Project Evaluation

Positives-

  • Proud of the images I have taken
  • Selected good images to tell an obvious story
  • Got everything planned and completed in time
  • Had new experiences photographing at Smithfield’s Meat Market
  • Gained practise in book design and printing

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Negatives-

  • Should’ve had a few more places in mind to photograph each section of my story, to have back up options for when places turned round and said no
  • Started shooting a bit earlier so the editing and printing process didn’t take so long afterwards
  • Have my book layout completed a bit sooner so I could’ve had time to send it off and get a hard back copy printed and finished

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Improvements-

  • Take more images at a few more places so I had more images and story to work with
  • Give myself more time before hand in to have a professional hardback copy printed

 

Printing My Book

My First Copy-

This is the first copy of my book that I had printed when it was in my original layout design. I took it to a printers in town and decided to get it ring bound to add a different style to my book to look different from the usual book style. However, when I collected my finished book, I noticed that they had shuffled the pages around, meaning that the pages in the book looked different to the PDF layout. It wasn’t a huge problem as it didn’t make a huge difference to my book and I was still happy with how my book had turned out. However, when seeing the images so small, I did regret not having them at a larger scale.

 


My Second Copy-

This is the second copy of my book that I had printed within the same day of putting it in to be printed. This version came out a lot better and I decided to have it book stapled rather than ring bound. Although I wanted a hardback cover for my book I wasn’t able to get one made and printed in time so I had to settle for having a paperback version. The images came out good quality and they looked so much better being spread across double pages. It gave my images a lot more emphasis and power on the story, giving better detail to the gruesome content.

Changing My Photo Book

After a last tutorial I had with Celine, I showed her my book layout that I had previously made and she said that she liked the story and the images and also the red theme. However she said to take out the captions from the pages with the images on as they weren’t necessary and Celine also advised me to make some of my images larger, covering more of the single page and adding in some double page spreads.

I went back to my InDesign file and changed my layout quite a bit. I changed the front and back cover to a much simpler design and added my name to the inside of the book and a plain double page spread. I kept the read pages stating the different sections as that helped break up the story. With my images I enlarged majority of them, meaning I had a lot more double page spreads in my book, and I also had a lot more single page spreads without the boarders. When enlarging my images I had some with uneven space and large gaps around them to create the certain look I wanted. I didn’t particularly want a uniform boarder around all of my images, making it look very simple and repetitive. This was something Celine also enlightened me on as she said that it breaks it up a bit more and makes it a bit better to read.


After following Celine’s advice and changing my book layout, I am so much happier with my book and the story. I feel that the added double page spreads give my images a bit more emphasis and add effect to the gruesome content.

Project Evaluation

Positives-

  • Happy with my images from the brewery, glad that I took longer to go round more of the work site to get as many pictures as I could
  • Gaining confidence with talking to people and arranging photo shoots on location
  • Getting a better understanding of the portable flash kit
  • Getting more practise with creating estimates and invoices for a job

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Negatives-

  • Not starting my planning/photo taking earlier
  • Not using a flash meter
  • An accident causing my memory stick to snap, therefore losing my original Boardroom images and QP card test frames
  • Wish I had spent a bit more time at McMullens to get a few more images
  • Not backing up my images more

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Improvements-

  • Start planning a lot earlier in advance to then give myself more time to take images and get everything ready for hand in
  • I should’ve gone to more than one place to capture my Boardroom images
  • Have numerous back up copies of my images and edits to prevent possibly losing work in the future
  • Experiment with the flash kit more. For example, have it in different positions and on different brightness settings to give myself a few more images to select and edit

Putting My Book Layout Together

After editing and selecting my best images to tell my story, I started to put them into an InDesign document that I would export as a PDF for my final book layout. Going by my previous research, planning and ideas I knew that I wanted to have a simple looking layout with a lot of blank space and spare pages.

I decided on a red theme running throughout my book to represent the colour of blood, as this is quite a sinister story I felt that it fit well into the story I created.

I experimented with different image sizes on the page, different boarders and bleeds and also different image orders to tell my story, and I was happy with this layout so settled with it and exported into a PDF to be printed.

I felt that this layout was simple enough to not distract the views attention from my images and I also liked how I told the story with the image I chose and the red pages separating the sections of the story.

Putting Them In The Layout

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Placing my images into the InDesign layout was relatively easy as I has finely selected two that would fit the boxes quite well in terms of the positioning of the two business executives and the additional light sources.

In both images there is a clear story of what they do told by the background of their work place, both images show the other additional light sources in the rooms, the two people in the images don’t interfere with the page gutter or boarders and the text also fits around the people in the picture and also shows up well against it in white.

I am very happy with how my final layout looks and I am happy with the images I have taken and edited. I feel that I captured what I wanted and what fits the brief well.

Editing My Images

To edit my images I first imported them into Capture One and created a session for all of my Boardroom images. To start off my editing process I used the Capture One settings to adjust the brightness for the portable flash kit, to make sure that my images were not too over exposed. I then adjusted the contrast to correct the colours and to make them stand out more against the flash from the portable flash kit. I then went on to slightly adjust the clarity, highlights and shadows to make facial details and background details stand out a bit more.

After I had edited them in Capture One I then opened them in Photoshop and used the quick layer masks and levels to create some more precise direction within the flash lighting.

Once I was happy with my images I saved them and then started to put them into the layout.

Project Evaluation

Positives-

  • Overcoming issues and retaking my images
  • Confident in editing
  • Images fit the layout sizes
  • Using the portable flash kit well/ learning more about it
  • Made me more confident to approach companies to take their photographs

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Negatives-

  • Not starting my projects/taking photos earlier
  • Not using a flash meter
  • An accident causing my memory stick to snap, therefore losing all original BOSS images and QP card shots
  • More of a range of images (positioning of the person, direction of the flash etc)

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Improvements I Would Make-

  • Start planning everything a lot earlier to therefore be taking images a lot earlier giving myself more time before hand in
  • Have more places in mind/ more back up options rather than just a select few
  • Back up my images onto numerous hard drives to ensure I have a lot of backups of my work
  • Be a bit more confident and not rush the shoots so much so I could take more photographs with a range of different poses, lighting directions and backgrounds

Final Layout Choice

This is my final choice of layout for the BOSS project. After selecting my best photos, editing the pictures and then going back and editing them more following Julian’s advice, I am happy with my final outcome which I will submit for hand in.

I am so glad that I retook my images for my BOSS project as if I had left it with the Hudsons Barbers images, my work and outcome would be a lot weaker. I feel that my Chauncy School images are a lot stronger in terms of the flash, the positioning and the editing of the images. Im also glad that these two images fit the page well, I didn’t have to crop too much out or scale them down too small to get them to fit.

More Editing and Refining

After a tutorial with Julian, he told me to go back and edit my images further. So when I got home, I put my images back into Capture One and then into Photoshop. In Capture One I edited the contrast and brightness a bit more and in Photoshop I used quick masks and gradients to add in some more lighting to enhance the portable flash.

I am a lot happier with my images now I have edited them more following Julian’s advice.

I am a lot happier with my images and think that they look a lot stronger now I have edited them further. The contrast is a lot stronger between the black and white tones and I feel that the layer masks really helped with enhancing the lighting.