Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

FORMAT Submission Preview

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

If you’re from around Derby, or are especially into photography and live in England, you may have heard of the FORMAT festival.  It is a supposedly annual photography festival, based in Derby, England.  It took it break last year whilst the organizers had new premises built, but it’s back this year and it is the biggest yet.

I’ve been doing some stuff with QUAD, the festival’s organizers, for the past year or so.  As part of this I’ve been asked to contribute towards an exhibit in Derby Museum and Art Gallery during QUAD.  I’m working with a group of four, and together we have chosen the FORMAT 09 theme of ‘tension and suspense’ and have based our pieces around the sub-theme of masks.  Each photographer is creating a series of three images.  Here is an in-progress version of the final frame of my piece.

I uploaded it here because I wanted to gauge perceptions before I went further.  I showed this to the youth officer at QUAD and she was pretty disturbed by it.  I’m guessing the vibe that people get from this is going to be fairly varied according to the viewers’ attitudes and life-experiences.

This frame is actually a composite of two separate images.  Yes, Nat really is bound with duct-tape and stuck under a park bench. I took shots of Nat in multiple positions under the bench, and Phil in various positions on and around the bench.  This gave me a wide choice of positions to choose from for the final images.  Obviously this means that the shot above is actually a composite of two separate shots.  This is actually an easier process than trying to get both subjects to pose perfectly for the same picture, but did throw up some problems.

Firstly, although I shot this with the camera on a tripod with a remote shutter release, the flash – which was being held high above the camera on a coiled cord – pulled the camera in such a way that the images were slightly misaligned.  Much harder to fix was the differences in white balance, due to me forgetting to set manual white balance settings, and harder still was the variable output of the flash, which I had also forgot to set to manual.

But anyway, let me know what you think.

Photography and model-release laws in the UK

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Voyeur - it is the law. (by orangeacid)

The rights of a photographer according to the law of the United Kingdom:

  1. The photographer owns the copyright of any photo s/he has taken, with the exception of photos taken as an employee of a company for his or her employer, or under instruction from an employer or employee of a company;
  2. A picture of an individual or individuals may be taken from any public area and/or in any situation where the subject(s) may reasonably expect to be observed, or from any private premises unless permission is expressly denied beforehand, or where instruction is otherwise reasonably signposted;
  3. A photographer does not require a model release for commercial use of photographs in which the subject’s face is not clearly visible and/or recognizable.

Photographers have more rights than you might expect. Visit this site for more information.

In addition to the main laws that I have outlined above, interfering with your equipment is criminal damage.

My Ibanez (8 of 365)

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Today we play with depth of field and the focusing settings.

A loose definition of the depth of a photo is the amount of the photo that is in focus. If everything is in focus, the photo is said to have a ‘deep’ depth of field. If a particular subject is in focus and the rest is not, the photo has a ‘shallow’ depth of field.

Ever since I have started to get into photography proper I have adored depth of field – I love the way that it can be used to guide the viewer’s eye, or focus his or her attention. On my old point-and-shoot camera, I discovered that I could get a very shallow depth of field by using the macro setting. On my new EOS 400D SLR, however, it works a little differently.


My Project 365

Monday, December 25th, 2006
Project 365

To be able to visually re-live every day of a year; to better your photography day by day; to document your growth both physically, cosmetically and mentally – this is Project 365.

An article on photography newsletter/blog website Photojojo has inspired me to be a part of this project. And I suggest that all other budding photographers, bloggers, and even anyone who owns a digital camera should join me.

Seven good reasons to start your own Project 365:

  1. You will have a visual diary to remind you of any day for a particular year;
  2. By looking back on what you have chosen to photograph, you will learn to monitor yourself, prioritize, and figure out what is important to you as a person;
  3. You will become a better photographer as you learn your camera and start to care about composition, lighting, technique and so on;
  4. You will get into the habit of taking your camera everywhere with you (you never know what will crop up for you to photograph!);
  5. You will develop an eye for details and your creativity will soar as you are forced to find inspiration in everyday objects;
  6. You will learn to appreciate the details of the world around you (think of it as reaching a state of enlightenment!);
  7. You will have a visual story to look back on in years to come (especially if you choose to annotate your pictures);

There are more, of course; you just have to think them up. Try taking a look at Taylor McKnight’s Project 365 from 2006 for inspiration.

My Project 365 will be hosted on in the Projects section. I will put a daily update on the homepage too, if I can figure out how.

Homemade photo-frames from jewel cases

Friday, December 1st, 2006

In their first ever video-tutorial, Photojojo detail how to create very stylish and modern-looking photo-frames from CD jewel-cases.  For this project you’ll need jewel cases, some cardboard, a craft knife (or sharp scissors), double-sided sticky tape (or glue), and Velcro (or blu-tack).

Despite my general laziness I am actually quite into these little creative projects… for instance, my room has been turned into my own personal gallery.

Photojojo is a great site to scour for creative photography tips and tricks, although it does tend to lean towards novel ways to display photographs, photography products, that sort of thing.

Photojojo article, Via Lifehacker

Your bedroom walls: your own personal gallery

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
My Room - North Wall Crop

My Bedroom - North WallYou have loads of great photos that you want to show off to your friends and visitors to your house, right? And there’s a big, naked area of wall in your room screaming for dignity? Kill two birds with one stone and turn your room into a makeshift gallery.

I have written a quick recipe, based on what I did – feel free to change elements if you’re going to implement this yourself.