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A visual exploration & academic references in the form of what one would call a creative journey..

Experimenting with Coloured Gels Part 2…

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25th-3rd March week…

Its not been a great week, I have only managed one studio shoot and to create one mood board. I found it difficult to source images for my mood board as I was really trying to consider images that would be appropriate to take me to the next level  and not just keep repeating the same kind of product photography that I have already been doing. So far this particular week I have produced the least amount of work and studio based practice. (It happens though)

Using coloured gels: shoot…

This shoot did not go so well. Some problems encountered included setting up equipment with gels, positioning go background/backboard along with distance of object to the background. Here is a handful of shots form the shoot which are shown unedited (as they were not worthy of editing).

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Problems with the image:

– The background is grainy

– The coloured gels do not work well together neither do the two colours blend in well at the point of intersection

– The object is far to close to the background, the background should be lit separately to the object that is being photographed.

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Transparent objects are not the best to work with, its better to work with shiny reflective objects, which should be lit separately to the background.

Jewellery shoot…

Following on from using shiny objects such as metal surfaces and crystal like surface which create reflections is another task I have attempted to conquer. Here are some shots from a Jewellery shoot I have done that try to tackle reflections and challenging lighting on reflective surfaces.

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Research into using colour gels…

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Client brief: Sophie Kirk

Sophie approached me asking if I could shoot some jewellery for her. She had seen the produce shots that I had taken of the Marc by Marc Jacobs watch and wanted me too shoot the handmade earrings she had recently crafted together.

Positives:

– There was no time restriction on the delivery of the shots however I wanted to get these done asap for her to put in her portfolio.

– Free to play with composition and perspective but the shots should depict the fact that the product is a earring.

– Two sets of earrings to shoot.

Challenges:

– She wanted the earrings shot on a plain surface with no reflection which meant that there was minimal room for playing around with reflection and shapes.

– The images should only be of the front of the earrings as the crucial part of the earring was the engraved pattern on the front.

– Sophie did not have any specific shots in mind nor direction on composition just the request to play around and utilise the frame.

Here are the post-production and post-edit shots:

SET 1:

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SET 2:

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TWO SETS TOGETHER:

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Kitchen knives shoot…

SHOT 1

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From my persecutive I feel as though this is the best shot from the kitchen knives series, I like the composition of the shot along with reflection of the knives in the mirror underneath and the vegetable props in the background make the image a well rounded photo. The focal point is clearly the set of knives.

SHOT 2

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SHOT 3

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Not a great shot as some of the veg is in focus on and some is out of focus, the depth of field also begins too far into the first knife losing the level of detail on the chopping board and also within the top half of the first knife, the camera could do with a more birds eye position.

SHOT 4

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I am unsure to whether the gradient works well or does not work well in this shot, I feel like the kitchen knives would come across superimposed! Remember to get another opinion on the outcome of these shots!

SHOT 5

 

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This shot is better than the previous as the exposure seems more controlled however the alignment of the knives could do with tweaking and the knife to the far left could do with propping up to match the reflections of the rest, a minor error however a error that will help contribute in developing the overall aesthetic of the set of knives.

SHOT 6

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SHOT 7

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