Having finally submitted assignment 2 of the course, I’ve received feedback from my tutor in a written report. I’ve gone through it and pulled out the main points that I need to consider with regards to the assignment and the exercises.
- The Janus style image and duality within identity is something that I should try and build upon with my future photography. I’ve done something along this line for the sequence exercise but that may not be what I end up using for the exercise.
- With regards to painting with light, the use of mixed light sources, including “popping off” a flash should be considered. I have seen flash used that way successfully outdoors, for me to use it indoors I need to get more familiar with the capabilities of my flashes.
- Presenting the images for the assignment as a cube was a good idea but the actual cube could have been better constructed. If I use a cube as a means of presenting photos in future I’d opt for buying something suitable online rather than making it myself. Time constraints, and not knowing that you could actually buy them, were the reason for not doing that this time.
- I need to be a bit more careful with focusing. Another reason I might not use the photos I’ve take for the sequence exercise, their not as sharply focussed as I would have liked.
- The pixel painting exercise was a bit heavy handed when it came to it. While I’m still getting used to using Lightroom and Photoshop I need to keep my re-touching very light, plus I need to look more tutorials online.
- Navigating around my learning log wasn’t as easy as it could have been. I think I need to think carefully about how I group material together for the exercises and assignments. Where I’m not including all the material in one post I need to have suitable links that take you to anything I’m referencing and then return you to where you started off. That way people don’t have to try and navigate around the site to find things and then get back to where they started. That said some things like research points, photographer bios and reviews are going to be directly accessible via menus and tags.
- With everything I do I need to continue experimenting creatively and shoot a range of options for each exercise and assignment. I totally agree with this, sometimes I focus in on an exercise and don’t think about alternative ways to achieve the same end. Hence looking at alternatives for the sequence exercise in addition to what I’ve already produced.
- Spend more time working on technique. I definitely need to expand my skills when it comes to technique. I don’t work enough with flash or tripods. I find things like landscapes and buildings or situations where I don’t have to interact as much with people easier than those where I have to work directly with someone. It’s something I need to overcome and force myself to step outside my comfort zone if I’m to develop as a photographer.
- And finally, continue adding to my learning log with a range of work, exhibitions and books. I have several books I need to write up reviews of and include in my learning log. I also have to find more exhibitions to go to, especially as it’s not much more than an hour drive to Bristol with it’s museums, the Martin Parr Foundation and several places that provide an opportunity to see artistic work.
Lots of things to think about going forward. I’ve got some ideas for the exercises in part 3 of the course. Some of those could be interesting. I’m certainly looking forward to the first exercise as I plan on doing that when I’m in Paphos, Cyprus in the middle of March, before I throw myself completely into the triathlon training camp I’m there to take part in.
Assignment 3 is due for submission on the 18th May. I’ll be aiming for that as it fits in with everything else I’m doing between now and October, which probably means that there will be the odd running, triathlon and burlesque related photo creeping into my photographic work in the coming months.