Final 30

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Promotion & Presentation: Merchandise

Once I had created my logo I thought it looked pretty good as a standalone graphic. I thought I could apply my brand image to pieces of merchandise that can be sold or handed out at conventions as a way of marketing, getting my name out there. Although this theory could be adopted to many pieces of equipment; pens, key rings, USB sticks, stickers and so on. I created a few mockups of pieces of merchandise with my logo on it that I thought would look good.
Having quite quirky and different pieces of merchandise will grab the markets attention as they may not have them, they might be limit stock items or they haven’t seen other people hand them out so its a bit different.

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Set Your Own: Gallery

Subject: Mayan ruins
Brief: Photograph the landmarks and points of interest of the Mayan temples from my trip to Chichen Itza, Mexico.
Equipment: Sony a5000, Sony E-Mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens.
Post Production: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop
Inspiration: Fernando GuerraJohn Huba


At the beginning of 2016 my luck hit and all time high as I was fortunate enough to win a holiday to Cancun, Mexico, from a competition I entered in 2015. Me and my girlfriend decided to go during the Easter holidays, to which I thought was the perfect opportunity to capture some great images for my assignment! We did many exciting activities but one of the perks of the trip was getting to explore the 5000 year old Mayan temples at Chichen Itza. I took many photographs on the day trip, here are my top 5.


 

Final1

ISO 100 | f/5.6 | 1/1000 sec | 24mm

This is the main temple at Chichen Itza. Its design has one side facing the sun with segments between each step that shades the other side, giving this amazing light and dark effect. I really like this image as it shows a great example of that effect taking place, showing one half exposed and the other shaded. Having the composition of the temple straight down the middle, almost splits the image into two segments.


 

Cancun1

ISO 100 | f/5.6 | 1/250 sec | 26mm

Whilst you walk around the site there are many market stalls that sell handcrafted wooden masks, these masks are suppose to resemble those that the Mayans would wear and decorate their constructions with. This mask was perfectly lit by a small gap of light shining through the forest trees, leaving the two on each side darkened by the shade. The details and colours are illuminated, making this image pop.


 

Final2

ISO 100 | f/7.1 | 1/800 sec | 24mm

Another photograph of the ‘light side’ of the Mayan temple. From this perspective you get an idea of how big the structure is with other tourists stood underneath it. This photo is made by the composition and symmetry, the stair case straight down the centre, then the zig-zag pattern either side of it work in harmony.


 

Cancun2

ISO 100 | f/11 | 1/125 sec | 35 mm

The market stalls also sell materialistic pieces such as clothing and bowls. This stall particularly caught my eye due to the amount of vibrant colours. This photo works for the reason, its vibrancy, as well as the pattern and structure of the layout.


 

Final4

ISO 100 | f/11 | 1/125 sec | 35mm

This stall sold small handcrafted wooden masks, similar to the previous photo the structure of the layout along with the vibrant colours makes this photo interesting to look at. Applying to both this image and the last one – I decided to use the photographs with higher aperture as I believed it looked better when the whole image was in focus, allowing you too see every detail. I have similar copies shot in f/3.5 that focus on the centre, leaving the fore/background out of focus, but didn’t have the same impact.

Portrait: Process

1. I import all the images from my SD card to Adobe Lightroom. Then export them all from Lightroom to a folder I call “Mastercopy”, converting them to JPEG’s. Import LR


2. I go through all the images and star the best ones, removing the unchosen images from the contact sheet. This reduces time spent editing photos that I’m not going to use. In this case I narrowed it down to about 12 pictures.


3. Still using Lightroom I crop all of my chosen images down, giving me the size and composition I think works best.  Crop LR

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Portrait: Gallery

Name of Subject: Emma Matthews
Type of Portrait: Editorial/Close
Equipment: Sony a5000, Sony E-Mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens, Hama Star 61 Tripod
Post Production: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop
Variables: Focus on the eye, composition, lighting
Inspiration: Robert Mapplethorpe, Brian Ingram


 

portrait2

ISO 1600 | f/4.0 | 1/80 sec | 21mm

This is my favourite of the 3 images. The composition works really well, with the 2 hands symmetrically framed and the box around the eyes situated in the middle of the photograph. The subjects eyes are also the central focus of the image and are very prominent, looking straight down the lens. Accompanied by the colour surrounding her eyes, makes it a key feature, making the image pop.


 

portrait3

ISO 1600 | f/4.0 | 1/80 sec | 27mm

Using the rule of thirds I composed this picture so the subject is situated on the left line. Similar to the first photo, the eyes are the key point of the image. However there is a different vibe as the subject has a different expression, the photo has a warmer more happy feeling to it. Although its not a pivotal focal point to the image you can see the subjects smile.


 

portrait1

ISO 2000 | f/4.5 | 1/80 sec | 27mm

This is the self portrait I was assigned to do. Following the same style, I set my camera up with the correct settings and set it on a timer in order to capture it. My Sony a5000 is fitted with an adjustable screen which can be flipped up to face me so I could get the composition correct. Similar to the first image, I like the composition, with the eyes situated in the centre of the photograph. Making the key focus.