Contemporary Photographic Practice
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‘Photography is defined here as the practice of creating durable static or moving images by recording light with light-sensitive materials such as photographic film or digitally by means of an image sensor.’ This guide explores photography as a means of recording both artificial and natural lighting.
‘Learners must explore, acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding through the application of traditional and or digital techniques and processes specific to their chosen area(s) of study of Photography.’ This guide supports the development of digital skills in both recording and post production editing.
‘Learners must explore practical and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of historical and contemporary photographers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of photography as appropriate to their own work.’ This guide includes contextual references for each activity.
‘Learners must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through area(s) of study relevant to Photography.’ This guide offers a varied range of photographic activities aimed at broadening knowledge skills and understanding of specific areas of photographic study.
Assessment Objective 3 ‘Record’ in photography underpins the achievement in all other assessment objectives. Assessment Objective 3 states: ‘Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.’ Qualities of photographic record can undermine experimentation and outcome. Understanding light to develop the three dimensional qualities of the subject is fundamental to photographic record. Outside the qualities of light are controlled by variables such as the weather, sun glare, day or night. In the studio you are in control of the light and although the lighting conditions are artificial, variables that affect exposure can be easily manipulated. The assessment objectives will always focus on the achievement levels of photographic record. This should be comparable to achievement levels across all specialisms and underpins all other Assessment Objectives.
Common misconceptions or difficulties students may have:
Shooting images with an automatic setting without considering qualities of light will often result in ‘grey’ images that have limited tonal contrast. A poorly shot image is almost impossible to develop to a high quality outcome through image manipulation. A high quality shot with careful consideration of lighting will often result in higher level achievement.
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