Sequencing Photographs

Sequencing by Thaiba Mahmood

Sequencing has been a critical component in the ongoing study for my final major project. Not only in terms of the order of pictures but also the editing process. Narrowing down to smaller number of pictures, interrogating them, thinking about strengths of which images are working and how they relate to the subject.

As my final project is very subject specific, it was important for me that all my photographs flow together and have a similar visual aesthetic, but also to be different and powerful in their own way. I managed to achieve this through distinctively shooting on days it was sunny, to create and continue the flow of warmth and golden hour. However, the weather wouldn’t always be the way I wanted it to be, and this is where editing in Camera Raw and Photoshop played a huge role in developing the same visual aesthetic. For each shoot I conducted I used similar pre-sets I had made to maintain the consistency of the photographs.

Personally, I think sequencing doesn’t only come into role after the photographs have been taken. For me, it is apparent through the shooting process through three important factors, light, subject, and composition. Maintaining the consistency of these three variables throughout every shoot I conduct, allows me to find and create my own niche and style.

My process to sequence photographs in an order, I print out the best images from the shoot once I have edited them and lay them out on a flat surface in front of me. This allows me to visually compare each image to another, and identify which images stand out and catch my eye more than others. This process sometimes ends it two piles or more, the following being, ‘strongest images’, ‘not so strong’, and ‘somewhere in the middle’. I then lay out the images from each pile and compare then again, to see if there is any similarities and differences, which ends in two piles, ‘strong’, and ‘not so strong’. Through this process, I apply my theme/subject to each image, therefore, allows me to select the strongest set of photographs that best represent the theme/subject.