- Make sure I stick strictly to the assignment. Assignment 1 is all about visual differences between images, but I included some pairs of images where the differences were not visual but were more ambiguous. Partly I think this was because I had been reading The Photograph by Graham Clarke and had tried to impart some deeper meaning to some of the images.(see here). Anyway, I have Assignment 2 printed out and pinned above my desk now as a constant reminder!
- Try not to mix different styles (i.e. black and white and colour) in one piece, try to keep a theme/narrative going throughout the piece.
- Be careful before using a form of manipulation - especially HDR as this can look 'contrived', and was not really suitable for this assignment.
- Bring in more references to research and particularly other photographers' work into this blog.
- I presented the images and notes in a photobook, and whilst this is good method of presentation it makes re-shooting and re-editing, following your tutors feedback, costly and time-consuming. Better perhaps to use a more flexible format, but possibly then consider a photobook for formal assessment.
- Pre-visualising often helps to foster other ideas when shooting.
- Be careful to not to have images that are too similar - I included two images of logs where one is simply a closer crop of the other - in hindsight this was perhaps a little lazy.
- Don't worry too much about equipment - smartphone images can work well.
- Be realistic about deadlines and allow time for editing.
Clarke, G. 1997. The photograph. Oxford: Oxford University Press.