Me and my Interactive Media class visited the Beaney Museum in Canterbury. They had an exhibit for the British Wildlife Photography Awards.
I saw many different photos with different meaning, what surprised me the most was most of the photos were not set up. Only a few photos were setup. I also learnt that over and under exposing and over exposing a photo to light can be a good thing because it can make the photo look good and improving the meaning of the photo as well.
I mainly looked at three photos
The photo used a Nikon D4s with a 70mm-200mm lens set to 155mm. The shutter speed is 1600 while the aperture was set to f4 (wide).
The photo was taken on a Nikon D4 with 70mm-200mm lens. The shutter speed was 1/2500 with a aperture. The film speed (ISO) was 1600.
The camera used was a Nikon D800 with a 200mm macro lens. The shutter speed was set to 1/800 with a aperture set to f4. the film speed was set to 400.
For this task I had to imagine two kitchen appliances in my house and draw them. I drew my microwave and washing machine. Then we had to go home and take a picture of these appliances then the next day had to draw the appliances from the pictures I took.
Drawing the appliance from memory was difficult because I do not really pay attention to every little detail on a microwave and washing machine. The scale was not that far from scale but not accurate. Features on my washing machine were wrong, I added to many buttons to it (the washing machine has 5 buttons and I drew on 18). Another problem I had when drawing my accurate drawing is I did not take a photo of the sides so I did not know what the sides look like and any picture of that appliance I found on the internet didn’t have pictures of the sides either.
To draw my microwave to scale I took a photo of the appliances on my phone
and measured the x, y and z axis with a tape measure. Than I scaled my microwave down by three times. Then I tried to match the picture and my drawing to scale, which I almost done but had trouble keeping writing to scale. I used a ruler to keep the measurements correct.
We also watched a documentary called Tim’s Vermeer. This documentary follows a man called Tim Jenison, who wants to recreate one of Johannes Vermeer famous paintings, The Music Lesson. Johannes Vermeer created almost photo realistic paintings and no one knew how he done this. Tim Jenison tries to find out how Vermeer done his pieces of work by exploring a lot of techniques used at the time.
One technique explored was a camera obscura. This is a box large enough to fit a person inside allowing them to draw/paint inside. There would be a tiny hole that allows light to go through so the image of the outside is shown on one of the sides of the inside of the camera obscura. This will allow the artist inside to draw around the light projection but this will mean the image is backwards.
Tim Jenison finally found out Johannes Verneer might have used a camera obscura and a series of mirrors to draw and paint his paintings. One mirror will reflect the things he is painting and another mirror angled slightly will then flip that image back. Then he will look down at that mirror and draw the outlines of the objects. This method will also allow him to match colours up correctly as well.
What I did in one of my Unit 1 was go around Canterbury College and take three photos, one portrait photo (photo of someone), one landscape photo and one abstract photo. After taking the photos we had to upload them to Facebook so other classmates can comment on how to improve them.
For my landscape photo I got complimented on what’s in the photo but got criticised for having too much to focus on.
My portrait photo feedback got two criticisms on it. One response was the photo was too blurry and the other was I could focus on the subject of the photo more. But I was complemented on the use of the Rule of Thirds.
I can use the feedback to improve future photos so I can produce better photos. Feedback can be a form of primary research because you are gathering research yourself and not using research someone else has done.
Research done on Facebook is mainly qualitative research because people mainly have conversations on it but it can be quantitative by the uses of the like button. It may be unreliable because you can not tell the persons tone of voice (for example they could be lying). But Facebook can be useful because when doing a survey or interview face to face you have to it do it when both the interviewer and interviewee are free but over Facebook you can responded when ever available.
What I learnt doing this exercise is some of the different style of photos and how to take them. I also learnt that that criticism can be positive and constructive, not just negative.
In photography there is many different genres including Abstract/fine arts, Advertising, Architectural, Documentary/Photojournalism, Fashion, Scientific/Medical and Portrait.
I have chosen three different photo by three different photographers, Aritra De, Emma Cowley and Philip Pound.
This photo by Aritra De is of a white tiger. This photo genre is documentary/photojournalism. It might of been portrait if it had a person in it. This photo is used to show nature by showing a tiger yawning or roaring.
This photo of a pink flower is by Emma Cowley. This photo is an abstract photo because it focuses in on the centre of the flower so we can not see what is happening behind the flower. The photo focuses on the swirl pattern of the flower.
This landscape photo is by Philip Pound shows the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It also can be seen as a architectural photo because the photos main focus are the buildings. This photo uses the Rule of Thirds to separate the photo in sections with Big Ben in it’s focus.
All these photos and photographers I gathered from The Royal Photographic Society (RPS). http://www.rps.org/
For this part of unit 2 we had to create groups of 5 and research a interactive design studio. My group created a game design studio call Wet Flame Studios. The game company we based our games studio on was Dennaton Studios who made Hotline Miami and it’s equal.
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