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The blog of an Alevel Photography student!


Semi pro photographer who has dabbled in photographing cars, weddings , animals and portraits.
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The blog of an Alevel Photography student!

1 Jan 2013 7:37PM   Views : 672 Unique : 506

Welcome to the wonderful world i live in as a photography student!

Well i could start by saying that photography great and that its the best lesson! But.. well in some ways it is and in some ways it is not.

Working with other students, some times can be helpful and also a hindrance, for instance 3 months into the course and some still don't have a camera! However i have learned the traditional ways of taking photographs and developing film which i love. Then there has also been dull moments, when i have to sit and listen to an hour and half lecture on things i already know.. but recapping is always good.

The bonus of this course is there is no exam! All course work, and well we got given a list of topic names to chose from, and me being me, i didn't want to do portraiture, or animal work, (no offense to anyone who likes these subjects) I want to expand my horizon and techniques. So i chose to do the topic subject name of "Through the looking glass"
and here is one of my results

I also chose to do some puddle reflection work for my course work

There has been many funny moments, for instance, having my teacher tell us he loves the smell of wet dog, or when he would come in the dark room where we are working and turn off all the lights and go "Oh sorry i just have a film stuck in a camera ill be 2 minutes"

I have learned so many different things, and learning more advance things than other students like, how to push a film, using toners ect... For anyone whose doing digital photography, i do recommend you try film even if its just using one role of film and developing, its fascinating to learn how the film has been adapted to digital.

Overall i can say honestly being an alevel photography student has more pros than cons, and definitely will be a help to future knowledge of photography, gives me a totally different perspective of how things are viewed and how they work.

Tags: Experience Darkroom Student Alevel Film.digitial


1 Jan 2013 7:49PM
Good luck with this venture Alice. I used to teach photography and can see all the points you make. ( though going into a closed darkroom with young ladies in there and turning all the lights off never was going to happen for obvious reasons !!!! ). I think you are right about getting used to the techniques of film is a good idea. I started ( a long time ago ) in a loft darkroom splashing chemicals about in trays. It was useful and I learnt a lot, but swopping back to those cold winter nights up there now that I have experienced digital and photoshop doesn't seem very attractive.

You have clearly set yourself a topic that will give you a unique style in your work. I hope you will be able to combine this with not only toning, but all of the many stylistic techniques that are now available to the imaginative photographer. i just get the feeling that you are the sort of person who is going to be very imaginative. Keep putting your stuff on here - I for one would love to see how your work develops.

Best of Luck.


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