Photographing the Zines Workshop

Kate O’Brien, our college technician held a workshop with us on how to photograph the zines on the 14th March. To start the day Kate gave a presentation on polarization filters. This was interesting as I had never used them before. Polarization filters reduce the amount of shine that is reflected off surfaces. A circular filter attaches to the lens of the camera and kate made two sheet filters that attaches to the studio lights. The sheets had to be bought online form the US.

Our shoot took place in studio B where we used the Canon 5D Mark lll on a tripod. The camera faced down towards the ground. On the ground we placed a white backdrop. On either side we had the two studio lights with the polarizing filters attached. Zines were placed on the backdrop on the floor to be photographed. We had to decide how to photograph the zines as each one had to be photographed the same. After some test shots we decided to include hands in the shot. This combined with a slight shadow meant that it did not look like

the zines were floating on a white background.

The previous week at the The Forgotten Zine Archive we made a selection of ten zines. We made the selection based on them containing photographs. At the workshop we narrowed this down to six. The camera was tethered to a laptop which we used to take the photographs. This made it easier to see how the photographs were turning out. It was important that we had each zine centred so that they would display well on the website. We photographed the front and back covers and two spreads of each zine.

On the 20th of March we worked on taking videos of the zines to make cinemagraphs. This time we set the camera and tripod up on a table. This made it easier to reach the zines. We decided not to make a cinemagraph of every zine. We made a selection of three that we felt would work well as a cinemagraph because they didn’t have too many pages and also displayed the best example of photography. Laura carefully turned each page as we recorded the video.

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