Thursday, June 16, 2016

Assignment That I Am Most Proud of

During this class, there have been many assignments that I have enjoyed and been proud of, but the one that I am most proud of is the portrait unit. It was also one of my favorite ones to do for the class. From the start I really liked the idea, and I was waiting for it to be assigned. I already had ideas of what I wanted to do and who I wanted to shoot. I felt like I was able to express myself in a creative way, without being too generic. I tried new things that ended up being really cool, and fun to do. However I also did a lot of laid back portraits that captured many of the ideas on the website we looked at beforehand. I enjoyed those portraits too because I was still being creative, but in a more subtle way by trying different techniques that made the portraits less cliché. This taught me all about being imaginative without necessarily having to make art on the model, but by just trying to switch things up.

Most Memorable Experiences

During my time in this class I have had many memorable experiences that have impacted my learning, and one of those experiences was the levitation unit. I really enjoyed learning how to use photoshop, which I found to be a really skill to have. I found it to be really fun, to work on it and see how you have progressed from having ideas and turning them into something. I learned a lot of cool things from this assignment, including features on photoshop and techniques about photography. This was my first time using photoshop to manipulate pictures, and I really liked it. I learned so much from Melissa and from teaching myself. It was cool to learn how to transform and twist the original picture to turn it into whatever my vision was. Even though the process of cutting out the body from the picture took a lot of work and patience, but seeing the final product made me appreciate it more. I also learned a lot about the photo process from this assignment. In order to get the most realistic photo for your idea, it had to be universal enough for it to fit into whatever idea I had without editing it too much. It helped a lot to have an idea before you take the photo, so the lighting and the pose could be correct and realistic. This assignment was super fun to do, and I learned a lot from the few classes we worked on them.

Another one of my more memorable experiences during this semester was the pinhole photography. It was a something that was super cool and interesting to do, because usually I only saw it on the TV. To do it myself was an awesome part of photography. Sure, it takes a lot of patience and tries to get right, but when it comes out it's an awesome feeling. Not only was it a great memory from this class, but it was a great learning occurrence, and something that will be hard to forget. It taught me so much about the science of pinhole photography, exposure, and the process of turning a positive into a negative. When the assignment was first assigned, I thought that it was so cool how pinhole cameras worked, and that you can make one out of anything from a shoe box, to a can. Exposure is also a huge part of this type of photography because if there isn't enough light to suit the location you're in, then the photo won't come out. It takes a lot of trial and error to figure out the perfect exposure. Finally, the process of turning a positive into a negative was so interesting to me, even though it made no sense at first. Coming into class, I had no idea about how to make your picture a positive. And when Melissa was explaining it, it made even less sense. But after doing it for myself I really appreciated the process of it, because it's just so cool. That whole unit of photography really impacted my learning in a positive way, and I really enjoyed it despite all the things that went wrong for me.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pinhole Photography

From this unique experience, I learned a lot about pinhole photography, exposure, and the darkroom experience. I thought that pinhole photography was really cool and interesting to learn about. For example, I learned exactly how simple it is and the science behind it. All you need to have is a small hole in a large container with a light sealed inside, and the light will enter through the hole reflecting the image in front of the container upside down on the paper in the container. I also thought that it was really cool that you can photograph with virtually anything, like a regular can or even a shoebox. Exposure is a major aspect of this type of photography. To take the picture in the first place you have to have a light sensitive varnish on the paper you are using otherwise it won't come out. In order to get the right amount of lightness and darkness, you must understand the basic rules of the exposure. Those rules are the more light you have, the darker it will be and the less light you have the lighter it will be. On a bright and sunny day, the recommended exposure time is around 45 second, but on a darker days it would have to be around two minutes. Finally, the darkroom experience was one of the coolest things i've ever learned about and experienced hands. Being in the darkroom requires a lot of attention and careful work, because many things could go wrong all at once. The process of it is very calculated, ad if you don't follow it exactly then your picture could be ruined. For example, after you have captured your picture you have to place it in the first bin which is filled with developer for one minute and 30 seconds. Next you have to transfer the image in to the stop bath, which is essentially just water, for one minute. After that you have to put the picture in the fixer for 45 seconds, take it out to view the picture and then put it back in for two minutes and 45 seconds to total four minutes. Finally you move the picture in to the rinse, which again is water, for five minutes. This experience has taught me so much more about photography than I thought possible.

There were many exciting parts about this project and I enjoyed virtually all of them despite the challenges that I faced. Some of the things that I enjoyed was the photographing and the enlargement process. I really enjoyed the photographing because it was a challenge for me, but at the same time it was fun. I thought that is was really cool, how you had to plan something out and stick to it. Because with a digital camera you don't necessarily need to plan anything out you can just walk around and take pictures. Having your model stay still for one to two minutes, is a interesting obstacle for them to face but it's also a great feeling when you see how well the picture turned out. I also really enjoyed the enlarging project, even though it seemed very confusing at first and I messed up on the first piece of paper. When it was first explained to us, I had no idea what was going on and how to use the things. It wasn't until the explanation was slowed down and thoroughly went over that I truly understood what was going on, and I thought that it was so cool. Having your negative picture, which was created with a can, turned into a positive only using timed light, and glass was so awesome to me. It's such a hands on process, that requires lots of patience and attention. But once you get the process down, you can truly appreciate what is going on and realize that what you're doing is amazing. I thought that there were many exciting parts to this process but the ones I like most were the actual picture taking, and the enlarging. 

What I found most challenging was executing all the steps as given in the directions. During this project, I had many setbacks that earned me a reputation in the dark room. At the beginning of this whole endeavor, it was all so new and foreign to me because I had only seen this sort of thing in the movies. Clearly something got miscommunicated, or I just didn't understand because I thought that it was logical to put the photographing paper right in front of the pinhole. As a result, Sophie and I's pictures came out as a single black dot on the paper, every time we tried to create a picture. We didn't know the cause of this problem, until Melissa informed me that the paper should be across from the pinhole to get the full affect. Even after this, Sophie and I were still having issues with the exposure of the pinhole, which was surprisingly not my fault. So all of our negatives weren't coming out with the correct amount of light, which again was frustrating to the project. Finally as we were learning the confusing action of how to turn the negatives into positives, came my final mistake. I was trying my best to follow the procedure to the directions the Melissa gave us, and I thought that as long the test paper didn't touch the timed light that it would be okay. But sadly, again I was wrong along with Sophie, and we immediately had to throw away the paper because it had been exposed. The moral of the story is Sophie and I wasted a whole lot of time and paper trying to get this down, while earning myself a reputation, which was challenging to my learning and my ego.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Forced Perspective Photos

While working on this project, there were many things that I struggled and succeeded with, but overall I think that I was able to complete the pictures to the best of my ability. However, I struggled with coming up with ideas and trying to execute what ideas I did have. But I did do well was putting things together in photoshop and making the pictures look realistic. While doing this project it was difficult for me to come up with original ideas, in such a limited place like the high school. It was also difficult for me to have all the aspects lined up in one photo, because the camera wouldn't focus on both things at once. I was having a lot of trouble with this, until I was told that it would be much easier to do in photoshop. Which is something that I think I did well with because of all my experience and work done with photoshop. I also think that I was able to make them look as realistic as possible in this certain project, where it isn't something you see everyday. Despite my challenges, I think that I was successful overall completing this project.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Who I Am Video Project

Who I Am
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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Creative Portraits

While photographing I tried to incorporate as many different strategies from the websites in my portraits. The two examples I have in these two photos are experimenting with lighting and shooting candidly, as well as composition. Shooting candidly and experimenting with lighting were some of the things that I actually wanted to try during this assignment. Composition was just something that I happened to come across while going through them. Candids are an interesting form of photographing because I think that they are more natural and they help show who a person really is. Shadows are also something that I find very cool because you can have so many different designs in any part of the photo. Shadows can also enhance photos to make them way more unique than just a plain face and background. As for composition I think that shooting from the same angle every time is boring and generic.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Who Am I

I am a 14 year old girl from Yarmouth, Maine although I was orginially born in Manchester, Connecticut. I am number 4 out of 5 in my family, who I love very much. My interests include an abundance of different things, some that are on completely different sides of the spectrum. For example, I like to play soccer but I also like to stay inside and watch Netflix. I also like to do photography, but I also like to paint. There are so many things that I love, and love to do and while they are all different but they are what makes me, me. My dreams and goals are mostly about succeeding and living and full and healthy life. For example, I would really like to go to a good college for a good price and do very well at it. But I would also like to go to study something that could lead me to my dream job, like my photography teacher talks about. I have no idea yet what that might be but I know it's out there. As for desires, I want to travel the world and experience things, but not exactly as a tourist.