this week, I was able to shoot for my Final Image. In which one of them was for the final image called ‘Hidden’ and the other called ‘Castout’. For ‘Castout’, I had a bit of trouble getting the subject into focus, but managed to get them into focus and have the correct exposure for one half of the image. for the second half, I originally wanted to have a grey background for the subject who was facing the camera, however, when I reviewed the shot, I found that the subject does not show as much as I wanted them to be. so I instead changed the background to white, in which turned out better in the image. when I began to edit the two images together, I made two versions of the final image. one was where the subjects in the background were copied and pasted into the image and placed in different areas of the image. the other version was the subjects in the background on one side were flipped so that the light source seemed to originate from the middle of the image. with a bit of peer feedback, I decided to use the version where the subject was flipped on one side of the image as this felt more natural within the image. then with this, I made them black and white and lowered the saturation so that the subject facing the camera would be focused on first. but I felt the subjects in the background didn’t feel as if they were fading into the background as the light that is shone on them looked too bright. so I made another layer and colored in where the light had shone onto the subject with black and a low opacity to dull down the light. this would make them look like they were walking away into the darkness.
With ‘Hidden’, I wanted to have an image that suggested that the subject was hiding away from society. for this, I had the subject looking away, making out as if they are pulling their hood over their face with a sad or depressed expression. with this, I took shots at different angles to see if I could capture the mood differently in the images. I also got the idea for a test shoot, where it looks like someone is trying to pull the subjects hood off their head. This was done by masking the image of the arm into the image of the subject. with the edits I had done to the image, I felt that the white background had to be lighter, so with another layer, I had brightened the background with the white color brush tool, making sure to carefully go over near the subject and arm. I would continue with this to finish the image.
this week, I have finished editing some of my images and have reviewed. most of them were test shots to see how well I could show negative emotion within an image. This was for the outdoor shoot where the camera was situated behind the model with the animal ears. For this, had made the image black and white and corrected the brightness and contrast to what I wanted. which would be to have as much detail as possible on the models in the image. I had then, in photoshop, added another layer to have the background darker then the models themselves. this is to make the models stand out and the viewer focus on them instead of the background as that has a bit of detail the two images show the difference between the original black and white image and the image with the color layer. the difference is subtle as I didn’t want the background to be significantly darker so that it wouldn’t be the first thing to notice as well as making the models look as if they were placed into the image through editing. so I lowered the opacity so it wouldn’t be as noticeable within the image. as you can see, the model pops out of the image on the bottom image due to darkening the background. I had done this because I wanted to viewer to focus on the models reaction to the other, showing a negative emotion.
I had also drawn up ideas on my other final images. which would be shooting a model where they look sad. for this I want to have the camera zoomed into their face to have the image be on a personal level. meaning that I would have to zoom rather close to shoot their expression, in which I would need a tripod to keep the camera steady so their wouldn’t be any motion blur. however, when zooming into what I want to take a picture of, it sometimes blurs what the lens picks up, meaning that if zooming does not work them I would have to place the camera closer to the model them I would normally would to get the shot I want.
this week, I was able to shoot for my images in the weekend. For the images, I needed two models other then myself, so I managed to organize a day to meet up on the weekend to do so. overall I think it went well, I managed toget the images I needed for the outside shots, where it was in a playground on a meadow where I live. luckily my friends don’t live too far from my home, so the location was easy to travel to. the second location was one of my friends home as with the layout, it was easier to walk around and take certain shots compared to my home.
this image on the right is one of the images taken outside. this is to represent how certain people are viewed as they are not classed as the norm in society. the model in the foreground represent the people in society who feel they do not fit in and look obvious. this is represented with the animal ears the model is wearing, as they show the physical difference of society. the model in front of them represents the norm in society, who are afraid of difference and want everyone to be the same. hence why the model looks surprised to see the subject with the animal ears as they have their hands up in shock and looks as if they are stepping away, unsure what to do in the presence of the other person. however, I feel that I could have taken the image better. for example, I could have taken the shot further back so that the model with the ears would be in more of the shot to distinguish that the model looks human ( i.e. have the models head more in view) but by doing that, I feel that the shocked subject might not fit into the frame as much. since the subject in the foreground would fill most of the frame, I might not be able to capture the emotion the subject in the background would have. I also feel that the subject facing towards the camera could have had more of negative response to the other subject, so for next time I would need to ask for a more negative response.
i have also planned for more final image ideas this week. for this idea, I am planning to have a person trapped within the mirror. this would be the person who doesn’t fit into society, they would feel trapped and could not get out. for this I would need a mirror to shoot, which would be quickly accessible.