This is the final assignment for this module. All the details and images are at the page linked below and I’m sad that this module is over as it’s been a great journey.

Thanks to everyone who added comments on the learning log across, sent me feedback on images and to all the silent anonymous readers who the statistics indicate exist.

I hope reading this blog has been of use to some of you in some way and I hope it inspires you in your own way to follow the course or just keep driving your own work in whatever direction it takes.

I think this will be my penultimate post on this blog as I will soon start the next module and to keep a clear division between the two modules. So, I’ll be starting a new learning (b)log as I continue the course.

My next and final post will have details of assignments, feedback and my next blog address and if you’d like to come follow me there it would be an absolute pleasure to walk that road with you.

All the very best to one and all!

Assignment 5 is here


Narrative and Illustration

Posted: November 17, 2013 in Exercises

This is the final set of exercises in The Art of Photography (TAoP) module. This has been a really interesting set of exercise and working to a tight delivery deadline seems to be getting better for me. All the following exercises are now available from the links below:

A narrative picture essay
Evidence of action
Magazine cover – Rain

I’m sorry to be submitting this final exercise post as that means the module is nearly over and it’s been an excellent learning experience. However, I still have the final assignment to write up and it still has a deadline, so no time for reflection and loss just yet!


If you’d like to comment on any of the exercises you can do that on the exercises pages – all the best with your own photography.

Assignment 4: Light

Posted: October 22, 2013 in Exercises

Assignment 4 is complete – hoorah!

What do you get if you take two porcelain pigs, a large box of matches and two flash guns into a darkened room?

Well I’m not at all sure but if you’d like to see the pictures you’re going to have to follow this link […read more…]

Thanks one and all for reading, comments lovingly encouraged 🙂 on the linked page

Shiny surface

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Exercises

OK finished the last exercise in the light section of the work book. Now onto the fourth assignment.

I learnt lots of things in this assignment and I’ve documented the whole process of using multiple flash guns, reflectors, diffuses and tracing paper so if you’d like to know more just follow the link […read more…] all comments are gratefully received on the exercise page – thanks for reading

Contrast and shadow fill

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Exercises

For this exercise the goal was to use different reflectors and a diffuser to understand how to enhance contrast and fill in shadows.

This was a great exercise and lots of fun too which is always good. I was impressed by the transformation effects of a close white reflector and amazed at the power of a shiny reflective foil surface. Both reflectors provided different properties of light and both with different abilities to fill and light the subject.

If you’d like to know more about the exercise you can find it here […read more…] 

Softening and the lighting angle

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Exercises

Two exercises rolled into one page. This post is for exercise Softening the Light and exercise Changing the Lighting Angle.

Lots of great fun doing this exercise, making my own diffusers out of cardboard strips, safety pins and a dishcloth, experimenting with flash guns, learning lots about angle of light and the impact on the visible shape of a chosen objects.

If you’d like to read more you can find the exercise page here […read more…]

As always, comments, feedback etc are all more than welcome on the exercise page.

Outdoors at night

Posted: October 13, 2013 in Exercises

This was a long exercise, and although I now have started to understand the significance of RAW processing which was an important discovery for me, I’ve also had the chance to leave behind the scientific and move towards the representative, perhaps even the theatrical end of photography.

I leave this exercise with an understanding of white balance conversions but also an understanding of the futility of trying sometimes. I see the importance of some subjects needing white corrections and others needing colour enhancing. I can see the removal of cast is more important than visual white balance and I think I understand photographic drama a little more and perhaps the times when there is no alternative but to be grand, theatrical and dramatic.

If you’d like to know more or leave some comments you can do this here […read more…]