Thursday, June 15, 2017

Assignment that I am most proud of



I am most proud of this image from the forced perspective assignment. I think that the perspective turned out really well, since it is clearly not natural. I am proud of how I photographed my subject so that she fit perfectly on the rock. I also kept the person who was on the original photo on the end of the rock, so size comparisons could be clearly odd. I spent a lot of time working with the subject on the image to manipulate the lighting, since the original image of the subject was very dark. I added light and shadows on my subject, and on the rock. I am really proud of how this image turned out because of how much it looks like my subject is actually sitting on the rock. I blended the edges so that it didn't look like my subject was just pasted onto it. I learned a lot in this assignment about lighting and blending, which totally payed off towards this successful image.

Most memorable experiences



One of my most memorable experiences from this semester in photo was using photoshop. I loved learning how to manipulate images in any way I wanted. Although I had had some experience with photoshop before, I learned many techniques to make my images look professional and clean-cut. Through levitation photography, I had a fun time trying to make my photos look realistic. It was challenging to manipulate the lighting and shadows, but in the end I produced a lot of work I'm proud of. I really enjoyed the creativity that came with photoshop, I could choose where I wanted my subject and how I wanted to manipulate the image. I could also correct any flaws in images, like dates from the camera. I learned how to make the subjects seem to be in the image, although they were originally taken in different locations with completely different lighting setups. Above are some images I photoshopped this semester.

The second most memorable experience was the "Who Am I?" video. Above are some images I used in the video. In the video, I got to reflect on myself. I really enjoyed looking back on my old photos and videos. It was fun setting up the video how I wanted. The creativity with topics was really neat because I could do what describes me best. I liked editing the videos so they went with the music. It was really satisfying when the music flowed with the images and videos. It was really fun looking back at old photos and some I hadn't even seen before. I learned a lot about how to construct videos and how to make the video sync with the music. It was also memorable watching everyone's videos. It was really cool seeing what is meaningful to everyone and seeing it through images and videos of them. The food was also memorable because there were so many delicious treats.

Reflecting on my goals for the semester

One thing I wrote about in my goals for the semester was that I wanted to know how cameras capture images. I learned through pinhole photography how light is printed on photo paper, creating an image. I also improved my photo skills by learning the best way to take images. I learned some ways to edit images through photoshop, which I wanted to do. I learned how to find the best angles and lighting to make the best image, which was a goal of mine. Another thing I wanted to do was to learn kinds of photography other than digital, which I achieved through learning how to do pinhole photography. Finally, I learned how to take good images so I don't have to take a million to find the best image. Overall, I would say that I achieved all of my goals for this semester. I am a much better photographer now that I had expected to be.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Scavenger Hunt

Lines:
Suzanne
My Examples:


Contrast:
David Peterson                                                        David Peterson
My Examples:


Beauty:

Liya Kebede                                         Wallpaper Safari
My Examples:


An Ants View Of The World:

Brandon Savoy                                                       Katie Amey
My Examples:


Shape:

koolkidt                                                                   Cheri Lucas Rowlands
My Examples:


Something That Represents You:
My Examples:


Texture:

Claire Woollam                                   NoNo Joe
My Examples:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pinhole Photography

Purpose:

    1. To understand and demonstrate pinhole photography and how it works;
    2. To become familiar with darkroom processes and procedures.
     One aspect of pinhole photography is proper lighting. Although lighting in general affects every aspect of the photograph, the lighting while taking the image is very important. Too much lighting would make the negative too dark, and not enough lighting would make the negative too light. Stillness while the image is also an aspect of pinhole photography. Although movement in the image can make interesting "ghosting" effects to the image, a motionless image would need complete stillness for the entirety of the time the shutter is open. Finally, an aspect of pinhole photography is proper development. The photographic paper must go through certain chemicals for certain periods of time in a dark room. If this process is executed improperly in any way, the image can be ruined completely, especially if prematurely exposed to light. 
      One of the most exciting parts of the pinhole photography process was the creativity with the images. Although I needed the images to be taken in certain areas with certain lighting, I had creativity with how I wanted my subject to pose. Another exciting part of the process is the anticipation into if the image will develop nicely or not. It is often hard to tell if an image will have the proper lighting, and it is really rewarding when it develops correctly. Finally, an exciting part of this process is seeing images in the negative. Images look really interesting when all of the colors are backwards.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Forced Perspective Photographs

Purpose:

  • To continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs in a unique original way;
  • To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way;
  • To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;

     This photograph was most successful for many reasons. First, the pose that my subject was in fit perfectly with the shape of the rock she was sitting on in the image. Also, the second subject close to the main subject is much smaller, and that subject is characterizing the realistic size of a person in this landscape. My subject is extremely bigger than she would actually be. Since the two different-sized subjects are next to each other, this image challenges the eye with a unique perspective and multi-dimensional view.
      One thing that's challenging for me in photoshop is making the background go well with the other layer. Since the images are usually taken at different times, in different places, and with different lightings, I have to manipulate the images to make them look like they were taken in the same place/ One thing I have been working on is using shadows and highlighting to emphasize a shared light source in both of the layers, therefore making the layers seem merged. I also have blurred edges of my subjects to make sure that there are no harsh lines, as harsh lines really don't exist like the harsh lines of cutting and pasting. One thing I might do differently next time is find an image that matches in lighting with my subject, so that I don't have to go through so much trouble to manipulate the images.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Shadow



contrasts of light

the sun creeps around the roof
poking at the yard
the darkness reaches over the fence
and hides behind the trees

the fence displays the contrasts
of the sun and the darkness
a shadow deepens the yard
by expelling some of the light