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Final test shot

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Confident
This picture was the hardest one to take. I have searched a lot for a guy  who can fake a cry, even with the help of eye drops and onions it was really hard.  The facial  expression part was so hard for them to show it. On the other hand, i really like this picture. It’s a simple portrait of a guy crying with a very strong facial expression. You can see the tear drops and the lines on this forehead.

 

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Multitasking 
I hated the lighting of this place it was really dull. But, i thought is was okay because it’s obvious that he is in a kitchen in a house and the lighting doesn’t have to be perfect. This photo of an Arab guy cooking while holding a baby; looking tired from the house work and multitasking.

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Sleep soundly 

Taking the picture with the lights of and without a flash with a hard, but a high ISO and  a low aperture (1/4) helped me a lot. the night lamp and the teddy bear are what shows that he is a sensitive guy who is scared to sleep in the dark.

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It is a yes

I have tried taking this picture in many different places, but this one is the one i liked the most. A romantic proposal in a public garden. The guy looks surprised and happy and the girl smiles a simple smile because she knows he is going to say yes from this facial expression.

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Confident

i picture of a huge guy -wearing a MMA sweatshirt- knitting in a public place; concentrating on what he is doing. I wanted his surroundings to be blurred in order to show that despite being part of a busy place and there are lots of people surrounding him, but he is not shy of his hobby.

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Insecurities 

This guy was my last hope for taking this picture. All the guys that i have asked didn’t want to take this picture; they were too shy (i like to call it insecure). This guy was the  only one who confronted that he is actually insecure about his body. At the beginning he didn’t want to take his shirt of, but i bagged him a lot so he did it. The place of the mirror wasn’t really good, but i was limited. Not only the place that was limiting me; his guy facial expression wasn’t that good too. I wanted him to look insecure and sad, but he said he just not good with face expression. But i had no choose. I toke the picture, my focus point was on the mirror to show his face and body.

Project development

The meaning behind each individual photograph:

Picture 1 (emotional): As everyone knows that boys do not cry and only girls do. As a man, you can not cry and if you do for sure you can not cry in front of anyone. This concept is what inspired me to choose masculinity stereotype as my theme. The first picture will be a portrait of a guy crying.

Picture 2 (multitasking): Men don’t cook, don’t do housework or even take care of the children and especially the ones from The Arab world. It’s something that is well known in the Arab countries that women are supposed to be Housewives and men will be working. He is responsible for working and getting the money for the whole family while she is cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children. That’s why I thought I could get a Kuwaiti guy who would be wearing a Thobe (it’s an outfit that Arabs usually wear), holding a baby and cooking. In addition, he will have more chores to do that will be shown in the picture. For example, in the background, I will leave garbage bags which will indicate that he was doing house work as well.

Picture 3 (it is a yes): Definitely it’s a guys thing. proposing. Women proposing to a man would be an unusual thing to do. The third picture will be a woman proposing to a man and the man will actually look surprised and happy.

Picture 4 (insecurities): Men don’t really care about their body and they don’t feel insecure. So, I thought about taking a photo of a guy standing in front of the mirror and measuring his belly with a measuring tape. The hardest thing about this picture would be the facial expression.

Picture 5 (sleep soundly): Big African guys are known to be tough and scary. The well-known stereotype about them is either a drug dealer or criminals; However, they can also be sensitive and emotional. This picture will show an African guy sleeping next to a teddy bear and night lamp because he is scared of the dark.

Picture 6 (confident): Finally, the last picture will show a big guy who is supposed to look like a criminal or even scary. He would be knitting in a public place. Knitting is known for women and especially the old ones.
The reason behind all the pictures is to break the stereotype of men. Moreover, I want people to understand that it is okay for men to cry, cook, be insecure and emotional. That’s why I have chosen “masculinity stereotype” to be the topic of my project.

Portraits Task

I toke couple of picture of my friend to do the portrait task.

First one is a head&shoulder shot with low f-stop (4.5). i don’t like the focus over all because when i zoom in it gets blurry.

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second one was only portrait of her face.
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Mind Map

This is my mind map for the project. I will try and include them in my project.

Framing: I need to draw attention to the subject of my image by blocking other parts of the image. Which will do several things such as; giving the photo context, giving images a sense of depth and layers, leading the eye towards the main focal point.

Vernacular Photography: I’m really interested in vernacular photography. It is a kind of photography that really makes you observe the photograph because of it’s originality.

Composition: Finally, I will try to apply most of the basic rules of composition in my photographs. Because a nicely composed photographs is friendly to the eye. Furthermore, most vernacular photographs are not well composed. So what I will try to do is take pictures in a vernacular way but with good composition.

Jumpology

photography is one of numerous ways to cherish life and keep the good moments. The special style of photography called “jumpology” was first tried by Latvian potographer- Philippe Halsman (1906-1979). i thought i could give it a try and take a photo of my friend while jumping setting my shutter speed.

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it wasn’t really perfect, but she fell while jumping and didn’t want to do it again.

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Flash Photography

Types of Flash

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Direct Flash:

  • This is when the flash unit emits a burst of light directly at the subject. This is common to all cameras that have a built in flash unit.
  • Characteristics of direct flash are as follows; harsh shadows directly behind the subject, little depth, ‘red-eye’ and also if you have reflective surfaces behind your subject you will create a ‘hot-spot’ where the light is reflected.
  • Biggest advantage = reach longer distances than any other method of flash.
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    Fill Flash:

  • Fill flash is used to add illumination to your foreground to help balance the light levels of your subject and the shadow areas so the film can capture both the vivid highlights and the deep shadows.

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    Bounce Flash:

  • Bounce flash are flash units that have the ability to angle the flash head in order to reflect the light off of a ceiling or reflector connected to the flash unit. This technique will give you a soft diffused light that is very flattering for portraits.
  • Keep in mind: you need to pre-visualize the angle of the light, it will reflect at the same angle it is transmitted. When bouncing off a ceiling you will loose some of the light being reflected, about two-stops.

Photoshop editing

After a lot of practice and watching a lot of videos i have managed to create an imaginary photo using photoshop.

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The original images i used:

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Shopkeeper Task

This week’s task was to shoot a shopkeeper at Brighton.

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shots of him working

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A contextual shot without them
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Culture of connectivity

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  • José van Dijck introduces us to the digital platform Flickr as a database. It talks about how differently we use to use the internet in the past and the changes that we have at the moment. Nowadays, the internet can allow you to contribute and interact with information on it. To explain more, the old internet did not allow users to comment or even share their stuff with other users.
  • Social media has developed since users started to interact with the internet by making them able to comment, upload and share anything, and much other interacting stuff.
  • This reading gave an example of “Flicker”.  Flicker is a website which you could create your own account, share pictures, receive and send comments with other’s who are using Flicker. Flicker’s slogan is “Share your photos. Watch the world”, forming three features of this network in relation to the culture of connectivity. The three assumptions behind this slogan are collective views, experience, and memory.
  • All of the similar sites like Flicker are data collective which is something good.
  • Once you post a photograph it actually categorizes itself through the tags.
  • This new kind of sharing stories through photographs, in this case, it’s called by Hoskins as ‘connective’ memory.
  • As Huang and Hsu (2006) point: “The digital imaging revolution has not only changed our personal experience in photography but also offered a new perspective on our social life.”
  • This idea has become problematic with the introduction of digital networks, as it mixes public & private and past & future into a permanent stream of visual ‘present’
  • In my opinion although there is no more privacy like old days but I still think that it is helping the world get more connected and more up-to-date.

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