I’m really happy that we worked with the speedlites, due to the fact that I worked a little bit with them before this meant that I was able to learn different techniques with them. I felt like the statues worked extremely well with the statues and after the i8nitial shoot I was eager to try it with some more. With the first shoot we did it was hard due to the fact that the statues were up high and we had to use stands. Previously I had only used speedlites on people and objects in a studio style setting, rather than on objects on location so this was all new to me.
Cinemagraphs were something which I enjoyed a lot, as it was something I had touched on before I was confident in making one – without using the flash that is. I made a few different ones focusing on people and traffic, however didn’t use the flash, once we had to use the flash it was much harder due to the fact that you wasn’t taking images but taking video. This meant that my results with the flash weren’t as effective as the ones with the flash. I think in the future I will try and find a way to incorporate both into my work.
Throughout the studio practice module we worked together as groups a lot, at times this could seem a bit ineffective as there were times in which you felt as if people weren’t pulling their weight. However, for the most part it was very useful working in groups because you could assign roles and get a lot done. It also meant that you were able to come up with lots of different ideas. Something which I enjoyed was the fact that even though we all had the same pictures at the end of the shoot everyone would come up with something different and we could also work together and help people with their images.
With the Crewdson images I was really happy, but I rarely do location shoots in a big group, so I’m happy that I was able to create the type of images which I haven’t created before.