After trying various types of paper for printing my final images and showing the test prints to fellow students, it was decided between all that the best paper was a semi gloss finish to the prints.
Taking this on board, I have used a titanium finish paper for the prints and this has worked very well being slightly off white to compliment the black & white prints on the paper.
For this module it had been agreed with my Tutor Richard Peregrine, that my work taking photographs of music events, work with Richard Tymon, and an event shooting a bonasai workshop would form my Live Project. The reasoning on this comes from having done my Work Based Learning in a camera shop, there was not enough scope to form a major body of professional work, I am pleased that I have done it this way as rather concentrate on one style of work, with working for various people it has made it a lot easier to showcase the different styles of photography which I am capable of producing.
For this I have got in touch with bands via facebook and in person with some of those that I know, along with venues to produce photographs of them performing live on stage. The photographs are sent over to the band(s) promoter or venue within 48 hours each time, so to make sure the timeframe is still relevant from the performance from them, (99% of the time I make sure the photographs are with them the next morning) Whilst doing this type of work, I have found that all the bands and promotors I have worked with have not had any problems with either my own work ethics whilst on the job, or the quality of photographs, this has ranged from the head of a major promotion and music management company (Conrad Murray of SJM) to smaller places such as The Blind Tiger venue in Bolton. All bands and promoters have always thanked me for the work done, and promised to give me future work if possible.
My work with Richard Tymon, was to produce photographs of his exhibition at Thwaites Brewery stables for him to use as promotional material, Richard has thanked me for the photographs taken, and time spent with him doing more than requested by helping finish off the set building with him before the exhibition opened to the public.
The Bonsai workshop which I took photos at for Tony Tickle again I was thanked for by Tony as the pictures I produced on the weekend all went on to his own website for use and promotion of bonsai tree work.
Overall with this module, I think that the work I have produced is of a very high standard for use by those who have commissoned me to photograph. Admittedly most of the music work is only used on facebook and twitter, but in these modern times, that is the shop window now for bands photos to be placed. To not have a single complaint or need to re-touch any of the photographs by mentors I feel says a lot of how I work in a professional capability.
An acquaintance I have at SJM gave me a photo pass to shoot the band Cabbage + Support on 28/04/17 for them.
(I hate red lighting)
The Voice auditions, Blind Tiger, Bolton
Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park, Kendal
Tim Peaks Diner, Lowry Salford.
Mercedes shooting SLS gullwing
A topic that was not touched on in our seminars but one I feel important to add into here is the industry growing around camera hardware in the hiring of bodies and lenses. The companies that provide this service can be an essentail way of a photographer getting hold of a lens they may only need for one assignment and means for the fraction of the purchase price, they can hire the lens and give it back, rather than buying and either keep it gathering dust or trying to sell on if it is a specialist type of lens.
Two of the best companies to use for this from looking on the internet and seeing who is mentioned and used the most tend to be:
Hire a Lens
this company deal mainly with SLR cameras and no medium format hire at all, though they do offer fujifilm X series cameras for hire.
and Calumet Rental
with Calumet being of the UK major camera retailers, they are able to offer a much more extensive rental service for your photography needs, with medium format digital cameras from both pentax and fuji available, alongside DSLR’s from Nikon and Canon.
Other firms are out there such as Lenspimp and other more geographically based ones if you prefer to pick kit up and return it rather than rely on the postal services.
Email to Bury Library archives regarding possible exhibition locally of my personal project.
Confirmed it is happening, albeit on a small scale, but still an exhibition produced and accomplished through my own making.
Held at Blind Tiger Bolton, I was asked to do photographs for the whole days music for this charity event featuring some of the highly rated new bands coming out of the UK at the moment. This was a paid event (transport, drinks and food all paid for) which was quite a rarity in the music industry!
Photos have been used on social media by the venue and promoter.
Portfolio shoot arranged with Manchester branch of Lamborghini showrooms. Arranged this shoot as I felt there was a part missing in my portfolio on my website of something other than editorial or documentary photography.