Metadata & Captioning

In our Collaborative Practice lecture this week, we learnt all about Metadata and Captioning. This is a much preferred alternative to watermarking as it allows all of your details to be on the file of the photograph without them being able to be removed. As I would like to be a sports photographer, this is vital for my work. 

I shall use my final image from our ‘Environmental Issues’ brief as an example of how to do this.

This is the metadata form that requires filling out to protect our images. Information from this cannot be removed from an image giving us full protection if an image is ever stolen by a newspaper/magazine/online publication etc.

I have filled out the metadata form above including all of my relevant information and also a description. I have produced this caption in the Getty Images format style. This is with the location and date at the beginning of the caption, the caption itself explaining the image and then the copyright of the photographer at the end. I have also tagged (added keywords) to the image so if any of the words above were searched for at a picture desk, my image would appear for them to use. 

The final stage of metadata is to add any contact details to the IPTC form. This includes your address, phone number and website so if an agency/newspaper/magazine would like to use the photo, they can correctly pay you for use of the image for their publication.

Cardiff Blues University Cup - Update

Over the last few days, Cardiff Blues’ official Facebook page posted a selection of my images from the University Cup.

Environmental Issues - Background research

Our brief for Collaborative Practice Week 2 is Environmental Issues.

Initially, I had a few ideas as I have family members that work for Veolia Environmental Services so I made a few phone calls and they organised for someone to pick me up from University to visit a Waste Disposal site to get some images from here but unfortunately it fell through.

This has led me to research into other types of images I may be able to take around Cardiff. My accommodation is next to the train line and I wanted to use this within my images somehow due to the excessive noise they make. Brian Harris was a photographer that sometimes works similarly to this.

"Although not an environmental specialist photographer I am concerned that we as journalistic photographers do our bit to show up the way man has changed the planet."

I have browsed through his work on Alamy and there is a vast range of different images that he has taken but some have stood out to me as they are similar to what I wish to produce.

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This image would be good to capture however I am unable to get to a platform to take the image. I could work around this by sitting outside of the train station to capture a similar image.

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This is the kind of image I am aiming to produce, taken from above and showing the size of the trains that pass by on a daily basis. I like this image as it shows the size of the station and the amount of passengers waiting for trains.

Another quote from Harris stands out for me.

"Photograph the ordinary, but photograph it interestingly. Roads and wizzy traffic, congestion, traffic jams. If you see a rubbish bin overflowing, snap it, if you see an abandoned car, photograph it. Dumped building waste in a lay-by."

This is the attitude I am going to take as I head out this afternoon to see what I can find around the city of Cardiff.

Blues University Cup

On the 1st October, I was working pitch-side at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park as a Photographer for the University of South Wales Mens rugby team. I have been pitch-side at a few matches before so everything almost felt like second nature to me.

A few of my shots from the day are posted below.

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This image of Owain Marchbank is my favourite image I took from the day overall. The shot was taken at a shutter speed of 1/800 to capture the movement and at an aperture of f/5.6 which gave the image depth and the focus on Owain. The main visual part of the image is positioned to the right hand side as Owain was looking over the scrum, waiting for the ball. If I were to take this image again, I would position the scrum on the bottom half of the image further down so the focus was on Owain even more.

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This image of the Cardiff Met scrum half stood out to me. The image is taken from a low angle as he takes the ball from the breakdown. I think that the low angle of the image, makes it slightly different to the others. When you first look at the image, you have to look past the obstruction of other players.

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This photo of George Perry shows him ‘handing off’ a Cardiff Met scrum player. This image shows the 2 players isolated from the game and are the only 2 in the frame. I like images shot like this from a sport perspective as it allows a lot of action to be portrayed in one image without the photo looking messy.

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This image was taken as the rain began to pour. I decided to see how my camera would work in the rain and lower light without changing my settings and this was the result. It’s a very grainy image due to the ISO being high and also because of the rain itself. This is not one of my favourite images as the action is partially covered up by players of the opposition. If I were to take this shot again, I would place the player with the ball in the centre of the space a little more. 

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As the sun came back out, I reverted back to the settings I was using before. This image works well for me as the scrum half is in the centre of the image, about to pass the ball from the back of the breakdown. There is not too much else happening around him so the focus of the viewer of this image can be almost completely on him.

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These 2 images of Owain Marchbank scoring a try are very similar due to a high shutter speed. I like both images for slightly different reasons. The image above shows the ball touching the ground, over the try line. However, the image below shows Owains face a lot more but the ball touching the ground is slightly obscured by the arms of both players. If I had to choose an image to publish from both of these, I would probably choose the image below as it is a lot more eye-catching and has a little more action in the image.

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This image is one I take many times at rugby matches, the typical penalty/conversion kick. Using a high shutter speed, I can get many different types of these photos throughout the kick alone. This is my favourite type as the players whole body is in the frame and the entirety of the frame is focused apart from the players right foot, which is moving in to kick the ball which has a little (non-intentional) motion blur on. 

8 of my images ended up being published on the USW home page to show people viewing the university what level of sport was played on and around campus.

If I were to tackle a brief like this again, I may move around the pitch a little more than I did to try and get as many different angles of the game as possible. Even though sitting at the end of the pitch is one of the best place for photos, I may try sitting along the side of the pitch to get a slightly different angle to some of the passes that are made during the game. 

Elvis Festival - Porthcawl - 27th September 2014

On 27th September 2014, as part of our induction week as USW, our Photojournalism class went on a trip to the Elvis Festival in Porthcawl, South Wales. 

As I didn’t know what to expect from the day, I kept an open mind and opted to shoot for both Press work and also in a more documentary style. Here are some of my images. 

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This image is of Porthcawl seafront. I wanted to capture the rocks and then have that fading out into the sea but as I wandered along the seafront, I saw a young family sitting down to stop for ice cream. I used these as a focal point for the foreground of the image as the path comes into the image from the left hand side. This is my favourite documentary image from the day as it is very simplistic yet can seem quite striking because of the black and white effect of the image.

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This is another of my documentary shots from the day. This couple were sat on the wall above the beach, watching the action of some Elvis impersonators in a pub across the street. They initially saw me bring my camera to my face so I took a wander around for a few minutes as the street was relatively busy and stood over the road. I waited for people to stop walking by for a split second and shot the image above.

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I took the image above of the two ladies as a press image. I simply asked if they would like their photo taking and luckily, they happily obliged. It is a very simple image as I just asked them to stand together. I didn’t use a flashgun and I used a shutter speed of 1/125 and an aperture of f/4. 

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This my favourite press image that I took during the day. We stopped for 10 minutes at around lunchtime to get a quick cup of tea and as I sat down, I spotted this man, dressed as Elvis, reading the paper. I took the photo from the table as I didn’t want to draw attention to myself bringing the camera up to my face. I turned the live view function of my camera on and composed the image on the screen. This is one of my favourites as it is such a natural photo, nothing posed or artificial. Just a man, in a cafe, reading the paper, dressed as Elvis. 

These images above were published on the South Wales Evening Post website. 

And these 2 of my images above were published on the BBC Wales News website.