Documentary Research Journal

I didn’t have a lot of ideas for the documentary photography assignment at first, nothing really gauged my interest and whenever anything was suggested to me I just couldn’t envision it. Although I often enjoy the documentary side of photography its often difficult to find a good topic to focus on.

My idea is to take photos in one location at various times of day to document the movement and change of a place at certain times and how quiet and busy it can get. I have chosen to photograph Piccadilly Circus in London, this area is always busy and thriving so will make an interesting scene.

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Documentary Research Journal

Environmental Portrait – Entry 1

I didn’t really do much research into this before going ahead and taking the photos. I already had the kit and the knowledge of how to take photos with a portable flash. The person I used to photograph is my hairdresser, she agreed to be my model and so I went to her shop when she wasn’t too busy.

Firstly I took the photos with natural lighting, being a very sunny day this meant there was a lot of light coming through the windows and illuminating the room.

F/3.5 – ISO 400 – 1/125sec

I then went to take the second lot of photos with flash. I first attached a small softbox to my speedlight but I don’t think I attached it properly and the photo’s came out dark. Instead, I worked with the flashgun as it is and the photos came out clean and clear.

F/6.3 – ISO 100 – 1/60sec
F/6.3 – ISO 100 – 1/80sec
F/4.5 – ISO 100 – 1/125sec

Environmental Portrait – Entry 1

Street Portraits – Entry 1

This was my first time venturing out to take pictures of random civilians in the streets of Cardiff. I went with my friend Tula for support but found we both struggled to pluck up the courage to ask people. We wandered around for a bit trying to find people who looked friendly enough to approach but it wasn’t working. Worried I would be annoying them if I asked and that the camera settings would be wrong when it came to taking the picture. I took a few test shots on one of Tula’s friends who we bumped into, I quite like how they turned out. I eventually said to Tula that we should just go for it and so I asked a few people; only one agreed, the rest said no or said they would but got nervous and started laughing so I couldn’t take the picture.

Although test shots, I think they turned out nicely. The lighting was really nice as there was an overcast, not too much sun to deal with. Her face is really illuminated and her complexion looks fantastic, I’m rather happy with this set of photographs. The first image was in slightly softer focus so I took a few more to get it right.

F5.6 – ISO 1oo – 1/100sec
F5.3 – ISO 100 – 1/100sec

F5 – ISO 100 – 1/100sec

 

The only person that agreed to a photograph, he was sitting down but the photograph still turned out as I hoped. The sun was a little brighter where he was sat and so his skin looks slightly more pinkish than it was in real life. I knelt to his level so that I was not looking down at him as this would make for a rather strange looking portrait and the perspective would be wrong.

F5 – ISO 100 – 1/100sec

Street Portraits – Entry 1

Street Portraits – Research

I have seen various examples of street portraits and street photography during uni but I had never really examined a lot of them in much detail to know what makes a great street portrait. Having the confidence to approach people and then taking a photo with great lighting and composition takes a certain time of character, its like an art form.

When it comes to street portraits the first thing that comes to mind is Humans of New York, I love this project and the photographs that are used. It shows real people and captures their personalities, each picture tells a thousand words.
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Street Portraits – Research

Studio Photography – Entry 2

22/01/2016

I booked the college studio to do a photoshoot with my friend Jade, I’d never used the studio and was left to my own devices and attempted to take some nice photos. I used one softbox that was directed on the left side of the model to begin with, this meant that there were shadows. She changed into different outfits during the shoot and used a variety of props to make the photos more interesting.

This is just a selection of the many photos I took, I was thrilled with the results, and so was Jade. I later edited them as some were a little too exposed for my liking, I should have adjusted my camera settings a little more.

Studio Photography – Entry 2