Thursday, June 16, 2016

Assignment That I Am Most Proud Of

Of all of the assignments that we had during this class by far the one that I am most proud of would have to be the forced perspective assignment. Through out this class there were times were I didn't try as hard with some of my assignments for various reasons but with the forced perspective assignment, I had an idea when it was assigned and I followed through with that. I put a lot of time and work into it and because of that I think it was my best end result. I had four different images to turn in by the time I was done and it took me two nights, from planning to shooting to shooting some more to get it right but I was so happy with how it turned out. Photography is something I am very much in love with. But I think it was also something that I pushed off this year and didn't challenge myself in very much. And after I did the forced perspective assignment and saw how it came out with just a little more effort, I was so sad it was our last assignment because I wanted to keep applying that knew out look of the work to more assignments. So I think that I'm really proud of this assignment because it reflects both my best work and something really important I learned this year beyond skill, on a more personal level.

Most Memorable Experiences

One of the most memorable learning experiences of this class for me was delving into photoshop and learning some of the basics of how to use the program. I enjoyed getting to play around with the different tools and effects to edit and enhance some of my images. There were a couple of assignments we did using photoshop such as our photos with quotes and our levitation photos. I to learn some key ideas about how to add text to images and how to make a really dynamic cohesive looking product. It was a really interesting experience because I love using backgrounds for my computer and phone that have inspiring or cute quotes on them and I think I always sort of assumed that it was a really easy process. Through creating my own images with quotes I saw that it wasn't as easy as slapping some text onto an image and calling it done. The other assignment we completed that was heavily influenced by photoshop was our levitation photographs. We used the program to edit our photos so it looked as if the subject was floating. This was a really fun experience because I got to play around with different ways to cut the background out of a photo to leave you with just the subject. I had done some of this before but working with my classmates and teacher I learned far more productive and easier ways to do it. I also was exposed to subtle changes you can make to images to make them seem more realistic. For example using a drop shadow and changing the opacity of it so the subject looks fare more realistic. It was a pretty simple thing but it made a huge difference. 



One of the other really memorable learning experiences I have from this class was the selfie and portrait assignment we did. I really liked this assignment because it was a very modern idea and in addition to just being a fun experience to turn the camera on myself, it also helped me to focus more on composition. With the selfies I really had to slow it down and think a lot about how to make the image interesting. I tried a variety of poses and different ideas before I found some that I liked. I think more than anything this was a reminder for me to slow down when I'm shooting and not go with the image that's just right there, but try some different ideas until I find one that's even better. The same thing happened with the portraits. When I tried to take natural images of my subject as we walked and hung out, they didn't really turn out all that great. But when I had my subject pose in a certain way or really thought about the set up, the final result was something I was much happier with. A lot of what I shoot I shoot because it looks nice or interesting as it is, I don't usually manipulate situations into something else and that was something that was reinforced with this assignment as something that I should and will do more of going forward with me work. 

Non posed 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pinhole Photography

During this project using pinhole cameras I learned a lot about not only the cameras, but about lighting and the darkroom process. The first thing I learned during this project was how to use a pinhole camera and how they worked. I had never used or seen a pinhole camera prior to this class so it was interesting to see and learn how they worked. I learned how you get the camera to take a picture, by pulling the cover open and allowing light to hit the light sensitive paper inside the can. There is a lot of knowledge of light and exposure involved in  using a pinhole camera. The amount of time you leave the can open for determines how light or dark the image will come out. Even though I've used film cameras before and am familiar with not being able to see the image on a digital screen, but rather having to wait until it is developed, it was still hard to get the timing right because I didn't have a meter to look at. I've never developed images in a dark room before so it was an amazing experience to get to develop the images. I learned how important timing is to the developing process and if you do it wrong it can mess up the entire image.

I think the most exciting part of this experience was getting to develop my photos in the dark room. I loved loved loved having complete and total control over how the image came out. Being able to look at an image and say, I chose the exposure, I developed it myself, I chose the exposure again on the negative, to know that I controlled everything and it came out the way it did was such a great thing. I'm fascinated with the dark room process and the amount of attention to detail that goes into making an image. It's no just pointing a camera and hitting the button. You have to set up the shot just right, develop it just right, expose the negative into a positive just right.

I think that even though the exposure and dark room aspects of this project were exceptionally fun it was also exceptionally challenging. It was really hard to find just the right exposure and for one of my photos I had to retake it three or four times until I got it just right. Making sure I had the timing just right for the chemical baths was also challenging. For one of my images I read the time wrong and took it out of the developer too early and that threw off the entire rest of the process. The image ended up coming out way to light. Trying to decide which exposure to set my machine to turn my negative not a positive was hard also.  I am a perfectionist so I went back a couple of times until I had the exposure exactly how I wanted it.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Forced Perspective


  • 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;

One challenge I had while doing this assignment was the fact that I was using myself as a model. This made it a little hard to hold the object while I took the photo while trying to make sure that it was in focus. Because I had the lights in the background for a bokeh affect in most of them, I had to make sure the camera was out of focus enough on those to blue the lights but in focus enough so the object turned out correctly. When I posed for the last image with the flower as a skirt, it was a little tricky because I couldn't tell exactly how out of focus the image was going to be until I took it and was able to look at it. This meant a lot of trial and error. I did have some successes with this assignment though. I was able to make the lights I used look really blurry and I was happy with the end result and how the lights interacted with the rest of the photo. Another success I had was furthering my skills using photoshop when I combined the flower and the picture of myself to make the last image.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Who Am I?

  • To understand the purposes and differences of selfies, portraits and self-portraits;
  • To look at the work of of contemporary artists who create portraits and self-portraits and interpret and analyze their purposes;
  • To create a video that effectively communicates “who you are”;
  • To use imovie’s features in a creative and unique way.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Creative Portraits/Self-Portraits

I am really fascinated by the technique of shallow depth of feild not just in portrait photography but in all aspects of photography. When I was taking my photos I found that I favored this because it made the subject stand out from the background more and draw your eye. I also really like the way the background looks when it's blurred. In several of my photos I also tried to push my comfort zone and try wide angel shots. This was something that I'm really not used to doing but it was neat to try something I usually don't prefer. I also tried using a prop, the soccer ball, and had my subject do various things with it to make the portraits be more interesting and lively. 

I wanted to capture my subject's personality in the photos I took. In two of them you see him smiling and laughing and in one of them you see him looking deep in thought. I tried to tell a story of who he was. On one hand you have this person who is extremely fun loving and full of energy and at the same time he can also be very serious and intense. I didn't want to show just one image or side because I think both parts of his personality are unique and important and I didn't want to represent just one. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Who Am I?

I like to think that I'm not just one thing, that I am a combination of loves and interests. I am a photographer, a reader, an athlete, a teammate, a friend, a writer. I am shy and I am outgoing. I am quirky and I am different. I love the outdoors and being active. I love to sweat and go go go until I collapse. I love to spend a lazy weekend in bed doing nothing. I love to be surrounded by people and friends and sometimes I like to be alone. I can't be summed up in one word or even several words because I'm not just one thing. I am a million different things in one. I don't think I have ever been just one thing. For as long as I can remember I've always tried to define myself as one thing and I've never been able to successfully do that because I'm not one thing. I want to convey this in my video. I want to have a little of everything to show who I am. I think that I will use voice over so that I can include more information than if I had text so that I can show all of my ideas in the time allotted.