This accomplished A Level Photography sketchbook is a reminder that a simple presentation, with subtle variation, is often all that is needed. Thumbnail images (or darkroom negative proofs) are analysed, with compositions highlighted and scrawled over, allowing the quick communication of ideas. Even the selection of red and yellow pens is purposeful, linking seamlessly with the colours used throughout the portfolio. In these sketchbook pages, Ellie accompanies the photographs with thoughtful…

This accomplished A Level Photography sketchbook is a reminder that a simple presentation, with subtle variation, is often all that is needed. Thumbnail images (or darkroom negative proofs) are analysed, with compositions highlighted and scrawled over, allowing the quick communication of ideas. Even the selection of red and yellow pens is purposeful, linking seamlessly with the colours used throughout the portfolio. In these sketchbook pages, Ellie accompanies the photographs with thoughtful…

These four sketchbook pages combine several excellent presentation strategies. Images have been positioned in an ordered, well-balanced formation, with small, non-distracting annotation. Hand-drawn compositions have been included – an excellent way for competent drawers to think through ideas and provide visual variety to their sketchbook pages. Some images have been printed with clues about the digital manipulation that has taken place (see top right); this can allow students to look back…

These four sketchbook pages combine several excellent presentation strategies. Images have been positioned in an ordered, well-balanced formation, with small, non-distracting annotation. Hand-drawn compositions have been included – an excellent way for competent drawers to think through ideas and provide visual variety to their sketchbook pages. Some images have been printed with clues about the digital manipulation that has taken place (see top right); this can allow students to look back…

The black paper and vibrant colours in this Photography sketchbook result in a dramatic, eye catching layout. The pages almost take on a magazine-like quality, with large and small images integrated carefully within text.

The black paper and vibrant colours in this Photography sketchbook result in a dramatic, eye catching layout. The pages almost take on a magazine-like quality, with large and small images integrated carefully within text.

Sometimes, when your work is this good, annotation is superfluous. These sketchbook pages contain collages of photographs, lino prints and drawings. The overlapping rectangular pieces create exploratory works with no clear boundaries, experimentation bleeding into the page. This is how a sketchbook should be.

Sometimes, when your work is this good, annotation is superfluous. These sketchbook pages contain collages of photographs, lino prints and drawings. The overlapping rectangular pieces create exploratory works with no clear boundaries, experimentation bleeding into the page. This is how a sketchbook should be.

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