Digital Portfolio

For my mailing as well as creating a postcard that held details that I could leave or send out to publishing companies I also wanted to create a digital portfolio, something that I could send via email to other holiday companies or publishing companies. To do this I created a PDF document that has been designed very similar to my printed portfolio however on a smaller scale. The majority of the photographs I included were from Australia, New Zealand and New York, this was to show the companies that I am capable of travelling and have done some prior to the job, instead of them all being in England this shows less experience in the field.

These are the layouts of the PDF:
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This is a very similar layout to what my printed portfolio is however I wanted to show it on a smaller scale, I wanted the design to still be included, and have enough photographs of different places to be able to show my skill set. I feel I could take some more tourist shots, that include people as people often sell the magazines for travel brochures as well. This is something I will start considering more about when I go travelling again.

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Framing and Mounting Photographs

For our end of year exhibition I have decided that I want to present my portfolio and some of my travel photography imagery in the show. I want the final prints to be fairly large so that they stand out by using a very clean and contemporary way of displaying them. I have been looking at the prints that Sim Frame offer and the block mount prints were some of my favourites. http://www.simframe.co.uk/blockmounts/ The two sizes that stand out to me the most would be 24×16 or 30×20, originally I was going to do 24×16 but i’m not sure this would be big enough I want them to stand out and be large final images that people could see on their walls. Next I wanted to display 4 large prints so they stood out I like the idea of an even amount.

To help me decide what photographs appealed most to the public, I created this photo to send and asked people to choose there top favourite 4:Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 15.19.59

The results that I got surprised me slightly, the top favourites amongst people were:
The view From the empire state (1st Row 3rd Image)
The Pinnacles (2nd Row 1st Image)
The Star Trail, The Surf Board and New Zealand (3rd Row 1st, 2nd, 4th Images)
Great Barrier Reed and the Boats (4th Row 1st and 2nd Image)

With the majority of the others having been chosen by a couple of people as well. I come up with putting a few together to see what they looked like as a group of 4. Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 15.35.06 Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 15.55.22

These were a couple of ideas I had, I wanted to use the empire state view, star trail and the pinnacles, and majority liked the boats, but  I felt that I needed to include more countries so I wanted to keep the one of New Zealand. I then decided to try out with 5 and come up with some layouts on how to display. This was what I came up with:
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Overall when they are printed and placed on the wall I feel that would make a more dramatic effect. I need to consider the size and find out how much space we have each and how I shall mount them together. I think by keeping the blue together in the middle keeps the overall display balanced. I just need to decide on if I want to print 24×16 or 30×20

Business Cards

I decided to make some business cards to go alongside my portfolio and so that I could have them placed at the exhibition. I ordered my business cards through moo.co.uk – although this is a slightly pricey option I like that you area able to upload more than one design to the front so i uploaded about 20 different pictures and I will get 4 of each business card, this allows conversation starter on letting them choose their own card of the photo they prefer.

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These are a range of the photographs that I have chosen to get printed on my business cards and also on the reverse side I have all my details, However I realise that I should not have done 100 as i’m planning to travel, this will make my phone number invalid, but this is something to consider later on.
I wanted to keep the variation in the colours and the subjects so I used some Landscapes, cityscapes and wildlife photographs. I designed some logos to go alongside on my business cards, I wish that I had considered these when making my postcards. I wanted to keep the back design very simple and still incorporate my logo design on this as well to show consistency.

Mailing – to go with portfolio

With our brief we have also been asked to create a mailing to present alongside our portfolio, as my portfolio is focussed towards travel photography and design, I felt that a postcard would work well with my portfolio. However I wanted to add some design elements to work with this.
When designing I had a few variations in the style that I wanted to go with. Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 20.26.00
This was the first idea that I had by putting the images within a circle. The pictures being so different it felt not very weighted, this could be altered with a different variety in photographs, I wanted to choose an image from each of the countries I visited and have been included in my portfolio. When getting from this design people did not like the white space surrounding the design it drew their eye to the white and not the photographs.

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This was the second idea for the design, by having a selection of the snippets of photographs I have included showing mores incentive to go to the website to look at the photographs further. Feedback from this design was they didn’t like the white stripes and they felt because I have gone with diagonal lines they need to be more dominant so that you can see the design is supposed to be diagonal.
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I decided to develop my first design after many other ideas with having one photograph having four images and squares and so on. I went with the circle to solve the issue of the white being a problem I put the background as black, this allows the photographs to become more dominant, also with these pictures it becomes more weighted having the two darker images either side and the blue photos opposite, this shows more of a balance. Feedback from this design was that all the pictures tend to blend together and amongst the background.
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With this feedback i defined the edges of the circle and the photographs using a white border, this made the most sense and by having it ever so thin this doesn’t allow it to effect the photographs. Overall this looks significantly better to the place in which I started.

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This is a view of the back of the postcard, stating all my contact details and the copyright to the images, I also included the logo that I used on my website for the favicon and in my portfolio, this shows fluent use and could allow this to become a symbol of my work with the correct advertising. I kept the reverse side of the postcard white, as this allows empty space for people to write notes about me as a reminder. 
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This shows an example of what my postcards will look like, there is no longer as much black space outside the postcard but it looks a lot better making sure the pictures fill the space. there is still lots of empty room and it looks more designed instead of just placing information around.

Ken Kaminesky

I began looking at different Travel Photographers who have made a successful career from this industry. One photographer that really stood out to me was Ken Kaminesky (http://www.kenkaminesky.com/) his work was very eye catching and the colours and angles he has captured really stood out to me. Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 11.12.41 Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 11.12.52 Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 11.13.17Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 11.15.06

These are some examples of his website and the type of imagery he has taken. There is a huge variety of imagery from across the world. He has a video on his website that tells us a bit his working style and what he does as a travel photographer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QgJ0lEvxu8

He has also done numerous of interviews with different magazines and he goes into detail on how he has got to the position he has today within the travel photography industry.


http://blog.photoshelter.com/2014/07/invaluable-advice-aspiring-travel-photographers-ken-kaminesky/
In this article he speaks about what Travel photography is all about, it’s not a field that you enter in to gain lots of money but it is about passion for travelling, seeing new places and learning new cultures and taking photographs that tell a story. He speaks about some of the mistakes that he made and that he recommends others. One being don’t rest all of your time and energy on one client that will bring in 90% of your income as if and when they cancel your contracts then you will be left with no income. Diversity is the key as your income will be spread over a variety of clients so it one cancels a contact you will still have other means to income.
There are other outlets in Travel photography that will help you make money. Some of these are:

  • Commercial and Editorial Shoots
  • Running Photography Tours
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Consulting
  • Public Speaking
  • Large Format Print Sales
  • Photo Licensing

Some of the advice that he gives in this article for aspiring travel photographers is to take business classes, business is a huge part of being a travel photographer. It isn’t just about taking the photographers but making a brand for yourself so that people remember you and your work. Social Media is always a good way to make the public known to your work, by constant blogging this starts to get you and your work noticed more. Planning is the key, this is where you are travelling to and what photographs you want to take on the way. You need to find the location you want to shoot at try and find the best perspective and then consider what light would work the best, you have sunrise and sunset the two golden hours and you also have 2 blue hours that provide great light. Ken suggests that if you are planning to shoot in the day then working on interior shots are better for this time of day. Less is more, clients want to see 3 amazing photographs instead of 100 photographs that don’t meet the same criteria, taking the time on the photographs you do take is more successful than having a larger variety, that aren’t so impressive.


http://www.ephotozine.com/article/an-evening-with-photographer-ken-kaminesky-25863
Ken defines his work as ‘capturing the big picture of travel icons, natural wonders, architectural marvels and above all, places with a story’. He speaks more in this article about how he developed his work through networking and creating connections. The way he shoots is through HDR, he can take several photographs and bring them all together to make sure they get the colour range and depth in each and every photograph. By taking long exposures you can use a small aperture to capture greater detail and you still get the colours and movement of clouds and water in the photograph.

http://blog.kenkaminesky.com/a-lil-bit-about-me/

This page goes to his about me on his website which lists a variety of more articles that he has been featured in.

Portfolio Review

I have been designing my book with Sim Imaging so I have had to design in their software. I began to experiment with the layouts and wanted to experiment, to get the best out of my portfolio and show my photography skills along with my design skills. This is the progress that I have made with my portfolio and I spoke to my lecturer about parts that I could improve on.

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This is my Introduction and cover page, Due to the type of book I have chosen the first pages become a double page unlike normal books. Some of the changes I wanted to make to this spread:

  • Take away the word ‘Introduction’ and rewrite this paragraph. Move this so it becomes central and it will then flow with the next page as well.
  • Change the colour of the Favicon to a black, the blue starts to relate closely to the images. This may not be necessary for this page but could be used on a credits page.
  • I could include the map that I have used on my website so that they relate together, this will also help link the small logo designs I have put into each section of my portfolio.

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This was my first opening page for Australia, I wanted to make it become more factual by adding facts about the country that I visited, I added these onto the opening pages.

  • I experimented with a different design by keeping the facts within a box I need to adjust this in this section. Also the number section I have for the facts is very similar to the Contents page I could experiment by adding a Facts! title and maybe using hashtags as well.
  • Make sure that everything is lined up.
  • Experiment with the logo of Australia, experiment with size and maybe move it around a bit.

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  • Make sure that the height of all the boxes are the same don’t have one slightly smaller than the other.
  • Remove the page number, only want these on the opening spread pages.
  • Make sure the text lines up with all imagery.
  • Perhaps leave a bigger gap in the centre, in case any is lost when printing the books.

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  • The page number needs removing.
  • Make sure that everything is lined up and equal gaps.

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  • Remove page numbers.
  • On smaller image of the pinnacles, edited the output levels to 250px

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  • Remove page numbers
  • These images are too similar either create more symmetry with the second photograph or replace with another image, I could use the Perth Skyline.
  • Make sure Its the same size layout as previous layouts.

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  • Here I need to add in the text Facts! Experiment and give more space in the box for text. Smaller gap on the left, more room on the right. I began experimenting with the #1, I could alter the colours so that it separates from the facts.
  • Put all text in one box and make sure this is all equally spaced.
  • Again think about the logo of New Zealand.

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  • Create a larger gap between the photos on the left and centre spread.
  • Remove page number
  • Make sure text is lined up.
  • Edit the sky in the top left image and add a filter so that it relates to the other photographs.
  • Edit the output levels again to 250px

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  • Darken the top left corner of the left photograph so that it doesn’t lead you out of the page.
  • Remove page numbers
  • Edit the output levels again to 250px

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  • Move the text so that it is level with the other layouts.
  • Try swapping the imagery around so that the water doesn’t cross over a page.
  • Remove page number.

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  • Change the opacity of the block for text and make it larger.
  • Put all of the text into one block and change the numbering to # so that it becomes more clear.
  • Make sure it is evenly spread like other spreads.

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  • Remove Page number
  • Make sure text is evenly spread

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  • Try cropping the photo of the bridge or alter the layout so that is similar to the one I used in Queenstown.
  • Darken the left area of the bridge photograph.
  • Make sure text is evenly placed.

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  • Create the fact box like the other spreads.
  • Draw an illustration of New York City.

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  • Remove Page number
  • Make sure text is evenly placed
  • Crop the left photo slightly so its more about the neons.

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  • Remove Page number
  • Make sure text is evenly placed

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  • Remove Page number
  • Make sure text is evenly placed
  • Try moving the photographs
  • Edit them so that the sky is more even across the photographs.
  • Remove the dust marks on the right photographs.

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  • Remove page numbers
  • Evenly place the text.
  • Try and bring the image on the left down so you don’t loose the detail at the top.
  • Being my only interior shots should I include them?

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  • Think about what photograph to use on the right, does this one work, do I have a better one?

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  • Move the photographs on the right out so there is a bigger gap in the centre.

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  • Does this spread fit with the rest of my book? Or should I just remove this and use it as a credits page.
  • Remove Page numbers.
  • Keep the Fire Escape and use the other page as a credits page.

I need to add in a credits page so I can put in a copyright logo. Something along the lines of:

All photographs copyrighted to Karen Catchpole, 2015
Travel Photography and Design
Followed by Contact Details and Website address.

The photography Show

This weekend was the Photography show in Birmingham N.E.C, this gave me the opportunity to view companies that offered digital albums and was able to question each about the books enabling me to expand my list of suppliers. I was able to get some good deals from different companies.

Some of the companies that I spoke to were Aperture Books (http://www.aperturebooks.com/) they offer lay-flat books and other styled books in a variety of sizes. When I was looking at the books they supplied I felt they all had a professional feel, there was a variety in choices that you could choose. I received a price list at the show and an offer on a A3 Landscape Book. This is the price list on their website: Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 17.13.40 Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 17.14.52

Another company that I came across was MTA (http://www.mtauk.com/) They offered a range of books in there collections along with different styles and sizes. Some of the examples they had on there stands consisted of image covers and Acrylic. Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 17.09.56 Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 17.11.36 Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 17.13.02

These were just a couple of some of the album book makers that I spoke to at the Photography Show, a lot were very similar and they offered different paper finishes and a variety of covers. However I decided to stick with Sim Imaging as they created a Leather Cover and they also had the best quality I found. Plus there turn over time was only 10 days whereas others could be 4 weeks or more.