Thursday, June 15, 2017

Assignment that I Am the Most Proud Of

I am most proud of the Photos with Quotes assignment. This was our first Photoshop assignment, and it was very successful. The project helped me learn how to use the tools of Photoshop to manipulate text and images to make photos that matched in mood and style and that were pulled together well. In my photos, I was able to find a quote that matched each photo, and vice versa. Then I combined them in a unique way so that they were easy to read and communicated the mood of the photo. To do this I manipulated size, color, and font of text, and its position on the photograph so that it didn't detract from the photo, but rather enhanced it. My final products for this assignment each showed a unique idea and communicated that idea effectively. Additionally, they each connected to me personally. Who doesn't love cupcakes, dogs and music?

Most Memorable Experiences

My most memorable experiences from this semester were the forced perspective photographs and the Burning House project.

I really enjoyed making forced perspective photographs. This was our third Photoshop project, so I already had some experience with some of the tools going in. However, because the project wasn't similar to our levitation or photos with quotes assignments, I got to use tools I'd never had to before. At the same time, I still had to be very careful and pay attention to detail so the photos wouldn't look contrived. I also enjoyed this assignment because the final product came out really well. The photos from other classmates were very funny and original, and I was also proud of my own work on the project.

Another memorable experience was the Burning House project. For that assignment, we had to photograph what we would bring with us if our house was burning up. This project allowed me to get to know my classmates, because through seeing their work I could learn about what kind of people they were. Really though, I enjoyed the project because it was about sharing who I was in a unique, thoughtful way. I had to really think about what was truly important to me. Then I had to find a way to represent that and share it. For that reason, this project is one of the most memorable for me.

Reflecting on my Goals for the Semester

I believe I achieved my goals for this semester. I learned different techniques for taking more interesting and captivating photos. For example, I practiced taking photos using techniques such as rule of thirds, unique perspective, and background simplified. I also learned how to use Photoshop to edit my photos to make them more unique and interesting. Lastly, one of my goals was to begin learning how to develop photos in the dark room, which we did. I learned what chemicals to use and how to use them safely and effectively to develop photos. I also learned how to expose photos for the right length of time so that photos would come out well. In all, I think I achieved my goals for this semester.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scavenger Hunt

By Ian Cameron

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By Amer
By Patrik B

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By Marlon Advincula
By Ansel Adams

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An Ant's View of the World:
By Wayne Turner
By Philzucker

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By Koolkidt
By Tetsuya Kuroko

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Something that Represents Me:
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By David Peterson

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pinhole Photography


  • To understand and demonstrate pinhole photography and how it works;
  • To become familiar with darkroom processes and procedures.

An important part of pinhole photography was shutter timing. How a photo comes out is dependent on the amount of light that comes into the camera, so we needed to change the shutter time for each photo depending on how bright it was. I also learned how to use the darkroom to develop photographs. First we had to use a developer, stop bath and fixer to develop the negative. Then we exposed the positive, found what length of time worked best, and used the same chemicals again to develop it.  One of the most interesting aspects of pinhole photography was ghosting. I liked the effect you could create by changing position halfway through taking the photo.

I really liked every part of this project, which I can't always say. Actually taking the photos was a little bit stressful because the camera had to be held very still and the subject couldn't move unless you were ghosting; still, that was very exciting. I liked being able to see the photos develop when we first put them in the chemicals in the dark room. It was really interesting to learn how different amounts of light could affect the final outcome was really interesting. If you let too much light in, the negative would be too dark and the positive too light, and if you didn't let enough light in, the opposite would happen. One of the things I like best about this project was really having to think about what you took a picture of, because taking each one took quite a while, so you had to plan out the photos to get the best results.

Forced Perspective Photographs


  •  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;

My most unique successful photograph is the one of the city being erased. Unlike all of my others and the ones that my classmates created, this doesn't have a person as the subject. It's also a unique idea because I am changing something that wouldn't normally be changed: I am literally erasing a New York City. This was a successful photograph because it looks fairly real, aside from the fact that it's impossible. I did this by softening the edges of the hand and pencil so it doesn't look like it was just dropped in. I also added a shadow that darkened a few of the buildings. Additionally, the photo stands out because it is black and white with just one splotch of color.

A few things continue to be challenging for me. In several of the photos, especially the apple one, I found it difficult to make realistic shadows. In that photo, light is coming from two different directions and at weird angles, so there are multiple shadows that were hard to duplicate realistically. Next time I might change the location or angle of the photo so the light is easier to replicate. I had a hard time making the butterfly photograph look real, like the subject wasn't just dropped in. Next time I will be play around more with shadows and softening the edges.