27th March 2010 – My finished college project

Written on March 28, 2010 – 9:46 pm | by BryonyParkes |

Over the last 12 weeks I have been working really hard on my college project. I have been studying towards a City and Guilds qualification in Photography, Level 1 and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Initially, I only wanted to do Level 1, to get onto the Level 2 course which is notoriously hard to get onto if you haven’t done Level 1 but I am so glad I did start from the beginning as it’s been a real experience.

I’ve met some lovely people, I’ve been challenged, and had good excuses to spend lots of time doing all things photography. I also learnt a thing or two! (Did you know that while doing a long exposure shot on say, lights, with a zoom lens, if you zoom in and out while the shutter is open, it creates a cool effect?) It has been very basic in the grand scheme of things, but I didn’t care. It helped me structure my Photography knowledge and soon, I’ll have a shiny certificate to prove I do know my stuff :-)

Anyway, I’ve finally finished my images that I will be submitting with my final assessment tomorrow night. Some are good, some are not so good. The not so good images, are due to lack of time, lack of imagination and perhaps lack of skill on my part (!). But the good images, perhaps make the set.

The theme I chose, was the rather twee title of “Journey of Life”. See if you can work out which key event each photo represents and if you have time, be sure to let me know what you think!

All mounted and ready to go!

I’ve learnt a lot of very handy things preparing for my final assessment. One in particular is the proportions of photo printing sizes. All my images were set to be proportionate to 4×6 in photoshop, but my maths and my head went all wrong and thought that 8×10 was the bigger proportion. In actual fact, it should have been 8×12. I understand this now, and have learnt the hard way. It meant that some of my shots were cropped when I didn’t want them to. In particular, the bride’s head and the P plate on the car. However, I’ve explained all this in my evaluation in my book, and will take the lesson learnt with me, next time I do something like this.

Wish me luck, I’d like a really good mark!

P.s, please remember all images are copyright Bryony Parkes. Thank You x


  1. One Response to “27th March 2010 – My finished college project”

  2. By Ray on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Bryony what a great set of pictures showing the journey through life, from birth to grave with everything in between, love them all, but my fav has to be the graduation shot

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