Notes to Assessors

Notes to Assessors

Welcome to my learning log this course.


Under my assignment tab, each assignment can be found along with the preparation I did for each one. My research tab contains my assignment research, course research, any addition work I have done including books, photographic work, galleries, and artists I have looked at.

Here is the link to my final evaluation:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/final-evaluation/


Important:

Please see the ‘Please Note’ section below in regards to my critical essay assignment.


Links

Below are a few links for easy access to vital parts of my assignments. 

Assignment One

Link to original assignment submissions:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/assignment-images-original-submission/

Rework:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/rework/

Link to final presentation: 

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/final-presentation/

Assignment Research:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/research-2/

Link to section Summaries, including self-assessments: 

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/one/


Assignment Two

Link to original assignment submissions:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/assignment-images-original-submission-2/

Rework:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/rework-2/

Link to final presentation:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/final-presentation-2/

Assignment Research:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/research-3/

Link to section Summaries, including self-assessments:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/two/


Assignment Three

Link to original assignment submissions:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/assignment/

Rework:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/rework-4/

Link to final presentation:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/assignment-three/

Assignment Research:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/research-5/

Link to section Summaries, including self-assessments:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/three/


Assignment Four

Link to original assignment submissions:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/assignment-images-original-submission-3/

Link to final presentation:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/assignment-four/

Assignment Research:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/research-6/

Link to section Summaries, including self-assessments:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/four-five/


Assignment Five

Link to original assignment submissions:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/assignment-images-original-submission-4/

Rework:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/rework-6/

Link to final presentation:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/final-presentation-3/

Assignment Research:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/research-6/

Link to section Summaries, including self-assessments:

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/four-five/


Assignment Six

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/assignment-six-pre-assessment-tutorial/


Assessment

For assessment, I prepared each assignment into my chosen format, this can be seen in the above links. I included hard copy submissions for all my final assignments, as well as my tutor Feedback reports and a contents page. Each assignment has a card slipped over the front page to show which assignment it is. I was going to wrap the books, and attach a label, but thought against this as it would be time-consuming for the assessors to unwrap each one and the work would be at risk of ripping. I tried to arrange the submissions in order but due to the various sizing and packaging constraints, they are organised in a way which made packing easier. 

I was unsure initially on what to send, but I checked with the OCA Photography assessment guidelines, which state: 

The original assignment drafts should be available on the learning log, on GDrive, or in hard copy. 

Final Assignment Prints should be sent in hard copy. 

The critical review assignment should be sent via email, GDrive and hard copy. 

Tutor Feedback reports should be available on the learning log and via GDrive. 

My original assignment submissions are available on this learning log, as is the final assignment, my critical review, and my tutor feedbacks. All my course exercises and research is available on my learning log. I have submitted my final assignments, my critical review and my tutor Feedback reports in hard copy format to be assessed. I have uploaded my final assignment Images, my essay and my tutor reports feedback on my GDrive. 

I did have a problem with the boxes for packaging. I do have a portfolio box, which I was going to use but unfortunately I couldn’t fit all my work inside, I tried to find a new bigger box but I couldn’t get it in time, and most were just not deep enough. I did check the assessment guidelines and all it states is that the box should be robust and sturdy. I think the sturdiness matters more for the shipping then it being the perfect ideal box. Which is why I decided to use a blue ‘present’ box. I did this as it fitted all my work nicely and is very sturdy for shipping. As this is actually a gift box it does have a butterfly on the front, I couldn’t remove this as it is actually attached on the underside, so I had to leave it on. I do apologise in advance if my choice of box was wrong.

PLEASE NOTE 

I have resent my critical essay assignment for the hard copy submission twice in addition to my original submission. I noticed a few mistakes which would improve the final essay that I had to change it, as despite reading through the essay dozens of times, I didn’t notice the mistakes. Yet when I read through it again (after I had sent it), I noticed it and started to panic, but after a conversation with the assessment department, who allowed me to resend and resubmit, my mind is slightly more at ease. However, after I have sent the revised essay, I did notice more mistakes, so I revised it again, contact the assessment department, who advised my that they would hold back and discard the second one I sent in, and the third final one would accompany the original assessment submission. I hope this has been done. I apologies for the confusion and inconvenience caused, but I wanted to make the necesssary changes. Just in case the warehouse team overlooked this or there was a mix up, you can view my final essay on my GDrive submission or online here, in case clarification is needed for which copy is correct: 

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Critique

There are many things I need to improve on and I have found this course has helped me develop my photography and skills. But I need to improve on several things. Specifically my critical analysis. I find it quite difficult to critique things, I am working on it and I believe I have improved from the start of the course. I also need to improve on my referencing technique. My previous studies used a completely different referencing system and I admit it has taken me a while to get use to this new one. One thing I do struggle with is my grammatical and sometimes spelling. I can spell-check, proof read and still make mistakes. I am working on this, I do realise it is a problem but I am trying to address this. It seems to be a case of ‘can’t see for looking’. So I apologies if you come across any grammatical or spelling issues. I am aware it is a fault of mine, one in which I am trying to improve on. Whilst I believe extensive research is evident, I really need to act on it better and link it to my ideas. I like to believe I am fairly organised, whilst my hard copy photograph submissions are fine, my essay needed changing repeatedly, as discussed above. These last few days have been extremely stressful, I amended the mistakes, read it again, sent it, checked it again (for some reason), and found more mistakes. I could read something, and think it is fine, yet I check it an hour later, and fine something else. The stress and worry was getting to me, I do have a tendency to overthink, and this is probably my biggest problem. I am happy with the content of my essay, as I have discussed what I wanted to and have explored the issues I wanted. But I think my biggest problem is my overthinking and grammatical issues. But as the saying goes, Everyone makes mistakes. I just hope mine aren’t going to hamper my final result too much.      


 

Landscape

Landscape

Here are some examples of landscape images I have taken through this course.


I got these images on a mountain road which was empty. I really find the lines interesting.

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Not an image to show any particular skill, but I liked the sunrise colours. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Here is some images not to show any skill, but I loved the vibrant colours.

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I got this image whilst going for a walk very early one morning. I love the mirror image of the boat colour.

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I love the reflection in this image I took at Nevern.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


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Dog Photography

Dog Photography

I thought I’d my hand at dog photography. I set-up a blue background and used a dog friendly peanut butter in order to get them to show expressions. I used a fairly high shutter speed in order to get their movements in focus. It was a bit difficult to get them to sit still but I love the images I got.                      img_5745img_5746img_5750img_5751


 

Overlay

Overlay

I got this idea from an exercise on my Digital Image and Culture course. I researched artists who used overlay techniques, I specifically liked the work of Helen Sear. Who uses lace over her subjects. I decided to try this, but not with a person, the piece of ‘lace’ I used was in fact a piece of leftover net curtain with a leaf pattern. I decided to contrast this with the subject of a potted plant. I like the result. 

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Monochrome & Macro

Monochrome & Macro

I am very fond of monochrome images, as I feel that they gives a timeless nostalgic feel but also are great for portraits. I convert all my images in post-production. Here a small project I did with cutlery. It also shows macro photography. I really like the close-up detail and the roughness of the wooden board showing up, in contrast with the smooth metal of the cutlery.


 

Infrared

Infrared

I first used infrared for my Landscape course in assignment One. I wanted to do some test shots before I committed to it though. I brought an infrared filter online. When the filter is on the image though the camera screen is red and black, obviously this needs changing in post-production. Here’s it before:

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This is after. I really like the effect it gives, it’s an almost dreamy look.

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Moon

Moon

I took these images when there was an eclipse. Luckily it was a clear night. I set up my camera on a tripod and used a remote to take the images, in order to stop any accidental movement. I removed the uv filter, to avoid any glare. Eclipses happen pretty quick so I used continuous shots in order to capture the event. Here is the images I got.                       

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Still Life Bokeh

Still Life Bokeh

I read about this technique online and wanted to try it out. I got a piece of foil and crumpled it and then straighten it out. I secured it onto some card to stand it up to serve as the backdrop. I then positioned a desklamp and my subject. I really liked the results, the background isn’t too distracting and gives a nice warm glow. Here are my images.


 

Narrow Depth of Field 

Narrow Depth of Field

Narrow depth of field is a creative way in which to highlight a particular part of an image and draw the viewers attention to it. I have tried to experiment with this and this is one of my images I got. I like this image as it is simple but draws attention to the rock formation. It is simple but works.

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Fast Shutter Speed & Low-Key

Fast Shutter Speed & Low-Key

This was an activity I wanted to try for a while. I wanted to capture the fruit falling into the water and ‘freeze’ the fruit and the splashes. I set up a dark background, with lighting and used a fast shutter speed. This could also count as low-key photography. It was quite fun, but very messy. I am not 100% happy with the lighting, but the majority of problems I could fix in post-production. Here are my final images.