5th December 2016
The client that I was taking photographs for a little shop in Retford called “Mystik”. This shop that sells all different stuff from incense sticks to vaping accessories. They wanted me to photograph pictures for their online website and for their personalise Facebook page. They didn’t have any ideas what they wanted me to photograph and what style the final photographs too be in. So I decided to research the style of the shop and the products that they sell, which is “alchemy gothic”, I didn’t know what this meant as I’ve never done anything like this before. I think this is why I chose this shop to try and push myself, also to try and learn new skills and focus on something that I didn’t want to photograph but of what someone else wanted instead, this means I will get new skills as I will then be able to focus on other peoples ideas instead of my own.
Overall, the feedback that I got back from my client was really good, as the owner of the shop has already used some of the photographs on their online website. In my opinion, I didn’t really like the photographs, that I took myself because they’re not really my style but it seems my client is really happy with the final photographs. The reasons why I didn’t really like the final photographs was because the style was very unfamiliar to me, as it was very dark and mysterious, which is what I didn’t really like. However, I didn’t get some feedback from my fellow students saying that I used the depth go field in most of my photographs are really good. This makes me feel more confident about the final photographs as it makes me feel more confident and proud and makes me feel I’ve achieved something outside of my comfort zone.
The difference between client work and my own work is that for the clients you need to take photographs for someone else that pleases them, whereas your own work is a lot easier, as you can deleted, edit and change the position of the background however you want as its pleasing you and no one else. this is what I found really hard about this project.
For my first photoshoot, which was the test shoots went really badly. The reason for this was because I had used a Nikon camera which was a new thing to me as I normally use canon cameras. Therefore the images turned out rubbish as the shop was too dark meaning I had to use the flash in most of the images as I didn’t know how to work the camera and I didn’t have long as it was in the evening and the shop was about to close. One of my main problems during the test shoot was the fact that I didn’t know how to work this camera. But i managed to get a few good photographs.
For the second photoshoot, I think this shoot went a lot better than the first photoshoot, as this time I used a canon camera, so this time I used a camera I knew how this worked. It was also a lot better this time around as I know what I was looking for and where everything was so it was a lot easier to take the photographs. This made the time go really fast as I had an idea on how and what I wanted to take photographs on, so I was only in the shop for at least 20 minutes, which i didn’t really like, as i felt like i was rushing, which made me feel pressure.
For the third photoshoot, I think this was the better one at all of the three. This is because most of the final photographs was from this photoshoot, which made me really happy about this photoshoot. The images turned out really well as most of the images that I sent to my client have been used for their website etc.
If I was to do this project again but do it for myself and not for a client, I feel like I’ll probably approach this whole project differently. The first thing that I would change is the shop itself, this is because I didn’t really like the style of the shop as it didn’t really fit to what I like in particular, it was more that shop looks interesting I’ll try there. But if I had to do this shop again, I think I will have done some studio photography to get some of the clothes that are in the shop more recognised, but my client only wanted the products that were in the shop and not the products (clothes) that were in the back meaning in stock. I feel like most of the photographs would have turned out a lot better if I was working on my own and not for someone else, as I did feel really pressured as I was trying to please someone else and keeping the photographs that i didn’t like in my contact sheets. Where as if I was doing my own work for personal reasons, I would be able to delete the photographs I didn’t like and start the photo shoot completely again.
Overall, I feel happy with how this turned out, considering it was my first ever client photo shoot-it went well as the photographs that turned out were really good quality and have already been used on their website. However I think I would do something differently with the light as it was very dull and not much light in the shop, as the shop window didn’t let in enough let. This would save a lot of time for me editing them to look a lot better quality. As with the editing I had to edit every single final photograph which was very time consuming. This would have resulted in my photographs being sent to my client faster and getting the feedback back a lot quicker then I did this time around. This means I can learn from this in the future and improve my time management.