Tutorial 24/01/14 – Ellen Nolan NOTES

I had a tutorial with Ellen Nolan today. Going to this tutorial really helped as I was feeling completely stuck with what to do as part of my Narrative Unit.
I explained the two ideas (from previous post of my idea mind-map) and she really liked the idea of using myself however she felt that I needed more than just my RAF WARMA marching photographs.

These are the notes I took in my tutorial:

  • Journey – keep it as a main theme for this project
  • Young age photographs of myself –> how I look now. Cropping of images/full length = try and get them all in a similar format.
  • Idea of time – what role does it play?
  • Narration for Digital piece – Don’t rule out voice, experiment with recordings and text/captions.
  • My view of change – narration?
  • People who know me commenting on change of me growing up / views of me.
  • Slow sequence for slideshow of images –> change speed slightly reflecting on how quickly I grew up as a child.

After much discussion of ideas for my digital version of my photographs, we then went onto discussing what I should do as the final product that I have to hand in in March. I came up with the idea of creating a photo-album and placing pictures inside with hand-written captions next to them.
What I like more, is that this project will be left pretty open and unfinished, thus allowing me to continue on with taking pictures of myself during special occasions as well as growing up/older.

Next Steps:

  • Create a mind-map of ideas with what I can do – help me progress with the outcome of Myself.
  • Contact my Mum to see if I can look through the family archive of images.
  • Sift through my personal images (contact friends/family if need be) and find images of different areas of my life (EG: ATC Years, 18th Birthday, 21st Birthday, College, High School, University, Family Reunions/Weddings, etc)
  • Create a timeline to help me shape my slideshow / build my family album.
  • Begin artist research.

Adobe Premiere Workshop – 23.01.14

After using Adobe Lightroom to create a slideshow presentation with our images, our tutor then introduced my class and I to Adobe Premiere… It is something all of us photography students are not sure about using so having our ‘Dummies Introduction to Premiere’ it was really worth while, and understanding another way of creating a video slideshow was really beneficial for me for my Narrative Unit!


  • New Project
  • Scratch Disks – make sure it says it has over 150GB (otherwise the program will crash on you for not having enough memory)
  • Name it appropriately and place it into the desired area on your PC/Mac
  • Sequence Presets – HDV 1080p30 (will give a nice smooth result)
  • Settings – make sure it says 1440 x 1080 (this is similar to 4 x 3 which is the same ratio as a DSLR/35mm SLR screen/formating)
  • Create 2 folders – clicking on the Folder icon and name them Photos and Sounds. (This will help to importing and locating files on this software before editing)
  • Media Browser – Select Images (Using Cntrl & Clicking the images you want) – Right Click – Import.
  • Click and drag images into the timeline (Images bar).
  • Using the cursor and hovering over the ends of the images in the timeline, you can change the duration of time you want pictures shown for.
  • Razor tool – using this and clicking on part of the image block will split it into two.
  • SOUND – Find file and import it in the same manner as images.
    Double click to listen to it – mark it in and mark it out (when you want music/sound to play and finish), click and drag into the timeline (audio 1 bar)
  • Pressing Enter, will turn the thin red bar at the top of where the timeline to green, and you can preview your work in a better quality.
  • File – Save Project.
  • File – Export – Media. Tick Match Sequence Settings and hit Export. This will then turn your work into a MPEG (and is compatible for Windows and Mac users).

Video produced can be seen here (the video is pretty basic level, but will hopefully be attending the Advanced Premiere workshop soon):

Lightroom Workshop – 23.01.14

Today I had a digital workshop based on software Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Premiere.
As part of my Narrative project, I have to create something digital, be it a slideshow or a video and present it to my peers in February. So today, my tutor kindly gave us a “dummies guide to Lightroom and Premiere” workshop this morning!


Library Module

  • Input Images
  • Create Slideshow

Slideshow Module

  • Guides – not appear on screen go to: View -> View Guides
  • Changing colour of background – right hand side tool bar, Colour Wash and/or Background Colour.
  • You can preview your slideshow of images at any given time by clicking on the Preview button.
  • Slide Duration – Change timing and fading by moving the slide bars of Slides and Fades 
  • Background Image – Drag and drop image into the box on the right hand side
    – Want a selection of an image? Go into Development Module, right click (Mac – Cntrl & Click) on the image and select Create Virtual Copy crop it to how you feel fit then repeat the Background Image step. When it comes to the slideshow itself, make sure that you select Use Selected Images in the drop out box situated above the filmstrip otherwise the cropped image will be part of the slideshow!
  • To make the duration of a single image longer, right click on the image (Mac – Cntrl & Click) and select Create Virtual Copy. By having the images side-by-side it will make the duration longer, HOWEVER if you have the fade to colour selected in the right hand side tool box then the image will flash and it will not look like a smooth presentation.
  • Intro / Ending Screen – good part to perhaps put a title page?
  • Adding Music – Select Sound – Choose. Ticking Fit to Music will make sure the sound is played for the duration of the slideshow.
  • Create Saved Slideshow – NAME – tick Inside – Choose Collection.
  • File -> Export Video – Select the 1080P (good quality to have.)

Video Made in Adobe Lightroom can be seen here: 

10/01/14 – Narrative Structures & Concepts, Natasha Caruana NOTES

Shape of the story – refer to NC’s slideshow.

13th February – Slideshow version of narrative.

Mishka Henner – Found images. Bliss. Text used. Capturing the in-between moment (freeze framing). Sense of bliss?

Araki Nobuyoshi – Challenges social taboos. Sex, Life, Death. A Sentimental Journey – honeymoon. A Winter’s Journey – death of wife. Dual narrative – life v death. Challenging. Frustration – destroying the negatives.

Alison Jackson – Celeb and Culture. Chronological retelling of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Lily McElroy – “I throw myself at men”. Set herself up in bars for blind dates. Woman meets man! Social pressure of being single. Fragments.

Jeff Wall – A Sudden Gust of Wind. Tableau. Re-staging the image of Hokusai. Moment seen through actions – paper/bags flying and guy laughing.

Marina Abaramovic – The Lovers, Great Wall of China. 90 day performance. Walking across the Great Wall of China, her one end the lover at the other and they would meet in the middle and get married. Beginning of working separately. They decided not to get married in the end and so it turned into a bid farewell.

Natasha Caruana – Good Luck Video. Had a found image, went to another country and was asking people “Have you seen my father” and the narrative started from there! Quite frightening to watch on Vimeo actually!

10/01/14 – Narrative Intro with Ellen Nolan NOTES

Yaron Lapid – Scanned in photographs. Slideshow loop. Lost identity – eyes cropped out re-tells the narrative, detail provided from images you have an idea of who they are. Found imagery.

Sarah Jones – Staged photographs. Girls in domestic environment. Set colour pallette.

Taryn Simon – Text with images, turning innocents into criminals – misidentification

Sophie Calle – based on a letter she received from her lover wanting to end the relationship. she asked models to act out how they would feel if it was a letter sent to them. Influence on narrative, letter scaled and size is different when exhibited. It’s dynamic. Emotions to work, delicate lighting.

Sharon Lockheart – Auditions. Re-acting “First Kiss” which children in LA – five images in series.

Bill Owens – Photographing surburban families. Quotes sit in the frames with the images. Cinematic technique.

Ellen Nolan – Previous Personality. Photographs with her mum having Alzheimers. Role reversal. Emotional. Dated images – makes it narrative. Colours = important when she took the photographs. Losing sense of identity – clothes and personality.
Waiting Room – Set up castings and photographers. arranged models and made them wait. Inspired by paintings.

09/01/14 – Narrative Intro – Emmanuelle Waeckerle NOTES

The frame cuts into space and the shutter cuts into time, turning the photographic act into an event itself – David Campany.


  • Textual Narrative
  • Text as Image
  • Image & Text (eg: captions or part of the image)
  • Still Image
  • Tableau Image
  • Moving Image (eg: slideshow or video)


  • Linear Narrative
  • Random Narrative
  • Open Ended / Closed (notion of suspense)
  • Repetition / Permutation
  • Flashback


  • Documentary
  • Fiction
  • Scientific
  • Theoretical
  • Poetic
  • Personal / Diary

Raymond Queneau: Novelist & Poet. OuLiPo Movement. 1903 – 1976. Combined rigorous experimentation with restless humour.

Fiona Banner – The Nam: Painting, book and audio tapes. Non-fiction installation. Performance Nude – writes description of what she sees.

Larry Sultan – The Valley: Influenced by Edward Hopper’s Hotel Room, 1931.

Victor Burgin – Gradiva: Translates to “woman who walks”. 8 images in series.

Rene Margritte: Compares words and images as means of representation.

Martha Rosler: Documentary images and text by the side. Photographs of words (how the describe homeless drunks)

Gabriel Orozco: Constructed or not? You don’t really know.

Robert Frank: Story Lines. Repetition.