|My kitchen photography studio - with quickly improvised diffuser when the sun came out.|
Sometimes you need to go backwards in order to move forwards. And so it was with this week's lesson and assignment which looked at working indoors and outdoors in not-so-perfect conditions.
I've taken lots of pictures in the rain and frost this year, so I decided to concentrate on indoor work using natural light from a window. The results highlighted deficiencies in my technique, equipment and improvisation. That's no bad thing in my view.
Here's my latest collage - the brief said plants or flowers, so you'll see I've taken that to quite an extreme by my decision to use apples as my subject.
The three images I selected for submission are included in the collage this time. Which ones do you think they are?
This assignment got me quite niggly and dissatisfied with my photos. Studio work slows things right down which in turn tried my patience and I could see many faults in each image. Then there's the selection of the right fruit, their preparation (mine were covered in bits of leaf, birch seeds, dirt etc), finding the most pleasing shape and colour to face the camera; what's the best background to use etc etc.
It's no wonder that little lot, plus the days I spent thinking about how I was going to set up my 'studio' and improvise all the items on the course's equipment list I don't have, meant I took much longer this week and had far fewer images to select from for my assessment.
However, I don't mind. This is the week I learnt. A lot.
Coming up next: Final Lesson - Developing Vision & Technique
Previously: Back to School - My introductory post; Lesson 1 - Lighting; and Lesson 2 - Composition
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My photographs taken in not-so-ideal conditions:
- A Hoary Morning - in my garden in late January 2015
- Singing in the Rain - at Chelsea Flower Show, May 2015
- Singing in the Rain... Again - in my garden and at West Green House Gardens, July 2015
And then there's:
- Plant Profiles: Apples - the first 2 images show the ways I usually choose to photograph apples
Google "apple still life images" and the link takes you to the set of images presented. How many of them work for you?
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