Friday, May 26, 2017

Assignment That I Am Most Proud Of

I am the most proud of my levitation photo. I am happy with the way that it turned out. I think that it was a fun project, and I learned a lot about photoshop. It was not easy, and I'm proud of the amount of effort I put into it. I think it turned out very well, and I am glad we got the opportunity to learn about photoshop for free.

Most Memorable Experiences

One memorable experience I have from this class is when we first went around the school in the very beginning of the semester taking photos. It was cool to learn about the different ways to take photos. I think that it was memorable because it was one of the first times I was taking photos with specifications on how to take them. The assignment was structured in a way that was hands on, and allowed us to try and use the skills we were learning about. It was cool to be able to learn about something by actually doing it.

Another memorable thing that we did in this class was learning about pinhole photography. It was really interesting to learn about how to develop photos. First, you put the undeveloped photo in developer. In this stage it appears on the paper. Then you put it in the stop bath where it sits for a minute. After that you put it in fixer for four minutes until it is done. This was super cool to learn about because it was also hands on. It was really cool to see photos we took with a paint can turn into recognizable photos.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Selfies, to be or not to be?

I think that the purpose of a selfie is to show yourself to the people you are connected to on social media in the way that you want to be perceived by them. I think that the soul purpose of a selfie is to boost your confidence and share yourself in a way that you want to be seen. The selfie is an act of self expressionism. Selfies are taken in order to show your self off and express yourself in the way that you want to be viewed by your friends and peers. I think that selfies should be considered a form of art. Art is expressing yourself. By taking a picture, or multiple pictures, of yourself in a certain way, you are able to really shape people perceptions of who you are as a person. The self expressionism that comes with selfies is where the definition of art fits so well. One must also keep in mind that in order to be considered art, something doesn't have to be aesthetically pleasing. It doesn't have to survive for years and years, and it doesn't have to be amazing. It just has to make you feel something.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Photographers

It was very interesting to learn about how to capture "the" picture instead of "a" picture. I learned that it's important to take many different pictures from different points of view of the same subject. This is in order to experiment and find out which angle looks the best. Photography should be interesting to look at and experimentation is important. It is also important to make sure that you have good lighting when taking a photograph and that there isn't too much or too little light. I also learned that when taking a picture of the subject, it looks more natural if the photograph isn't of the subject straight on, but instead uses the rule of thirds. I learned that "the" photograph can only be found with the right amount of patience and experimentation.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Intro To Levitation Photography

Levitation: the action of rising or causing something to rise and hover in the air, typically by means of supposed magical powers.

Paranormal: denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

When taking levitation photographs, it's important to remember to plan out your photograph before you take it. Websites with tips on levitation photography suggest that pictures be taken on a cloudy day. This will reduce the amount of work you have to do in photoshop because it will reduce the shadows that are created by your subject. It is also important to remember to have your entire subject present in the photo and not hidden behind anyone or anything. This way, when objects or people are erased, you wont be missing pieces of your subject. Shooting from a low angle is also key because they are supposed to look like they are floating. If the picture is taken from above them, it will be harder to create the illusion of someone floating.

Royce Hultain

Rachel Marie Smith

Anka Zhuravleva

I might try to include my subject doing something ordinary. An everyday activity that is twisted ever so slightly by levitation would be interesting and would make viewers look twice when they saw it. On the other hand, levitation connects with paranormal activity so a paranormal or magical feeling might work better with this type of photography.

Monday, April 3, 2017

History of Photography Poster Reflection

One of the most interesting things we learned about was the first photograph. We learned about Joseph Nicephore Niepce and his contributions to the world of photography. He is credited as being one of the creators of photography due to the fact that he took the first photo using his invention, the heliograph. We also learned about George Eastman, who invented the brownie camera, which was a camera that was sold to children and was disposable. This was sort of an introduction of photography to everyone, even children. Aaron Siskind was another man we learned about. What was interesting about him was his abstract expressionism. The type of photos that he took are very interesting, especially due to the time period he was active during. We also learned about the first ever camera phone. This was interesting because we were able to compare and contrast the technology that was available then and the technology that is available to us now. The first camera phones has fixed-focus lenses which made it very hard for them to focus accurately on a subject. Overall, this was a very interesting project that taught us a lot about the history of photography.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Biweekly: Food

Sitting in the kitchen,
Eating the soup
With the spoon

Drinking the lemonade
from the cup;
I wonder

I wonder about the
World and existential
thoughts we all have stew

In my mind
Like the soup in my mouth.