Development & Analysis.

The following images show the development of a DSLR camera – the different images I have managed to make using this technology. How it can be treated like a point and shoot or can be controlled more to create more fine art images.


This technology has had a huge impact on the final images I have produced. It has expanded my knowledge of photography and how you achieve certain techniques/ styles of images. At the beginning, I would use the ‘portrait’ setting on the camera, which although was very good at getting a nice looking portrait, didn’t give me much knowledge of how to achieve is as it does it all for you. However, now I am able to put the camera on ‘Manual’ and adjust the ISO, shutter speed and aperture to achieve the depth of field, focus and lighting I want. As well as this, I have learnt more about macro photography and how to produce a successful up close image, detailed image. This technology makes macro photography and many other elements of image making a lot easier. Due to this technology having a preview screen, you can access the images straight away to see if you have got the shot or not. This means that you can keep trying until you see right in front of you that you have had the outcome you wished for, instead of having to get your images developed first and re shoot. Also, I have been able to experiment a lot with shutter speed. Not very long ago, I was unsure how to change the way a moving object such as a swing or water looked in my images. I now feel fully confident that I can capture settings from a variety of different perspectives.

In conclusion, I think this technology has allowed me to expand my knowledge and skills in photography in an easy and step by step way, progressing from using it on the auto setting to fully manual. It has massively improved the quality of my images and given me more opportunities to create images I was previously slightly afraid of doing as I didn’t want to fail. It has also meant that I slowed down the pace of my image making, but really focusing on the camera functions and the outcome that is a result of each function so that I get the result I want. In the future, I would like to take this experimenting further. I hope to upgrade my DSLR soon to something more advanced, try some more photography using controlled lighting (more portraits and still life images). I would also like to experiment some more with post production to improve my photo shop skills but also see if I can achieve similar results to Matthew Brandt’s work.



Proposal & Justification.

This project calls for me to look ahead and consider an image not as capturing a moment from the present but creating images ‘already defined’ by the technology being used. After some thought and research, I decided to focus on DSLR cameras (the camera used in these images is the Sony α58 along with either the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens or the 55-200 4-5.6 lens).

This is the first DSLR camera I have owned and over the last 2 years using it, I think I have got to understand most of its functions and how to get a variety of images from it. I wanted to use this project to go over everything I have learnt about this camera, with the outcome being a variety of images which show a range of techniques.  When I first used this camera, I almost used it as if it was a point and shoot camera, catching snapshots on holidays and family events but as time has gone on and I have developed my skills I have got more practice using it manually to achieve more fine art styled images.



Lighting techniques.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch Painter and Etcher. The ‘Rembrandt lighting technique’ was named after and influenced by him.

His portraits showed the subject not necessarily at a head on angle, with half of their face lit and the other half of the face in shadow. This half of their face was to have a small triangle of light on the subjects cheek. The triangle is often no longer that their nose and no wider that their eye. It seems to give more feeling and mystery to the portrait as well as adding definition.

A bearded man in a cap, late 1650’s.

Now, Photographers are using this technique in their portraits. John Rankin Waddell (commonly known as Rankin), a fashion and portrait photographer uses this technique in many of his images.

Charlie Simpson.
Daniel Craig.
Idris Elba.
Adam Lambert.
Hannah Murray.

The Rembrandt lighting technique requires the sitter to sit or look at an angle (not necessarily looking down the camera lens). The lighting should be quite natural and uses minimal equipment, usually a key light will will be lighting from above to one side of the sitter and results in the same effect where the sitter is half lit and half in shadow with a triangle under their eye. A reflector can be used to adjust the shadow to create that triangle under their eye. To keep the depth in the image, the sitter should not sit too close to the background and the image should be taken quite close up.


Example of Rembrandt lighting setup.

This can be added to take the image to the next level. A light can be used to bounce and cast light off the background and another light (hair light) can be used behind the sitter to light up their hair and show more detail as well as adding more feeling to the image.

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Example of Rembrandt lighting (with hair light and background light).

This is the outcome of a shoot I did, in the studio to practise the rembrandt lighting technique. I am very pleased with the outcome and now feel confident that I can achieve this effect again.



When looking into different technologies and methods used to make images I came across many interesting techniques.

Matthew Brandt takes photos of ‘Lakes and reservoirs‘ (on various cameras including his iPhone) and takes them home with him along with a small collection of water from that lake or reservoir. He then soaks the images once printed, in the liquid and over time the image degrades to leave an abstract effect which almost looks like a filter on the image.

I have also been looking at creative photographers such as Kim Keever and Mark Mawson, who have made images using water and acrylic paint. This results is an abstract, colourful, fluid image which I would love to be able to recreate in my own way.

Long exposure photography is something that has always intrigued me. I’ve only recently started experimenting with it but love the way it softens the water in an image and almost makes it look like a sheet of silk. Paulo Dias have made a lot of long exposure images of landscapes, towns and cities.

Here are some of the photos I took on Dartmoor when practicing with long exposures.


Medium format camera – Hassleblad, light meters and 120 film.

The Hasslebad was created by a Swedish family in 1841 when they first established their business. They never knew how much of an impact they would have on the world of Photography and how widely respected the Hassleblad name would become.

The Hassleblad was the first camera on the moon when Walter Schirra purchased a Hassleblad 500c.


The hassleblad i’m going to be looking at is the 503 model. It has a standard prime lens (80mm) and i’ll be using a square 6×6 format (12 shots per roll of film). You can also use 6×7,6×8,6×9 format.