ASSIGNMENT 5: MAKING IT UP

Niki South             Student number: 514516

Submission – Assignment 5: Making it up

“The Supper”

TUTOR REPORT: Tutor report OCA Niki South 514516 Ass 5

MY REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

This feedback was by google hangout followed by a brief report.

I was particularly pleased with my Tutor’s feedback this time by video and then written. He has been a hard task master, constructively critical and technically a perfectionist, which has been very good for me. I felt that I had been on a long journey this course and that my work on this final module pulled together the huge learning that I had been through over the last year.

STRENGTHS HIGHLIGHTED

  • Understanding of symbolism.
  • Understanding of art history and contemporary practice.
  • Extensive research and my learning log.
  • Careful construction of a tableaux, including the direction of the actors.
  • Commitment to learning about off camera lighting. I had initially thought to avoid shooting this assignment inside, as I was nervous about using off camera lighting; I am very glad that I challenged myself, bought new equipment, experimented with it and have opened new exciting doors in my photography.
  • Technical improvements in my photography. I have looked back to my last photographic assignment (assignment 3) after which my development areas were: lighting, being aware of shadows and reflections and how to overcome them, and awareness of colour balance. I am pleased that I have improved on these areas with the photography for this assignment.

AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT

The areas we talked about were for possible post production work although these were suggested as possibles not essentials at all:

  • To eliminate the light switch above my head in the image. How did I not see this myself? Now it has been pointed out it is a huge irritation and distraction and will have to go!
  • I could tone down the right side of the image and the back of the chair slightly, not essential.
  • I could brighten the door a little, not essential.
  • Should I have used less salt? I did wonder this myself, though I also did want it to be obvious.

MY LEARNING POINTS

These I have taken not only from this assignment but from the wisdom shared by my tutor generally and the learning that I want to take onto my next course myself:

  • To continue to tackle challenges head on to broaden and accelerate my learning.
  • To continue my learning with off camera lighting.
  • To remember to look very carefully with another’s eye, especially a technically trained eye to spot weaknesses and areas for correction.
  • Continue to compose with some ambiguity.
  • To read and research broadly and learn from the great photographers.

REWORKING THE ASSIGNMENT

  • Reprocess “The Supper” to eliminate the light switch.
  • To experiment with lightening and toning down small areas of the image. I need to look very carefully at the image again and ultimately determine whether I prefer it aesthetically as it is or with some changes, going through the exercise will be useful even if I decide to leave these areas as they are – After some experimentation for my submission image I brightened the open door side of the image very slightly, to balance the tone across the image.

Link to learning log: https://nkssite2.wordpress.com/category/a5-learning-log/

This mind map summarises the narrative of my brainstorming and planning contained in the learning log.

 Planning brainstorm:

mind map prep final.jpg

 

 

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ASSIGNMENT FOUR: A picture is worth a thousand words.

Nicola South              Student number: 514516

TUTOR REPORT: Tutor report OCA Niki South 514516 Ass 4

MY REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

STRENGTHS HIGHLIGHTED

  • Extensive research.
  • Powerful analysis.
  • Use of a personal connection.
  • The image chosen for the essay.

AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT

  • Include more on the composition, my thoughts about it.
  • My tutor suggests that I could have mentioned the way the eye is directed to the main subject, and that I should comment on the light hitting Ghandi’s head spiritually; however re-reading my essay confirms that I have written about the way the viewer’s eye is drawn across the image, and described the “daylight alighting mystically on Gandhi’s head”. I think unfortunately he must have missed these comments, although I accept that I may not have been obvious enough about how this directs the eye to Gandhi. I could have been more explicit however about the image following the rule of thirds.

MY LEARNING POINTS

  • Remember to consider and comment on whether and how an image could be improved when analysing and reading a photograph.
  • To use my learning from this part of the course on reading photographs as I go forward.
  • As my tutor suggest to carry on learning from “the greats” to take my own practice forwards.

POST FEEDBACK ACTIONS

  • Reread the essay, to check whether any changes are needed, though my Tutor suggests I should submit it as it is. Having done so I concluded that I should submit as it is, especially as I found that I have covered the composition points he mentions apart from the rule of thirds (I thought to go back and insert this but decided it would be rather obvious!).

Link to learning log: https://wordpress.com/post/nkssite2.wordpress.com/1917

This mind map summarises the narrative of my brainstorming for the image: https://wordpress.com/post/nkssite2.wordpress.com/2079

mind map prep

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT 3: PUTTING YOURSELF IN THE PICTURE

Niki South Student number: 514516

This Tutor feedback was firstly by google hangout and then followed with a brief Tutor report.

TUTOR REPORTTutor Report Form-Niki South 514516 Ass 3

GOOGLE HANGOUT NOTES: Tutor verbal google hangout feedback Ass 3

MY REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

“THE HIDDEN ME”

STRENGTHS HIGHLIGHTED

  • The “bold” concept.
  • My communication, I had been conscious of my Tutor’s previous advice to be more ambiguous and to pare down what was within a frame.
  • The images chosen for the series.
  • Use of the square format for the images, an idea I had taken from my tutors previous feedback.
  • The research and commitment to the subject

AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT

These were technical as I had expected: in my self-reflection I had said that I was pleased with my images as concepts but knew that they could be technically improved:

  • Lighting: experiment with diffusers, bouncing the light, reflectors and sources such as soft boxes.
  • Be aware of shadows and reflections and how to overcome them
  • Consider the colour balance, the peacemaker has a slightly yellow hue

MY LEARNING POINTS

  • Consider the type of lighting that is best for the subject, whether it should be direct or soft for instance.
  • Be alert to colour balance
  • Continue to make use of a variety of formats for effect
  • Continue to compose with some ambiguity
  • Continue the use of sketches pre shooting

REWORKING THE ASSIGNMENT

  • Reshoot “The Peacemaker” in a purer, softer light. I recreated the same composition as in my draft shoot but experimented with the lighting. Before shooting I set up the shot in various locations with daylight from different positions. Having found the best location for light and minimal reflection I then shot the first 4 images without flash, the next 5 with a speed lite and then decided to shoot with only natural light.
  • Reprocess “The organiser” to improve the colour balance

Link to learning log: https://nkssite2.wordpress.com/category/a3-learning-log/

These mind maps summarise the narrative of my brainstorming, preparations and post shooting thoughts contained in the learning log.

 Brainstorm:

Putting yourself in brainstorm 1500

 Shooting:

Putting yourself in shooting 1500

 Editing:

Putting yourself in editing 1 1500

 Notes on reshooting “The peacemaker”: I recreated the same composition as in my draft shoot but experimented with the lighting. Before shooting I set up the shot in various locations with daylight from different positions. Having found the best location for light and minimal reflection I then shot the first 4 images without flash, the next 5 with a speed lite and then decided to shoot with only natural light.

 

ASSIGNMENT 2: PHOTOGRAPHING THE UNSEEN

Niki South Student number: 514516

This feedback was firstly by google hangout and then followed with a brief Tutor report.

TUTOR REPORT: Tutor Report Form Niki South 514516 ass 2

GOOGLE HANGOUT NOTES: Tutor verbal google hangout feedback Ass 2

MY REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

STRENGTHS HIGHLIGHTED:

  • My research.
  • My engagement with photography on many levels.

 AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT:

  • Consider different formats as a way of informing the reader about and image.
  • Crop from images to focus on the strongest part.
  • Consider using either portrait or landscape within one series.
  • Shoot images that are more ambiguous, oblique, subtle and less cluttered for the reader.
  • Develop my sketch book use alongside my mind maps.

MY LEARNING POINTS

  • Make full use of various formats where appropriate to enhance my image or message.
  • Crop more brutally if effective.
  • When composing think more subtly and shoot and present images that are more ambiguous.
  • Continue to develop my sketches for shoots, perhaps I should present some on my blog?
  • Re-subscribe to the British Journal of Photography.

My Tutor said not to change the images for submission but to take the suggestions forward into my next assignment.

 Link to learning log: https://nkssite2.wordpress.com/category/a2-learning-log/

These mind maps summarise the narrative of my brainstorming. preparations and post shooting thoughts contained in the learning log

Brainstorm:

mindmap brainstorm better.jpg

 

Preparation:

Disappointment preparation 3.jpg

 

Post shooting:

mind map better postshooting 1500

 

 

ASSIGNMENT 1: TWO SIDES TO THE STORY

Niki South         Student number: 514516

TUTOR REPORTTutor report OCA Niki South 514516 ass 1

MY REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

STRENGTHS HIGHLIGHTED

  • The research that I’d undertaken; I was especially pleased with this as my Expressing Your Vision feedback from assessors was that they’d like to see more research practice.
  • A strong collection of images providing a good answer to the brief.
  • A very good academic approach.
  • My own assessment of my work and images.
  • The layout and content of my learning log. 

AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT

  • Ensure that I really select what is in the frame to present the strongest elements to the reader. This would have made the images more interesting which I struggled with.
  • Making sure that if my images are only slightly off centre or at an angle that it doesn’t look lazy; it was deliberate but I understand that it may look like a “grabbed aesthetic”.
  • Using the ISO to my advantage e.g. to increase the shutter speed to avoid any camera shake.
  • Consider whether the horizon should be upright as in some shots I have lined the subject up by verticals instead.
  • Less use of the wide angle and more use of close up detail to deliver a message.
  • Include more visual material in my research to support my text. I have deliberately reduced this as copyright issues have been raised by colleagues, however I will return to using more images to support my research but add this disclaimer I have attached to my homepage to every post that includes an image by another photographer or artist.

MY LEARNING POINTS

  • The most important message that I will take away from this assignment is to really consider what is in the frame, excluding what is less important and crop post shooting if necessary. I prefer to compose as I shoot, but I should consider cropping post shooting if necessary to ensure that the viewer is presented with the most powerful elements.

REWORKING THE ASSIGNMENT

My tutor said not to reshoot however for the final set of images I have made some alterations to the final set of images:

  • I have recropped several to straighten them on the horizontal rather than the vertical (Boat builders Image 25, Unbuilt supermarket image 6, Penny Pinchers image 72, and Oxfam image 20).
  • I have also recropped to reduce extraneous material and focus the viewer on the important information (Castle image 51, Penny Pinchers image 72, and Oxfam image 20).
  • I have substituted image 22 Cinema for image 20 as this allowed me to straighten and crop it more effectively. I thank my tutor for these suggestions which have improved the images submitted.
  • I did consider substituting the post office image as I agree it does give a message of deprivation, however I don’t feel that there an image the declining series where the message contained in both the image and the accompanying text is not as strong; I also feel that each image in this series brings a slightly different message about deprivation.

Link to work submitted to tutor: https://nkssite2.wordpress.com/category/a1-work-submitted-to-tutor/

Link to learning log: https://nkssite2.wordpress.com/category/a1-learning-log/

These mind maps summarise the narrative of my planning, post shooting thoughts and editing notes contained in the learning log: 

mind-map-planning-1500

mind-map-shooting-1500

mind-map-editing-1500