Final 30

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Promotion & Presentation: Website

The best way to display your work as a photographer in the modern era is online. Having your own domain name is a very personal way to not only display your work but allow consumers to contact you. I decided to create a website that follows the same design theme I have adopted throughout my work. I like the style of having it a bit rough and hand drawn, as well as keeping it colourful. I feel this theme has a family friendly feel as well as being aphetically pleasing to look at, its also a design that can appeal to everybody no matter the age or task in hand.

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Promotion & Presentation: DVD

When supplying my clients with their images I will offer the option to have them stored on a disc so they can view them at their own pleasure. Whilst designing the disc and cover I wanted to apply the same theme I have with all other physical objects that are associated with me. That way I can produce a brand image that is recognised with myself. I wanted to keep it simple, colourful and fancy at the same time. I didn’t want to clutter up the space with any images or anything unnecessary, its a DVD to a specific client so should be quite personal to them.

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Set Your Own: Research

Architectural Photographer: Fernando Guerra

Fernando Guerra is a well renowned Portuguese architectural photographer. He has an extensive archive of photographs on his website displaying architecture from areas of Portugal. Fernando has won many awards during his career for his photography, winning image and photographer of the year in many categories for architectural photography.
He has a very distinct style that he has adopted over the years, taking shots of building that have very sharp edges and vivid shapes. The building he shoots contrast the background making the structure stand out. It is often square building with many corners and edges, sometimes featuring vibrant colours. His composition is also key in each photograph, whether it be straight on or at an angle, the main focus is always the building and he makes it take up the entire frame.

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Set Your Own: Process

I upload all the images from my SD card to my laptop and import them to Adobe Lightroom. I then export all of them unedited to a folder on my computer.

I go through every image individually and star my favourite ones so I can come back and edit them, this saves me a lot of time! I roughly edit the selected photos using; crop, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, vibrance and clarity.

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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.


 

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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.


 

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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.


 

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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.


 

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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.


 

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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.