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This day consisted of editing down over 400 images to 356 and then editing down the best ones from them. This time round I only sent the best ones of the garments and a selection of the re shoot location images. These garment images proved tricky to edit as the white balance for the room the garments were set was all over the place. Some came out warmer and some came out colder, so it was a challenge to get the right temperature and colour for the garments. Also cropping the images and straightening them become a slight issue, being that there were two different lines to follow in some images, one being the window frame edge and the other line on the the brick work.
To improve I think that the garments could some what be slightly warmer but, once i do that the bricks go to an off white colour and not meeting the brief of the client to have a white back drop. To overcome this issue next time though I could take a colour chart so that I can use a droplet feature in Lightroom 3 to match the colours of the garment and also a better white balancing tool to get the right temperature.
Therefore below are the images in which I shot and edited:
Working for the same people we were invited back to do a further location shoot in Loughborough. However this time Fran’s boyfriend could not get the day off so we were left to get the train in. Again looking at the train line website we found that to travel from Coventry station we had to be there for the 9:06am heading for Nuneaton then switch trains to get to Leicester where we had to get another connecting train to Loughborough Station. This made is arrive at around 10:45, which suited the meeting time of 11:00am.
This time however we knew that we were going to shooting inside and so both agreed that lights will be needed for this occasion and since I can get a bus from my house to the train station we agreed that I would take them.
However finalising proceedings the night before with Fran an issue arose in the form Fran not feeling well already and therefore might not be able to make the shoot. This kind if worried me as I feel better travelling to unknown places with other people so getting lost does not feel so bad as well as thinking that out the two of us Fran is the more talkative and one who is good at posing people where as I am more technical with the lighting and settings. Also I tried booking a Nikon D700 and 70-200mm for this session and both were booked out, therefore I had to settle for a Canon 5D Mark II. This is not such a great problem for me as I am getting use to both system of cameras over my time at University, however i do prefer the look in portraits when using the 70-200mm at the 200mm end as it gives more Bokeh (blurring of the background) to the image and really makes the person stand out. This is not as affective with the Canons 24-105mm lens at 105mm. Also the Nikon lenses can go to f/2.8, unlike the Canon’s f/4, meaning that the Nikon is more adaptive in natural low light conditions.
To be prepared however I took pictures of the train times with my phone to make sure I knew what times they left Loughborough and the other various stations.
Gettin the trains to the station proved easier than first thought, so that did not get me worried or stressed, plus they all ran on time for once…
Since Fran was down ill, we ended up being a Photographer down in the end so there was a lot more to get through with only two photographers on scene. The day overall went quite well with the only issue of time again and it was a long day indeed. I did not get home till about 21:00. Another issue that I came across was the battery in the light meter went so the rest of the day I had to guess the exposures, which to be honest worked quite well.
This time it seemed that the new team to start with was Christine and I with two new models, Georgina and the shop owners Daughter, Lilly. These models were great to work with and I even gave more direction to Lilly than I usually would to models, to meet what the client wanted to see in the image. For example in the pictures where Lilly is reading the magazine on the counter, the client did not want to see the zip or some of the detail on the shoulder as these were later removed and did not yet have the updated garment. Despite this I think that there could of been more communication between Christine and I on how the set up from the team looked as well as the props used in each image. In some situations we did move items around and I did say a couple of times that the shot would not work because of the fixed items in the background. As well as this I could of done more to give better directions and spot things first time round rather than showing the client and realising or seeing it on the way home.
The day after was spent reducing over 500 images down to the 436 to be sent over and editing the ones they wanted to use once they had sent the list over. Whilst waiting for the Greenabelle team input I started to rate the ones I liked and felt were the better ones. The owner of the shop also requested a few images of her Daughter, Lilly to be sent over so she could put them up in the shop so I then started going about editing these images ready to be sent over to the team for them to pass them over since I did not have the owners contact details. Even if the owner wanted my work on her wall then the previous day has been redeemed as a success to me.
Below are the images that the Annie Greenabelle team wanted to use and some of the ones sent over for the shop owner to see.
This all started with a forwarded e-mail from our tutor which started at Annie Greenabelle Clothing Company. The job in hand was to create some images for their new Spring/Summer collection line and place them in a catalogue. On first glance I read that the photo shoot would be on location in Loughborough. Travel has always put me off for some reason, no idea why, it just always has. However over all I am glad I took this opportunity.
The company is still relatively new and wanted to help out further University Students since their own designer recently graduated from Coventry University. Since my idea for this Professional Experience was to try many different things to make me more diverse and the travel was paid for, I decided to man up and go for it. Plus I heard that fellow Photographer Francesca Hancox was shooting this challenge before me and so I wondered if I could go help assist. Emails were then sent back and forth to confirm times and dates.
Time: as close to 9:30 we could get via train to Loughborough Station to be then transported to the location.
Location: Loughborough Station then onto a house with vast grounds.
A sample was sent over email of how they wanted the images to look, this included indoor and outdoor locations as well as a mention of a Cafe type location. Therefore me and Fran met up couple day prior to our departure to discuss the equipment we will need to take. Since we figured there were going to be various locations we took a range of items to help us cope in either situations.
- 750w Bowens x 2
- Beauty Dish
- D700 for me
- 70-200mm lens for the Nikon
- 5D Mark II for Fran
- spare memory card
- Spare Battery
- my dads gold/white reflector.
- Light meter
As a team Fran and I worked quite well. We have worked together in the past and often share the same ideas so working together is never a disheartened moment.. Together we helped each out when reviewing images ont he back of the camera whilst the Christine was shooting. Also we took it in turns to photograph the models whilst one person held the reflector. However to improve we could of got involved more, especially me, with telling the models how to pose and what looks right through the cameras point of view as well as saying what worked and what plain did not since they had not done a proper location shoot like this before and I know I have not.
List of Contacts gained:
- Maisie (Designer for Annie) and the rest of the team
- Christine (If i am needed for second shooting)
The second day of this shoot consisted of me cutting down 447 shots into a more manageable number for the team to sort through since the idea from them was to send them the images and they could tell us which ones were more worthy. However I still went through the images and edited the ones I felt worked and included these in a folder along with the others. In the end I managed to get the number number down to 395 images which was then further cut down to 173 images to be viewed by them Via Dropbox. At first the suggestion was to send the images by disk, however my idea was to send the images via Dropbox as this is a inexpensive and faster way for the client to see the images. On the other hand i feel that here I should of just sent the best of the images and not just the whole lot as I am sure it is my duty as the photographer to say this is what works this is sharper than that, the composition in this frame is stronger than the ones you have chosen.
Here is a couple that i liked but did not fit in with the style needed, plus I felt it looked better in black and white which is not much good for showing things like clothing…
The first of the two images above actually received this comment on Flickr which made my night:
Really beautiful shot. You’ve brought out the model’s good looks with a lovely high key shot. This is so professional I thought it was from a magazine.’
In the first term there arose an opportunity to work with the Fashion Students at Coventry University. What they needed was a document of the event and a few shoots at the stand for them and for the crowd to be drawn over to the stall. Previously we had worked with the fashion students to make posters that would then be handed out to people thinking about studying the course or into photography themselves.
I was told to arrive at the NEC hall at 10:00am on the Saturday. This meant that getting to the station at around 9:15am. The journey in itself only takes 10-15 minutes by train but with transferring heavy lighting and camera equipment then the walking between the car park and from Birmingham International to the NEC Hall could take longer than normal. Also the trains to Birmingham are usually delayed in the case of this day, it was. after helping to set up the stand and after collecting my passes I started to shoot around 11:00am and started with the College and University shows. The dress this group was showing off was not featured in the show as the model was wearing it (You can see in the pictures below)
In the end I feel I may of been side tracked by the big show and flashing lights and was more into shooting the main show than the students, opps. This is something to bare for next time, STAY FOCUSED.
Todays group had one of their dresses featured in the Student Cat Walk. I tried to get there earlier and earlier each time and even shot some on the first day but some one else’s head was always in the way blocking the feet which disturbed the images. Eventually after hanging around for half an hour and staying for two previous shows, with various musical chairs, I managed to grab a spot at the front.
On this day I met up with fellow Photographer student Larissa Grace and if it had been for some car trouble, Nathan Allen. We all had Photo passes so we managed to get in to all the shows that day too. The idea of this day was to concentrate on the main show and gaining more experience with getting the settings right.
After Day 1 I had over 1500, day 2 I had around 750 images and at the end of Day 3 I had over 800 images. Overall after cutting each set down I had over 2700 images to go through and edit further. Below is some of the images
Videos I took of the Event as well.
What I learnt from the last 3 days of shooting the event is that you still need to have to get to the press area of the show stands way before the show has even started to get a decent spot to Photograph from. What I also learnt from the last few days was to quickly change settings and getting use to keep my eye on the event to make sure that I got the best image possible. As well as this I learnt to predict where the models would walk to and pose so that I was always prepared to shoot when they stopped.
Overall I throughly enjoyed the 3 days at the show and will consider going back in 2011 to gain more experience from the show.
I was looking for another location to shoot my 1940’s in and Ria mentioned that Bayley’s bar would be a great periodic place to shoot in and it was not too far away. With some of these Images I was aiming for a more relaxed and natural facial and posing direction like I had seen in the research books of Unseen Vogue and other artist Photograph Books. therefore I attempted to do a more candid style shoot for some of the images to gain this natural look. This is why I used the softbox and wall at the edges of the frame to make it look as though I was looking at the model through gaps and so she couldn’t tell that I was looking at her.
With the other images I got the model to pose in certain areas to get details of the bar and other areas so you would tell what the location was similar to the work of artists previous.
In the end I am happy with these images although next time I would have the exposure turned down a stop as the power sees to be too bright and taking out the detail in highlights and used more feminine poses.
With this shoot I attempted to use flash heads in the background to make it looks as though they were flash bulbs and so got the model to look and act as though she was a high profile person. However in the end I did not like the images with the flash heads in the background but did like the shots I received with the glare coming in the corner.
The last two images of the the gallery are influenced by Melissa Rodwell with the light being on one side casting a shadow across most of the face to give form, interest and shape to the model and image.