As a member of the Royal Photographic Society, I have already been awarded the Licentiate distinction for a panel of 10 images that I submitted in 2016.
Since then I had been working towards the Associate award of the society. For this, fifteen images had to be produced within a cohesive piece of work and entered into one of the genres relevant to the Associate award.
After a couple of false starts, in 2018 I started to get my project together and in June this year, I entered the completed panel into the Fine Art associate distinction assessment.
I was overjoyed when I was told that my work had been deemed of associate quality and that it had been recommended to the Council for ratification. A week later the distinction was confirmed and I was given the associate award in Fine Art Photography.
I have now placed the images on my website together with the panel layout and the statement of intent that forms part of the submission. Click here to see my ARPS panel.
Unlike most specialised areas of photography, there are few tricks or special equipment required for shooting architecture – only careful planning and an open mind. Your shooting position, the time of day, the colour and direction of light all have a profound result on the final image and it pays to shoot from a few different viewpoints to start off.
Architecture doesn’t just mean sleek, shiny buildings – it can include housing, historic monuments and industrial heritage too.
First, choose one of the following subjects, you are then to take three photographs showing different aspects or designs for the subject that you have chosen to photograph. The individual photographs should show that they are part of a set.
- Ecclesiastical Buildings
Many of the oldest structures in Europe were built for worship, your assignment is to take a photograph that shows your personal vision of such a building.
- Industrial Heritage
Find an industrial or manufacturing building lying empty after the economy has moved elsewhere.
For many years, the modernist building style that emerged in the 1920s was synonymous with brutal construction methods and sink housing estates. Today however modernism has been re-evaluated and is seen quite properly as a valid and important architectural style.
Large buildings can be tricky to photograph, so it’s probably best to focus on a single facet to work with. Faced with a complicated subject, it can be initially difficult to know which angle to shoot from so don’t be frightened in shooting many variations. Different lenses will enable you to distort shape in varying degrees, with wide angles creating the most stretched-out effects.
Photograph: A flower or flowers
Your project this month is to take a photograph of a flower or flowers. Whilst the weather should be getting warmer this image is to be taken indoors.
You should take advantage of the wonderful soft light that windows can give an image.
One way of doing this is with back-lighting which will give light, gentle shadows and an ethereal feel.
Another way of approaching the subject is to have the light fall on the flower from over your shoulder. This will emphasize the colours and shapes of the flowers but will also mean that the background will be more visible so you will need to think how you approach that so that it doesn’t detract from the flowers.
You may want to try a macro shot of you have the correct type of lens. Macro allows you to concentrate on the fine details which almost makes an abstract design of the flower.
There are other ways that you can approach this project, be creative – just remember a flower has to be in the image.
There are also several camera techniques you could use for this project. For example, an obvious choice is to use a wide aperture to throw the background out of focus. You could also try focus stacking which gives a front to back sharpness to the flower. But in all these things you must not forget the composition of the frame. Where you place the flower and the direction it takes through the image is important – the image must balance.
A tripod will almost certainly be a necessity for this shot and perhaps a reflector or two to get the shadows right.
Just before New Year, I decided I would put up some photographic projects during 2019 for people to attempt if they wish. My idea was that each month I will place another assignment with a different subject to photograph. I should have placed the first project on ASV on the 1st January…but didn’t. Anyway, here it is, better late than never. The first project for 2019 is below.
Weather is something that is around us all the time and it can offer up some of our most inspirational photographic opportunities. When photographing weather, always be aware of what is around you and try to capture its effect on those surroundings.
Try to produce 2 final images for this project. These two images should show two different types or effects of the weather. The location of these images is up to you and may be the same as a comparison or in two entirely different locations.
If you have a go at the project why not upload it to a media site and put a link to it in a comment on a sensored-view.
Here are a couple of my efforts.
The next project will start on 1st February, and will be on the blog on that day. Promise!