like how Yousuf captures his subjects, they often feel intimate and honest.  Those are the types of photos i want to take.

Digital Technology 2 - Week 1 Photographic genres

On we looked at different photo genres. 

Four basic photographic categories
  1. Creative (fiction) allow a significant element of fantasy.  These types of images allow significant of retouching.  Primary ethic is aesthetic, "whatever looks good goes"
  2. Retail (fiction and non fiction) focus on services to the end user
  3. Personal (tends to be non-fiction) recording of personal memories and for private use
  4. Editorial (non-fiction) non-fiction and record reality in a more objective manner.
Bruce and I worked together to complete the class tasks below are the answers to the questions
Which genres require more photo retouching?
Creative genres
Why do you think this is?This is because the images have fantastical elements which require careful thought and arrangement

What photographer from last term fits into an editorial genre?
Lewis Hines is a photographer who shot life as a photojournalism/reportage for political reasons.  His photos documented the social injustice of child labour.  He also was commissioned as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labour Committee.

We defined his photography as Editorial:
Sub genre Life - photojournalism/reportage- Political, Documentary - Documentary Portraiture, Social Documentary.

What approach/style does he use in his photography?
Lewis Hines shot in large format, black and white.  His photos where of people, portraiture.  Many of his photos used leading lines, rule of thirds and narrow depth of field.  However the depth of field depended on what he wanted to focus on.  His images documented people in their natural environment, more so the lower, working class and how they lived during those times.


What photographer from last term fits into the creative genre?
 Tsunehisa Kimura created his images using photomontage.  His montages often contain themes of surrel urban destruction and chaos, or a mix of man-made monuments and natural phenomena.
Which creative genre do they fit into?
Tsunehisa fits into fine art - still life
What approach/style does he use in his photography?
Tsunehisa uses fore mid and background to add contrast to the image.  He also uses rule of third and leading lines to help portrait his message.  He places well known sites and objects from around the world into his images. Tsuneshisa uses his own images, and directs a team of photographers and art directors, then he assembles their stills into a new scene.

Can you think of a photographer who fits into the creative Fine Art Genre?
 David La Chappelle
Could this photographer fit into any editorial genres as well?
David La Chappelle has also taken editorial photos.  His images can be viewed as social documentary photos, depicting his view on society and the many influences of technology and human nature.