Friday, 4 January 2013
Assignment 4 - completed.
Assignment 4 is complete and has been posted to my tutor. There's no point in me telling you how late it is or why. If you've read any of my previous posts you'll know I have only managed to send in an assignment on time once. The reasons for them being late or should I say excuses have been varied.
Section 4 of TAOP course is very long and it takes a while to go through the various exercises. Not only are there quite a few exercises but some require particular lighting styles e.g. lighting from dawn till dusk which slows things down a bit.
In general this section of the course has been the most enlightening for me (no pun intended) - especially learning new techniques for lighting tricky objects like glass. The recommended text "Light, Science and Magic - An introduction to photographic lighting" has been invaluable and I'm sure I will return to it many times for reference.
I feel like I went back to school to study science in this module, especially when reading through the required text, but it has been useful to refresh my knowledge of the physics of light. Lighting can make or break an image. It elevates something ordinary to something extraordinary. Sometimes a photographer gets lucky and great lighting presents itself when out taking pictures but even then you need to know how to make best use of it to create the best possible image. Artificial lighting also needs to be manipulated to create the best effect.
In terms of the images for the assignment I had my usual quandary about which "object" I should use. I initially thought of staying away from some sort of still life set up as this was the easier option and had made a few experimental images using my daughter and studio lighting instead. A few of these images can be seen in the previous post. Looking at other students work showed that many had also created some sort of still life which was another reason I wanted to do something a little different.
In the end I happened to come across a comment made by an OCA tutor (not my own) on the OCA student site which referred to this assignment and stated that it should be possible to complete it within a morning. Really? I'm obviously putting way too much thought into it. So I went back to my original idea. As the assignments make up 70% of the mark given overall I would have thought a little more work than that was required. However elaborate or more inventive set ups take more time.
Aside from the exercises and assignment in this section I have been studying or reading about other photographers work constantly, either in books/magazines, at exhibitions or on line. Unfortunately not a lot of this other work makes it into my learning log/blog which is something I must remedy before I apply for formal assessment. I do feel however that I am beginning to look at images with a more considered eye and trying to "deconstruct" the images not only in terms of lighting or composition but also in terms of any meaning or emotional intent.
The images I have produced for this assignment are competent but not very creative or in any way developing an individual style. Not that I am aware of anyway. It will be interesting to see if my tutor thinks I am making any progress.