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 http://tv.adobe.com/watch/getting-started-with-adobe-photoshop-lightroom-3/converting-images-to-black-and-white/ [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!