Thursday, June 15, 2017

Assignment that I am the most proud of


I am most proud of my levitation photos because this was really the first time I was able to play around with photoshop. I think I was really successful with making these photographs look realistic. I was also able to kind of bring my own style into these photographs. I was able to pick a theme with a background. For example, in my first photograph I chose to go with a more creepy looking theme by making the photograph black and white and by choosing a background that was also pretty creepy looking. Along with my creepy looking photograph, I was also able to make one that was a little more calming and happy to the viewer. For this photo, I chose a background that had brighter colors in it and wasn't very busy with lots going on. It was more of a simple looking picture.

Most memorable experiences

One of my most memorable learning experiences from this semester was the pinhole activity. This was one of my most memorable experiences because I really enjoyed every aspect of this project. I liked how it was all based on lighting. I also really liked that we weren't able to tell right away if it was a good photo or not. In order to tell if it came out, we had to go through the whole dark room process. Another reason why I enjoyed this project was because my group was very successful. We had a lot of negative photo options that we were able to turn into positives.

Another one of my most memorable learning experiences from this semester were all of our photoshop projects. The photos with quotes, the levitation, and the forced perspective. I really enjoyed these because I had never really experimented with photoshop before and I was able to learn a lot of different skills and techniques from doing these assignments. I was able to learn how to add a shadow in order to make the photo look more realistic, I was able to learn how to shrink things as well as make things bigger. And I was able to learn what most of the tools where and how to use them.

Reflecting on my goals for the semester

I believe I did achieve my goals for the semester. The goals that I set in the beginning on the semester were to learn more about a camera and to be able to gain better camera skills and techniques. I think I definitely achieved both these goals because throughout the semester, we have had many different biweekly assignments that have helped me to capture the best quality photo that I possibly can. While doing these biweekly's, I have been able to focus on things like light, shadows, rule of thirds, lines, reflections, buildings, and much more that allow me to get the perfect picture. Before this class I was just randomly taking pictures not really thinking about what techniques were in the photo or what I was trying to communicate and capture. But now, I am really thinking about the pictures I am taking.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Scavenger Hunt

Lines:

- Darren Rowse                                                        - Xiong

My Examples:


Contrast:

- David Peterson                                                      - Nate Kay

My Examples:


Beauty:

- Ansel Adams                                                         - Marlon Advincula

My Examples:


An Ants View Of The World:

- Emily Powell                                       - Cori Stout

My Examples:

Shapes:

- Maddy Kilford                                                      - David Peterson

My Examples:


Texture:
 
- David Peterson                                                      - Friiskiwi    

My Examples:


Something That Represents Me:


Friday, June 9, 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 the actual setup of the camera. Before you even go outside, you have to make sure the camera is setup correctly. You need to make sure the paper is centered from the whole and you need to make sure the paper is shiny side up. Once you have the camera all set up, you need to make sure that you have the right time exposure for the camera. Depending on how dark or light it is outside, you will need to either expose your paper for more time or less.  

The most exciting parts of this process was when we got to see if our photos actually worked. When we got to flip the photo over after 15 seconds in the developer, we were able to see if the photo had the right exposure time. This was the most exciting part of this process for me because, when we were actually taking the picture, we weren’t really sure what we were taking a picture of or what it was going to look like. It isn’t like your phone. When you take a picture with your phone, you are able to instantly see what the picture looked like but with pinpoint photography, you aren’t able to see until you go through the whole dark room process.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Forced Perspective Photography

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;



I think out of my four forced perspective photographs, the one that is the most successful is the one where I put someone in a cup. I think this is the most successful because it really looks like she is in the cup. It is the most realistic looking one. However, even though I think this one was the most successful, I don’t think it is as unique as it could have been. I think the most unique one that I have is the one with the monkey and banana. I think this because it is kind of a different way to approach this assignment. It was more of a funny approach versus a realistic looking photograph.

One thing that continues to be challenging for me is making my photographs look as realistic as they possibly can. I have trouble making the shadows fit the picture. Sometimes in my photographs, the shadow just won’t fit. It will either make the picture look less realistic or the shadow is just placed in the wrong spot. I deal with this challenge by trying to think of where the light is coming from and playing around with the shape and placement of the shadow. Some things that I might do differently next time is get a little more creative with my photographs. I think each of these ideas have been done in some type of way before and I would like to make something that is more unique and creative looking that people have seen a lot of.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shadow

The shadow:
The shadow that follows her around
it is an exact copy of her
sometimes it's big
and sometimes it's small
for some reason it does not like the rain
you can only see it in the sun
sometimes you see it
and sometimes you don't