CHECKLIST – EXAM

Use this simplified list to check that you are on task. Every item on the list represents one piece of work = one blog post. It is your responsibility as an A-level student to make sure that you complete and publish appropriate blog posts each week.

2024 PHOTOGRAPHY EXAM PLANNER | Photography 2024 Exam (hautlieucreative.co.uk)

Examination dates: 15 hrs controlled test over 3 days
Group 13A: 22. 25 & 26 April
Group 13B: 23, 29 & 30 April

The Theme: ‘OBSERVE, SEEK, CHALLENGE’

Each week you are required to make a photographic response (still-images and/or moving image) that relates to the research and work that you explored in that week. Sustained investigations means taking a lot of time and effort to produce the best you can possibly do – reviewing, modifying and refining your idea and taking more pictures to build up a strong body of work with a clear sense of purpose and direction

SPRING TERM

WEEK 1: 19-25 Feb
1. RESEARCH 1: Mind-map and mood-board

WEEK 2: 26 Feb-3 March
1. RESEARCH 2: Case studies > Artists References (at least two) < overview > context > analysis > meaning

WEEK 3: 4-10 March
1. Statement of Intent
2. PLANNING: 3 photo-shoots > ideas > intentions > response to artists studies

Week 4+5: 11-24 MarchStudy Leave
1. EDITING: Photoshoot 1
2. EXPERIMENTING: Develop images in postproduction using creative processes > techniques > manipulation relevant to your intention
3. EVALUATING: Photoshoot 1 and experimentation > reflect > review responses > compare with artists references
4. HOMEWORK: RECORDING > Photo-shoot 1+2
> camera handling > composition > lighting
Deadline: Mon 25 March – first day back in school

MOCK EXAM: Mon 25 March
5 hours controlled test
Rules: You will have access to the blog to produce blog posts, BUT no access to the internet. No use of mobile phones. No talking to each other or ask teachers for help.

Work to be done:
EDIT IMAGES: Using either Lightroom/ Photoshop produce blog posts with clear evidence of image selection, adjustments and experimentation.
PRESENTATION OF IMAGES: Imagine working towards a final outcome and also produce mock-ups in Photoshop showing how you wish to present your images, ie. singles/ diptych/ triptychs/ grids in window mounts or on foamboard with or without borders.
VIRTUAL GALLERY: Select images from our folder below of empty gallery walls/ spaces and create a virtual display of your images using Photoshop to resize images to fit using templates here: M:\Radio\Departments\Photography\Students\Image Transfer\EXAM 2024\Gallery mock-ups
MOUNTING FINAL PRINTS: Present final prints from your Personal Study project on foamboard/ window mounts and put in your coursework folder. Make sure it has a label and velcro on the back. You may want to take make sure that you produced evidence on the blog of how you planned to present your final prints.

Week 6-8: 25 March – 14 April – Easter Break
1. EDITING: Photoshoot 1+2
2. EXPERIMENTING: Develop images in postproduction using creative processes > techniques > manipulation relevant to your intention
3. EVALUATING: Photoshoot 1+2 and experimentation < reflect > review responses > compare with artists references
4. Plan Photoshoots 3-5 over Easter period

HOMEWORK (Easter): RECORDING > Photoshoots 3-5
< refine > modify > improve > re-visit shoot 1 and 2
Deadline: Mon 15 April

Week 9: 15-21 April
1. EDITING: Photoshoots 3-5 from Easter
2. EXPERIMENTING: Develop images in postproduction using creative processes > techniques > manipulation relevant to your intention
3. EVALUATING: Photoshoots and experimentation
> reflect > review responses > compare with artists references
4. PHOTOBOOK: Begin design and layout of photobook in LR
5. FILM: Begin editing process in Premiere/ Audition
6. PRINTS: Select images and save in print folder here (ready for Day 1: 22 & 23 April of the exam)

M:\Radio\Departments\Photography\Students\Image Transfer\YR13 Exam

Week 8: 22-30 April – EXAM
Group 13A: 22, 25 & 26 April
Group 13B: 23, 29 & 30 April

Rules: No use of mobile phones. No talking to each other or ask teachers for help.

You will have access to the blog to produce blog posts, BUT no access to the internet.

The blog will only be available for you to access during exam times each day between 09:00 – 15:20. In other words, you will not be able to make any changes/ improve work outside of exam times.

It essential therefore, that you have done must of the preparatory work – research/ artist case studies/ photo-shoots/ evidence of creativity, development and experimentation of images – before the exam period begins on day 1.

Work to be done
1. PRINTS: Final selection of images in print folder above (ready by end of Day 1 22 & 23 April of the Exam)
2. PRESENTATION: Complete mounting all final prints
3. VIRTUAL GALLERY: Present final images using templates here: M:\Radio\Departments\Photography\Students\Image Transfer\EXAM 2024\Gallery mock-ups
3. PHOTOBOOK: Complete design and evaluate
4. BLOG: Review and complete all supporting blogposts
5. FOLDER: Label all final outcomes and put in Exam folder
6. SIGN: Student authentication form

Follow the 10 Step Process and create multiple blog posts for each unit to ensure you tackle all Assessment Objectives thoroughly :

  1. Mood-board, definition and introduction (AO1)
  2. Mind-map of ideas (AO1)
  3. Artist References / Case Studies (must include image analysis) (AO1)
  4. Photo-shoot Action Plan (AO3)
  5. Multiple Photoshoots + contact sheets (AO3)
  6. Image Selection, sub selection, review and refine ideas (AO2)
  7. Image Editing/ manipulation / experimentation (AO2)
  8. Presentation of final outcomes (AO4)
  9. Compare and contrast your work to your artist reference(AO1)
  10. Evaluation and Critique (AO1+AO4)

PREPARE AND SAVE IMAGES FOR PRINTING:

  • Add your images to the print folder here…

File Handling and printing...

  • Remember when EXPORTING from Lightroom you must adjust the file size to 1000 pixels on the Short edge for “blog-friendly” images (JPEGS)
  • BUT…for editing and printing when EXPORTING from Lightroom you must adjust the file size to Short edge for “high resolution” images (JPEGS) like this…
  • A5 Short Edge = 14.8 cm
  • A4 Short Edge = 21.0 cm
  • A3 Short Edge =29.7 cm

This will ensure you have the correct ASPECT RATIO

Ensure you label and save your file in you M :Drive and then copy across to the PRINT FOLDER / IMAGE TRANSFER

For a combination of images, or square format images you use the ADOBE PHOTOSHOP NEW DOCUMENT + PRINT PRESETS on to help arrange images on the correct size page (A3, A4, A5)

You can do this using Photoshop, Set up the page sizes as templates and import images into each template, then you can see for themselves how well they fit… but remember to add an extra 6mm for bleed (3mm on each side of the page) to the original templates. i.e. A4 = 297mm x 210 but the template size for this would be 303mm x 216mm.

photoshoot 5 plan

All these images are from Tamara Lichtenstein’s collection on Flickr page.

mood board

For my 5th photoshoot the photographs are going to be taken in multiple places, the first place being on the 5 mile road, focusing on a model being in the middle of the road with a cloudy sky like the images in the top left hand corner of the mood board.

The second place I am going to be taking the photos is on St. Brelardes beach whilst the sky is getting darker my models will be in dresses on the sand with the sea behind them I am going to bring with me a portable light to illuminate them allowing the photographs to be clear whilst the photos are being taken, I am also going to experiment with using coloured gel film over the top of the light to create a coloured effect like Tamara Lichtenstein does which is seen in the bottom of the mood board.

The third place I am going to be taking photos is in a bathroom using coloured light to create a moody setting of the photographs I am going to do self portraits using a tripod of me and my identical twin sister in between a shower screen to create a mirrored effect this is going to be an interpretation of one of Tamara Lichtenstein photos where she has mesh fabric over one of her models creating an almost mirrored effect. I will also be taking photos of my friends together looking in the same direction into the camera and come in a car with clouds of smoke.

photoshoot 4 plan

For my 4th photoshoot this is also inspired by Tamara Lichtenstein and a book she created on Blurb, I am going to create my photos in a pool in the late afternoon there for the sun isn’t too bright so there will be less glare on the water, I will get my models in white sheer dresses, like Liechtenstein’s models are wearing I am going to experiment with different angles and poses some will be on the model submerged in water others of them coming out of the water, whilst taking the photos and experiment with the lighting as the pool lights are able to change color this will allow me to change the atmosphere and feeling of the images.

Frogging

As planned earlier I have gone out to photograph frog habitat which involved in getting quite close to frogs and their colonies. To do this I needed to have larger wellies to get into the ponds. I took a few pictures over 1hour. I focused on photographing the trip as well as what I found and experienced.

Photoshoot

Sub Selection

I have selected photographs of the best quality, and ones I though were showing the experience in the best way .

Editing

When it comes to editing I was able to copy the same editing style throughout the images, the main features I did change depending on the subject of the photograph was the exposure, as most were either over or under exposed. The main featured I did highlight were the exposure, sharpness and clarity.

Final Photographs

After editing I narrowed down my selection further depending on the photographs quality, what is was showing and checking is it wasn’t “repetitive”, meaning showing the same or similar thing. I wanted to have a good range of the photographs, and I think I achieved that.

Shoot 3

Contact Sheet

I flagged the images I wanted to edit

I wanted to edit them with a retro look, so I increased the temperature a bit.

Basic Edits

i brought the highlights up and lowered the whites, similar with the shadows and blacks. I then added dehaze to add more strength and depth to the image. After then adding temperature I felt like the images looked retro but are obviously new.

I have done this to link with these archived photos, that include a similar looking car.

I want to choose the best composition that includes the boats (because my grandfather owned boats and I can make this comparison too) and the car. I also need to decide which of the archived images I will compare them with.

The best two

I don’t think this image has as good of a composition, although the boats are visible.
I think this is the most similar to the black and white archived image,however the boats aren’t fully visible – I think this one is a better composition.

COMPARISON

After comparing the images I am still unsure of which to choose, so I will decide when putting my photobook together.

Photoshoot 2 – Castle photos.

For this photo shoot I went to Gorey castle with my board games as well as some blue tack. Once there, I walked around the castle to find different locations which would serve the purpose of linking to the playing pieces of the board games. In order to create some of these shots I stuck the pieces down using the blue tack so I could compose the image in a way that would appear interesting to the viewer.

The main purpose of these images is to show the connection between the game pieces and the real life representation that can be found in a castle setting as well as to link to my artist reference Jan Roald. When editing these photos I once again kept the image tones to be muted while also creating some photographs to be monochrome in order to be able to connect all my photos together.

I selected this image as one of my best photos as I am very fond of how the colourful card contrasts against the dark metal of the knight. I also like how we can see the details of the knight, helping to provide texture to the photograph and ultimately making it interesting to look at.

I really like the composition of this photograph and that the black and white tones of the image help to make the details stand out more, for example the white in the brick. I am also fond of the placement of the card as it helps to highlight the connection between it and the statue.

Similarly to the photo above I am very fond of the placement of the playing piece and that the connection between the knight chess piece and the horse statue becomes very evident. Once again, having the photograph in black and white helps to highlight the details of the image, leading it to be one of my best photographs.

With this image I kept the tones muted to link it to my other photographs however I feel as though this helped to showcase a more medieval/old timely feel to the image. I am also keen on the lighting here as it helps to highlight the chess board as well as the chair.

Lastly, I liked the lighting once again here as the fairy lights in the background. I also think that overall the composition of this image is successful, with the stone table contrasting against the chess board.

Photoshoot 1 – Playing pieces.

This photo shoot aims to use lighting in order to make the game pieces appear more interesting. This, in turn, will balance out the other more complex images making it more visually pleasing for the viewer, since having too much going on will confuse the viewer on where to direct their attention. I took these images at home, creating a set up studio and using a floor light to create my lighting.

For editing, I plan to keep the consistent theme throughout all my shoot’s of having my photographs contrasted and the colours more muted down to make the images more aesthetically pleasing to look at as well as creating a connection between them.

I have selected this photo as one of my best images due to the way it focuses our attention onto the playing pieces through the lighting and the blurring of the opposing pieces. I also really like the amount of detail that can be seen here, for example the reflection on the board, as well as the angle that the image was taken.

This is one of my best images as I find it appears very clean and concise. While there inst a whole lot going on in the photograph itself I think it is still very successful in how nothing takes our focus away from the playing pieces. It also doesn’t feel crowded which means it will be a useful image to have when paring it up beside a more complex.

I chose this image as one of my best images also due to the composition and layout of it. While lighting isn’t a key factor here, the way that the checker’s pieces are sprawled out across the board creates an interesting arrangement that draws in the viewers attention.

Here we are able to see the texture of the board as well as how the lighting highlights the left side of the board, casting the shadows of the chess pieces. Overall, I think that the image is visually pleasing and provides us with a good account of the aesthetic of the game. I am also fond of the angle that the image was taken since I feel as though this helps to create more dramatic feel for the image.

Lastly, I selected this photograph since I find the muted colours create a more calming feel which contrasts against the many different games being shown in the picture. I also find the lighting here to be engaging and helps the viewer to focus their attention so the rest of the image doesn’t become too distracting.

Observe, Seek and Challenge- Photoshoot 3

For this photoshoot, I decided to take landscape photographs of the abandoned St. Saviour’s Hospital, formally named the Jersey Lunatic Asylum, to contrast with the self- portraits I have taken. I decided to do this to experiment with different photographic styles for this project, linking in a historical building with the topic of hysteria.

Research

The foundation stone for the asylum was laid on Saturday 29 July 1865 and opened in 1868. The institution was named the Jersey Lunatic Asylum, and was called this for nearly 100 years. However, in 1952, the name was changed to the Jersey Mental Hospital and then in 1963, when attitudes began to change towards mental health, the current name, St. Saviour’s Hospital, was adopted.  The architect was Thomas Gallichan, who was responsible for the design of other States projects such as the Royal Court House and the General Hospital. Unfortunately, he drowned while bathing in 1866 and never saw the asylum completed.

The original architect’s drawing for the lunatic asylum

The States Assembly were extremely reluctant to spend money on a purpose-built lunatic asylum, and Sir Robert Percy Douglas Lieutenant Governor of Jersey was forced to intervene since Whitehall complained about the lack of care of islanders with learning disabilities and mental health issues. The states were first criticised in 1847, yet still took nearly 20 years to act on Whitehall’s complaint. Having convinced the States to finally build the asylum, Douglas was also instrumental in selecting Queen’s Farm at St Saviour as the ideal site, negotiating the lease of the farm and land from the Crown for £84 per annum.

The asylum used to hold an annual picnic, during which it would take its ‘inmates’, as the press described them, on an excursion around the island. Each year, the papers reported the fine weather and good behaviour of the patients, but it sounded like a somewhat stiff and rather militaristic affair, with the patients called back to their vehicles with a bugle call, at the sound of which they would all fall in.

The main part of the hospital closed when a new facility opened in 2014 and it was left unused until the decision was made to sell the building and site. Unfortunately, this attracted the interest of vandals, who broke a window and started a fire inside the building in January 2017. There have been several proposals to sell the site, which is said to be worth as much as £15 million.

Contact Sheets

Sub- Selection

Carolle Bénitah

I want to edit some of my archived images in the style o f Benitah because I find her work can present feelings and storied through her editing process. I am going to experiment with her ideas in my own style to present loss and highlight my grandparents in images. Here is some of Benitah’s work that has inspired me:

Rather than prints, I am going to experiment in photoshop because it leaves more room for experimentation and I can produce multiple outcomes.

I selected the images I want to use for these edits in Lightroom using the colour selection, and rating them green.

Basic edits

The two main things in the images that I focused on was blacks/ whites and detail. I didn’t edit them too much apart from correcting the amount of shadow and highlights. I then sharpened the images a bit, adding some noise reduction to reduce grain. I also added texture and clarity to define some images and make the details more prominent. Whilst editing I had to think about the quality for printing, and I know (from my previous prints) that adding too much clarity/ texture/ sharpening can cause the image to look worse when printing.

example of basic image

I began editing an image in photoshop in the style of Benitah, focusing on the different shapes she uses to cut out the faces, the tones of red, and how she constructs her edits.

inspiration image

I tried removing the face using the quick selection tool to cut completely along the lines on the face. However I felt this didn’t look right and tried circles – like Benitah.

I selected circles, and selected ‘create layer via cut’ to show the background through. However I feel like this would work better with an image with more faces in, so I experimented more.

I tried adding the red thread sewing technique that she uses, but with the pen tool. I added a drop shadow to make it slightly more realistic.

I tried drawing with a darker red on their faces, and made it coe from the wine glass. I have seen Benitah do this a few times in her work, giving the ‘string’ a place where it has come from. I like this edit more than removing the faces, and feel like it fits the tones more.

More edits- I experimented with different editing for these images until I found a final result that I liked. I want to keep some subtle because when putting the book together overall I don’t want it to be too much.

quick select subject, create layer via copy, new layer, colour fill – red, low opacity, bring copy layer forward.
place image over old paper, erase chosen areas.
Draw a row of ‘x’ in pen, duplicate to make a large amount, combine layers, duplicate the combine layers, erase area over subject.
place image over old paper, erase in dots, add a drop shadow to look like leftovers from a hole punch – similar to Benitah’s work. I decided the paper was too saturated so I lowered the saturation.
Carolle Benitah’s work

For this image I’m not sure if I should have the thread around just my grandad to emphasise his loss, or if it creates a better composition with them both outlined.

I want some basic edits so I made this image look like burnt paper – inspired by Jessa Fairbrother

I edited this image of my grandad and his sister, attempting to focus the image on him, however I don’t like the edit and I decided it doesn’t link to the project.

Statement of intent

What you want to explore?

I want to explore the contrast of nature and technology though a documentary.

Why it matters to you?

It matters to me since I was born in 2006 and the first iPhone was released in 2007 so I have basically grown up with technology and watched it develop over time. Even though it has made a positive impact on todays society such as medicine and businesses, It has become a world wide addiction debilitating multiple people with how much time they spend in nature which has decreased more than half since the 1980s. The use of technology is also causing a world wide epidemic with the eyesight condition ‘Myopia’ which effects peoples Near-sightedness, this has gone up 26.9% since the year 2000 and is still continuing to increase. The addiction of technology is often ignored or not looked at by most people comparatively to other addictions such as tobacco, alcohol and Caffeine due to it not being perceived as ‘harmful’. It is also disregarded due to it being society’s norm. Its also something that I’m trying to improve on as I spend multiple hours a day on my phone which distracts me from real life. Every day we are surrounded by people generally hypnotised by technology and ignoring that actual real world.

How you wish to develop your project?

For my project I am planning to take pictures of people using different types of technology but in a dystopian setting with artificial lighting, and then contrast it with pictures of wildlife such as plants and wild animals which have been undisturbed by humans, to do this I am going to use natural lighting in my garden and artificial lighting in my house.

When and where you intend to begin your study?

To begin this study I am going to use some old pictures that I have taken over the years of different types of wide life that I haven’t used in previous projects. In the next few weeks I am going to be taking multiple images of my brother, friends using most the most common forms of technology inside and outside. and then I am going to take pictures in my garden of wildlife such as fish, birds, squirrels, plants etc. To combine the two themes I am going to take pictures of people using their mobile phones while sat in nature such as sat around a pond and under trees ect. This will also be done in my garden. I have been developing my study for the past month and I am going to continue to develop pictures in the next two weeks.