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.