Level 3 Photography Student


Square Mile


A supposed ‘perfect histogram’ is an even mountain. However this is rarely the case.

A histogram is a representation of the pixels exposed in your image in a graph. The left side of the graph represents the blacks and shadows, the right side represents the highlights and bright areas and the middle section is mid-tones (middle or 18% grey) this is effective to use a grey card. How high the peaks reach represent the number of pixels in that particular tone.screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-12-04-28



Shutter speed, Apature and ISO

ISO – the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. It is typically measured in numbers, a lower number representing lower sensitivity to available light, while higher numbers mean more sensitivity. More sensitivity comes at the cost though, as the ISO increases, so does the grain/noise in the images. Examples of ISO: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600.
Shutter Speed – the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor. Shutter speeds are typically measured in fractions of a second, when they are under a second. Slow shutter speeds allow more light into the camera sensor and are used for low-light and night photography, while fast shutter speeds help to freeze motion. Examples of shutter speeds: 1/15 (1/15th of a second), 1/30, 1/60, 1/125.
Aperture – a hole within a lens, through which light travels into the camera body. The larger the hole, the more light passes to the camera sensor. Aperture also controls the depth of field, which is the portion of a scene that appears to be sharp. If the aperture is very small, the depth of field is large, while if the aperture is large, the depth of field is small. In photography, aperture is typically expressed in “f” numbers (also known as “focal ratio”, since the f-number is the ratio of the diameter of the lens aperture to the length of the lens). Examples of f-numbers are: f/1.4, f/2.0, f/2.8, f/4.0, f/5.6, f/8.0.

A perfect exposure is a perfect mix between the 3 choice, taking into consideration the picture quality. The trick it to use the 3 in different ways and working out the best one to suit the conditions.

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Square Mile – Evaluation


This project for me was a very enjoyable, as choosing a location which it very close to me, i have been able to show everything need. I decided to display the project as a journey. Almost like a Sunday day out. I feel i have shown this in the best way possible. Due to the location i have been privileged enough to travel this route many times over. Although i wanted the car to be the star of the portfolio i felt it was very basic, the car is however very personal to me as it was the car which started my infinite passion for vehicles. With this project i have tried to step away from sketchbooks as i have plenty of high quality work which is hidden away from everyone to see. Therefore i have completely redesigned and tried to better understand how to use wordpress and now have a more of a website rather than a blog. This gives a more professional look and is up to date with other photographers. I found the best way to display this portfolio was using the slide show feature on wordpress. It brings to life the individual image in order throughout the day. Showing from start to finish. Using my photographic skills i planned the car to be shot from front to back. Having the images in order allow the audience to feel a part of the project, to give them a sense of direction and provide a simple but effective viewing experience. I have found that every image connects with one and another, this is aided by the timing of my shoot, using the light to my advantage i have been able to make the light fade as the story fades. Screen Shot 2016-10-21 at 15.10.04.png

This is the general Camera Raw setting that i generally duplicated through out my final images. Trying to recreate the vibrant and high contrast colours which William Eggleston created in his images.



Square Mile – Contact sheets


screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-10-59-33screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-10-58-05To ease the viewing experience i have shown the images which i have use by highlighting them in red. The way i have displayed the images in the final presentation reflect the way i have taken the images as in the order of the day, as the at the start of contact sheet it starts of light and as the story finishes the light fades.

All images where taken with my Canon 6D using a 17-40mm F4.0 L USM

Square Mile – Location

Below is the area i have selected for my square mile. It’s a route around my local area which i have grown up in and have come to know like the back of my hand. I have had many memories on this route and surrounding villages, whether it’s going on bike rides or getting to and from activities. This has been the place where i have grown up and spent most time, this makes the area chosen ideal as i will have better knowledge of where the most photogenic spots are, and enables my response to be extremely personal.


I decided to choose more of a route compared to a square as this way i can make the final images connect.

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