You may recall that the book I submitted for the above assignment was not really up to standard.
Mr Taylor gave me some help and advice and I submitted a further book.
I got my feed back today and I have to say I am very pleased:-
Both books will be sent to the OCA later in the year.
Assignment 5 was one of the most difficult in the course. It took me hours to complete, both taking images and making the book. I am very pleased with the result.
Over the last year I have undertaken my hours of taking pictures. It is only by listening to other photographers and my making your own mistakes that you realise that you must have in place safeguards to protect your images.
There are many things that you can do to reduce your chances of losing product, having good quality equipment, looking after that equipment, knowing how your equipment works and backing up your images.
How do I ensure that I don’t lose my product, well I try to follow this following sequence.
- All equipment checked before I go out.
- Back up equipment for use in case of equipment failures.
- All batteries fully charged
- All images backed up, on 2 different systems.
Upon arrival at the area where I want to take some images I use a device to record a set of colours. This assists later in processing. Then I start taking my pictures. I take time to try to get the best images I can, this cuts down on work on the computer later. After I have captured my images I download it onto a portable hard drive , I then download the product onto my laptop.
In this way I have the image saved in two places.
Later the images are processed.
After returning from a project all my equipment is checked and put away, ready for my next project.
To me the idea of taking images has over the last few years changed from a process involving film and chemicals to the digital age that most people now use. Some may say that the photographers of old had a far greater level of skill that digital photographers have or indeed need today. There was no way to check what your images would look like until the films were developed.
In the 1940’s this changed when Dr Edwin Land developed the Polaroid Land Camera.
Dr Edwin Land
By checking the instant image produced by the camera photographers could get a reasonable idea of what the image may look like.
Polaroid land camera 1000- copyright of archives.inbetweeners.us
Today the importance of checking your equipment (everything seems to run on batteries) and saving images on multiple hard-drives can not be underestimated. In the same way that films could be damaged digital information can be lost/damaged.
The result is still the same :-
THE LOSS OF THE IMAGES , AN ANGRY AND DISAPPOINTED CUSTOMER AND DAMAGE TO YOUR REPUTATION.
By making sure that you look after your kit, checking it before you go to a shoot and backing up your work as you go you can save yourself a lot of problems.
REF BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY GEORGE HUGHES- ISBN 060027252-9
This is my second Photography One course.
After looking at the available courses I chose this one as it looked interesting.
I have just registered my first course work for assessment , I hope it goes well.
This course aims to develop my understanding of key issues in both commercial and fine art photography.
Upon completing the course I hope that I will be able to :-
- Demonstrate an awareness of the quality of images that are expected.
- Use an effective workflow.
- Produce images with different degrees of manipulation and , most importantly, understand the ethical issues associated with changing images.
- reflect on my own learning experience.
I have asked Mr Taylor to be my tutor for this course.
The course should take approximately 1 year to complete if you do 8 hours a week. As I did for my last course I hope to commit more that 8 hours so I should finish within the set time frame.
There are five sections to complete
- Digital Image Qualities
- Processing the image
- Reality and intervention
- The Final Image
For this course I will be using my Nikon D3s, assorted lenses and other equipment.
Well after my little set back three weeks ago I had a chat with Mr Taylor, he gave me some tips on how to improve my Book for the 5th Assignment.
I have now changed the images in the book and the way that they are presented. I have ordered the book and it should be with me in a week.
I will send it to Mr Taylor to see what he thinks.
Yesterday I received a letter from the OCA which contained my Certificate of Completion for the Art of Photography Course. Today I will post the application form for formal assessment of my first years work. The assessment is in November but apart from my Assignment 5 book everything is ready to go.
As soon as the book arrives I will start working on my next course, Digital Photography Practice. Mr Taylor is going to be my Tutor, so I know what he expects.
I am pleased with the progress I have made. Nearly 30 years after leaving school I have made a small step towards a degree.