Thursday, June 15, 2017

Assignment that I am the most proud of

I am really proud of my photos with quotes; in particular, this photo with a quote. This impacted my learning because it helped me to be more aware of the different techniques used with this sort of project. This sort of project expanded my knowledge of the different types of photography, and this also helped me learn how to use some of photoshop. I really like this photo with a quote because I think everything flows together really well. The words have a similar color as the trees, and the quote has something to do with the trees. The curve of the quote goes with the flow of the trees, and I feel like its just an overall calm picture. Everything blends together really well, and everything catches an eye equally. 

Most memorable experiences


One memorable experience was definitely the History of Photography assignment. I really enjoyed learning about different cameras that were used and the different people that were involved in the evolution of the camera. I also liked that we got to write about it, because I enjoy writing about history. I liked making the timeline because I loved how the project included some of our creative aspect, even if it was just a little bit. I liked reading about all the important people in this assignment and getting to read their stories. Overall, it was a great project that incorporated creativity, writing, and reading to learn about the history of a great topic: PHOTOGRAPHY!!


Another memorable experience was pinhole photography. I loved learning about a different camera than the one that I normally use. I liked setting up the shot for the picture, moving the shutter, and placing the photo paper in the can because I liked how intricate it was. I also loved going in the darkroom and learning about the process for developing the image and then transferring a negative into a positive image. I liked getting to learn about the different chemicals used and the fact that we got to move our image from chemical to chemical (and even mix chemicals sometimes). Even though it could be frustrating at times, I liked the result (the positive image) and the overall experience.

Reflecting on my goals for the semester

One of my goals was to gain a better understanding of what makes a great photograph and the techniques included in photography. I believe I have achieved this goal of gaining a better understanding because I know that good lighting helps to make a great picture as well as a subject and theme that flow together well. I also know that techniques used in photography includes the rule of thirds, lines, framing, reflection, motion, etc. I also wanted to have a lot of fun in this class, which definitely happened with the variety of assignments that we did. The different projects and biweekly's helped to expand my photography, because before this class I used to really only take pictures of landscapes. Now, I love to take pictures of things like reflections, shadows, etc. This class also introduced me to photoshop and the darkroom, which were both things that I really had an interest in. I'm glad I got to look at a ton of things that include photography.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Scavenger Hunt

Purpose:

To use everything you learned about creative problem-solving and composition to find and visually demonstrate your understanding of each category.

Lines:

by: Jim Zuckerman

by: Tim Cooper





Contrast:
by: Jake Kempton

by: Hark Lee





Texture: 


by: David Peterson


by: Colby Johnson




Shapes:

by: Philipp Klinger

by: Cheri Lucas Rowlands





An Ants View of the World:


by: Sue Heavenrich


by: Jeff Duncan





Beauty:


by: Arry Ramadhan


by: Vera Kandybovich





Something that Represents You:



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.

I learned about the different parts of the darkroom process after getting a negative photograph. The different chemicals used are developer and fixer (along with water). Another aspect is using the pinhole camera. The shutter is a magnet that is moved on and off and the paper is put into the can placed so that the light can hit all of the paper. Another aspect is setting up the shot. This includes choosing what models are doing and setting up the placement of the camera. 

I think one of the most exciting parts is setting up for the photograph. I like thinking of different ideas for the subjects and different things the subjects should do. I also like going in the darkroom and going through the darkroom processes. I especially liked turning the negative into a positive. I liked using the glass and the timer with the light and then all the specific steps we had to follow. Finally, I liked working with the can and putting the shutter up and down because its very interesting to work with a new camera like that.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Forced Perspective Photographs

Purpose:
To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way; to continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs in a unique original way; to further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills; forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, filmmaking and architecture.
I feel the bottom left corner with the lanterns on the water is my best forced perspective picture. Even though it was inspired by pictures I saw on the internet, my picture is original because I thought of my own subjects. I also think the lighting is the closest to realistic in this forced perspective picture in comparison to the others. I believe I placed the hand very well and it has a nice calming mood that goes along with it. This forced perspective photograph has many different things that catch peoples' eyes. There also aren't any things that I wish I had done a lot differently in this picture unlike the other pictures.

I continue to have difficulty with figuring out how to change the lighting on photoshop. I felt rushed whenever I worked on this photoshop assignment, so next time I will carve out more time to have questions and be more intricate. I will also pay more attention to detail when cutting out objects, but that isn't really a challenge anymore. I'm not positive that I remember how to make shadows, so that is a challenge. Again, I ignored these challenges and didn't face them. However, I will make sure to ask someone or look up a solution online next time I work on a photoshop assignment.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Shadow


To Live

This little girl
hasn't been up past 9:00 at night.
She hasn't
heard of the horrors of the world
or been out to see a movie with her friends but no parents.
This little girl
hasn't gotten her ears pierced,
she hasn't had a crush,
and she hasn't gone out on a bike ride by herself.
Instead
she's learning to read and write.
She's learning to ride a bike
and to count past 50.
She's hearing the wonders of the world
and finding beauty in everything,
including herself.
This little girl is living her life
and not worrying about anything.