Category: Exercises

Exercises for the course

Dec 27

Exercise; Rain

I had to imagine a magazine cover on none subject – rain. I had to produce a single, strong, attractive photo on the subject. There has been plenty of opportunity to photograph rain these last few months! I considered all sorts of ways of photographing rain (one of my favourite photos of rain was the …

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Nov 30

Exercise; Juxtaposition

For this exercise I needed to take a photograph that could be used as a book cover and which illustrates juxtaposition. I started by thinking of as many book titles as I could and how I could use juxtaposition to illustrate it. I settled on A Christmas Carol and as the Christmas decorations were just …

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Nov 28

Exercise; Symbols

The idea of this exercise is to find symbols for a number of concepts.   Growth Possible symbols: Plant growing, Measuring chart or ruler One of the photos I took for the elements of design course would perhaps be suitable as a symbol for growth The height chart used for measuring children could be used …

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Nov 27

Exercise; Evidence of action

This exercise required the production of one photograph in which it can be seen that something has happened. I gave a lot of thought to this and considered the suggestions in the handbook of photographing something that has been either broken or emptied. I didn’t stick strictly to these suggestions but thought back to one …

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Nov 04

Exercise; A narrative picture essay

This first exercise in Part 5 Narrative and Illustration required me to set myself an assignment and then photograph it. I chose to go to a Book Launch at our local bookstore where a local author that I know was holding a launch for his latest book of childrens poetry. I made two versions of …

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Oct 13

Exercise; Shiny surfaces

This exercise considers how objects with shiny surfaces can be photographed. Firstly I chose to photograph a glass paperweight – I had tried photographing paperweights before in my first assignment (Contrasts) so I knew how difficult it could be.   This first photo shows the paperweight lit by available window-light from the left. The reflection …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Concentrating light

For this exercise I wanted light to fall on just part of the scene, in this case on the Clementine giving the effect of a spotlight. For this I took an old studio flash fitted with a snoot, but then used black card to form a cone at the end of the snoot (only about …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Contrast and shadow fill

This exercise is concerned with contrast within a photo and filling in shadows using a reflector. I set up the following shot and photographed it using flash which was about to to three feet from the subject at the same level and lighting the shot from the side. The first shot was taken without a …

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Oct 02

Exercise; The lighting angle

This exercise involved taking about 11 photographs of the same subject but from different lighting angles. A single light was fitted with a diffuser and moved into different positions around the object. The album below shows the object lit from the following angles Light at same level as subject and lit from the front Light …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Softening the light

In this exercise direct and diffused lighting was used to photograph the wooden carving. In the first photo I shone a light directly at the carving. The shadows are dark and quite crisp, the shape of the shadow is recognisable as that of the carving. For the second photo, of the same carving, I held …

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