Project Evaluation

Positives-

  • Learning new techniques on Photoshop
  • Getting practise in taking landscape, studio and prop based images
  • Being happy with the work I have produced
  • Opened a new path for me to go down with what I want to do in the future
  • Had a lot of fun editing my image

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Negatives-

  • Getting stuck on quite a few things in Photoshop and needing to ask for help
  • Not fully understanding how to change my image to the brief requirements
  • Wishing I had stuck to my original idea and not fussed about trying to change it during the project
  • My prints coming out a little but darker than my composite is on screen

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Improvements-

  • I wish I had taken a bit more attention to Youtube when getting stuck on Photoshop, so I could then correct things myself rather than getting people to help me
  • Next time I could get familiar with canvas sizing a bit better
  • Starting my photo taking and editing process a bit sooner so I had more time before hand in to do things

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Overall I am very happy with the image I have produced. From not being very confident with Photoshop at the start of this project, I now feel like I am capable of doing a lot more on Photoshop hen creating a composite layered image or just editing singular photographs. I am proud of what I have created and think that I have edited it well. I have shown some of my peers in my class and they have given me positive feedback also saying hat they really like it, they say the editing is strong and that the message/story is clear.

Getting My Image Printed

Once my composite was complete and cropped into the right sizes I went down to my local printing shop to get it printed for hand in. When in the printing shop I asked them to add a white boarder around my images as that is what Matt asked for.

My SPS and DPS Print Outs

The photos that I took of my print outs look very dark but they aren’t actually that dark in person.

My Final Composite

The images below show my final composite in both the single and double page spread sizes that it states on the brief. I think that both of my spreads work well as my DPS shows everything in the wide shot and then my SPS also works well as you can still see the main parts of my images in the SPS crop. When saving my image I stuck to what the brief said and saved it as 1200px along the longest edge for both my DPS and SPS images.

Double Page Spread Crop- 460mm x 300mm

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Single Page Spread Crop- 230mm x 300mm

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Project Evaluation

Positives-

  • Proud of the images I have taken
  • Selected good images to tell an obvious story
  • Got everything planned and completed in time
  • Had new experiences photographing at Smithfield’s Meat Market
  • Gained practise in book design and printing

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Negatives-

  • Should’ve had a few more places in mind to photograph each section of my story, to have back up options for when places turned round and said no
  • Started shooting a bit earlier so the editing and printing process didn’t take so long afterwards
  • Have my book layout completed a bit sooner so I could’ve had time to send it off and get a hard back copy printed and finished

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Improvements-

  • Take more images at a few more places so I had more images and story to work with
  • Give myself more time before hand in to have a professional hardback copy printed

 

Printing My Book

My First Copy-

This is the first copy of my book that I had printed when it was in my original layout design. I took it to a printers in town and decided to get it ring bound to add a different style to my book to look different from the usual book style. However, when I collected my finished book, I noticed that they had shuffled the pages around, meaning that the pages in the book looked different to the PDF layout. It wasn’t a huge problem as it didn’t make a huge difference to my book and I was still happy with how my book had turned out. However, when seeing the images so small, I did regret not having them at a larger scale.

 


My Second Copy-

This is the second copy of my book that I had printed within the same day of putting it in to be printed. This version came out a lot better and I decided to have it book stapled rather than ring bound. Although I wanted a hardback cover for my book I wasn’t able to get one made and printed in time so I had to settle for having a paperback version. The images came out good quality and they looked so much better being spread across double pages. It gave my images a lot more emphasis and power on the story, giving better detail to the gruesome content.

The Editing and Layering Process

To put my composite together I opened up the separate images into different layers and then used the magnetic lasso tool to cut them out and drag them onto the background layer/image. I started off with my male model, I sized and placed him in the correct spot to make it look like he was really standing in the road and that it wasn’t edited in. As he was going to be hidden behind the added in coffee cup, I didn’t fuss about editing him too much as he was going to be one non-visible layers.

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After the man was added in, I then added the coffee cup. To add the cup, I did the same process as before where I cut it out and dragged it onto the landscape. I then brought this layer to the front to get it inform of the models face, and in between his hands. To make the models hands fit around the cup like he is holding it, I changed the opacity of the cup layer to 50% and used the eraser tool to rub out where the cup overlapped with his fingers. Once these parts were rubbed out, it looked like he was holding it and that his hands were wrapped round the cup.

After this, I needed to add in some darker shadows around his fingers here it met the coffee cup to add to the effect of him holding it. I used the dodge tool to make certain areas around his fingers darker which gave the effect of the cup physically sitting in his hands.

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The next stage was to add in my props, which were the coffee beans. When thinking of how I should add the beans into my composite I referred back to my rough sketches and decided that I wanted the cup to have a large pile of beans inside and then have some fallen onto the floor in a heap. Giving the idea that he has carried this large cup of beans a long way down the road and now he is struggling so therefore is dropping some. Once again, I used the same process of the cutting and dragging onto my background image. I had to bring the beans in front of the cup this time around so they would be the very top layer of my composite. To create the effect of having numerous beans, I copied the layers and overlapped them over each other to give the effect of a lot more being in there.

Throughout my editing process and adding in extra layers, I was constantly using the brush and burn tool to adjust the lighting and give shadow on the cup, model and the beans. Using this tool added shadow and light in certain directions to match the lighting already in the image from the sky and the cup.

My Composite Layers-

My Document History-

 

Changing My Photo Book

After a last tutorial I had with Celine, I showed her my book layout that I had previously made and she said that she liked the story and the images and also the red theme. However she said to take out the captions from the pages with the images on as they weren’t necessary and Celine also advised me to make some of my images larger, covering more of the single page and adding in some double page spreads.

I went back to my InDesign file and changed my layout quite a bit. I changed the front and back cover to a much simpler design and added my name to the inside of the book and a plain double page spread. I kept the read pages stating the different sections as that helped break up the story. With my images I enlarged majority of them, meaning I had a lot more double page spreads in my book, and I also had a lot more single page spreads without the boarders. When enlarging my images I had some with uneven space and large gaps around them to create the certain look I wanted. I didn’t particularly want a uniform boarder around all of my images, making it look very simple and repetitive. This was something Celine also enlightened me on as she said that it breaks it up a bit more and makes it a bit better to read.


After following Celine’s advice and changing my book layout, I am so much happier with my book and the story. I feel that the added double page spreads give my images a bit more emphasis and add effect to the gruesome content.