We had so much fun with these projects, and we're so impressed with the range of creativity - you've all achieved some brilliant results. Don't stop playing with those cameras!
You can make your photos more interesting by taking them through a filter. You can take photos through something that colours or distorts the subject matter. Coloured plasic (Quality street wrappers etc) or bubble wrap. Through a glass of liquid. A window with raindrops on. Warped glass in your front door. Try an object inside a bright carrier bag to throw unusual colour onto it.
With a DSLR you can usually choose manual or autofocus. With a phone, you can usually tap on the screen to tell the camera where you want it to focus. Whatever you are using, give the camera time to adjust and keep as still as you can. Of course, these rules can be broken for some really interesting effects! Try getting up close to a subject to get a blurry background in the distance.
You don’t always have to be at eye level with your subject. Try getting down low, or looking up or down with your camera. Try looking through things too.
You can create a kind of story with your choice of subject. You can be literal (Green Fingers) or abstract, using texture and colour or try using things that don't go together ordinarily. But whatever you do, photograph things you love!
Unless you have an awesome kit for lighting and a good camera, natural light is your safest bet for food pics. Get your noms into position with as much daylight as possible, and clear away any clutter around the subject that is not important to the photo. Focusing on an important tasty detail can help too. Dark backgrounds show up steam. And don't be afraid to add water droplets to fresh produce. Juicy!
These shots were just little details that for me represented a bit of romance. Getting right up close takes away the clutter. These can represent romance to anyone, but shots with our home and our mess and silly faces are more personal to us. What you include depends who you are taking the photo's for!
In general, your photos will be better if there’s plenty of light - preferably daylight. That’s because light affects colour - you can’t see colours in the dark, and nor can a camera. Good contrast makes good photos - aim for a range of light to dark. Shadows can add interesting element to a photo.
For these shots I used a slightly slower shutter speed and didn't worry about blur - I was trying to capture the atmosphere in a creative way rather than capture a perfect image.
Painting with a photo for reference can be really good fun, and help you to see the subject in a two dimensional way. You can use the techniques you've learned in class to help with measuring placement and scale on the paper too. Do bear in mind that you can always add your artistic interpretation too. Leave out things that you don't like. And you can even paint from a blurry shot! It's a great way to recover a memory if you didn't get a great picture of that time.
Here's a couple I've painted from photo's ...