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Intro to Photography

I have spent a lot of this time planning my ideas for my work, this including spider diagrams and word plans to enhance my thinking of the assignments we have been set. I managed to complete my essay on ‘What makes a good Photojournalist?’ this was after making a draft copy, having it looked at to realize that I should go deeper into my thinking and research. I then looked at books and websites which gave me a better insight into the life of a photojournalist and soon found out that a lot of work is needed as well as the ethics point of view and how people relate to photographs being published. I also managed to take photographs for one of the themes of my Photography assignment, so this enabled me to work on the start of my portfolio as well as my journal so I could keep myself up to date. For my assignment for Digital Journalism, I started to plan my list article on the photographs which I had taken at tropical world, looking at different types of animals and their habitats, I believe this was quite an interesting topic and also very informing to the viewer.

One of our assignments to do with Tony was to take a series of photo’s for a number of different themes. Today I decided to visit Tropical World, this being one of the themes. We had to take photo’s using Shutter Speed, I found this quite difficult to get the hang of at first as I had only just bought my new DLSR camera, so had to ask the people I was with to help me with the different settings. The camera which I was using is a Canon 600D and I managed to use different types of lenses also to get close-up shots as well as distant. I enjoyed taking the photographs of the different animals within tropical world, these ranging from birds, butterflies, snakes, fish, meerkats and other exotic animals. I managed to get a few moving shots of the animals as well as getting close to them and using a fast shutter so that I could take the photo before they managed to escape and not being able to get the best photo which I can. I also managed to take photographs of the different surroundings such as water, fountains, trees, and flora. These all added to my collection of photos, I managed to take around 300 photographs and believe I am able to limit it down to 10-15 images which I believe to be my strongest for my portfolio.

(Ethics) We were working again on the Prezi website, I was in a different group to my original Prezi group this time because I took part in one of the other groups lessons as I missed the Wednesday’s lesson. We had to create a mood board which linked to one of the following… Steam Punk, 1950’s or Art Deco. This was to give us a rough idea on how we created a mood board for a client to show them the ideas and see if what we were thinking about creating was working in the right direction. Our group decided to choose 1950s, I decided to focus on the fashion and beauty aspect whereas other members of the group chose things such as music, film, war, cars and textures. I believed that using Prezi was better than using a more simple approach such as Microsoft Powerpoint because it is more lenient with what you are able to produce. This is what I produced for my part of the mood board…

(Photography) I didn’t manage to attend this session but I knew we learnt about special effects. We looked at panoramic photographs and were told taking them portrait was the best way to get more height and to get more photos of the image so that we can link them. There were many guidelines for taking these kind of photos, these included using a tripod, pano head, wide angle lenses, decide on depth of field, exposure, manual settings, overlap shots, choose the best camera position, and take several series of the shots. We also learnt how to put the photos together, ‘file>automate>photomerge’, choose the type of collation, merge layers and transform/warp to level out the images.

(Ethics) I managed to bond with more people in my class because of this task. We were put into smaller groups within the class and introduced to a new online publication called ‘Prezi’. This software enabled us to create online presentations which each person can use and mess around with to help each other out. We were asked to plan a trip to Cuba immediately. We had to plan our stay, flights, taxi’s and what we would need and put all of this information into the presentation. Prezi is very creative and enables much more individuality that Microsoft Powerpoint. Using Prezi was quite difficult as I had never used the publication before, this limited me from creating something inventive because it took me a lot of time to get used to it. I think if I used Prezi in future reference and became familiar with it then I would be able to creative very detailed pieces.

(Photography) In this workshop, we learnt about shutter speed. Shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second but if the speed becomes slow then it is measured in seconds. 1/500 means that this is a 500th of a second where as 3″ means that the speed is three seconds. Electronic and mechanic shutters are the most used. DSLRs are mostly compatible with a mechanic shutter. The shutter speed controls the exposure along with ISO, letting us control the motion of the picture. A fast shutter speed would freeze the motion whereas a slower one would blur. I enjoyed working with shutter speed because it was very unusual and something I hadn’t done before, capturing motion brought out great effects in the photo’s I had taken and I believe it will work very well within my trip to Tropical World.

(Digital Journalism) I managed to work on my planning for the assignment and wanted to focus on a sporting event, this being St. James’ Park changing to Sports Direct Arena. I wanted to take photos as well as being able to show the opinions behind it as there is much controversy which would be very interesting to look at between the fans, players and owners of the club. The planning enabled me to find out information which would help me with my article as well as giving me facts which could give me ideas and help me to find out smaller pieces of information and opinions of my own.

(Intro to Photography) From what I learnt about hearing about the different types of lenses, I already have some which would come in very handy, most of these being zoom lenses so I able to focus more on the subject in which I was taking. Fish eye, wide angle, telephoto, macro and prime are all major lenses which can make a photo more professional. I believe hearing about these will inspire me to use each so that I can take photos and use new techniques to enhance my ability.

(Ethics) Our lesson was held on the Thursday due to Mike being ill. We looked at different quotes about what photojournalists class themselves as and also the ways in which they work. We also looked at which different magazines, people, wesbites and newspapers are more honourable and trustworthy than others.

This is a similar table to the one which we looked at in the lesson, it shows how much trust people put into the news and which they believe to be the most reliable, I believe it to be quite interesting.

We also looked at the guidelines for journalists, a website which relates to this quite well is this…

http://thenextweb.com/uk/2011/07/14/bbc-publishes-its-social-media-guidelines-for-journalists/

I believe this lesson helped me to understand what the public are going to rely on and who they are going to trust to tell the truth, therefore in my career I should try and keep this the same way and get the correct information and not be like someone like eg. The News Of The World, from their huge hacking court case.

(Digital Journalism) Today we looked at different ways of reading an article. These include online and offline prints. I noticed that offline prints such as magazines and newspapers included more detail because people have actually bought the articles inside of this so will then intend to read them. Whereas on a website, they normally just scan the article. The page length for a Broadsheet was 1200-1600 words, whereas for a magazine it was 750-1000 words, this changed dramatically for an online article ranging from 250-700 words. We were told that when writing for online publications to try and limit down the word count, use lists, quotes and call outs. I believed this session to be extremely helpful because it showed us how we were to right if we were creating publications online or offline and how to grab peoples attentions instead of them just ‘scan’ reading.

(Intro to Photography) I didn’t manage to make it into today’s lesson so I found out what I missed by emailing Tony as well as asking my friends to give me some information. I learnt that we were working on ‘aperture’, we learnt about the basics of aperture and then going to look at ‘depth of field’, a shallow depth of field helps something in the foreground to stand out where as a wide depth of field is better use for landscapes. I also learnt that each camera has a sweet spot, this is the best spot to make images look their sharpest and more professional.

(Ethics) We were asked to create a timetable to make us have a look at when we complete work, our free time and when we attend lessons. This gave me an insight to how much free time I have in which I could be completing work instead of just messing around. We created this using Illustrator and planned out the times and days so I could look at my time.

This is what I came up with, I highlighted each thing I did with a different colour and kept a plan at the bottom so I could see when I did this.

In the second part of the lesson, we looked at a series of images which we discussed about being ethical or unethical to send to a magazine or a website to produce. This encourage class debate which got us all talking and helped us to understand more about whether a journalist should have to have consent to use a photo or whether they should just go for it.

(Photography) I missed this lecture due to the fact that Liba Taylor was doing her own lecture and workshop. I picked up on some notes from my friend from the class and learnt that we were being taught about artificial lighting. I learnt the basics such as additional lighting should be added if it is too dull, the contrast is wrong or even the colour tone. Things such as reflectors and flash are good sources of artificial lighting as they help to bring the photo to life. This helped because the focus of our first Photography assignment was all about lighting (Halloween) and now I can apply both natural and artificial together and know how to work with them.