CAN Assignment 1: Reflections and Feedback

Reflection pre-tutor feedback

Demonstration of technical and visual skills – Materials, technical, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills. (40%)

Given the circumstances surrounding this assignment (see Notes) I am reasonably satisfied with the outcome of this first assignment of the CAN module.

Technically these photographs are not demanding. That said, on a bright sunny August day I still managed (without thinking) to use f2.8 and ISO 400. I must learn to think before I press the shutter.

In terms of observational and visual skills (which I recognise are limited) I had to find sites to photograph. I had a clear idea of what I wanted and found them all in a day.

From a compositional viewpoint I guess I should be satisfied. Other than a minor adjustment on one image I didn’t crop at all. That is an improvement for me.

Quality of outcome – Content, Application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas. (20%)

I am reasonably satisfied with the outcome of this assignment. Regardless of their conceptual strengths or weaknesses I think they sit well together visually as a series.

Demonstration of creativity – Imagination, experimentation, invention. (20%)

I wouldn’t mark myself too highly in this category. Yes I had to decide what to shoot to satisfy the brief and it’s not bad. I did have a clear idea of what I wanted and I got it. But there was almost no experimentation or invention.

My kids always started their school years slowly. It must be genetic!

Context – reflection, research, critical thinking. (20%)

On the EYV module my mark in this category was only 10/20. My lowest by far. So for me to achieve my goal I have to greatly improve in this area.

I have worked hard researching the topics. Certainly harder than on EYV. But I don’t always record what I do. In future I will log the activities more diligently.

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