For my portrait task, I decided to take photographs of two similar people who dye their hair a lot. The first was a friend and the second was a person that I met on a night out, this is where I had the most communication with people and I was able to find a lot of people who had unusual hair colours, I therefore took a photograph of someone who tends to dye their hair a lot. These are the two photographs I came out with:
1. The person I didn’t know but found on a night out (hair colour has changed from brown, green, pink, blue, purple, blonde – practically any colour!)
2. The person I knew and took a photograph when I met up with them (dyed hair from brown, purple, red and blonde.)
For this particular assignment, I chose a story which was firstly published on Friday, September 16th 2012 and has now recently been brought back up into the news highlights. The story was based around a man who pushed a woman onto the tube tracks located in Leicester Square. I decided to take two approaches but both of the same media, this being the internet. The two websites which I have chosen to look at are The Telegraph and The Daily Mail. Both had a different perspective when it came to publishing Headings for their articles.
“Police hunt man who pushed woman onto Tube tracks – CCTV footage” was the first heading published by The Telegraph which is just a simple basic factual explanation to the story which is being put through to the public where as, “Who is this vile thug? Shocking CCTV images show the moment crazed commuter shoves 23-year-old woman on to Tube tracks” is the heading which came from The Daily Mail which is more opinionated in itself rather than just giving a brief description of what exactly happened. I believe both different websites have a lot of differences such as The Telegraph is more professional and gives a straight forward run through of the main things that people need to know such as a brief description of what happened at the scene, a description of the person who committed the crime and also a quote from the investigating officer.
However, The Daily Mail gives a lot more explaining on the event and although this crime was extremely shocking, they tend to make the article sound as brutal as ever such as saying things like ‘She only missed the live rail by inches, and was able to pull herself back onto the platform with the help of other travellers before the next train came down the platform.’This could also possibly be true, but the fact they are saying things such as this it is making the incident sound like it was at it’s worst when in fact, the crime could have been a lot worse had there been a train approaching at the time the woman was pushed. The Northern Echo continues on with a lot more footage and captures from the CCTV showing what happened after the incident such as people trying to stop the man from getting away and also the woman being taken away by paramedics. Underneath every photograph is a detail of what was “apparently” happening, shortly followed by a description of the person committing the crime and details on how to report. It just proves how different reporters have their own styles to try and convince the public to read more or be in the know. I suspect they have different target audiences such as The Telegraph being aimed at people who want to just be informed or The Daily Mail being aimed at those who seem like they thrive from dramatic news stories. In both stories, I believe that the addresser is the person who is writing the article, this being the journalist/editor/writer and giving off their views to the public who then become the addressees.
Both websites included the video of what happened, this being linked below:
Video of woman being pushed onto tube tracks
There were a lot of different interpretations of how you could look at an outfit and find a place you would be likely to see someone seeing it, and also where you wouldn’t be likely to see them. These are the two photographs I came up with…
The top image shows the woman wearing summer clothes and reading a magazine just as though she is relaxing on holiday. It is very normal to be seen like this and it is not frowned upon.
The image below however shows exactly the same as what the woman is doing in the picture above, but instead she is doing all of this in the bath. This is looked upon as unusual because people are not meant to be in a bath clothed. This therefore shows the same outfit but in two different places and how it can range from being acceptable and unacceptable.
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The task which we were asked to perform gave us two options. We had to find one successful portrait and one unsuccessful and explain why.
This image is very unsuccessful due to the fact the photograph is very staged. The person in the photograph is obviously showing off ‘fake’ cuts and bruises on her face and could have been taken for something such as a fancy dress shop and for selling this kind of false make up. You can tell it is fake due to the rest of her face looking completely perfect as well as her hair and also her expression is also not so believing. I would say this kind of photography has been set up and is not telling the truth about the person involved, and is therefore unsuccessful at giving a realistic story.
After looking into this, I found I had found the photograph on a ‘Make-Up Artists’ Website. Her name is Maru Ventura and she specialises in different styles of make-up, whether this being domestic abuse (like the photograph above), casual make-up, artistic or for special events. This again proves that this has been set up and the person in the photograph is most likely a model and is being tested on to show off what Ventura is able to create.
This photograph of Kate Moss is a very successful photograph of what represents her. Although many see her as a beautiful model and the photographs/campaigns she has taken part in have showed her off excellently. There is also her true background, which in this case, is her drug use. A lot of people have heard about her scandal and this picture captures it perfectly. This is a more true representation than her airbrushed model shoots even though they do show some successful parts due to that is her real career, but I do believe this photograph is a better representation to showing what her actual personality and lifestyle consists of beyond her career.
I found this photograph on different blogs of which had many stories and opinions to express about Kate. Obviously the photograph was taken after some sort of party or on a night out. This therefore shows that it has been captured without Kate obviously planning for it to happen but paparazzi are always there to capture photographs for the public to discuss. The photo definitely isn’t set up like her photoshoots and was taken at heat of the moment so it therefore portrays a true portrait of Kate.
Digital Photo Workflow
1. Digital Capture – 2. Download photos to computer – 3. Organize photos (create groups/keywords) choose selects – 4. Raw conversion of selects from an edit (to JPEG etc.) – 5. Digital retouching (Photoshop) – 6. Output (printer/client) – 7. Archive (light-room/aperture)
Use a calibration printout to see how the printout and the computer differ in brightness/dullness.
Calibrating the Screen on a iMac
1. Choose the apple button – 2. Choose system preferences – 3. Choose Displays – 4. Choose the color option and press ‘Calibrate’ – 5. Follow the steps making sure the apple becomes almost invisible to make a new profile.
Colour Output – Gamut
Edit – Color Settings – Settings: European General Purpose/Prepress (newspaper)/Web or Internet (online) – RGB: Adobe – CMYK: (ask printer staff) – Click ‘more options’ – CMYK: European coated (clay based/non spread) or uncoated (print-over) – Gray: Dot Gain 10% – Spot: Dot Gain 10% – Colour Management Policies – RGB: Convert to Working RGB.
View – Proof Setup
View – Proof Colours – see how it would look like as CMYK from RGB
Printing in RGB
Printing with Preview
Producing via Printers
Checking Colour Proof
Guidelines for Choosing Colours
How to Calibrate the screen
As I am using a PC I will have to bring up my control panel, this brings up this dialogue:
This then brings up a way to calibrate my screen and I follow all the steps until the calibration is at its best:
When all these steps are completed and your screen becomes easier to view, this is because the calibration was more successful and you have achieved a more viewable screen.