Friday, June 16, 2017

Assignment That I'm Most Proud Of



The assignment that I am most proud of this year is the levitation photographs. I really enjoy using photoshop and it was the first time we had done it this semester. I put a lot of effort into this photograph, since I was already familiar with how to use the software I really wanted to push myself to exercise those skills. I had a photoshoot with my sister specifically for this photo, which also helped me learn artistic direction and how to work with a model in a photography setting. This project challenged my creatively and technically. Having to brainstorm new and unique ideas as well as using photoshop to translate those ideas into reality was extremely interesting and something I'm glad that we got to pursue this year.

Most Memorable Experiences

The first of my most memorable learning experiences is our unit on pinhole photography. This was unlike anything I had ever done before, and I really enjoyed the process of creating pinhole photographs as well as the information about photography in general that I learned about along the way. This unit really ignited my interest in darkroom photos, and I'm greatly anticipating next year's work in film photography that I'll be doing in my Photo 2 class. Pinhole photography was also a unique unit for me because it involved a lot of trial and error. My group had a lot of difficulty getting our photos to turn out well at the beginning, which was something I hadn't experienced in this class up until that point. While there were other units that had been challenging, very few required continuous revaluation of our process before we actually were able to produce anything of the quality we wanted. I believe that this gave me a better understanding of the work that goes into darkroom photography, and I also felt extremely accomplished when our photos turned out how we wanted them.


The second learning experience that I found extremely memorable was the biweekly assignments. This was the first time I've ever been pushed in this way to take photographs regularly in my day-to-day life, and it forced my to view the world from a photographer's perspective. While it was difficult finding inspiration at times, over the course of the semester I believe that I've really improved the quality of my photos as well as the variety and originality. I think these skills will be the most valuable to me as I continue on to Photo 2 and possibly Photo 3 and as I'm considering working in film and cinematography when I'm older, these experiences will really aid me in future pursuits.


Reflecting on my goals for the semester...

One of my goals for this semester was to learn how to use a DSLR camera properly, I wanted to become more technically familiar with my camera. Unfortunately, I feel like I haven't yet met this goal because the general classroom focus was more on the basics of photography and photography composition. These are skills I greatly value, so I'm not disappointed in the experience I've had in Photo 1 this year. I am also aware that the technical aspects of photography are more heavily focused on in Photo 2, which I will be taking next fall. Another one of my goals was to become better at finding subjects that inspired me, this is a goal that I feel I have met. Through the regular biweekly assignments and other projects throughout the year, I believe I have better developed my "photographers eye", and I am confident that these skills will aid me next year as well as in my personal life.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scavenger Hunt

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Beauty:

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Ants View:

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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.


Pinhole photography is extremely fascinating. We learned about how you can use light and photography paper to take photographs, how to develop negatives, and how to troubleshoot when your photos don't turn out as expected.

The most exciting part of this project had to do with the fact that for the first couple classes, we had a hard time getting a photo to turn out how we wanted. Either something was wrong with the camera or the process, but most of our early photographs didn't turn out well. They were either overexposed or underexposed and we had trouble finding the right combination of lighting and exposure time to get our photographs to turn out well. When we finally were able to get a hang of it, it was really exciting. Seeing our photographs finally start to take shape after they were developed was exhilarating, and we were really proud of our work.

Tuesday, June 6, 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;


I believe that the photograph with the easter egg is the most successful because it's a creative idea and I put a lot of extra effort in making sure the photographs that I took blended well with the background. I also added several extra elements off of the web to this photograph in order to better sell the illusion and also make the picture more visually appealing. 

As far as photoshop goes, I'm pretty confident in my abilities since I've been using the software for a while. My main challenges with photoshop are more along the lines of coming up with unique and interesting ideas rather than using the program itself. Next time I would like to take more time to come up with ideas and take photographs I can use as base material so I don't feel like I'm scrambling for content at the last minute.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Shadows


There once was an invisible kid. An invisible kid with a shadow. On cloudy days he was hard to see, and if he didn't talk people sometimes didn't notice he was there. When he was born, the doctors were stunned. His mother felt all the pains of labor and yet it appeared that no child was there when she was done. Only from the small, dark splotch on the hospital table were they given any indication that there was a baby. You can touch him, but you can't see him. He doesn't know what he looks like. He never has to worry about a bad haircut.