For this assignment, I took informal portraits of Emily and of my sister. I tried to make them artistic and intriguing so that they were not all the same type of photo.
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I enjoyed this assignment. I liked collecting several different photos that used natural light to highlight the features of my subjects. For each photo I took close-ups that I think turned out pretty good.
For this assignment, we were required to find an advertisement in a magazine or online, and duplicate it. We took our own photos and used photoshop in order to create an ad as close to the original as possible.
I learned how to use photoshop better by doing this assignment. I taught myself how to create a canvas and color it and then add text and photos to it. It was an enjoyable assignment.
This weekend I decided to do HDR, since we learned how to create HDR photos in class a couple of weeks ago. For this assignment, I took pictures around my house of various objects, and I made sure that they had a lot of color.
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To edit this photo, I played with all of the settings before I converted it to HDR. I made sure there was a high level of detail. Next, I cropped the picture and clone stamped the background so it looked more uniform. I added a white frame to make it look professional.
From this assignment, I learned that you truly need to stabilize your camera when taking HDR pictures. For most of the photos, I did this but some of them turned out pretty shaky and I had to throw them away. I also learned that light and shadows plays a big part of how HDR photos turn out.
For this assignment, we went to the daddy daughter dance and took photos of the people there. For the most part, I took action shots of them dancing.
From this assignment, I learned a lot about my camera in dark situations. The dark lighting combined with the girls moving so fast made it difficult to get good pictures. About halfway through the dance, I turned on my flash which helped a lot but also washed people out.
For this assignment, we had to take photos and convert them to HDR. We took six total; three could be on campus, and three at home. We then opened the photos in photoshop and made them high-definition with the various exposures that we photographed the object at.
I chose these photos because they have lots of color and contrast which emphasizes the high-definition. After merging them together, I definitely can see the difference between HDR and regular exposure.
Overall, I learned a lot about HDR. I discovered that it is difficult to take photos when the subject or camera moves, even if it is just a bit. My photos turned out much better when I used a tripod to stabilize the camera.
For my second open photo assignment, I chose black and white. This weekend, I took photos of objects around my house and then adjusted them to be black and white in photoshop today.
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To edit this photo, I cropped it a bit, adjusted levels, and turned it black and white.
From this assignment, I learned that black and white photos are very influenced by light and color contrast. For example, if two light colors are next to each other in a photo that is turned B & W, it is hard to tell the difference between them. As for light, the way that it reflects off of shiny surfaces can also affect how black and white photos turn out.