365 Day 9 - Getting ready for assessment


Hello, I'm Anne, I joined a little while back but have only just got round to adding some photos to my portfolio. Hopefully this is just the start! I'm really looking forward to hearing folks' comments on my images, anything that you think will improe them will be welcome.
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365 Day 9 - Getting ready for assessment

9 Jan 2014 12:55PM   Views : 372 Unique : 312

I am in the process of pulling together my work for my OCA course, Digital Photographic Practice, which is due to be assessed in March. I have to submit 4 assignments that I did throughout the course and one of then really needs to be redone which is what I have been working on this morning. The title of this assignment is 'Seeing like your camera' and the idea is that that you can pre-visualise how the camera will see a number of high contrast scenes, so there is absolutely no post post-processing allowed, the images have to be submitted as shot, and as I write this I realise that I needed to shoot in JPEG rather than RAW, for exactly that reason!

I am required to choose 4 from a list of 8 tricky lighting situations and shoot 3 images for each of the 4. I then need to choose one of the 4, think about how I can control the different variable in order to get a lower contrast image. Given that we have such grim weather 'high contrast' created by natural light has been something of a challenge of late!

So today the sun is streaming though the conservatory window and I grab my chance. With a piece of black card behind the orchid and the sunlight coming from about 2 o'clock this is the first of my pictures. There are a couple of hotspots in the buds in the top and the left of the flower and stem are in shadow, so should I have used a reflector? I think not as this is what the camera would have seen but I'm sure the assessor will tell me otherwise if I got that wrong!



SlowSong Avatar
SlowSong Plus
15 11.1k 30 England
9 Jan 2014 5:31PM
If you put a sheet of tissue paper or similar over the window the harsh light will be diffused and you'll not get the bright hotspots. Sounds like an interesting course.
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AnneB50 11 118 18 Scotland
9 Jan 2014 5:59PM
Ah, that's part 2 of the assignment! The first part is not to modify anything, the second to think of all the issues that have arisen and what you can do to sort them. It is really interesting, the 2nd OCA course I have done, not cheap but has really got me thinking outside of my comfort zone!
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Jestertheclown 14 8.8k 255 England
11 Jan 2014 11:09PM
I agree with Chris re. the tissue. I'd use a reflector as well. Just a white one though.

With regard to the buds, I'd cut them off. Physically, I mean; not in Photoshop.
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AnneB50 11 118 18 Scotland
12 Jan 2014 9:14AM


With regard to the buds, I'd cut them off. Physically, I mean; not in Photoshop.

I hadn't thought of that! Amazing how someone else who is totally objective sees something completely different.

Thank you.

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