As part of innovation week yesterday Sebastiaan Hanekroot came to the university to do a workshop on the essentials for an expressive print which I attended and found very valuable. Sebastian is dedicated to getting the best out of your image after the image has been taken, through post production, printing and the production of your photo book.
“That is what I love, but what is it what I do? I don’t print books. I don’t design them. I don’t bind them. I don’t publish them. I do something else. I make sure that the colour reproductions in books are all you ever wished for. That pictures and colours come to live as vibrant as the originals did. Then again, to achieve that, I have to know everything about printing, designing, binding and publishing books. And I do. Decades of experience in one of Hollands leading printing plants/publisher and decades of working with the most talented graphic designers and accomplished binders guarantee that. ” Sebastiaan Hanekroot taken from http://www.colourandbooks.com/work/
I decided to take in a new image I had just taken this week of Alan at the arcade in Bridlington. I am happy I decided to use this image after Sebastian’s talk around 15 minutes in I was already looking at the previous edit I had done to the image prior to the workshop. I highlighted to me that, I wasn’t thinking enough about the post production I was doing on these images, I know don’t feel as though I have been putting enough thought and reflexion into the importance of how my images are edited and printed and what a massive difference it can make to my series of images.
Sebastiaan asked some important questions to ask ourselves when we take an image.
What is the essential to you about your image?
I believe the most essential part of this image, in particular, is representing Alan and showing his personality to the audience. I want the image to be fun to look at, the image of Alan makes me smile, and I want it to have that same effect on its audience.
Where should I look?
The focus of the image should be on Alan, however, I feel that the light of the arcade machine draws the eye to the left side of the image. I didn’t notice this prior t0 seeing the print at the workshop but when looking at the image in print the image looks like two separate images which the line for the arcade machine divides and stands out. Which therefore takes the eye away from Alan.
Does the print best represent my intentions in post production?
Do to Alan not being the main focus point due to the light is distracting some of that attention I feel that this is slightly blocking my intentions that were answered in the first question. However, I believe my colour balance and the way the light falls across alan cheek and down his coat is highlighted well in post production.
What did I want to express?
Fun, Happiness & relationship.
Overall the workshop was very worthwhile, it has made me think and consider the importance of post-production so much more. It has made such an impact on how I am now looking at past images I’ve edited.