Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Environmental Systems Pictures Edit (Transfer of Energy)

My Growth As A Photographer (Improvement? Yes!)

What has been your growth as a photographer to date?
Besides the obvious (learning how to use a big camera, using Photoshop and Lightroom) I have also learned the importance of lighting and overall composition. When I was younger (and before I took this class) I just felt what the picture should look like, or where I should point the camera, or what setting to put one of my little digital cameras on. Now, I actually understand how to do all of those things, and can apply it to my instincts when it comes to shooting. 

Pencil & 50 Step Challenges (Just Hope You're Creative and Shoot!)

Pencil Challenge

50 Step Challenge

What have you learned?
I have learned that I seem to take the best pictures when I'm lying on the ground (for both of these I was doing just that). I also like pictures from an angled perspective, or not just directly in the middle. 

What do you like about each image?
On the pencil challenge, I really liked the quote. I saw that one and knew I had to use it. I also really liked the paper being crunched up. Not only did it keep the paper from flying away in the wind, it looked good with the clarity that the camera achieved. 
For the 50 step challenge, I liked the filter I put on it, which was actually by accident. I was just messing around with the filters, then left that picture and continued working on the other one. I then compared the two of them and ended up liking this version better.

What would you improve about each image?
For the first one, I wish the pencil was partially in focus, instead of the whole pencil being out of focus. It didn't bother me too much, however, because it's a pretty ugly mechanical pencil.
For the second picture, I wish the other chair was closer, but it's only a minor thing that never really bothered me too much. I think the circles at the bottom were uneven, but I couldn't really do anything about that.

Text-Portrait and Holiday Card...Yes, It's Cold Outside (70 degrees!)

Text Portrait

Holiday Card

What have you learned?
From these two projects, I've learned that though I don't think I do a very good job (either I think it looks too plain or messy) I end up actually doing a good job. I also have learned a lot about photoshop, and enjoy messing around with it and figuring out how to make what I want happen. 

What do you like about each image?
My favorite part about my text portrait is the font. I found that font and it just felt like me. I like more blocky, square things, yet it's also very thin and neat. It was really easy to make fit into any space I wanted.
My favorite part of my holiday card is the background, which took awhile to get what I wanted. I was very frustrated with the background, because I didn't want to use just a flat color and none of the gradients were looking right. Finally, I remembered the pattern overlays, and I went from there. 

What would you improve on each image?
I didn't really like my picture on my text portrait. But, people don't usually like pictures of themselves (especially not me). The main thing that bothered me, however, is the string on my sweatshirt.
On the holiday card, I really wished I had found a different font for the "From the Cole Varsity Band" portion, but I couldn't find one that worked in the time I had, so I just left it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ATPI Fall Contest - My Winning Pics!

Architecture - Honorable Mention
Portfolio - 1st Honorable Mention

Monday, November 3, 2014

ATPI Contest Finals (Finally Done With That...)

What did you learn during this contest preparation?
I learned that there is a lot of work that goes into a contest, and that there are very few pictures that are good enough to go to contests. I also learned some valuable skills with Photoshop (I've always wanted to learn how to use it...and now I know some of the basics and more).
Most enjoyable?
Editing and seeing all the pictures I took on a big screen. It's completely different seeing your pictures on your small little camera screen to seeing it on the big Mac computers.
Sometimes I didn’t know how to edit something properly, or I just couldn’t get it to look right.
What makes a great competition image?
Proper balancing, color, and other good editing skills. It also helps to tell a story or to be something different or interesting that will catch a person's eye. You don't want your picture to be uncreative or something a person's seen a million times before.
What would you change for next year about your entries or editing?
I would like to have more places to shoot at, maybe going by myself and going to places, or having better quality pictures from previous cameras of my own.

Nature #1

Nature #2

Nature #3

Architecture #1

Architecture #2

Studio Portrait #1

Studio Portrait #2

Advertising #1

Digitally Constructed Image #1

Digitally Constructed Image #2

Monday, September 22, 2014

Studio Shooting With Snakes! (Cutest Snake Ever)

The photo shoot was fun! It was hard to get used to the snake constantly moving around, but once I got a hang of it, I got some great pictures. These were my favorite out of about 97 or 98. Though I like doing natural pictures better, the studio was a great experience. 

Edited Some Old Pictures...Wish I Had a Better Camera Then!

New Orleans

Hoover Dam

San Francisco on the Windy Road

San Francisco, China Town