Digital Media Assignments

As you might have seen on one of my previous blog posts:

(http://hollyconstantinephotography.wordpress.
com/2014/01/06/digital-media-introduction/
),

this module is entitled Digital Media and results in the creation of a website that incorporates a WordPress blog, original portfolio, and 3rd parties such as Twitter.

As one of our learning objectives for this module is to “integrate and apply formal research methods and idea development”, I have decided that I am going to complete some background research that will also, hopefully, allow me to create an aesthetically pleasing, accessible, usable, and findable website that I will be proud of.

  • Accessibility – easy to approach, reach, enter, speak with, or use; needs to be able to be used by a variety of disabilities
  • Findabilty – ease with which information contained on a website can be found; Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Usability – available or convenient for use; capability of being used; Should only be three clicks away from getting to relevant content; shouldn’t have to hit the backspace

Below you will find any research, inspiration, and planning that is associated to the two main aspects of this module: the website creation and the creative task.

WEBSITE:

Before starting to plan my website, I looked into different photographers websites in order to gain inspiration and ideas. As you will see below, I have included a number of websites that I used as a starting point before deciding on an overall design of the website before beginning to plan each page in more detail:

Inspiration/Research:

From the different websites that I viewed above, I soon found that I very much liked the minimalistic appearance used by a majority of the research. This simplistic style would hopefully increase the accessibility and usability of the website whilst also highlighting the photographs as the main feature, allowing the viewers to understand that the website is designed for a photographic purpose.

As well as inspiring the main style of my website, some of these researched photographer sites introduced me to individual elements that I contemplated using within separate pages of my final website (see below).

After much research and deliberation, I planned out my desired website (which can be found below) but soon realized that the likelihood of me completing all of these aspects are minimal. However, I will attempt to make as much of it as possible.

What do I want to include in my website?

  • A white background on all pages – enhances the photographs as being the main aspect of the page and focuses users attention to these
  • Black easy to read text (probably Courier New font) – easy to read, making the website useable and easy to navigate; also adds artistic flare through choice of font

Title page

  • “Holly Constantine Photography” found in centre of white page, that fades in and out once whilst homepage loads

Title Page

Homepage

  • Hyperlinks to each page found at the top left of the page
    • Title of the current page displayed is shown darker than the rest (the rest are slightly faded) in order to let the user understand which page they are on
    • “Portfolios” hyperlink is the only one to have a drop down menu showing all the title of my photographic collections; this appears when the mouse hovers over the “Portfolios” title – increases usability
  • “Holly Constantine Photography” found on the top right, aligned with the page hyperlinks – logo to remind viewers whose work they are admiring
  • Down the left hand side of the page is:
    • A search bar – increases professionalism and accessibility/usability of the site
    • A Twitter app (showing updated tweets from my professional photography Twitter account) – enhances ease of users getting in contact with me whilst also increasing professionalism by showing that I work through a number of different platforms
    • A Recent Posts app (showing recent posts from my blog that is linked to my website) – highlighting academic side of my photography career
  • Large favourite images representing each of my portfolios/collections
    • When the mouse hovers over the photo, a transparent black layer appears over the photo with the portfolios title shown in white in the centre
  • Scrolls to the right

Homepage

About page

  • Hyperlinks to pages and “Holly Constantine Photography” to be found in the same place with the same features
  • Title of page (“About”) to be in large letters towards the left of the page – increase accessibility/usability
  • Small biography – increase professionalism
    • With title and small paragraph
  • Include Twitter and Recent Posts app at the bottom of the page, next to each other

About page

Portfolio Pages

  • Hyperlinks to pages and “Holly Constantine Photography” to be found in the same place with the same features
  • Title of page same as previous – will be tittle of collection
  • Photos to be shown, large, in a horizontal line with a gap in between each
  • Scroll to the right

Portfolio Pages

Blog pages

  • Hyperlinks to pages and “Holly Constantine Photography” to be found in the same place with the same features
  • Title of page same as previous
  • Each blog post will be found one under the other and updated simultaneously to my blog
  • Scroll down

Blog page

Contact page

  • Hyperlinks to pages and “Holly Constantine Photography” to be found in the same place with the same features
  • Title of page same as previous
  • Short sentence about enquires
  • Contact details including email address – will I make an email address to match my website?

Contact page

Change of plans:

As you may have seen, on Monday 3rd February 2014, I had an individual tutorial with Alex Edwards (third year photography student) where we discussed some of my ideas and how to tackle them. During this session, he pointed out aspects of my plan that he would suggest I change. Below you can find these aspects and why he suggested I changed them:

For my index/splash page, I wanted my name to fade in and out, much like that of Richard Avedon’s website (http://www.richardavedon.com)

  • He suggested that I didn’t do this as it is an advanced aesthetic
  • He also pointed out that one of the things our website had to be was accessible, and adding this fading aspect would make it awkward for the audience
  • However, I then mentioned perhaps having a splash page which he said that he would go straight to the website but a splash page is optional and dependent on taste of the creator
  • I will therefore experiment with creating a splash page but might not actually use it!

I also asked about how to add a gallery on Dreamweaver and mentioned that I wanted to have a gallery in which the viewer would have to scroll horizontally through the images.

  • He said that if I wanted to do a horizontal gallery, I would have to use a plugin
  • However, he also mentioned that he thinks vertical is the way forward and so suggested I write the coding myself using lists and the code given below:

<ul>
<li><img src = “here-is-img.jpg” /> </li>

<li><img src= “” /></li>

</ul>

  • However, I still very much like the idea of a horizontal gallery and so I plan on completing some extra research into this before making my final decision on the galleries layout

FINAL WEBSITE URL:

http://hollyconstantine-photography.com

CREATIVE TASK:

The Brief:

  • Set up and shoot 3 sets of images. There must be at least 10 or more images in each set
    • Set 1: Work
    • Set 2: Rest
    • Set 3: Play
  • The images must be your own work and capture the essence of the module in terms of ‘digital media’
  • You may replace one set of images with a video exploring the replaced title theme. The video should be no less than 30 seconds and no more then 2 minutes in length
  • Image sets must be displayed either via WordPress plug-ins or on static pages hosted on your server-space

Definitions:

  • Digital media
    • Is a form of electronic media where data are stored in digital (as opposed to analog) form. It can refer to the technical aspect of storage and transmission (e.g. hard disk drives or computer networking) of information or to the “end product”, such as digital video, augmented reality, digital signage, digital audio, or digital art
  • Work
    • Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result
    • Work as a means of earning income; employment
    • A task or tasks to be undertaken
    • A thing or things done or made; the result of an action
    • The artistic production of a particular author, composer, or artist, regarded collectively
  • Rest
    • Cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength
    • Allow to be inactive in order to regain strength or health
    • Be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position
    • Be based on; depend on
    • A motionless state
    • An interval of silence of a specified duration
  • Play
    • Engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose
    • Amuse oneself by engaging in imaginative pretense
    • Engage in without proper seriousness or understanding
    • Treat inconsiderately for one’s own amusement
    • Fiddle or tamper with
    • Used to convey one’s irritation at someone’s actions or one’s failure to understand their motives
    • Represent (a character) in a theatrical performance or a film
    • Perform on
    • Move lightly and quickly, so as to appear and disappear; flicker

Photographers/Artists:

Phillip Toledano – Gamers

  • http://www.mrtoledano.com/gamers/01-Gamers
  • Had subjects play video games in order to try and record hidden emotions and feelings
  • Phillip Toledano statement
    • I’ve never been very interested in straightforward portrait photography. I often feel that it reveals nothing other than the photographer’s intentions, and a topographic record of the effects of time.But what of hidden emotions and feelings? Characteristics that are usually secreted from the world? How do we record those?I wondered if there was a way to unconsciously tease out aspects of people’s personality, and capture it on film. So I had them play video games”
  • Looking through his images, it appears as thought the camera was placed slightly above the television screen in order to portray this sense of the subjects diving into the game
  • He used a black background in order to remove any distracting elements that may have been found in the subjects natural gaming environment whilst also allowing this collection to seem like a more collaborative piece
  • It also seems like he has attempted to create what looks like the available light from the screen but has in fact used two lights either side of the subject with the one on the right being slightly more powerful (you can see this by looking in the iris’ of the subjects)
  • Inspiration – Possibly photograph the emotions portrayed when using digital devices for work, rest, and play

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Robbie Cooper – Immersion and Alter Ego

  • http://www.robbiecooper.org/small.html
  • Immersion – An ongoing project where he plans on photographing subjects playing on video games, watching television, and using the internet in order to show the subjects character
  • In 2009, he also went to the Media Centre in Bournemouth University in order to use the images of people watching war games, documentaries, films, and news as research to find out the psychological profiles of the individuals
  • Used then Interrotron technique which was created by Errol Morris, an American Film Director
  • An Interrotron is “a device similar to a teleprompter: Errol and his subject each sit facing a camera. The image of each person’s face is then projected onto a two-way mirror positioned in front of the lens of the other’s camera. Instead of looking at a blank lens, then, both Morris and his subject are looking directly at a human face. Morris believes that the machine helps to explore the relationship between “monologue and language, and how people present themselves to camera, and express themselves to camera.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Errol_Morris

interrotron

  • Looking at his photos, you can tell that the main source of light which is lighting the subject is that from the Interrotron
  • However, as you can see, the background isn’t completely black and so I think that a light has been placed behind the subject in order to create this spotlight effect on the background
  • Robbie Cooper has also used a black background in order to remove any distracting elements that may have been found in the subjects natural gaming environment whilst also allowing this collection to seem like a more collaborative piece
  • The photos that have been created for this project also seem slightly animated so I think that a filter has been used in Photoshop and the contrast has been increased
  • Inspiration – Possibly photograph the emotions portrayed when using digital devices for work, rest, and play

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  • Alter Ego – recorded their subjects in their real person and avatar form in order to compare the identities
  • As you can see through the images created by Robbie Cooper for this project, he created a number of diptych’s as a way of easily comparing the two worlds
  • He also tried to photograph the subjects in a similar position and place to where he had screenshot their avatars as another way of making it easier for the viewer to compare
  • In the subject photographs, it appears that he has manipulated the light in such a way as to try and make it more animated – I think he may have used a flash gun whilst also editing it and increasing the contrast in post production
  • Inspiration – Possibly photograph just the peoples avatars/profile pictures of the software they use on their digital media devices during work, rest, and play

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David Hockney – iPhone Drawing

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Kevin Russ – Motherboard blog

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Jon Rafman – 9-eyes

  • http://9-eyes.com
  • Jon Rafman uses Google Maps to create images by screenshoting interesting things he finds on Google Maps
  • So, in a way, Google Maps is his canvas, he doesn’t take his own images but instead highlights high quality images using found aspects on this particular piece of software
  • He is, however, the author of the images – he takes time composing the images that he finds to create the most high quality photograph he can from this software
  • His work can almost be seen like a research tool finding out what happens around the world
  • He doesn’t post the location of the images however, but he does clearly state that he found them through Google Maps by deciding to include the Google Map symbols in his images – almost like a Google Maps watermark
  • Inspiration – use found imagery in order to highlight the work, rest, and play aspects of other peoples lives (but only use images that I am allowed to use/have permission to use, and include the name of the original photographer)

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Gabriela Herman – Bloggers

  • http://gabrielaherman.com/bloggers
  • In Gabriela’s Bloggers collection, she has photographed different bloggers all looking at their screens
  • Within each of her images, it almost looks as though they are completely shut off from the world, concentrating solely on their computer screen and virtual life
  • Within all of her images, she has only used the available light from the laptop screens as a way of lighting her subjects faces
  • This screen light therefore almost looks like it could be a hypnotic vortex, heightening the fact that they appear shut off from their reality
  • She has also photographed all of these portraits in her subjects natural, blogging environment but has still kept a consistent feel through her images by her specialty lighting
  • The way she photographs her subjects also feels detached due to the distance between her and her subject – this does however add to the “shut-off” atmosphere elicited by the subject whilst also allowing the viewer to appreciate the environment the subjects are actually in whilst tapping in to their virtual reality
  • Inspiration – take images of my subjects using the digital devices during work rest and play, but only use the lighting from these screens as their major facial lighting

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Ideas:

  • The images must be your own work and capture the essence of the module in terms of ‘digital media’
  • Idea 1:
    • Photograph Work, Rest and Play moments using the digital devices that would be used during these times
    • For example, whilst working, I use my laptop, so I would therefore use the laptop to take the image
    • The images would therefore be of the subject and their surroundings during these moments – almost like a self-portrait (I will however, direct each subject)
    • I would look at 10 different subjects and get them to do this for each session of Work, Rest and Play
    • Inspiration – David Hockney iPhone Drawing, Kevin Russ iPhone Photography, and Gabriela Herman Bloggers
  • Idea 2:
    • Similar to Idea 1, but instead of using the actual digital devices to take the images, I will use the traditional camera technique
    • I will focus on one digital device per Work, Rest, Play activity
    • Will photograph 10 different people and how they use these devices during each moment
    • They will be portraits as I will be taking the images
    • Inspiration – Gabriela Herman Bloggers
  • Idea 3:
    • This idea would be based on found imagery
    • I would talk to my subjects and see if they had different photo ID’s or avatar’s for what they do during Work, Rest and Play activities
    • For example, Facebook profile photos and work identifications
    • I would then photograph each of my subjects and compare the, now 4, forms of identification
    • I don’t, however, feel like this is my strongest idea
    • Inspiration – Jon Rafman 9-eyes, Robbie Cooper Alter Ego
  • Idea 4:
    • This idea would also be based around found imagery
    • I would use the well known Instagram app to search for
      • #work
      • #rest
      • #play
    • This would then show me all of the images from around the world that included these hashtags to describe the images
    • I would therefore by showing a diverse range of images all based around the same theme
    • I would also technically be editing images as I would take the time to curate which images I wanted in my portfolios
    • I would have to see whether I would need to include the Instagram user names as a part of the image to clearly state that these aren’t in fact my own creations
    • Inspiration – Jon Rafman 9-eyes

Point to ask: Is found imagery allowed or do we have to create the images ourselves?

Thinking Over my Ideas:

  • Idea 1:
    • Photograph Work, Rest and Play moments using the digital devices that would be used during these times
    • For example, whilst working, I use my laptop, so I would therefore use the laptop to take the image
    • The images would therefore be of the subject and their surroundings during these moments – almost like a self-portrait (I will however, direct each subject)
    • I would look at 10 different subjects and get them to do this for each session of Work, Rest and Play
    • Inspiration – David Hockney iPhone Drawing, Kevin Russ iPhone Photography, and Gabriela Herman Bloggers
    • Work – use webcams on laptop to take the images
    • Rest – use mobile phone camera to take these images
    • Play – make a video of some of my subjects playing a number of different video games
      • Use same subjects but get them to play different games
      • Should I film all subjects or just a couple? – makes a more collaborative piece
  • Need to find subjects:
    • Holly
    • Oli
    • Lucy
    • Grace?
    • Emtay?
    • Kelly?
    • Ben?
    • Jack?
    • Scott?
    • ?
  • Idea 4:
    • This idea would also be based around found imagery
    • I would use the well known Instagram app to search for
      • #work
      • #rest
      • #play
  • This would then show me all of the images from around the world that included these hashtags to describe the images
  • I would therefore by showing a diverse range of images all based around the same theme
  • I would also technically be editing images as I would take the time to curate which images I wanted in my portfolios
  • I would have to see whether I would need to include the Instagram user names as a part of the image to clearly state that these aren’t in fact my own creations
  • Inspiration – Jon Rafman 9-eyes
  • Would need to ask Instagram users whether I could use their photographs
  • Do I include their names above the photograph to show that it is not my own work?
  • How would I contact them? Email?
  • In the brief it says “images must be our own work” – even though I got told that I could use found imagery, I don’t want to compromise my grade

FINAL IDEA:

After attending a seminar on Monday 3rd February 2013, I have finally decided on the idea that I wish to take forward for the creative tasks for this module: Idea 1.

  • Idea 1:
    • Photograph Work, Rest and Play moments using the digital devices that would be used during these times
    • For example, whilst working, I use my laptop, so I would therefore use the laptop to take the image
    • The images would therefore be of the subject and their surroundings during these moments – almost like a self-portrait (I will however, direct each subject)
    • I would look at 10 different subjects and get them to do this for each session of Work, Rest and Play
    • Inspiration – David Hockney iPhone Drawing, Kevin Russ iPhone Photography, and Gabriela Herman Bloggers

However, after pitching my original idea to Mez Packer during this seminar, she was conscious that the technology would be the subtext of the photograph and not the subject. She therefore asked: “How can you make sure that technology is the subject?

After brainstorming throughout this seminar, I then decided to put forward an adapted version of my original idea which was to create a triptych of images including a portrait of the subject using the digital device, a screenshot of what the subject was looking at on the digital device, and a photo of what this activity would have been without digital devices.

Although Mez agreed that she liked this idea, she then suggested that I create two images (a diptych) showing analogue techniques vs. digital techniques, as this will give me the chance to be more playful with my images whilst also showing the same narrative in a simpler fashion. (Each diptych will also be worth two images so I will only need 5 subjects for each category).

I have also decided (after looking over my photographer research) that my main inspiration for this project will be from Gabriela Herman’s Bloggers. In regards to creating my digital technique images, I plan on taking inspiration from the natural subject environment that she used, the detached way of photographing her subjects, and the use of available light from the digital devices. However, as for the analogue technique images, I am still going to use the natural environment and more detached way of photographing, but I am going to use simple ambient light from the environment to light the subject.

(The dark lighting for the digital technology images could be used to represent the depressing, and dark age of the engulfing digital media, whereas the simple ambient light of the analogue technology images can be used to represent a simpler time).

My next step is to therefore further plan each of these three photo shoots by deciding which analogue and digital techniques I will compare, how I will compose the images, and, if subjects are required, who they will be.

WORK

  • What digital devices do the majority of people use whilst working?  – Laptop/computer
  • Diptych 1: Research using the internet – research in the library
    • Digital device – one subject (Oliver Dowling), in the subjects bedroom at night, using the laptop to do research
    • Analogue technique – one subject (Oliver Dowling), in the library, experiment with different positions but try one image where he is looking at all of the books on the bookshelf
  • Diptych 2: Typing notes – writing notes
    • Digital device – more than one subject in the frame but only focus on one of them (Lucy Bartlett), in a lecture hall with the lights off taking notes from the projector
    • Analogue technique – more than one subject in the frame but only focus on one of them (Lucy Bartlett), in a lecture hall with the lights on, and people writing notes with a pen and paper
  • Diptych 3: Blogging – Discussion Group
    • Digital device – one subject (someone from my course), in their bedroom at night, blogging on the Internet
    • Analogue technique – more than one subject but focusing on the main subject (people on my course), in a seminar room using available light, standing around a table discussing work from notebooks/portfolios
  • Diptych 4: ? ME
    • ? No subject?
  • Diptych 5: ? BEN RICHARDS OR JACK PHILLIPS
    • ? No subject?

REST

  • What digital devices do the majority of people use whilst resting? – TV, Phone
  • Diptych 1: Watch television – Doing something crafty
    • Digital devices – one subject (Oliver Dowling), in the lounge at night, watching television
    • Analogue technique – one subject (Oliver Dowling), in the lounge using available light, making his Battleship
  • Diptych 2: Social networking – Go out with friends
    • Digital devices – one subject (Lucy Bartlett) in her bedroom at night, on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter
    • Analogue techniques –more than one subject but focusing on the main subject (Lucy Bartlett and others) at the pub, having a pint with some friends
  • Diptych 3: Kindle – Read a book
    • Digital devices – one subject (someone from my course), in their bedroom at night, reading their kindle in bed – maybe no subject and photographing kindle on bedside table?
    • Analogue techniques – one subject (someone from my course), in their bedroom at night, reading a book in bed – maybe no subject and photographing bookshelf full of books?
  • Diptych 4: Text friends – Phone friends on landline?
    • Digital devices – one subject (Ben Richards or Jack Phillips), in their bedroom at night, texting their friends
    • Analogue techniques – one subject (Ben Richards or Jack Phillips), in their kitchen/lounge phoning their friends on a landline
  • Diptych 5: Listen to music on an iPod – Listen to music on the radio?
    • Digital devices – one subject (Me, Holly Constantine) in my bedroom, listening to music through my headphones on my iPod – maybe no subject and photographing just the iPod?
    • Analogue techniques – one subject (Me, Holly Constantine), in a more common place such as the lounge or kitchen, listening to a radio – maybe no subject and just photograph the radio?

PLAY

  • What digital devices do the majority of people use whilst playing?  – Phone, games console, iPad
  • Diptych 1: Xbox Fifa – Playing sports
    • Digital devices – a couple of subjects (Ben Richards and Jack Phillips?) in their lounge at night, playing on fifa or another Xbox game
    • Analogue techniques – more than one subject but focusing on the main subject (Ben Richards or Jack Phillips and others) taking part in some sort of outdoor sport
  • Diptych 2: Solitaire on phone – playing a card game
    • Digital devices – one subject (Oliver Dowling), maybe in the bathroom with the lights down, on the toilet, playing on Solitaire on his phone – maybe no subjects and just photographing the solitaire screen?
    • Analogue techniques – more than one subject but focusing on the main subject (Oliver Dowling and others) playing card games around a table with a couple of drinks – maybe no subjects and just photographing cards on a table?
  • Diptych 3: Flappy birds – Paper games like “Squares” or “Mash”
    • Digital devices – one subject (Lucy Bartlett), in her bedroom at night, playing Flappy Birds on her phone or tablet
    • Analogue techniques – more than one subject but focusing on the main subject (Lucy Bartlett and others), in a more common area, maybe a canteen (or something of the like), playing games with a pad and pen like “Squares” or “Mash”
  • Diptych 4: ? ME
    • Digital devices –
    • Analogue techniques –
  • Diptych 5: ? SOMEONE FROM MY COURSE
    • Digital devices –
    • Analogue techniques –

After spending time trying to plan this final idea to a T, I soon realized that I wasn’t actually inspired by this idea, not only to complete the plan, but also to actually shoot it. I, therefore, decided to go back to the drawing board to try and come up with three different ideas for each category. My final, FINAL idea can be seen below!

FINAL, FINAL IDEA! – My Plan:

Subjects – (will be the same for all categories to make it a more collaborative piece): Lucy Bartlett, Oliver Dowling, Ben Richards, Jack Phillips, Rosie Floyd.

Where will each image set be shot? – In the subjects natural environment where they usually engage with the digital device in question

WORK

  • To create a dramatic set of portraits surrounding the idea of an immersive digital technology through using a similar lighting technique to that of Gabriela Herman’s Bloggers
  • Each subject will have a diptych as their image
    • One photograph shot further away showing their surroundings, including their digital device (a laptop) – emphasizing the vortex-like light emitted from the digital device
    • One photograph shot closer, focusing on their face and expression – emphasizing the dreary look on their face as it is being lit by the digital devices screen (inclusion of a direct mode of address is yet to be decided)

What will I need?

  • Canon EOS 600D
  • 10-24mm lens
  • Tripod
  • Light meter

REST

  • To create a diptych of images showing digital technologies vs. analogue technologies (first final plan) through still life images
  • Subjects will not be needed for this photo shoot, as I will be focusing solely on the two technologies
  • Diptych 1: Watch television – Doing something crafty (Oli)
    • Digital devices – photograph of the television screen
    • Analogue technique – a Battleship craft activity
  • Diptych 2: Social networking – Go out with friends (Lucy)
    • Digital devices – social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter
    • Analogue techniques – empty interior of a pub
  • Diptych 3: Kindle/laptop – Read a book (Rosie)
    • Digital devices – kindle on a bed side table/laptop on bed
    • Analogue techniques – bookshelf full of books
  • Diptych 4: Text friends – Friends come round (Ben)
    • Digital devices – phone face up showing recent receiving of a text
    • Analogue techniques – more than one pair of shoes by the front door (representing friends coming round)
  • Diptych 5: Checking the time on your phone – checking the time on your watch (Jack)
    • Digital devices – phone face up on the table showing the digital clock
    • Analogue techniques – analogue watch placed neatly next to a bed

What will I need?

  • Canon EOS 600D
  • 10-24mm lens
  • Tripod
  • Light meter

PLAY

  • To create a comical yet natural set of portraits presented alongside a still life image of the digital media
  • I will be photographing each of my subjects as they play on their digital devices, from the low/high perspective of the digital device, so that it looks like the image has been taken by the devices
  • My plan is to try and capture their response to the digital media they are interacting with
  • Once hopefully achieving this responsive expression, I then plan on photographing a simple still life image of the game that they have just taken part in, in order to show the viewer that it was this that was causing the emission of the emotion
  • Take influence from Robbie Cooper’s Immersion and Philip Toledano’s Gamers
  • I will take time in post-production to increase the contrast and saturation of these images so that they appear very game like
  • Further planning:
    • Ben – playing an ice hockey game in his room
    • Jack – playing a fighting game in the lounge
    • Oli – playing solitaire on his phone
    • Rosie – playing flappy birds on her phone
    • Lucy – playing online games on her laptop

What will I need?

  • Canon EOS 600D
  • 10-24mm lens
  • Tripod
  • Light meter

When will these photo shoots/filming sessions take place?

  • Tuesday (18th Feb) afternoon/evening – Lucy and Oli?
  • Wednesday (19th Feb) during the day – Rosie?, Oli, Jack, and Ben

PHOTOS: 

Below you will find my final images for each category of Work, Rest and Play, along with a brief explanation as to why I decided to edited them like this in post-production:

Work:

For my Work set of images, I decided to lessen the levels of both of the images to approximately -16 in order to darken the photograph and enhance the light source from the digital device.

The subject shown within both of the images is also facing the same way as I felt that this design created a less jarring piece of work whilst also allowing the viewer to understand that these images were taken during the same period of time.

Within the diptych, the more environmental image can be viewed first as I wanted to try and enhance the general engulfing aspect that is associated with the digital media before moving on to a more individual, personal response to this device.

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Rest:

For my rest set of images, I decided to edit the two images involved in the diptych differently. For the digital image, I decided to try and keep it as natural as possible in post-production in order to show the mundane and everyday side of the digital device. However, for the analogue image, I decided to decrease the saturation to -80 to allow me to emphasize the “old” and “out-of-date” medium.

You will also notice that the digital media image is viewed first in the diptych. I decided to show it like this in order to enhance and emphasize its importance over the analogue technique during this digital era (which is also enhanced through the editing techniques I chose).

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Play:

For my Play set of diptychs, I decided to keep the portrait image as natural as possible in regards to editing. This is so that the portrait seems more realistic and relatable to the viewer whilst also not taking away from the micro-expressions that have been captured in the image.

However, for the game image, I decided to increase the contrast to 100 in order to try and highlight the game-like colours and virtual reality of the game without dramatically over-doing it.

The portrait image is also viewed before the digital device image in order to allow the viewer time to examine the portrait and attempt to guess what the subject is responding to before viewing the answer.

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CRITICAL REFLECTION:

Website:

As you have seen throughout this developmental blog post, my original idea of the layout and design of the website has been adapted due to my technical capability or in order to enhance the aesthetics of a page. Anything that I didn’t know how to do, I patiently researched and applied the newly gained knowledge to overcome challenges and potential problems with my website.

I am incredibly happy with the overall outcome of my website and have found that my increased knowledge of this digital media has allowed me to create a website that I think is successful, up to my high expectations, and that I am proud of.

However, as with any project, there is something that did not meet my expectations and slightly hinders the overall successfulness of my photography website: the search bar component doesn’t work. Although I researched into this, and followed everything that the found tutorials told me to do, this element does not function as it is supposed to. Nevertheless, I decided that I wanted to keep it included within my website as I feel that it adds to the aesthetics of the page and in order to enhance the fact that I tried.

As well as fixing the search bar fixture of the website, something else that I would do differently next time would be to create a larger website in terms of including more portfolio pages, but keeping the simplistic, minimalistic design of the website. Something else that I would do if I were to continue with my website design, would be to continuously check its accessibility using the site that I mentioned in my “Making my Website – What I have done” post in order to gain an understanding as to which parts of my website need improving.

 

Blog:

As for my blog, you can see through the number of posts that I have updated it with various blog posts throughout the module and have successfully changed the background colour and the CSS code for the font and the colour of the menu bar at the top. I am very pleased with the outcome of the appearance and content of my blog and would therefore not change anything if I were to revisit this project at a later date.

 

Creative Task:

Finally, for my creative task, I feel that I have successfully managed to capture a narrative through my image sets whilst also keeping to the theme of “Digital Media”. I am happy with each of my categories of images as I not only feel that they all elicit a different strength and showcase the brief successfully, but that they have also captured what I set out to achieve.

I feel that my “Work” collection is the strongest series technically and aesthetically, but I feel that both my “Rest” and “Play” collections highlight a narrative more effectively. However, although I am happy with the outcomes of each of these image sets, if I were to revisit them at a later date, I would experiment more with creative, technical skills in order to create a more diverse collection of images.

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