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Research – Lighting Daylight & Tungsten

After having been taught a style of lighting using natural and tungsten lighting, i off course wanted to test this out.

I researched into this a little more and came across an article in Prophotnut http://www.prophotonut.com/2009/06/17/cherish_the_dress_2/

This article was showing various styles of photography predominantly for wedding dresses. I really loved a few and can’t wait for an opportunity to test this style out myself.

I have a new found fascination with “Movement in photography and so this image really jumped out at me. It is fun and really creative. I am not 100% sure how this is done so some experimentation will need to be done with this style.

This image is almost exactly what i was looking for, using the natural daylight coming in behind the model / bride and then using tungsten to light her up and ensure you have a lll the detail in her face, using a shallow dof and really just lighting her face, this would almost certainly have been shot using a flashgun / video camera lighting.



The sillhoutted image is always a really nice one to capture and this works well by using the natural light behind the subjects, the fact outside is fully lit up and all the detail is still there on the buildings adds a little more drama a effect to the photo.



This is a combination of natural light i think, using the natural light coming through the window at the end of the hall as the background “Blue light” and then placing the model in front of another window and using the natural light to light her up really gives a great I’m, lots of detail to the dress without bleaching it out with too much light, the great shadows to add definition and depth.cherish12

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Digital V Analog….!!!

I love my digital camera, i know how to focus, change my apertures, shutter speeds to create the effect i am looking for, however trying to use a Mamiya & range finder i am struggling, not with apertures or shutter speed but with using grad filters and focusing these cameras. View finder to the side rather than through the lens is a challenge!

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The grad filter is so difficult to actually line up and see where it sits on the lens.

I will not be beaten and am going to go on another visit to Burrator to create my “Stock Images”…watch this space!

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Personal Best – Cat Photography

I wanted to look at how other photographers had captured images of cats. I love how they captured images of what can actually be a rather tricky subject due to the inquisitive nature of a cat and the playfulness of a kitten.

I came across Hause Pantherwhich is a magazine for “Cat People” and an entry from Susan Weingartner, she does a questions and answers about her photography of cats which is actually really interesting and quite funny. I wanted to not only photograph my cat but also experiment with some different styles of lighting and shooting with different lenses. With my cat, her nose is the first thing she puts into contact with you. I particularly loved this image:

Susan Weingartner

Susan Weingartner

I loved the clarity of the image, the way it has been shot and the lighting used almost makes the cat seem Wild.

When photographing cats, due to the highly reflective eyes, flash isn’t really an option unless that is the effect you are going for, however i wasn’t.


Susan Weingartner

Susan Weingartner

Susan Weingartner

Susan Weingartner


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Editing Documentary Photographs

So for our contextual assignment we were asked to debate in agreement with Editing Documentary images, this was something i completely had to disagree with so i thought i was clearly going to lose this battle.

I set out researching and in fact now can happily say i don’t believe it is as bad as everyone likes to rave about. Here is my reasoning

Editing Documentary Images

Is it acceptable to edit a Documentary Photograph?

We are in agreement with this and feel that on occasions photographs need to be edited, this might be to ensure it portrays the right story about what you are saying with the image, it might be for impact to create a wider impact onto the viewer or it might just be as simple as when National Geographic changed the Pyramids to fit on the cover of the publication!

When a photographer chooses a type of lens, what DOF they use and which setting to shoot an image on, are they not already manipulating what they are seeing? By focusing on something in the foreground as opposed to the background or framing an image to crop out a certain aspect of what they are seeing. Is it therefor ok for when shooting a documentary image to have a woman with makeup on, or to set a scene with specific clothing etc. isn’t that altering the image of who that person is? Really we all edit our images whether that’s at point of shooting or in postproduction. So there is nothing at all wrong with a little editing to create the impression you require.

When a journalist writes an article for a newspaper, are they not also editing what they write, they choose what they want to include in the text to portray a side to a story from there angle!

When you add any text to an image, this in my opinion could also be perceived as “Editing” an image because as you look at an image you will make up your own opinion on what it is about, whereas when someone adds text it could lead you to then see the image from another perspective that you would not have naturally come to yourself

When a filmmaker shoots a movie they select there cast according to what roles they want portrayed and depicted by how they look before they even shoot.

On occasions a Documentary style image might be enhanced for better impact on the viewer to ensure the message is clear by simply looking at an image.

An image might be cropped to cut out any distracting or irrelevant parts to the image.

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