Assignment 12: Panorama

Reflection:

  1. Most of the techniques I used for this assignment were foreign to me, but I think the thing I’ll use most often is the warp function. There are photos I’ve taken that could have looked better with a warping.
  2. Of the Panorama styles, I prefer polar the most. The tiny planets have so much potential and look really nice.
  3. The polar photo definitely came out the best in my opinion.
  4. If I were able to make a panorama anywhere in the world, it would be one of the two arctics in the summer. Gorgeous environments.

Assignment 9: Studio Lighting

  1. Working outside and in the studio are two different experiences, and I can’t say I prefer one or the other. I like working outside as it allows for a little more immediate variety, but I like working in the studio because of the complete control I have over a given shot.
  2. Of the lighting setups, I prefer split lighting. It can add drama to a photo without having to change much about said photo.
  3. I’d say the hardest part of working in the studio is just getting the lights to work the way you want them to. Specifically, I found distinguishing Rembrandt from Split lighting rather challenging. Butterfly is also not easy to get quite correct. I’m sure ease just comes with practice, but it’s still a little annoying for now.

Assignment 11: Portal

  1. I enjoyed the creation of Portal images more than Levitation images. Though this could be because I feel the Portal images came out better because I learned what not to do from Levitation.
  2. To create these sorts of images, multiple shots must be taken of a scene. At least one shot should be of someone holding or otherwise being inside of something frame-like to create the portal illusion. Another shot must be taken of the background the subject was in, but without the subject present. The images were taken into Photoshop and aligned so the background lines up in all images. Using layer masks, the appropriate areas of the subject can be painted out, making the frame seem like it is a portal.
  3. I enjoy the second photograph the most. I like the focusing, alignment, and overall composition more than the first one.
  4. On a Photoshop Wizard scale from 1 (dum-dum) to 10 (wizard), I’d say I am a 5 (apprentice).

Assignment 8 – Microscopic/Gigantic

  1. My best work in this project was definitely the shrunken image. I got decent shots and did have to work with a huge obstacle like with the blown up image, which leads me to…
  2. The biggest challenge I had for this was just editing the pictures. Selecting just the people from an image is hard enough, but I wanted to attempt moving my subject (pink sweater person) behind a present object in the environment image. This would have worked had the blue reflection of the sky not been present on the ‘T’ statue. Given more time, I probably could have sorted it out, but getting it to the point it is at was a struggle as is.
  3. I’m going to cop-out a little on the question of what I learned, because Photoshop is what I learned. Creating layers to imitate shadows, dodging and burning images, resizing more easily with free transform, all of these things (and plenty more) were foreign to me.

Assignment 7: Bird’s Eye / Worm’s Eye

  1. Photographing from different angles allows for a fresh perspective on the world. This, I believe, is part of the point of photography; to play with our minds and present new outlooks.
  2. The photograph I believe is the best is “A nice fruit boy” (the pinecone from the side). Diffused lighting makes the shadows not too harsh, meaning the environment is soft and nice to look at. On top of this, the blurry background to me almost looks a little surreal, adding a sense of calm to the image.
  3. If there was one thing I could have changed about this assignment, it would be the amount of time we spent editing. I felt a little overwhelmed by the 20 photo requirement and having just a couple hours to edit. I’m not quite fast enough to modify that many images in that short a timespan yet.