Monday, 30 December 2013

The Photo Book

The Photography Book - Ian Jeffery 

During my time on the Art of Photography course I have researched several notable photographers and seen how there work has influenced the development of certain genres. 

I wanted to see if there was a book I could buy that could give me an insight to other great photographers and their work. As if by magic there is and I managed to get a copy of this little gem on a visit to Waterstones. 

The Photography Book in essence is an A-Z of the world's top 500 photographers. 

I really like this book, arranged alphabetically by photographer from pioneers such as Gustave Le Gray and Daguerre to Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Each page is devoted to one photographer and an example of their work. Each photograph is discussed in detail, bringing it to life and offering the reader an understanding of it. 

What I find particularly helpful is the simple system of cross referencing that offers access to other photographers working with a similar approach or using different means to capture the same subject. 

For anyone studying for this course I would say that this is a must have book, and for only £7.95 a bargain too! 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Tutors report assignment 4 - reflection

Assignment 4 - Applying lighting techniques was well received by my tutor as you can see. 

The feedback suggested the majority of the photographs demonstrated the essential points of the assignment. The crop on some the photographs were a little too tight; this is due in part to the limited space I had to work with. But certainly I agree with my tutor in this respect. In the first texture photograph I had thought the same, but didn't change it. I should have gone with my first instinct and re shot it, a valuable learning point.

I have since invested in some radio triggers for the studio flash lights. As one of the major stumbling blocks I had on this shoot was the restriction in the positioning of the lights due to the length of the sync lead. Alas no more to wonder around and get the best angle of shot possible. 

Another essential item I desperately need........a heater for the garage aka studio! 

It will be my intention to re shoot the necessary photographs prior to submission for formal assessment.