What Is A Photographer?

A photographer is someone that sees the world through a lens in a creative way. This is through the photographer pre-visualizing the image that can be seen as a work of art or something useful. From doing this a problem can be solved by the use of a photograph. This is mainly by framing the world through taking the rest of the world out of the frame, intern isolating the subject and constructing a visual statement.

The statement usually consists of saying what the image denotes so to say the basic obvious of what can be seen. Before looking at the connotation, which explains, what the aspects denoted explains by what it brings to mind. Through doing this a photograph can tell the viewer where it was made, when it was made, how it was made and how it was lit.



From the whole project I felt that the project was successful for me as in a small amount of time I came out with an outcome that I was happy with. I was also organized in the process of it, which I felt helped me quite well. Along side this I went through the whole process of the project with control over the outcome including how to present it.  In the outcome of learning I also built on my ability in the darkroom and in the equipment used.


However, the downfall was that I wasted a lot of time in practicing with the camera due to having problems with it due to being new. I feel that it would have benefitted me if I had of practiced more with the camera first instead of shying away from it due to the size.


I did learn though that it benefitted me with explaining how to use the items to others as it stood out more for the process in my mind and built on my confidence in using it. This until now I did not realize so I feel doing this will be more helpful to me in the future.





For displaying my work I decided to consider different ways in which to show my pieces. Here I came up with a range of ideas that I thought would be suitable for my work.


At first I was thinking about mounting the pieces however I thought this wouldn’t be so effective for my work. As I was shown that the presentation was also important as well as the work itself when in a lecture.




At the same time I also looked at collaging the pieces. Yet when I pieced them together as a collage, they did look interesting. In the process though, the images lost some of the depth from the way in which they were put together. Compared to what they had if they were put as separate pieces.


After I considered window mounting my imagery. However, I wanted my images also being kept together and in a set order. So I decided to move to another idea.


My final idea was that of a book. Here my work was kept together in a set order, was laid out neatly and organised.  When looking at the ways in which my images were based. I found that the pieces went better if they were placed out with the images splitting up the range of headshots. This was compared to it becoming monotonous if they were put one after the other.

So to create my book I followed the instructions of this video.



However this didn’t work well for me so I left them separate.


My assignment was based on looking at stereotypes but conveying the features that people are stereotyped on. Along with asking is it down to a stereotypical basis that they appear the way they are or is there another reason. For this I used a Mamiya RB67 and Mamiya 7 film camera with 120mm film along with using a Canon 1000D digital camera.

When doing this I had a few difficulties in that I had never used the cameras before. I also had a few difficulties with focusing the images in the darkroom and I didn’t know a location that was suitable for the shoot. These problems though were solved as I understood how to set-up the camera when talking people through it. Due to this the more people I explained it to the more successful I became at setting it up. I also understood how to set up the focus properly more after having it explained to me. This was with also finding areas that were local and would be suitable for shoots.

The assignment was successful as I was pleased with my final images. I learnt how to use two film cameras, a negative scanning machine and to create stronger pieces in the darkroom. I felt that my images were also strong so I’m quite happy with them. In all though I feel that the project worked quite well for me.

If I did it again though I would either elaborate on the project more so to cover more points with it or be more experimental with it. Even though I’m happy with my theme I would try a different theme so to try something new or look at the project in a different way.

Final Images

I spent some more time in the darkroom the past couple of days and came up with some prints that I was completely happy with. In this time I also examined the original prints that I had created and decided to reprint some again so to make them look more effective and visually appealing than it was before. From this I also came up with more tests and incorrect prints.

After doing the shoots and time in the darkroom I came up with some more tests and chose my select prints. These I felt happy with and covered the idea that I had in my head.

These are my final images.


Shoot 3

For my final shoot I shot a select few of my images then compared which I preferred, the original shoot or the later. This was done by replicating the previous shoot that I did with assistance from Kerrie Caine again. However, I got some images based on different angles and distances along with removing select items and changing the area of the where the main focus.



Following on from doing my shoots I have now been in the darkroom and done my prints. Here I set the enlarger so to have the light cover the easel so that when I put the paper on it all the area would be covered and exposed. I then selected the amount of light that I wanted available at a time and the amount of time I wanted it available for. These were connected together through the timer and enlarger.

From this I used a small strip of paper that had different lengths of time and exposures. These are my tests. At the same time I also got some images that were incorrect.


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When doing the images I felt that some of the shots were not what I had in mind for my select images. Due to this I did an extra shoot so to get some more images in the way in which I wanted.

Shoot 2

From shoot 1 not being so successful I had to do another shoot. Here I had Kerrie Caine assist me. She hadn’t used the camera before either but since the previous shoot I had had more practice with it so could work it better. From this I got images that were more successful and that I could use for my imagery in this assignment. This means that from here I can now go in the darkroom and come up with some prints.


Shoot 1

Today I did my first shoot for my assignment. Here I started off by capturing a digital image that was based on the way in which I wanted my images to appear on film. For this I used my Canon 1000D.


This was followed by then setting up the film camera using the exposure meter to get settings that were best suited to the available amount of lighting. For this the settings were mainly between 4 and 5.6 with 125 ISO. This helped me to capture the strongest images that I could with the quality of light available.  The first camera was the Mamiya RB67 due to it being larger.

However, when making sure that the images were correct I was not able to see or take them myself and be the subject at the same time. This meant that I had to have an assistant to help me, for this Aaron helped me.  He checked that the image were in the viewfinder correctly, that when I was stood in front of the lens the image was still in focus and pressed the button as I couldn’t see or reach.

He had never used the camera before and it was confusing for us both, as the images appeared reversed in the viewfinder in the Mamiya RB67. While in the Mamiya 7 you couldn’t see the image properly as you had to look through the viewfinder inmstead of the lens to see how they were. This made capturing the images more difficult.

From this I got a collection of images that were out of focus and in some cases too light or really blurry. These images were also unsuitable for my assignment compared to what I had in mind. However, when scanning these images in I was able to see them in even more of a larger scale, which made me consider using them separately to the project as I feel I could get some interesting images from them.