352MC Professional Photographic Practice – Editing Development

This blog post has been created in order to discuss my reasoning’s behind the choice of editing that I made in relation to my FMP images for the 352MC Professional Photographic Practice module.

As you may have already seen, within the write-ups of the four Lake District trips where I used the Mamiya 7 medium format camera (please see the blog posts entitled “352MC Second Trip to the Lake District (Saturday 31st January – Sunday 1st February 2015)”, “352MC Third Trip to the Lake District (Friday 13th February – Sunday 15th February 2015)”, “352MC Fourth Trip to the Lake District (Thursday 12th March – Saturday 14th March 2015)”, and “352MC Fifth Trip to the Lake District (Friday 3rd April – Monday 6th April 2015)”), I shot the images on colour film which meant that I had to send them off to a specialist company to be developed (as we don’t have colour processing equipment at university). Once I received the developed negatives, I then took time to personally scan them in using the universities Hassleblad scanner (due to the fact that this is a self-funded project), in order to create digital contact sheets to place on my blog, allowing me to compare them to the digital contact sheets I created for the Canon 5D Mk II images. After briefly editing the scans of the negatives in Photoshop (including straightening, cropping and adjusting the tone, colour, contrast and levels), I then stated that these edited images were still far from perfect (including the fact that the colour is still slightly off, the contrast is incredibly low, and the images appear overexposed) and so, suggested that, for the images that I choose to include within my final exhibition piece, I will take the time to either appropriately edit them to a higher standard or send them off for professional scanning and printing.

Now that I have finally received back all of my developed films, and have taken the time to scan them in, as I move on to choosing my final images that are going to be included within the completed collection, I have decided that, as I already have all of them in a digital format, I will take my time to use the digital versions to create my final pieces (rather than sending them off to be professional scanned and printed). This is because, taking into account that this is a self-funded project, this will also allow me the opportunity to edit them to my highest possible standard (sharing my influence on what I want them to look like) and, due to the size that they have been scanned in, will still be able to create large prints if required.

After making this decision, I therefore plan on taking part in an individual tutorial with our assistant lecturer, Emma Lambert, regarding Photoshop editing techniques in relation to landscape photographs. (Please note, this will be included within the blog post entitled “352MC professional Photographic Practice – Equipment and Editing Software Research”).