So today was the first day of my 'work experience', for these next few weeks I will be completing various self lead projects and exploring and expanding my skills.
To start of my day I decided to make various posts across different social media groups to try and find some potential models for shoots in the near future. I am waiting for any responses and in the mean time will be photographing various friends and family. I also contacted some models on Model Mayhem, which I am hoping to hear from about shoots which can expand both myself and the models portfolio.
I then started to look through some of my photobooks (In particular 'A year in photography: Magnum Archive), and selected various photographs that I will use as inspiration for my projects.
Magnum's photographers always inspire me to push my photography further, as they prove there is always something more to explore.
One of my favourites photographers in this book, is the work of Steve McCurry. His portraits are truly inspiring, each photograph is beautifully composed, and his work is of such a high standard. He uses soft focusing and vibrant colours to bring out the features of the subjects being photographed. Each image, although has a distinctive style, seems to be just as individually unique. What is important about his work is how completely sharp the subject's eyes are, creating that connection between the viewer and the person being photographed.
I hope to use inspiration from McCurry's work within my own portrait photography.
Another photographer's work which I discovered while researching was that off Adam Burton. He is a UK landscape photographer, but has also travelled around the world, creating stunning landscape photography.
What I was most drawn to about his work, was the vast expanse and beauty within each of his photographs. Like myself, Burton uses Nikon equipment, working with the Nikon D800/D800E. He also uses various lens' as well as 'Lee filters', which I will be looking at investing in the near future. Burton enjoys photographing in the 'golden hours', at dawn and dusk, which helps him produce such wonderfully lit landscapes.
One of my favourite images of his is 'Striving for Perfection', taken at the New Forest. He has used a perfectly simplistic landscape, but by using the trees to submerge the sky he has added great texture and detail to the scene. I am hoping to learn more about landscape photography and will look at creating some photographs as powerful as Burton's.
Later on in the afternoon I decided to go in search of some props. Which became quite a difficult task as many shops were shut due to it being a bank holiday.
However, I did find a few charity shops which were open. I then came across a lovely glass vase, which I will be using to photograph some flower bouquets in.
I also came across a bag of seashells, which I found were very interesting and I hope to turn them into a headpiece for some portrait shots.