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Metz Flash

This is the picture i took that i feel describes me:



I set this picture up like this as i feel it describes a lot about me. The main object in the picture is my american football helmet which shows i play the game, in the background you can see some of my CD collection piled up showing i am into my music and like to buy the hard copy. Also you may just be able to make out the charger for my camera as photography is another passion of mine.

I like the way this photograph as turned out as the main focus is on my American football helmet (my main passion) then surrounding the helmet are some of my other passions.


Research for my final assignment

Raw Issue:

The way i would present the raw issue is by taking pictures of natural and untouched things.

Here are a few images for this idea i have found while doing my research:


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The other way you could look at it is use the title raw to expose certain ways of life that may tend to be overlooked by most people, or people are just not aware of them. Here are a few images that explain this idea:

Homeless man sleeping rough , London , England , UK

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The second topic we could choose from was Austerity. To me austerity is sternness or severity of mannerisms or attitude.

For this the thing that immediately pops into mind is riots. As riots are held by people with stern opinions and attitudes towards a thing they are rioting or campaigning for.

Here are some images i found in my research for this title:

austerity 1

Austerity 2

The final choice we had is Fast. As soon as i saw this title i just thought of pictures with varying shutter speeds in to create motion blur.

Here are some of the images in the style that i would try and do for the fast issue:



After researching into the three titles we had been given i have decided to choose the Fast issue. This is due to the interest i have in cars and how i regularly attend car shows enabling me to take multiple images for the assignment. During this assignment i will create image that contain motion blur and but i will also take pictures of super cars that are parked up as i feel some of the super cars do not need to be moving to show they are fast, the make, presence and styling is a big enough signifier to show this.



For this task i took a walk to Kirkstall Abbey, although it is only about 2 miles away from where i live i had never seen it before so i thought it would be interesting to take a walk over to get the atmosphere of the area. After getting lost a few times i finally arrived at the Abbey. As it was a sunny day there were plenty of people soaking up the sun with the grand abbey towering over them.

These are just a few of the pictures i took on my trip to the Abbey.

Kirkstall abbey 1 b&w

This is probably my favourite photo that i took, i like the way that the trees seem to frame the abbey and that you can see a crow flying next to the abbey. I think the crow really adds to the sinister look of the abandoned abbey.

Kirkstall Abbey 4 b&w

I decided to turn all of the photographs i took black and white and increase the contrast as i feel it suited the abbey a lot better than a colour photograph as it almost looks like it was taken on a old 35mm film camera.

Kirkstal abbey 2 b&w

This image really shows how grand the abbey is by filling up most of the frame. Due to their being no windows in the abbey you can see straight through to the other side and the strong sunlight helps the atmosphere of this photograph i feel.


As it was a rare nice day when i took these photos the sky was clear which in this case i feel is unfortunate as if there was some moody clouds in the sky i think it really would of finished off the photos well and fitted the atmosphere better than the clear sky.


For this task we were asked to create a panorama image photoshop and then add a object into the image which wasn’t there in the original photograph.

To make a panorama image on photoshop is fairly simple and it doesn’t take much skill;

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First you start by going to file,  automate then photomerge

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You then select all the images you want to use for the panoramic photograph.

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Once you have selected them after a few minutes photoshop will of created a panoramic image for you. Sometimes you will need to crop the image as sometimes the full photograph doesn’t fill up the image window.

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After i had cropped the panormic image i then went on the internet and fond a picture of the car used in chitty chitty bang bang. After using the magnetic lasso tool in photoshop i then placed the car in the sky to make it look like it was flying over the James Graham Building.

James graham chitty

This is the final image for the task set.

Spot Colour

Spot 1

This is the spot colour that i took on my camera and it hasn’t been edited in anyway

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This is the image i have edited in photoshop showing spot colour. I did this by de saturating the whole image so it was almost black and white, then i used the history eraser tool to go over the orange and blue paintwork on the car. Overall i feel this has a very good effect and really makes the cars paintwork stand out.


This was the photograph before i edited it in photoshop.

Retouch assignment

Cameron Tractor

This is the original picture i am using to retouch

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Firstly i used the clone stamp tool to give the subject in the photo multiple arms and heads.

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I then selected the rim of the tractor that was originally yellow and changed the hue to make the front rim pink and the rear one yellow

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This is my final outcome from the task set.

Raw Image

Original image:

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Temperature was increased on this image

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The tint was changed

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Decreased the exposure

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Increased recovery

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Increased fill light

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Blacks increased

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Brightness increased

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Contrast increased

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Clarity increased

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Vibrance reduced

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Saturation decreased

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Final image combined

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Selection Assignment

We were asked to take one of the portraits we used from our portrait task in photo story, then change the colour of the eyes, change the skin tone and then change the mood of the picture by changing the background.


This is the original portrait image i am going to be using.

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I used the magnetic lasso tool in photoshop to select the subjects eyes. I then changed the hue and brightness to give the subject blue eyes instead of his original green eyes.

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I then used the same magnetic lasso tool to select the subjects hands and his face which then enabled me to make his skin tone lighter making him look slightly ill.

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I finally decided to de saturate the whole image to change the mood of the photo from a nice warm healthy mood to a somewhat unhealthy looking cool cold mood. That is now my final image

How colours can change the mood of a photo

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This is the original photo i started with, i am going to change the mood of the photograph by adjusting the colour.

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I have processed this image in Adobe photoshop. I reduced the amount of saturation in the image resulting in less colour. This i feel has made the image feel colder and it looks like the puppy has been abandoned and is hiding under the bench to try and stay warm.

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In this image i have adjusted the brightness and contrast making the picture seem warmer due to the slight orange glow in the image. The puppy looks like she is trying to get out of the heat by laying under the cool shade of the bench

These two pictures really show how just the colour of the image can change the mood and the way the viewer sees the image quite considerably.

Likes and Dislikes of social media

Social media is the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.


– Easy to stay in touch with friends all over the world

-Convenient for organisation

– Advertising for brands

– Fans can feel closer to their celebrity idols

– Information can be spread a lot faster on social media


-Cyber bullying

-Harm the chances of you getting a job

– Less time of people interacting face to face

– Crime related issues e.g london riots

– False information can be spread quickly

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