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Preparation summer task

Project Evaluation

Having done this project I found some areas that I am strong and weak at. I feel that my essay took up all of my time so that I did not achieve the best result that I could have.

I focussed too much on getting the clothes and style right, and possibly did not give my photography skill a lot of thought in the rush to finish the both projects. Also at the last minute my hair and makeup artist let me down.

Because doing studio was new to me I originally thought my studio shots were better than my location ones. However looking back I can see that my location shots were the strongest images. Also the critique helped me to see how I could improve in my work by applying the rule of 3rd.

Therefore I have learnt that a consideration of my photography skills are extremely important and this will be a high priority in future projects.

I enjoyed experimenting with fashion photography, however I still really enjoy documentary. I do not think that fashion photography as a specific genre is my area of interest but this professional experience has made me realise that I most enjoy photographing people. So perhaps the next stage for my future development would be to look at portraiture.

One thing I have learnt is that I am stronger when doing location than I am at doing studio shoots. I have a unique style when doing location shots and I am pleased with the final results of the winter scenery in my fashion images. However I do not feel that I have strong skills when doing a studio shoot. Perhaps in the future I will be able to work on this so that I also have a unique style when working in studio.


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Final Images. Fashion inspired by the 1980’s style.

Below are my four final images that I am going to use to put on the internet with the rest of the groups work.

I have decided to go with the location images because when I had my tutorial with Paul he made me realise that I am stronger when working in location rather than working in a studio.

Aswell I have printed these images out just smaller than A4 to see what they would look like when they are printed. I decided that they look good on matt paper and it helped me when choosing what images to use as I could see which ones flow better together, and thought that when it came to the moderator marking my work, it will be nice for them to see it in printed form as well as online.

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Fashion inspired by the 1980’s style. Location work.

For my location images I wanted to create a winter scene with a dreamlike quality, but still wanted to keep some of the 80s themes. So I used the following to include aspects of 80s fashion: crimped hair, leg-warmers, headband, dark eye makeup. However I used modern clothes (scarf and long cardigan, leggings) which are fashionable today.

I was lucky because when it came to doing my shoot it started to snow the night before, which gave my images an even better feel – the cold, wrapped up look. And I feel that the models crimped hair and the details of the snowflakes on her hair help to achieve a dreamlike feel to the images.

I wanted to soften the images, the background is blurred and I softened the colours to give it more of a dream like feel.

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Trying feedback on studio images from group critique.

Here i am trying the rule of 3rd in my images, and adding more light and filters.

I still don’t like the look of the images, but from trying this feedback on my location images, i think that they have made my image even better.


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Nick Knight Research

Nick Knight helped to guide the anti-glamour of grunge fashion in the late 1980s. He is committed to using the latest technology to produce images never seen before which challenge fashion’s stereotypes. His fashion photography challenges conventional ideas of beauty and is well known for his influential collaborations with such designers as John Galliano, comme des Garcons and Alexander McQueen. He has also worked for advertising campaigns for the following designers: Yves Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Swarovski, Shiseido and Yohji Yamamoto.

Knight, N. (2009) Nick Knight. 1st edn. New York: Collins Design

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Group critique

When I showed my work in class Paul was not happy with my images. He said that you could see I had put a lot of thought into the clothes and makeup but that I had not put much thought into my photographic skills. He did not like the way that I edited the images and said that because of the positions the model poses in her eye line should not be in the centre.

After this critique I went to have a one to one tutorial with Paul as I was a bit confused and wanted to know where I should go from here as the hand in date was so close.

I showed Paul the studio shots from the fashion shoot and the ones that I shot on location. He said that the studio ones did not follow the rule of 3rd, and said that my images would look better if the model’s eye line appeared a 3rd of the way in, rather than in the middle. He said that my location images were much better so I decided to use these as my final images, and I edited them so that the model’s eye line is a 3rd of the way in. I brought down the colours as I did not want them to be so bright. I wanted the location to be a winter scene with a dreamlike quality.

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Fashion inspired by the 1980’s style. Studio work.

Here are my images that I did in the studio. I used modern clothes that incorporate aspects of 80s fashion such as:

Shoulder pads

Bright colours


I had to do the hair and makeup myself in the end because the student that agreed to help me pulled out at the last minute. This worried me because I did not want this to let my images down. However I feel that I did a good job.

In the morning I had to run out and buy blue eye shadow for the model’s 80s makeup, but luckily I already had the right foundation as well as black and white eye shadow to complete the look myself.

I was lucky as well because my mum put the rollers in my sister’s hair in the morning before she went to work, so I could complete the curled, backcombed styles. Also I already had crimpers and knew how to use them.

I did not want to copy the 80s look but wanted to take aspects of 80s fashion and incorporate them into my modern fashion images. I feel that my images below have achieved this.


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