Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Assignment That I am the Most Proud of



One of the assignments I am most proud of in this class is the levitation photos I created. I am most proud of these photos because I feel as though these are the ones I put the most time into as well as the ones that gave me the greatest of a challenge. At the beginning of the project, I had no clue on how to use photoshop in an effective, creative way. Then, after I struggled through figuring out all the tips and tricks to using photoshop I was able to create appealing photos that I was proud of. This showed me that I could accomplish anything that I set my mind to if I was willing to learn the basics and stay committed to completing it. There were a few times where I was close to just giving up, or handing in something that I wasn’t proud of. But, I realized that I could figure it out and accomplish this task, so I did.

Most Memorable Experiences


One of the memorable experiences that I had during this photography class was the assignment of the Who Am I video. This project was not only very enjoyable, but taught me a lot about myself, my learning, and more. I found this project especially enjoyable first because we had a lot of freedom whether it was picking our topic or how we wanted to organize the movie and more. It was also enjoyable because I was able to reflect back on past adventures I had and how they affected me with my topic of travel. I also learned a lot about not only how to work iMovie better but also I learned different things about me that I didn’t realize before. When forced to create a video that is supposed to embody who you see yourself as being, it causes you to come to realizations of who you are and what has impacted you to be this way. 


Another one of my most memorable experiences in this class was taking portraits. When I take photographs, I typically do not take portraits. Before this class I have never really taken portraits in a large batch like that where you really have to analyze and think about techniques for each one you take. This experience taught me that not only how to take well thought out, appealing portraits, but also how to tell a story through a person’s face or body in a photograph. When I was taking my portraits of my sister, Loey, I wanted to tell a story with them that people don’t typically see in her. I wanted to give off that fun-loving feeling that my sister gives off in real life but also I included her holding a flower to symbolize her growth into becoming who she truly is. This thinking that I had to go through to make my portraits interesting is something that I had never thought of before and it was really helpful and cool to be introduced to that. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pinhole Photography



I have learned a lot this unit about pinhole photography, exposure, and the darkroom process. First off, I learned that pinhole photography works by putting a piece of photographic paper with an emulsion on it. An emulsion is a light sensitive varnish. This paper reacts to light to create an image. In regards to exposure time, the more light you let hit the paper, the darker that area on the negative will be. The less light you let hit the paper the lighter that area will be. We also worked in the dark room where I learned a lot about the process of how to turn a negative photo into a positive photo.
We used the enlarger to to make a contact photograph that then we ran through chemicals to get the positive. We put it in the developer for a minute, 30 secs, then the stop bath for a minute, then the fixer for 45 seconds to then 4 minutes, and finally we rinsed the photo for 5 minutes. The rinse is because we need to rinse off the silver nitrate that then makes it permanently onto the paper. That was what I learned in this unit in photography. 

The most exciting parts of this process is probably first off, the moment when you see your final positive photograph and it turns out to be a success. It shows you that all your hard work of setting up the photo and getting the correct exposure time and all the choices you had to make paid off. Especially when you had a few trial and errors before hand and then you finally get it to make your photo turn out really good, is very exciting. Another exciting moment of this process is actually taking the photos with the pinhole cameras. You are able to experiment with your photography skills and techniques in ways you haven't been able to before because we are using the pinhole cameras. You also don't get to know how your photo is going to turn out until after you develop it which adds a level of excitement because typically we can see whether or not the photo is good right away with our digital cameras. 

The most challenging part of this process was probably the whole dark room process. It took a little while to get used to all the different steps. Also, if you got a step wrong you would pretty much have to start all over which was frustrating. Also remembering how long the photo had to be in each liquid was hard because if you left a photo in for too long or not long enough it could mess up the process. Also, since there were other people in the room and in the chemicals with you, it made the whole process even more hectic. But these challenges added to the relief and excitement when you were done with the process and you had your final product of your positive photo. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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;
Some of the challenges and successes I worked through this assignment included many different things. First starting with challenges, one that I had was coming up with creative ideas and being able to execute them well. I had trouble grasping the concept of what forced perspective was and that made it difficult to come up with ideas on how to capture this idea. But, once I learned what we were trying to capture, I feel as though my ideas were pretty decent. One successes I feel as though I had in this project was figuring out how to use photoshop to accomplish what I wanted. I was able to move layers to where I wanted them and more so that I could get the final product I wanted. Before this project I had struggled with figuring out photo but I really figured out the basics this time around. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Who Am I

Purpose:

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.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Creative Portraits/Self-Portraits


The first strategy I used was experimenting with eye contact of looking within the frame. In one of the photos above of my sister, she is looking not at the camera or something off the frame but at another object in the frame. This helps attract the viewers attention to another thing in the frame except the subject which can be really interesting. Another strategy I used was experimenting with eye contact. In some of the photos I had my subjects look directly at the camera to add a particular emotion and then some of them I had them looking at something off the frame to add a feeling of mystery or wonder of what they were looking at.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Who Am I

I am a girl living in Yarmouth, Maine going to Yarmouth High School. My interests include acting, traveling around the world to new, interesting places, playing basketball, writing poetry, laughing with my friends and family, and more. I love my family, friends, and pets (my 2 cats and my dog) and am really lucky to have them and their love in my life and I see them as a large part of it. Acting is another big part of my life. I cherish every moment I am on a stage and I feel like it gives me energy and over all happiness that means it is definitely something worth holding on to. Travel has also been a big part of my life since I was little and I still love it even more now that I am older. I have been to a few incredible places around the world and I feel as though every place I go to, I leave a little bit of myself there because each new place changes me as a person a little bit. There are also so many places in this beautiful world that I hope to travel to one day and that excitement and wonder of what trip will come next makes up a big part of my life. Aside from that, I don't have too many long term goals at the moment but I plan on graduating high school, going to college, and finding something I can do with my life that makes me genuinely happy.