Assignment 4

I didn’t understand how to do this assignment .So I just did the best I could.I put the camera in manual and tried to focus the camera and this is what happened.I am really disappointed .There sun glare on the photos and many are out of focus .I will have to try and shoot them again.I didnt understand the concept of light.Am I suppose to shoot shadows and lights? I tried to do Daylight but got stuck so l went for artificial light

I have decided to do Bokeh photography as l have some Christmas lights that l can use to create bokeh effect

Exercise 4.4 Personal Voice

Make a Google Images search for ‘landscape’, ‘portrait’, or any ordinary subject such as ‘apple’ or ‘sunset’. Add a screengrab of a representative page to your learning log and note down the similarities you find between the images.

Now take a number of your own photographs of the same subject, paying special attention to the ‘Creativity’ criteria at the end of Part One. You might like to make the subject appear ‘incidental’, for instance by using juxtaposition, focus or framing. Or you might begin with the observation of Ernst Haas, or the ‘camera vision’ of Bill Brandt.

Add a final image to your learning log, together with a selection of preparatory shots. In your notes describe how your photograph differs from your Google Images source images of the same subject.


Exercise 4.3

Use a combination of quality, contrast, direction and colour to light an object in order to reveal its form. For this exercise, we recommend that you choose a natural or organic object such as an egg or stone rather than a man-made object. Man-made or cultural artefacts can be fascinating to light, but they’re already authored to some degree, which requires interpretation by the photographer; this exercise is just about controlling the light to reveal form.

Can use desk lamp or window light, studio lights, or camera flash used remotely. The only proviso is that you control the way the light falls on the subject. The background for your subject will be crucial.

Exposure times will be much longer than you’re used to (unless you’re using flash) and metering and focusing will be challenging. The key to success is to keep it simple. The important thing is to aim for four to five unique shots – either change the viewpoint, the subject or the lighting for each shot.

Add the sequence to your learning log. Draw a simple lighting diagram for each of your shots showing the position of the camera, the subject and the direction of the key light and fill.

4.2 Artificial Light

Brief: Capture ‘the beauty of artificial light’ in a short sequence of shots (‘beauty’ is, of course, a subjective term). The correct white balance setting will be important; this can get tricky – but interesting – if there are mixed light sources of different colour temperatures in the same shot. You can shoot indoors or outside, and the light can be ambient or handheld flash.

A few photos l found using artificial light

KS Photography A beautiful bokeh shot of vibrant colours of festive lights

4.1 Daylight

Taking the photography of Mann, Atget or Schmidt or a photographer of your own choosing as your starting point, shoot a number of photographs exploring the quality of natural light, not just photographing it. In your learning log, and using the descriptions above as your starting point, try to describe the quality of the light in your photographs in your own words.

Take saturday at 12pm in peel park salford

Assignment three The (in) decisive moment


Six and eight on the theme of the ‘decisive moment’ to your tutor. Street photography is the traditional subject of the decisive moment, but it doesn’t have to be. Landscape may also have a decisive moment of weather, season or time of day. A building may have a decisive moment when human activity and light combine to present a ‘peak’ visual moment.
You may choose to create imagery that supports the tradition of the ‘decisive moment’,
or you may choose to question or invert the concept. Your aim isn’t to tell a story, but in order to work naturally as a series, there should be a linking theme, whether it’s a
location, an event or a particular period of time.

.I found university a big shook to me. I am not used to communicating with words. I am used to using images and drawing to express myself, I usually live in my own little world. And don’t always notice what’s going on around me. I love making things and being creative. And I am just used to creating things, not use to explaining my creation with words. Just explaining how I created these photos can be hard for me. Sometimes I run out of words to express my creativity. And I struggle writing things down as I am dyslexia too. I have to use grammar check all the time. I find this course drawing me out of myself in a good way. I found my perfectionist strike can stop me completing things. I want to be Vincent Van Gogh of Photography but fall at the first hurdle. I sometimes forget even Van Gogh had to learn new things.

.The decisive moment in street photography is a very interesting concept to me. I personally enjoy street photography but found the concept of the decisive moment difficult to convey into images. I couldn’t decide what to photography. I research indecisive moment in photography by looking at other photographers’ work and by searching YouTube for the concept. And I came across one of my favourite street photography websites which captures the decisive moment called Copenhagen Chic. It’s about Danish everyday people cycling to work, school and play. Its website that portrays that cycling is a sustainable and healthy form of transport. And you can be fashionable and chic at the same time while riding a bike. And it regularly conveys that message by capturing the decisive moment. Whether it is women cycling in high heels with their handbags or women cycling with her child on the back of the bicycle.

The website captures the decisive moment beautiful and very well. The photographer behind the website is Mikael Colville-Andersen.

I would like to try and recreate this type of decisive moment with people, transport and bicycles on the Oxford Road in Manchester for this assignment 3. Cycling is an important part of my life and I love it. It is a great cheap form of transport and a great way to keep fit. I wanted to illustrate the different forms of transport in Manchester and people using these forms of transport at the decisive moment.I also wanted to illustrate the complex transport system in Manchester and how they interact with other forms of transport. There are dangerous points in the travel system where people with wheelchairs and mothers with prams have to get over the tramlines before the trams come. There are quite a few decisive moments that are good for photography. I can say I found this assignment challenging. You have to be so quick when photographing moving objects or you miss the shot. But I do find with a decisive moment in street photography interesting concept and fun. As those decisive moments, you want to photography slip away quickly if you’re not quick enough. But watching the world go by can be fun.

I felt a bit limited by my equipment. I wish I had a 70mm -300mm lens with DSLR Camera. My Sony A5000 only 16mm 50mm is lovely and lightweight and doesn’t hurt my neck but it didn’t zoom in enough and not very fast when you switch it on. And I felt like I miss the shot quite a lot due to not being fast enough and struggling with what shutter speed to use for the shot. I also wasn’t sure if I had to try the technique I had learned in exercises like changing shutter speed in this assignment.

I found photographing people quite scary as many people don’t like being photography.

10 images for assignment 3

Lady cycling playing with her phone for a moment with her eyes off the road
A man cycling with no hands just using hes body and legs to balance hes bicycle
A wheelchair user having to carefully ride over the tram tracks that can be quite slippy and kerb of the pavement before the trams come.
A Lady j walking having navigate the road before another car comes
A bicycle user cycling behind the new cycle path install behind the bus stop and person waiting for the bus. Its interesting as once you step of the bus you have to watch out for bicycle if you walk one way and car if you walk the other way

People crossing the road
A lady walking at the traffic lights waiting to go

Various people waiting for the tram to pass to cross the road. The trams in Manchester are quite high and intimidating. You have to be very careful as there above eyeshot and you can get run over if you’re not careful. This photo really illustrates the danger trams pose to people moving around the city centre.

A cyclist weaving in between people as he trying to navigate Manchester complex transport system

Contact Sheet

Exercise 3.3

Exercise 3.3

2. Find a good viewpoint, perhaps fairly high up (an upstairs window might do)
where you can see a wide view or panorama. Start by looking at the things
closest to you in the foreground. Then pay attention to the details in the middle
distance and, finally, the things towards the horizon. Now try and see the whole
landscape together, from the foreground to horizon (you can move your eyes).
Include the sky in your observation and try to see the whole visual field together,
all in movement (there is always some movement). When you’ve got it, raise your
camera and take a picture. Add the picture and a description of the process to
your learning log.

I went for walk around University Salford which backs on the Peel Park on the River Irwell. It has a beautiful view of the foreground horizon shot. And the university is built on a big hill and park low lying type valley. So I took some photographs.

Exercise 3.2

Start by doing your own research into some of the artists discussed above.
Then, using slow shutter speeds, the multiple exposure function, or another
technique inspired by the examples above, try to record the trace of movement
within the frame. You can be as experimental as you like. Add a selection of shots
together with relevant shooting data and a description of your process (how you
captured the shots) to your learning log.

I went for walk to Salford Docks where Media City is. I was struggling to work out a shutter speed setting on this Sony camera. As I was going out at night taking photos. Trying to get that blurry car and street light shoots. I gave up and went back to day time shoots. As settings at night to difficult for me to understand yet. I am still getting confused never too sure if l am doing it right. So went on automatically took these photos of the Salford docks. As I was upset I couldn’t work out the shots properly

I am a perfectionist and have to calm down sometimes to get photography. As I had a habit of deleting my shots if their not perfect but I’ve had to stop doing that, as it looks like I haven’t taken any photos.I just put the rubbish photos in my contact sheet instead.

Then I gave it another go and took some more shots with slower shutter speed in my flat. I worked out how to use the shutter speed on the camera by watching a few YouTube videos on shutter speed and got these shots.

I just threw plastic flowers in the air changed shutter Speed and took a photo
ISO 100 1/5 F/4
ISO 800 1/50 sec F/4 .