Current Photographic Learning – Health – Expressing My Vision – Lighting and Portraits

I’m struggling at the moment. My confidence in my photography is low. Partly this is relating to my health. I’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s not a major condition bit it’s knocked the wind out of me. I have no energy and feel ill after eating, and because of my mental health I rarely get out until after lunch.

So I haven’t been out with my camera much. This doesn’t help with confidence. To improve my photography I need to be taking photos, exploring light, and seeking opportunities to create the photography that I want to.

My first assignment has been an eye opener for me. I followed the brief and from reviewing the work of Chloe Dewe Matthews, Walker Evans and Dan Holdsworth, I wanted to create a series that fit together and had a narrative. My aim was also to create a narrative in some individual photos that also included some symbolism. There were four that my tutor liked, which I also did, and one more that I felt worked. Five photos that achieved my aim. There was one other that I didn’t include because the traffic, which was endless, ruined the photo. I am not good at travelling without support so I can’t go back and re take it at the moment.

I know the photography that I want to make and it involves people, and a sociological narrative. History has come up for me as something to explore that had also come from the Square Mile assignment.

In writing this I feel better about the first assignment. I did achieve my goals in several photos, and even the ones that I didn’t get good feedback about in relation to my vision as a photographer, there technicality and how they would work well in the tourist industry and promotional photography was noted upon and promising.

That’s not the kind of photography that I want to make though.

My plan now is to bring sociology and history into my coursework wherever I can. If I make the kind of photos that I want then tI can make the most out of the rest of my coursework.

I have been asking people if I can take their portraits, which I will upload at a later date. I’m a stickler for doing things in order.

I have completed my photo essay on autism, but can’t contact who I publish with at the moment, I will give it a few more days and then either self publish or look elsewhere, although I would prefer to stick with the magazine I use. I will add my analyses and learning once the article is published.

Image the Portrait.

I’ve been reading others blogs and I look forward to Creating the Exotic. I’m going to compare it with photos of Matahari.

Painting with light.

I have some ideas that I want to explore, including using two people sitting side by side, and using light to highlight half of each person’s face, the half’s that are next to each other.  I can then create a face from two different half’s that are the wrong side.

Colour, skin, texture and drama.

Wow. What a difference colour can make. The drama of different lighting is apparent to me from my photography of the Chinese State Circus. But I’ve also been looking out for lighting effects on TV and film. Green is not a good colour as it makes skin look Ill. Red can have many effects depending how close, soft, or hard the lighting is. Blue brings out texture of skin and building very well when it is close to the subject.

Lighting, make up and tanning.

Why are we seeing so many orange people on TV nowadays? Sunbeds and tanning booths make for poor skin on TV. Make up artists and lighting technician’s need to be more aware of how lighting and make up interact. With the wrong lighting and make up people look burned or bruised.

The question this has raised for me is how does lighting affect people of different race and skin tone?

I’m feeling much better at the end of this post. I may not be photographing at the moment, but I’m still exploring photography.

15 Replies to “Current Photographic Learning – Health – Expressing My Vision – Lighting and Portraits”

  1. Richard, you are getting through an impressive amount of work. When I need a boost, some inspiration on how to go about something, or simply someone else’s take on a particular photographer, then yours is my go to blog. Thank you, and I wish you well. David.

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  2. Richard

    Good on you for hanging on in there during this difficult time. We’re all on a learning curve and the fact you can consider and reflect on feedback is great skill that will pay dividends as you progress and develop.

    In the mean time, take it easy and go at your own pace.

    Dave C

    PS Looks like that TV advert preminision of some years ago is coming true: everything is now orange…

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