Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Assignment that I am the most proud of

I am most proud of the photos that I took for the creative portraits unit. I really liked how these photos turned out because all of them were really good examples of my subject's personalities, which is a big point of why people take portraits. Especially in this photo, the flowers over her eyes and her smile really shows that she is playful and happy and has a really good mood. This whole unit really taught me a lot about taking photos of people and different techniques that enhance the photograph. In many of my creative portrait photos, I used techniques such as different viewpoint, eye contact, motion, and more. I also learned from this unit that what is shown in the photograph really can affect or make you feel a mood or emotion. This assignment was not only one that I am most proud of, but it was also one that I had the most fun doing. 

Most memorable experiences

One of my most memorable experiences from this semester was working with the pinhole cameras and going through the darkroom process. I thought that the whole project was really cool and it was really interesting to understand the process of how people took pictures before there was any such thing as a digital camera that could take a photo at the click of a button. I thought that this learning experience was especially significant because it really showed the change in technology over time and how different the processes and qualities of the photos came out of the pinhole cameras compared to digital pictures. It was also interesting to understand that pictures depend so much on lighting, which I wouldn’t have really understood if we didn't use these pinhole cameras. 

Another memorable experience from this semester was learning about the historical and contemporary photographers and their work. It was really cool to compare the differences between the types of photographs from the early 1900s to the more modern photographs of the 2000s. I found that almost all of the photographs that I looked at had stories behind them, or the photographer had a specific purpose for taking the picture, or they were part of a large series around one topic. For example, the photo Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry is part of a large series of photos that McCurry put together. Although I have seen this photo multiple times before, I didn’t really have any idea what the point of this photo was, which is actually a big part of the significance of the photo. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pinhole Photography


In this unit, I have learned so much about pinhole photography. The paper that we use with the pinhole cameras is a paper that is treated with emulsion, which is a light sensitive varnish, which reacts to light to create the image that you are taking. Once the paper is exposed to light through the pinhole, the more light that enters the camera, the darker the photo will be. The less light that enters the camera, the lighter the photo will be. In the dark room, I learned what the photo has to go through to become a negative and positive. To make the photo show up on the paper, you put the photo in the developer for one minute and thirty seconds. To stop the developing process, you put the photo in the stop bath for one minute, and after you put it in the fixer for 45 seconds before you can bring it into the light, but leave it in for four minutes altogether. Silver nitrate is used in the fixer so it permanently fixes the image onto the emulsion paper. After that, you rinse it in water for 5 minutes, and you have a negative photograph!

There were many exciting parts of this whole process. I thought that it was really interesting to go outside and take the photos. It was cool to see that to take a photo like this, it took at least 30 seconds of posing instead of having a quick snapshot like there would be on a digital camera. Also, trying to figure out how long the light should enter the pinhole was really interesting to see. I thought that it was really exciting to see the negative and positive photos show up when we put it in the developer in the dark room. The dark room process in general was really cool to see, and it was very interesting to see the steps that it takes to make a photograph. 

There were a few pretty challenging parts of this process of making the positive and negative photographs. One of the most challenging parts was determining how long the pinhole camera should be exposed to light when we were taking the photos. There was a lot of trial and error in this process, which was a little bit frustrating, but once we got the correct exposure time it was really cool to see the rest of the process. At first, the process of putting the photos through the developer, stop bath, fixer, and rinse was a bit confusing and the times that we had to put them in for was hard to remember, but once I did that a few times, it became a lot easier to go through the process. Another thing that was challenging was trying to determine a reasonable amount of time for the photograph to turn from a negative to a positive under the light of the enlarger. Doing the test strips was really helpful to understand how much time we needed for the negative to be turned into the positive under the enlarger. 

Monday, May 30, 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;

There were many challenges and many successes as I worked through this project. Although I did have a lot of successes, many of them came with challenges. For example, in the photo where the hand is holding the person, one of my successes there was that I was able to get rid of the table that the person was standing on so that it looked more like that person was up in the air and they were being held by the hand. Another success I had was that in the first picture where Meghan is standing on Eliza's hand, I was able to successfully place the subjects in specific positions so that it looked more realistic than it did before I made the adjustments. Some challenges that I faced in this project had to do with placing new objects into already taken pictures. For example, in the picture where I am holding up the moon, that was hard because I had to adjust the size of the moon and I had to distort it in some ways so that it looked like I was holding it up. Another example was in the first one where Eliza is holding Meghan, I had to play around with where to put Meghan on Eliza's hand because I didn't want it to look like Meghan was floating on top of Eliza's hand.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Who Am I Video Project

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.

Who Am I?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Creative Portraits/Self Portraits

From the first photograph, the message that I captured about the person that I photographed is that she is very playful and carefree. The flowers as her eyes show her funny side, and her expression and the fact that she is a little girl shows that she is carefree and has a good sense of humor. She seems like a really funny person in the photograph, which makes you want to be around her. In the second photograph, the message that I got from the subject is that she is very creative and thoughtful. She looks very insightful and concentrated in the photo, and because she is drawing, it shows her artistic side.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Who Am I

  • Sports (field hockey, softball)
  • Writing
  • Photographing
  • Drawing
  • Reading
  • Biking
  • Go to college for English/writing
  • Play a sport in college?
  • Travel around the world