On Monday morning I arrived unsure of what I would be doing for the next week; I knew photography would be a part of it but had no idea of the significance that this subject would have. Despite this I showed up prepared for whatever I was going to be doing. I soon settled in, taking in all the new information I was learning. I feel that I have obtained a diverse range of skills whilst working at design room this week that I will be able to continue using, especially in my gcse photography course work at school.
As well as getting my head around using a camera on manual mode, I have just as equally developed a deeper understanding of photoshop. I can now effectively edit images, which I was not completely sure on how to do before and can also prepare them to be used for social medias.
By experimenting with lighting in a studio setting I managed to eliminate shadows and create compelling images that were in focus. This allowed me to see how much tweaking the percentage of a lights brightness or tone could effect an images appearance. During this week I've gained independence by working on individual projects.The main thing that I've enjoyed is being able to spend a lot of time on one subject rather than having a small time limit.Because of this, I've been able to work on subjects in depth. Another thing that I particularly liked was the social media aspect of the company. I got to plan posts for instagram and Facebook which I didn't realize Design Room did before hand. In conclusion I'd like to say thank you and that I have enjoyed working at design room because I've been able do a variety of different tasks that I wouldn't of been able to complete before this week.
coffee at Tatams
Boss bun from Da Bara bakery
You never know what assignments are going to land on your desk, sometimes photo shoots are booked weeks in advance and come with spreadsheets of shots required and a detailed brief. Other times, it's an email with a brief description of what's needed and a meeting point from where I have to be prepared for almost anything. I often travel light when it comes to photography kit, a Nikon 7200 body with a couple of lenses and speedlight stuffed into a tough Billingham bag and tripod balanced over my shoulder. It covers most eventualities, including unexpectedly going down a mine. I had thought it was mostly going to be exterior shots of South Crofty mine at Pool, but it turned out to be a trip underground as well, which was all kinds of fascinating.
Once we'd been kitted out with our protective safety gear, we trundled down the mine in a clattery landrover, after about 800ft, we got out and continued on foot. Clearly, one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to taking photos down the mine is the complete absence of any natural light. This, along with tricky conditions underfoot and water dripping from above made for interesting shooting conditions. Setting up long exposure shots on the tripod and then illuminating the various compositions with a headtorch worked surprisingly well. Focusing took consideration, mostly because I could barely see anything through the viewfinder! But after a little trial and error with shutter speeds, I managed to come away with a handful of shots.
With thanks to South Crofty Mine and Cornwall Trade & Investment for this assignment, it's an experience that will stay with me for a while.
Above: South Crofty Mine at Pool.
Above: Heading to the mine entrance in the old Landy.
Above: The tunnel that leads down into the mine itself.
Above: The ventilation system way below ground.