Assignment 3 preparation

For once I feel on target and well organised.  I had given myself until the end of April to complete the exercises in part 4 so that I had 3 plus weeks to get the assignment done and at 1st May, I’m well on my way.

My tutor advised me that, having chosen a theme, I would need to make several visits to the location to get the images I wanted and that is certainly going to be the case.  Having almost decided on trees and woodland early on, I have consciously seeking out interesting trees, rotten stumps, honey fungus etc. and have at least three locations I need to visit again before I have all my pictures.  Once very local copse has been visited 3 times already in different lighting conditions and I am fairly pleased with what I have so far.

Having said in an earlier post that I have downloaded free trial copies of Topaz Black and White Effects and Silver Efex Pro, I have also found several video tutorials on converting to black and white in Lightroom and they have been really good, particularly Julieanne Kost on Adobe tv [accessed 30 April 2013].  Lightroom seems to offer just as sophisticated a means of processing black and white images as the dedicated software and the advantage is that I am learning to use my existing software rather than just applying presets.  I’m also finding that I have more control over the finer detail than I had, certainly in the Topaz software.

As well as visiting locations and experimenting with the software, I have researched black and white photographers and what a huge pool it is!  I have tried to focus on people who take photos of trees, or at least landscape.  In terms of trees, I haven’t been particularly inspired.  To my mind, a lot if them seem to lack contrast or are just fairly dull and boring. Note to self – take interesting photographs!



About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010 and wanting to take photography further, I enrolled on the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I thoroughly enjoyed. Next came Digital Photographic Practice followed by People and Place. In April 2016 I progressed to level two with Documentary and in June 2018 enrolled on my latest OCA course, Landscape.
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