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Q: How can a portrait become more of a collaborative act between the sitter and photographer, and how this might improve the portrait of them?

The key is communication; by working as a team you will be able to create a good portrait. By having a discussion and allowing the sitter to have their say they will feel more invovled in the photograph and will feel more comfortable, the photographer will also be happy as they will get what they want from the sitter and will enjoy taking the photograph as they are working as a team.

Q: How do you feel about having your portrait taken? How would you like the photographer to behave towards you?

I dont mind having my portrait taken as long as i feel comfortable and relaxed. I would want the photographer to explain to me what they want from the photograph, the photographer would also need to be patient and not rush through the process.

Q: What could be the benefits of working with children?

The benefits of working with children are that you can get a natural photograph of them, especially with very young children you cannot tell them how you want the photograph to look so you have to wait for that special moment to take a photograph.

Landscape

 

This photograph was taken while the sun was setting with the intention of creating a peaceful mood. By placing the sun to the right hand side of the photograph you end up with nice light tones and soft shadows which give it that overall peaceful feeling I was trying to capture. By using the rule of thirds and placing the tree at the side it will be the first thing the viewer will focus on and then will explore the rest of the picture. Also by taking the photograph at this angle the organic shape of the tree makes the photograph more interesting as if it was not there the picture would be quite plain and boring.

The aperture for this photograph was taken at f/14; this is so that less light would be in the photograph as to capture the soft tones I wanted, also to have a larger depth of field so the whole content of the photograph is in focus. The ISO was set for 125, this is to capture less noise and to create a sharp and clear shot.

This photograph was also taken as the sun was setting with the objective of creating a peaceful mood. I particularly like the contrasting colours of the field and the town in the distance, the soft colours and tones portray a more natural look and feeling towards nature and the dark colours and tones portray darkness and cold towards the town. The message I wanted to get across from this photograph was to show that nature is more peaceful than the city, I have deliberately taken the picture from this angle to make sure that there is more nature in the photograph and with it overpowering the picture it shows that nature is more powerful.

This photograph was also taken using a larger aperture f/8 again to capture the soft tones I wanted to create a peaceful mood. Like the First photograph the ISO was taken at the same setting ISO-125 to get a clear picture. I had also used a low focal length in this photograph (6mm) to make sure that everything was in focus to capture the detail in the distance.

This photograph was taken on a cloudy day around midday. I have increased the contrast slightly to bring out the different tones of the water and to show more of its beauty, as I want the viewer to focus mainly at the centre of the photograph the sweeping motion of the lake guides you towards it. The use of slow shutter speed makes the water look still which helps portray the sense of calmness in the photograph. 

The aperture was set to f/5, I had done this to capture more light as it was a cloudy day and quite dark. By using a larger aperture you get a smaller depth of field which makes the front of the photograph more in focus as the background is out of focus, I have done this to again make the centre of the photograph the main focus. The ISO was set to ISO-125 so that my camera would gather less light, this is to create the soft colours I needed to give it calm tones.

I had taken this photograph because I thought that the tree trunks would be a good frame in the photograph, as they are close to the front you firstly focus on the tree trunks and then can explore the rest of the photograph. As you can see I have increased the contrast to brighten the colours to make the photograph more interesting. There is a big improvement as the colours in this photograph are not as dull as the original. I have also used the clone tool and the patch tool to get rid of some of the twigs and sticks to make the photograph look neat and spacious. I had used the clone tool on the grass for the same reason, to make it look neat and colourful and to give it nice tones.

I had taken this photograph with the aperture setting at f/2.8 to bring more light into the photograph to show the detail of the tree trunks. Again I had taken this photogrpah with the ISO setting at 160 to create soft colours and to capture a clear picture.

This photograph was taken around midday and with the use of natural lighting you are able to see further down the mountain in more detail. The different layers of the mountains give the photograph a sense of depth and dimension and the positioning of the mountains guide you from one side of the photograph to the other. The horizon in the original photograph was on a slant so I had used free transform on Photoshop to straighten the image so that the horizon is vertical; I then had cropped the image to get rid of the unwanted edges and to give the photo a nice straight finish.

The aperture was set to f/8 to allow less light to enter the camera, as there was too much light in this scenery part of it would be lost and the viewer would not be able to see the detail in the photograph. With this aperture setting you get a larger DOF so everything will be in focus which is what I wanted so that the viewer can see the detail. The ISO was set to 100 to get a clear shot and to capture the detail.

My objective for taking this photograph was to create a mysterious theme. Sometimes the colours in a photograph can be quite distracting so by using channel mixer and selecting monochrome I was able to convert this image into black and white. I thought this image would be best to use as it was a cloudy day and so would give nice tones when converted into black and white as if it was a sunny day it would not be as effective. I had also used dodge and burn tool on this photograph, by using it on the trees it makes them stand out more and it makes the town look misty which gives the photograph a dramatic effect.

As the scenery was bright the aperture was set to f/13 so that the picture would have softer colours, I wanted a bit more brightness in this photograph as it would have a dramatic effect and contrasting colours when converted it to black and white. With the ISO setting to 125 the camera gathers less light as the picture would be too bright if the camera was very sensitive to light.

The reason for why I have taken this photograph is to create an old historical theme and the conversion to black and white works well with the photograph as it gives it that old timey look. I have taken it at this angle so that the sweeping curve of the path guides you through the photograph and then can explore the rest of the picture. To give the photograph a dramatic effect I have used the burn tool to add shadows and to make the photograph more interesting.

This photograph was taken with a wide aperture f/2.8 so that the light would bring out more detail so when converted into black and white information is not lost in the shadows. To capture the dark tones I had set the ISO to 125 so that the camera would capture less light, this is to create to shadows I wanted when converted into black and white and to give it that old look.

This is another photograph that I thought would work well in black and white; again I have used the burn tool to highlight the shadows and to bring out the detail of the trees and logs to make the photograph more interesting. The reason why I had taken the photograph at this angle was so the lighting in the background would bring out the organic shape of the trees and would contrast when converted into black and white.

Again I had used a wide aperture f/2.8 for this photograph to bring out the detail so when converted to black and white information is not lost in the shadows. I again have used a smaller ISO-100 to capture less light to bring out the shadows when turned to black and white.

The impact of lighting

This image was taken by Amanda Chapman, I particularly like this portrait because artificial light is used directly to the face to create a contrast to the dark background and also brightens the eyes to make them stand out. http://photos.jpgmag.com/325643_100414_ee4da73649_p.jpg.

Portrait

Photograph for assessment. This is my favourite photograph of my sister that was taken in the back garden. I had taken this photograph because it shows emotion and it shows her true character, also with small children you get a natural pose as you cannot tell them how you want the photograph. I was pleased that the subject was still so with the background being blurred you focus more on the subject. The original photograph was a bit dull so I have used Photoshop to brighten the colours to again make you focus more on the subject and to make her stand out from the background, to achieve this I had increased the saturation and contrast so that the pink is more eye catching. I have also cropped the picture so that it would frame the photograph, by using the rule of thirds you concentrate firstly on the subject and then can explore the rest of the photo.

As I want the subject to be the main focus I had used a larger aperture f/2.8 for a smaller depth of field, the light would also bring out more detail. To capture a detailed shot the ISO was set to 320, as the background is blurred the subject would need to be clear as to show that she was in motion. 

This photograph was taken in our back garden. I like this photograph because the subject was unaware that the photograph was being taken so would give a natural pose. I again have used photoshop to brighten the colours to make the photograph look more interesting and to make the subject contrast agaisnt the white background.

Again I had taken this photograph using a larger aperture f/2.8 so that the subject is the main focus as the background is out of focus. Again the ISO was set to 320 to bring out the detail of the subject to make her the main focus.

What I wanted from this photograph was to set a very calm mood, by asking the subject to sit in this position it shows that she is very calm and relaxed which combines well with the peaceful background. The colour of the water made this photograph look dull so I had used the lasso tool and increased the hue and saturation to make the water more interesting in the picture. As blue is a calm colour it combines well with the stillness of the water.

This photograph taken using a wider aperture (f/2.8) to allow more light in to bring out the detail in the picture, also there is a smaller DOF which makes the background look out of focus to make the viewer concentrate on the detail at the front of the picture.

ISO-125

I have done the same to this photogrph as the picture above, by changing the colour of the water it makes the photograph more interesting and again to create a calm mood.

The aperture was set to f/2.8 so that you get a smaller DOF, this is to get the detail of the subject and trees in focus compared to the rest of the photograph.

ISO-125

This photograph was taken with the inspiration of Amanda Chapman’s idea of putting the emphasis on the eyes in the Red Riding Hood photograph. I thought this photograph would have a better effect in black and white as it would make them stand out. I had used the dodge and burn tool to create the contrast between black and white, by doing this the burn tool thickens the eyelashes and darkens the pupils to make them stand out against the sclera of the eye which was highlighted by using the dodge tool.

 Original photograph

By using the rule of thirds I was able to improve this image, by cutting down the picture your eyes do not wonder away from the person. The reason for using this type of background is so that the subject is the main focus in the picture, the context in the photograph is simple so that there is not too much information to overwhelm the viewer.

As the background was quite dark I had used a smaller F number f/2.8 to let more light in and to show more detail in the photograph.

ISO-125

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