I've tackled the projects in a fairly ad-hoc way - opportunity driven. This has bothered me a little as I like things to be ordered and systematic. However, it has just evolved like that. Despite this, I am confident that I have learnt and practiced within the framework of the course and feel my learning curve has been pretty steep. And in putting this post together I have been surprised at how much has now been covered albeit in a topsy-turvy fashion.
However, if I dare make an observation, I have been somewhat disappointed with the project side of things, particularly projects 19-28. I have felt I was doing some of the projects for the sake of doing them at times, rather than genuinely benefitting from them. I admit myself that my camera skills need continual improvement but I just wonder whether the projects are perhaps too process-led. I have only really thought about this since embarking on the street photography now project. My attitude to this has been lighter and I'm trying to work out why!! Maybe because there is a cohort of participants to learn from and with, focussing on one established practitioner every week, one week leaves no time to get bogged down with the subject, the instruction is unprescriptive. To have this type of project for every genre would be enormously helpful in my own way of learning. I guess its horses for courses!!
I have found these projects very helpful in my learning.
#1: friend in a public space: done
#2: framing a single figure: done
#3: framing two people: done
#4: vertical v horizontal: done
#5: eye-lines: done
#13: a natural portrait: done
Part Two: The Telling Moment
#29: children at play: my kids are my blank canvas often, as are other people's kids.
#30: emotion: practice all the time
#31 a situation that improves: examples of this are evident every time I go out
#32: street photography: forming the large part of my photography at present
#33 tungsten light - colour and exposure
4. Documentary Styles
#36: wide-angle technique: tend to use 18 -50mm. Will try even wider.
#37: telephoto technique: will practice
#38: black and white: I will experiment with this in due course although prefer the colour aesthetic
#39: making connections: to do
#40: laying out a photo-essay: researched extensively for assignment one and will revisit for assignment 5.
#41: a cropped print: I don't process my own prints, however I do crop, which again, a post could be written on the authenticity of cropping.