As one part of the advertising photography unit we were set a project to create a ‘below the line campaign’ for the National Trust. Our final outcomes would consist of 4x posters and 1x brochure to advertise what the National Trust do/are about.
Lets start with the negatives, get those out the way first. First of all, I came across a bump in the road when I had to change my location. I was originally going to shoot my project in the Lake District but due to car troubles and being tight for money, I had to change it to the Peak District. Which at first I was gutted about as I loved the look of the cafes I had chosen but this problem was soon resolved. Secondly, I had issues with a form of portable flash that I took away with me for the photoshoots, to the point where it simply would not work. I tried everything I could think of to try and fix it, I even tested it beforehand. When it came to going away to shoot for this project, the flash was having none of it. Next, there was a slight issue with one of the cafes. Forget Me Not Coffee Shop in the town of Matlock. After contacting them in advance and checking online to see the best time to go, on the day I planned to go there, they had to close early due to staff issues, as I had got there. Meaning I only had the chance to quickly walk around and photograph the interior design and some of the displays. It was unfortunate I couldn’t capture any images of the food, drink or people to really show off this cafe.
Now onto a more positive note! The positives of my project were that I got eat and drink some lovely tea, coffee and breakfasts while shooting. I also got to visit a place I had never been before, and also visit the surrounding towns for the first time. I got to meet a lot of friendly people, some who want me to send images over for their own personal website and social media use. I managed to capture the images I had planned by sketching it out beforehand. And lastly, I feel I have improved at still life on location photography. I used my camera on Manual the whole time, so I learnt some new things with the settings and lighting and how it affected what my picture looked like.
I would love to do this project all over again, but this time use a flash. Whether it be portable flash kit, flash gun or just my camera flash. I would love to see the difference between using a flash and no flash.