A little challenge (First blog post)

Today, I want to talk about an image I’ve created recently and take you through my thought process regarding the conception and shooting of this shot.

I’ve noticed a lot recently that a lot of my images looking very similar; the camera angle is always the same, establishing shot of a scene, there is a very clear, overarching colour and they have a strange, semi-processed look. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my images and how they look and I’m always excited by the editing process, however often I feel I’m having to compromise between the image I see in my head and the image that I eventually end up with.

So, this time I decided to challenge myself. I planned an image with a very simple story behind it and grabbed a bedsheet and my camera stuff and headed out into the woods. When I arrived, it was about 1:30pm and the winter sun was softly shining through a patch of cloud, creating a mysterious, magical light. Eager to catch this wintery glow, I set up my camera and rushed to capture the moment before it faded. This took a little time, as sometimes the sun would break free of the cloud, setting the trees alight with a golden glow and I had to wait patiently for it to disappear again. Despite this, the shoot didn’t take too long and I was able to get it edited the very same day.

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Photo plan (I plan with stick figures, don’t judge me)

Whilst editing, I found myself tempted to enhance the colour too much or overlay too dark a texture, as I have with a number of my images. However, I resisted this, determined to create a rawer look to the photo.

Even though at the end of the process I felt I had finished the editing, some part of me wanted to keep playing with it, to make the colours bolder and more striking. But kept my promise to myself that I would challenge myself and therefore I did no more to it. And I’m very glad I did; it’s one of my favourite images that I’ve created and I hope to create a lot more with a raw, natural feel to them.

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“In the Company of No One”

The important thing to take from this is: if you don’t like something about your image, you only have to identify what it is and then you have the power to change it.

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One thought on “A little challenge (First blog post)

  1. Vanessa Venable says:

    you are so right, photography required just as much planning as any other art medium, I loved getting to look at your process here (:

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