Saturday, 30 August 2014

Assessment maybes - wk 6

For six weeks we have been learning different techniques of photography namely:
  1. Shutter 
  2. Aperture
  3. Vantage point, Fore/mid/background, leading lines
  4. Framing and compositions, rule of thirds
  5. Texture and positive/negative space
  6. Colour, focal length
  7. Light
  8. Flash
  9. Three point lighting
On top of that, we also learnt different techniques to edit our photos in photoshop

Below is a couple of photos that i'm looking to use for my assessment which i think reflect my understanding and application of some of the different techniques which i've learnt over the past six weeks.

f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 200
 Titled: Lovers Lock

What i used in this shot was a narrow depth of field - to focus on the subject (which are the locks), i like the negative space which mirrors the roughness of the locks.  This is seen in the texture of the wood and the deteriorating paint of the iron rails.  I also like how their is a pop of green which comes through the spaces of the chair.  The green of the grass works in conjunction to the wood and curved lines of the iron which leads the eye easily around the picture.

Present in the picture is pattern, seen in the wood and bolts.  There is also contrasting colours which are bathed in the sunset light forming a shadow frame around the locks.  In photoshop i adjusted the exposure, pulled some intensity to the colour - but i'll check with my teacher to see if this is a worthy shot.

f10, 1/250, ISO 400

Titled: Dancing light
In this photo i focused on capturing the fire - i adjusted my shutter speed and aperture to compensate for the lack of light.  This photo was taken at night.  I like movement which is captured at this speed, there is a slight echo of this seen at the top and middle of the picture.  The leading lines are very linear, going across the flame and up.  It almost looks as though this is a museum piece, some sort of sculpture framed in the case.

For this photo i aimed to capture the full length of the flame, framing it in the cage which surrounded it.  I didn't manually adjust the white balance but left it in auto.  The patterns of the cage is seen more clearly in the black and white photo.  I used a wide depth of field to capture as much of the subject.  This also darkened the background.
The photoshop additions - are conversion to black and white.  I also cropped the flame to emphasis the flame and make it larger.

f/4.5, 1/60, ISO 800
I can't use this photo - but it one of my favourites.  This is a picture of my nephew.  I used a narrow depth of field, he has contrasting colours.  His face is on intersecting lines (ROT).  His expression is priceless - i caught him just after he had a wee cry.  He's beautiful!!!

f/3.5, 1/160, ISO 100

Contrasting colours
Leading lines
Shadows mirroring the web - leads the eye back to the subject
Low angle
Negative space - background of the sky brings attention to the subject
Environmental? - child on playground 

f/13, 1/250, ISO 100

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Wk 6 Digital Tech 1 - Photomerge

Today we worked on photoshop photomerge.  This tool is used to create panoramic photos, or combining multiple pictures into one photo.  Our class trotted out to the park and shot our images and did group shot.

 Below are our photos -
With this photo i adjusted the exposure and contrast to bring more light into the photo and bring out the blue of the sky.
f/13, 1/160, ISO 100
f/16, 1/50, ISO 100
Here are some other photomerge examples i did -

f/13, 1/250, ISO 100
 In this photo i wanted to really emphasis the sky, so i adjusted the brightness and contrast.  I also adjusted the hue and colour balance. 
f/13, 1/40, ISO 100
In this photo i adjusted the brightness and contrast.  I also worked on the colour balance to highlight the greens and browns.

Wk 5 - Light Artists

Hellen Van Meene

A dutch photographer.  Her photos consist of mostly portraits of girls and young people.  She uses natural light and shadows to frame her subjects of which she is well known for.  Working with girls with no experience in model, and directs their poses.  She shoots in square format and operates from a medium focal range.  Being square photos the images can appear quite static but with the use of strong lines in the photographs from the walls, stairs as well as the lines casts by the light gives it more depth.

Artist: Hellen Van Meene
Artist: Hellen Van Meene

What i like about her photos is that she uses only natural light.  I like how the light is strong and defines the spaces that it covers.  I don't really know how to view the subjects in the photos, their poses seem unnatural.  NY Times (2005) describes her work as "seeing her subjects as the raw material of her own fictions."  I get that these are directed poses and from what i've read about her work they are her perceptions of preadolescence or innocence.

Larry Sultan

Title: The Sailor who fell from grace 1995 Artist: Larry Sultan Medium: Photograph Format: 977x1200 
  "L.A. light, that kind of foggy, smoggy, soft light—I miss that. It’s the light of my childhood. There are certain sounds, feelings of the air, and all of that which you can’t photograph but you can find the equivalent of, in light." - Larry Sultan

An American photographer who  uses a mix of documentary and staged photography to create images of the psychological as well as physical landscape of suburban family life.

Larry Sultan uses shadow and light in this photo to showcase the brilliance of the ships fire as well as illuminate the face of the sailor.  I like how Larry captures the reflection of the ships fire and also the movement of the fire.  

Title: Palm Springs, Sprinklers 1991 Artist: Larry Sultan, Medium: Photograph, Format: 1000x810
In this photo Larry Sultan captures the light shining through the water.  These shadows create lines which extends to the shadows of the trees on the grass. 

wk 6 Camera Use: Flash

Today looked at the flash - Caryline took us through the various ways to use flash.  Speedlights sync with aperture, they read the light and chose the settings which would suit the light readings.  The output will correspond to the reading of the camera.

Direct flash

    • this is when your light source in placed in front of your subject.  The result is very harsh light and photos appear quite raw.   Good to use in the daytime as you would a reflector to fill in shadows
Here is an example of a shot taken before and after using direct flash
f5.6, 1/200, ISO 100 - Without direct flash

With direct flash

Bounce flash

    • Can be used inside, where you can bounce light off the side of walls, ceiling or behind a subject
    • Can use a piece of white paper if you do not have a bounce attachment
Here is an example of a shot taken using a bounce attachment
f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 100 - Taken without any flash

Taken with bounce card facing forward

Taken with bounce card facing wall

Diffused flash using half moon

    • Used to diffuse light
Here is an example of a shot taken with a half moon over the flash one taken at 1/60th and the other at 1/200th
f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 100
 Under/over exposing a background

 Here are examples of under and over exposed backgrounds
This is an example of an over exposed background, where the subject and background are in the sun.

f/18, 1/100, ISO 100 - Taken with flash and over exposed
f/13, 1/50, ISO 100
This is an example of an overexposed background taken in the shade and the background
f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 100
 This is an example of an underexposed background.  Although there are other people in the background, because the subject is lit up, they the main focus

f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 100 - flash and under exposed
This is an example of underexposed background.
f/8, 1/200, ISO 100

Flash and blur

This is done with longer shutter settingsThe flash goes off at the end of the exposure, freezing the action at the end.  This feature allows for ambient light to be recorded and is often used when shooting bands with lighting in the background.

f/8, 2", ISO 100

f/8, 2", ISO 100
My favourite photos are the flash and blur ones.  We had heaps of fun shooting these, i wanted to emphases the movement more, which you can see in the first photo the camera picks up Cecilia's arm and face.  We started using colour which was awesome. 

f/4.5, 1.0, ISO 100

f/4.5, 1.0, ISO 100
Cecilia is skipping hereBelow Cecilia is running, her body is almost transparent against the curtain. 

f/4.5, 1.0, ISO 100

Wk 5 Dig Tech 1 - Colour and editing

This week we used a fair amount of photoshop techniques to our photos.  Our first task was to find an image that has an area of block colour and then change the colour of this area.
f/13, 1/25, ISO 100

We took two shots of a subject, one with their eyes opened and the other with their eyes closed.  Then in photoshop we cut the open eyes out (using the lasso tool) then copied and pasted them into the photo with the eyes closed.  Below is my edited version of the closed eyes.  I was lucky that the photos that i shot had the same lighting, as some of my fellow students had some problems matching their photos up.

f/22, 1/15, ISO 100

Edited close to open

Original open eyes photo

Flawless don't you think - i'm pretty happy with it too.  I thought i'd be clever and place my model infront of the red car and crop it so it forms an eye.  Can you see the difference?

Our next task was to change the background - here are my before and after photos.  We used the magnetic tool for this.  Initially i thought this was easy until i had to deal with the finer details of the subjects hair.  This took way longer then expected eh! a bit gruelling....

f/5.0, 1/30, ISO 400

We had to change the background to a contrasting colour, as my models hair is red i contrasted the background with green.

This task was a wee bit easier - we had to choose a photo taken the week before of a portrait using the sky as negative space and darken the sky.  As you can see the sky is the only part of the photo which has been darken the light on the subject and foreground is the same.

f5.6, 1/2500, ISO 400
Original photo