These are the only two sneak peeks that I am releasing at the moment for the Victorious Festival this weekend just gone for The Pigeon Detectives. The rest will be released once the review has been completed and once we have checked with the other bands and artists that it is okay to use the photographs taken of them.
Since finishing and passing my second year of University, not only have I begun planning my set brief project based around ‘Cosplaying’ and my Dissertation looking into the ‘Representations of Gender within Tite Kubo’s Bleach”, I have been continuing my work experience.
This does include the commission that I begun with my old Primary School but unfortunately due to the weather as of late being unable to make up its mind this has had to be postponed until later. I am still in contact with my teacher however in regards to the photos that I have already given them.
I have been able to easily continue my work with New Reviews which includes covering Lower Than Atlantis on July 29th at the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms and the Saturday of Victorious Festival in Portsmouth covering the likes of Razorlight, The Pigeon Detectives, Scouting for Girls and Sophie Ellis Bextor of which I had the joys of being able to work with Katie Winter from the second year of my course on an official shooting level :) Photos for Victorious Festival will be featured soon but I can post already the link for the Lower Than Atlantis night in a few moments!
I haven’t been able to post much on here recently as I have had to get on with planning out more shoots, getting commissions and planning out my research for my Dissertation that I will be starting ‘officially’ at the end of September (I will of course be starting this before hand so that I can keep ahead and not stress out as much as I did last year with an essay.) So, to make up for not uploading anything recently I thought I would do a post showing a shot from each of the three shoots I have done with my friend Carl for the character of Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto. I feel that I have now been able to successfully complete the series of photographs for this particular character and that these show a good progression and the building of my skills with working on location. I do prefer the shots from the third shoot but this is because this shoot also includes shots with a Naruto Uzumaki and a Sakura Haruno as well.
Photographs taken of Paige Dolan from NoM Cosplays as Karin from Naruto, Hainault Country Park, June ‘14 as part of my Set Brief Project for my final year of University. Includes photographs with Carl Parsons as Sasuke Uchiha and Jackson Hall as Jugo (From Nova Cosplays)
This set contains all of the other photographs from the series shot with Paige as Karin, it also includes the images that were shot of Karin with Sasuke Uchiha and Jugo, two of the main characters that she appears across from in the manga/anime.
Since the first two shoots with Carl and Ray I have been able to organise another shoot with my friend Paige who is apart of a large Cosplay group that I am apart of as well. The character that we agreed on for her cosplaying for this shoot was Karin from the Naruto series, doing this character meant that I was able to bring along Carl and Jackson to the shoot as well as you will see in the next few posts following this one.
We spent most of the day travelling from Portsmouth to London then through to Hainault which is in between Romford and Chigwell and then headed through to the Country Park, the location for the shoot. Luckily Paige knew her way around the Country Park pretty well and was highly helpful when it came to scouting out suitable areas for photographs.
I would like to be able to do another shoot with Paige for this character as we ended up only having about an hour to shoot in due to hours spent travelling to and from London/Hainault as I had work the next day involving me getting up at 4 am. Not only this but I would like to be able to shoot her Suigetsu cosplay among any others that she has as she is brilliant to work with as a cosplayer and as a model.
View the album on Flickr.
All of the Soul photographs
The second shoot that I was able to get on with doing recently was one with my friend Ray Finch for the character of Soul from Souleater. For this shoot we decided to do it in the local cemetery partly because a short clip of the opening for the anime is situated within one, a fight during the series takes places there as well and also, stealing souls within this show ends with the deaths of characters to get said souls so it seemed like a suitable location. It was slightly irritating that it did not end up being an over cast day as that would have added perfectly to the atmosphere however as I shot on RAW format I can easily adjust the settings accordingly through a RAW converter in Photoshop to get an overcast and dreary effect. I feel that this shoot went well but it is one that I will reshoot as I would like to be able to find a cosplayer that does Maka, the character opposite Soul to add more depth and narrative to the photographs.
View the album on Flickr.
All photographs of the Sasuke Uchiha shoot with Carl Parsons.
So far I have been able to do two shoots, the first was with my good friend Carl Parsons who I worked with a lot on ‘The Body’ assignment. This time, thanks to my mum being able to create a new kimono top for him, we were able to photograph his character cosplay of Sasuke Uchiha from the Naruto series (More specifically Naruto Shippuden for this version of the character though please correct me if I am wrong!)
We returned to Staunton Country Park as it was the perfect setting for his previous character cosplay of Dark Kakashi Hatake, who is from the same series and I feel that so far this is the strongest shoot that I have done to date overall since starting at University of Portsmouth and I am highly pleased with how all of the photographs turned out!
A link will follow that connects through to the Flickr folder I have created that contains all of the photographs that were edited down to be the best and strongest images overall.
So for the starting project of my final year we are required to create an outcome that follows along a set brief that is selected from a choice of three different areas. For the sake of not boring my followers I will not go into detail about them all I will instead just state the one I selected and the general idea that I have to be able to meet the requirements.
I selected the third choice which entails studying an aspect to do with the human body as it is a area of photographic interest that is studied by
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There was going to be one more update that would have gone on about the Commissioned Briefs assignment but after having a Lecturer state that Band Photography is just point and shoot and shows no technical skill…….I’m not going to, plus I’m sure mostly everyone has seen the photograph as I posted it a while ago now and its clearly been on its travels around Tumblr (Photograph in question being one of Chris Motionless from Motionless In White)
SO that is actually all the little updates from Second year done so I can now fill my followers and anyone else interested in on my details of the set brief project :)
These images are a few from the recent commission that I gained for Professional Practice as part of my work experience. The task was and still is to photograph the grounds of Saint Albans C of E Aided Primary School that I used to attend a good few years ago. I am working closely with Miss Julie Newman one of the teachers there and one who used to teach me as well. The photographs that I will produce over the coming months will serve to help the pupils in lessons with identifying small animals, plants and minibeasts etc for science projects and will also be featured around the school on some of the presentation boards that they have. I will also be required to photograph the children as they are getting involved during lessons but these photographs will NOT be posted online without parental permission and even then they will only be used on the School’s own website NO WHERE ELSE so these photographs will not be showcased on here.
From this continuing commission I have also been asked by the Head Teacher of the School Miss Nicola Hordell to photograph other events and activities around the school grounds to use the photographs around the school more. This is good as it means I have a growing working relationship with my old Primary School. I was going to put myself forward to photograph their upcoming Sports Day Event, but as it is a whole day event I would have requested some small form of payment but at this time I still do not feel that my work is strong enough to straight out charge someone, especially after the first commission was free and I do not encur travel costs etc with the school being literally around the corner from me.
Before I start to fill all followers in on the new project that I have started for my set brief project I will round off what it was that I did last year that might be of interest to some!
This first post features the magazine layout that I created based around the magazine NEO Mag covering an article on a friend of mine, Carl, who does Cosplay. I will say now I obviously DO NOT own the NEO mag logo but if I didn’t use it then I most likely would have been marked down greatly as it is a main way of illustrating where it was that I found most of my inspiration for layout and designs etc. I feel that I had done pretty well with this assignment, I did get a high 2:2 which I would have liked to have been a 2:1 but hey ho its still a reasonably good pass and I’ll admit a couple of the final photographs that I chose to use could have been stronger, whereas the font I used is the correct one but I won’t go into that right now!
It is this assignment that my set brief project is following on from and I’m hoping to be able to fully develop my skills as well as my ideas and relationships with models.
Well, after an alright second year I can now safely say that I passed everything and I am now an official third year student!
This next year is going to be a lot busier than the last two and I will hopefully have a lot more work that I can keep posting up on here for all to see etc. I’m unsure at the moment if I am DEFINITELY required to do another lot of work experience this year so I won’t be spamming the page with work experience stuff unless its the continuations of the commissions that I previously started at the end of year two.
I will however be regaling you all with the current status of my final major Dissertation project that many might appreciate alongside the works for my Set Brief Project and the Final Major Project that is self led and giving a healthy spam of photos that have been achieved so far at different phases of the assignment!
So please keep your eyes peeled here and over on my facebook page under Emma Ward Photography (Current profile picture is Zebrahead) for a load of updates over the next year :D
For this year period of work experience I aimed to be able to secure a few weeks placement at South Downs college, alongside a continuation of my new reviews work. But this was unfortunately impossible for me to do so, as for the five weeks of the set time period, I was bed ridden and had to visit the hospital multiple times. As soon as it was apparent that my original work experience would not take place, I contacted my unit co-ordinator to ask for advice on what I was best to do. Lucy was very helpful and I was able to quickly make new plans that would mean I would be able to still acquire some sort of experience. I remained in contact with Sally Stone and the HR department of South Downs College over the last week of the Easter break and I was cleared to obtain three days of work experience from 6th May to 8th May. From these three days alone I was able to see behind the scenes of a college learning environment at what the lecturers and technicians do on a daily basis around deadline week.
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