This project asked me to find a publication which I wanted to shoot for, finding contacts for my ideas and research into my chosen publications photos. I chose Q music magazine and photographed a local band.
With this project I struggled to find an idea to begin with and what publication I wanted to go with. This made me do a lot of research into ideas and what is around locally. This is when I discovered local uni bands, like Sioux Falls. I thought this would be an interesting subject to photograph and would work well with the project within the context of having to put these images into a magazine and taking photos of them in the studio.
Before this project I had a never really used a medium format film camera for a shoot. Therefore, this project made me practice and learn how to use this style of camera. I really enjoyed it, and found it really intresting to experiment with it. The camera itself was sometimes temperamental, when it did’t wind on, but other from that everything worked quite well. It also made me look into how to change the rolls of films quickly when I am shooting a subject. Another thing is that the hasselblad’s being a square format, I found it challenging to work out where to place the subject, but after practice I found it easier to get use too. Studio was also not my strongest point, as I had never really used the lights to create an image like these but after experimenting with different light sources I could use, poses and through research of artists I came to some plans and ideas. Then i experimented in the studio with these techniques to see if it would work for my subjects.
What worked the best for me in this project was my studio work. I did not think it would be this way round, I thought I would find location a lot easier. But I was really happy with my studio prints due to the way the lighting helped create an interesting atmosphere and captured the band exactly how I wanted. However, I found the location shoots a lot more challenging. The first shoot I did for these, they did not come out at all so had to reorganise another time for me to shoot the band. I used a metz flash which in fact was probably a little but to bright, creating some shards and not getting the subjects in full focus. Therefore, next time I would use a stand to hold the metz flash and an umbrella so it would create softer lighting. If I had more time with this project I would go to some shows of the bands and experiment with taking some photos there as well as maybe doing some more of their rehearsals.
Overall, I have enjoyed this project and feel I have achieved what I wanted too. Shooting my photos for a publication was new and ingesting to learn different styles of photography, and shooting to meet this publication. I found it interesting using medium format film, the issues you can have and how to capture portraits and photos. This project pushed me to try new ideas and push me to use lighting that I was not overly comfortable with. Therefore, overall I feel I completed what I aimed to do for this project.