Last night I attended a talk by Mr Robert Barclay.
Robert Barclay is an associate of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (ARPS).Robert has been a professional photographer for over 39 years spanning a career at Fleet Street as a staff photographer with The Press Association, Daily Telegraph and 19 years with the Express Newspapers.
Robert spent the evening talking about studio lighting and how to take interesting family pictures.
It was refreshing when he stated that you do not need lots of expensive kit to produce excellent images , as he has.
Just a couple of images of a bike outside a shop in West Street. I tried to take a couple of images that could be used in a advertisement.
I like the way that the bike is secured to the drainpipe with a small piece of string.
The following images were taken on a day trip to Brighton. I decided to try and capture the faces of people on the merry go round as it span round. The results, in my view were poor and I will have to improve to reach the required standard.
Later in the day I visited Box Hill, in Surrey again and tried to capture a number of motorcycles as they rode passed me, so at high speeds. The results were better but improvement still need to be made
Went out last weekend and this weekend and took a number of images for the projects and my first Assignment.
The first project I looked at was “Focus using different apertures
I took a walk into the Surrey Hills, just outside Westcott. I found a path in a woods that I decided to take two images off.
The first is at F7.1 and the second at F22.
Nikon D3Ss F22
You can clearly see the difference in the depth of field of the two images
Nikon D3s F22
However I wanted to get a couple of images that showed the effect in a clearer way so I went to Brighton where I came across a wedding and a street entertainer
Nikon D3s F
I think the resulting images give a clearer understanding of how aperture effects the finished image.
Spoke to Mr Taylor, he gave me advice on the course and about my learning Log
I have now received a letter from my tutor, Mr Taylor.
My first assignment is due in on the 19th November. The pressure is on!!
I have a few projects to complete first, then I will concentrate on my first assignment – Contrasts.
Looking at other peoples work on the Internet, the standard is very high.
On the way home from work I came across the scene of a traffic accident in Dorking. The Police Officers said the victim was not seriously injured (subsequently released from hospital) so I thought it would be a good exercise to capture some images.
It did worry me a little that I was attempting to capture images of an event that had resulted in another person suffering injuries. I wonder if Press Photographers feel the same way? Do they ever think about putting the camera down and helping the person or would they always get the shot first?
In this Image I focused on the Police vehicle vehicle as I wanted to blur the registration numbers of the cars in the background and the faces of the Police Officers.
In this image I focused on the bicycle, but I kept the “Police Tape” running across the frame. Later I focused on the “Police Tape” to see what the difference would be.
Which image is better? Which image would a News Paper print?