SHOOT 10 – BABY CLOTHES

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JUSTIFICATION OF SHOOT
  • Trying to capture the true essence of my childhood, I dug out some old baby clothes,  these really having the feel of nostalgia and the ‘aww’ factor to them.
SHOOT PLAN
  • shoot baby clothes (baby grow/ my own christening dress) with natural light, using soft light and macro shots to focus on details within the dress.
  • combine some objects to make a ‘scene’ – baby grow/shoes/ some surrounding location.
SHOOT TECHNICALITIES
  • INSIDE – ISO and shutter speed stays the same – ISO320, shutter speed 1/320th
  • OUTSIDE – ISO lowered to 200, shutter speed 1/1000 as it was a windy day and I wanted to capture the detail instead of a blurred shot.
  • APERTURE fluctuates according to scene and how I wanted it to look.
SHOOT ANALYSIS

This part of the shoot didn’t really go how I wanted it to, and the images I have I don’t think are that great. I do in fact like the macro detail shots, and I think if I went in with an even closer crop, this could be a really nice way into creating something with meaning, but without meaning, in a way that could be full of hidden ideas depending on the viewers connection to a) the knowledge of the object, and b) a deeper understanding of the connotations of such a thing (i.e. conveying a sense of childhood religious belief with the christening dress etc).

I do love the colours I got outside, as I was forced to move into a larger space as there was nowhere within my house with a plan white wall big enough to hang the dress and still have space around. They have a slightly cold undertone to them, the whites slightly grey, and the very overcast light creating very, very soft shadows (if there even are many to be seen!) I first tried against the back garden wall, but found the lines distracting and not relevant to anything I was trying to picture, so I tried to hold it out in front of me, as well as slightly up so it was just a white background, but then the clouds were too overexposed, the wind was manipulating the thin fabric way too much, and everything was falling through.

The inside shots of the clothes and shoes went slightly better, but they just don’t seem to sit right, the shots against the dark sofa nothing special, and the close-ups of the knitted jacket again, just really nothing special. The composition of the scene seems off, trying to include too many elements in a shot that needs to be stripped right back to its core object. 

The images of the shoes and baby grow however do seem to work slightly better, with a higher vantage point being taken advantage of, the colours and scene set up is much more visually appealing, leading to a more ‘comfortable’ image, that is more visually cohesive.

This image, for example, the shoes are placed off centre, so the rule of thirds is fulfilled, the matching reds and orange tones create harmony with also the yellow creeping in from the right, and the space around the shoes is used in a way that doesn’t fight with them, but instead enhances them, so they can be the main focus of the composition.

I do however, think I probably could have lightened these images slightly more, or used a larger expanse of white fabric to the left to create a reflector to lift up some of te darker shadows in the folds of the images. They are much darker than the images I usually shoot, but I think in another way, they suit a bit more gravity to pull them down, and I can always colour grade and bring the exposure up in editing.

All in all, I think itll be interesting to see if I get many shots from this shoot, I think editing and cropping might be essential to really capture some of the detailing, and narrowing down some of the images might leave a lot to be desired.

I can’t quite put my finger on what really needed to change however, I think it was just a badly constructed shoot, rushed and I think I was really trying to create something with meaning, instead of letting the meaning come from the images after I had created them, which I think is important to a degree with this kind of project, as too much initial analysis can completely break down a shoot and set of images you set out to create.

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