Exercise 1.4 – The manipulated image (P.42)

Use digital software such as Photoshop to create a composite image which visually appears to be a documentary photograph but which could never actually be. My general approach to manipulating my images is to adjust the exposure, occasionally white balance, sharpening and to crop where necessary. Partly this is because I have little interest in photo-manipulation but mainly because I am not very good at it so this exercise proved somewhat challenging. My idea was to combine the two forms of transport most closely associated with Cambridge, cycles and punts and create an image which showed them parked in the … Continue reading Exercise 1.4 – The manipulated image (P.42)

Exercise 1.5 – The manipulated image (P.44)

Read the section entitled ‘The Real and the Digital’ in Wells, Liz. (2009) Photography: A Critical Introduction (4th edition). Abingdon: Routledge, pp.73–75. You’ll find this on the student website. Does digital technology change how we see photography as truth? Consider both sides of the argument and make some notes in your learning log. Wells’ book was published nearly ten years ago and I think that the change in use of digitally imagery since 2009 means that amongst the general population there is a recognition that images that we see in our daily lives, the majority of which will be online, … Continue reading Exercise 1.5 – The manipulated image (P.44)

Exercise 1.3 – Sarah Pickering’s Public Order (P.37)

Look at some more images from this series on the artist’s website. How do Pickering’s images make you feel? Is Public Order an effective use of documentary or is it misleading? We are presented with this image in the course material. At first glance it could be a picture of a street scene shot early in the morning, however, it soon becomes apparent that something is not quite right; the lack of people and vehicles, the traffic lights not working, the windows with curtains seemingly drawn in day light and the strange position of lights in the windows. The notes … Continue reading Exercise 1.3 – Sarah Pickering’s Public Order (P.37)

Exercise 1.2 – Reportage (P.33)

Find a street that particularly interests you – it may be local or further afield. Shoot 30 colour images and 30 black and white images in a street photography style. In your learning log, comment on the differences between the two formats. What difference does colour make? Which set do you prefer and why? The following images are from a set of about 50 that I took in and around the market square in Cambridge. They were taken on a day with light grey cloud cover which gave a flat, even light. The images were taken with 50mm and 85mm … Continue reading Exercise 1.2 – Reportage (P.33)

Exercise 1.1 – Eyewitnesses (P.23)

Find some examples of news stories where ‘citizen journalism’ has exposed or highlighted abuses of power. How do these pictures affect the story, if at all? Are these pictures objective? Can pictures ever be objective? Write a list of the arguments for and against. For example, you might argue that these pictures do have a degree of objectivity because the photographer (presumably) didn’t have time to ‘pose’ the subjects, or perhaps even to think about which viewpoint to adopt. On the other hand, the images we see in newspapers may be selected from a series of images and how can … Continue reading Exercise 1.1 – Eyewitnesses (P.23)