Week 9: Calendar Photos

This week in class we are making calendars, so we had to take a pictures that represent all the days of the month and days of the week. All of the pictures were to revolve around a specific theme. The theme I chose was cereal for the month of August. I had 4 types: Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, and Golden Grahams. It took much longer to arrange all of the numbers than I thought, and the lighting in my dorm wasn’t very good either so it was hard to avoid shadows. I am interested in seeing if the calendar turns out okay after cropping and editing!

My 3 Favorite Photos:

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Week 9: Article

How to Edit RAW Photos in Adobe Camera Raw

by Bakari Chavanu

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/editing-raw-photos-adobe-camera-raw/

This week in class we have been experimenting with post processing, one of the programs we have used so far is Adobe Camera Raw. To help me understand it a little better, I found this article on how to edit RAW photos in this program. The article is from a site called makeuseof, and the article is written by a professional photographer and author who has much experience using Camera Raw. The author prefers using RAW files instead of JPEG files when editing because of the multitude of editing options and increased control RAW photos will allow.

Reading the article definitely makes me want to shoot in RAW form more. Camera Raw allows you to change the White Balance settings in the photo, when its not so easy after its converted to JPEG. The program has many of the tools needed just for photography that Photoshop has, except all in one convenient location. The Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation settings are supposed to be good for portrait shots because they don’t ruin the skin tone of the person in the picture. I am excited to learn more about editing in these next few weeks!

Week 9: Photo Adjustments

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In this image I used the straighten tool, the spot removal tool, and the white balance tool.

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In this image I used the graduated filter on the sky and the straighten tool.

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In this image I used the crop tool and the adjustment brush.

Week 8: Photojournalism

The theme of our pictures this week was photojournalism, or event photography. This was a great week to have this theme, because there was a lot going on. The major event this week was obviously LU Homecoming, which I decided to document with my pictures. I took pictures from the Bonfire, Midnight Madness at Snowflex, the Homecoming Parade and football game against Coastal Carolina.

The weather this weekend was great and I was excited to go outside and take pictures. However, the great weather made for some harsh lighting that surprisingly was not ideal for photography. My biggest challenge was taking pictures of the parade. From the angle I was sitting, a terrible glare went right into my lens and showed up in almost all of my pictures. And because it was so bright, I couldn’t see my LCD screen well enough to notice the glare until after the parade. Because of that, I now know to at least stand in a more shaded area on a bright day. At the bonfire I experienced the opposite problem: it was extremely dark and it was hard not to get grainy or blurry pictures. This was a challenging task, but after taking around 400 pictures I was able to find 25.

My Favorite 3 Photos:

Week 8: Article

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom vs. The Adobe Bridge

by David Marx

http://thelightroomlab.com/2010/02/adobe-photoshop-lightroom-vs-the-adobe-bridge/

I found this article on Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge from a site called TheLightroomLab, which is a large collection of tutorials and information about Adobe Lightroom. The site is used by amateurs and professionals alike. I searched this topic specifically because of the video we watched in class about Lightroom, and was curious to see how it differed from the Bridge program which I already have. Until recently, I never knew what Bridge was or what it did, so I was excited to find out.

According to the article, the main difference between Lightroom and Bridge is that Bridge is a browser and Lightroom is a database. In Lightroom, you can search your images using key words found in the metadata of your images. In Bridge, you have to know where the image you want is located. So in this case, using Lightroom would make the process of finding an image much quicker. The benefit of Bridge, however, is the fact that you can use it to link together various file formats including videos, music, and vector art with your photos. Lightroom can only deal with photos. The article says: “Here the Bridge lives up to its name; literally it bridges Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, and InDesign together.” As a graphic designer, this would be very helpful for me to use these programs together. After reading the article, Lightroom looks like a great program, but for now I think I will try to master Adobe Bridge first.

Week 7: Portraits

This week in class, our theme was portraits. This would have been a much easier project if I were able to go home for fall break and take family portraits, however, I was stuck in Lynchburg while everyone was gone.

In my first round of pictures, I tried adjusting the aperture  on aperture priority mode to make the background blurry but I couldn’t get it to work how I wanted, possibly because I wasn’t close enough to the subject. Sometimes it would change on its own without me realizing it as well. In the last few photos I was able to make it work, and I added center weighted metering as well.

My 3 Favorite Photos:

Week 7: Article

10 Tips for People Photography

by Craig Ferguson

http://dslrgeek.com/10-tips-for-people-photography/

This article about portrait photography was found on a website called DSLR Geek. It is a blog by Patrick Arseneau that is a collection of informative articles on photography that can be useful for anyone, beginner or professional. This article gives 10 great tips on how to shoot pictures of people other than the basic 3 essentials, correct exposure, white balance, and a sharp focus.

Out of the 10 tips, there were a few that were the most helpful to me. One was to shoot at large apertures in order to focus on the face and get a blurred background. Another tip was to shoot at 70 mm or longer. Any shorter, and the picture may become distorted. The last tip that stood out to me was to shoot in either the shade, or on a cloudy day. This eliminates harsh lighting and shadows from the bright sunlight. You should avoid on-camera flash for the same reasons, as it is too harsh. These tips will come in handy as I shoot portraits this week.

Week 6: Article

The ultimate guide to HDR photography

by Haje Jan Kemps

http://www.pixiq.com/article/hdr-photography-how-to

This article on HDR Photography was found on a website called Pixiq. The author, Haje Jan Kemps, is an experience photographer, author, and owner of the highly acclaimed photography blog called Photocritic. He has written several books on photography and started Norway’s biggest photography website. The article explains the definition of HDR photography, which the article explains as “an advanced set of photography techniques that play on image’s dynamic range in exposures. HDR Photography allows photographers to capture a greater range of tonal detail than any camera could capture thru a single photo.” The article also explains the history behind it, how to take the pictures on your camera, and how to process it in photo editing software.

This article is helpful because it gives a lot of great tips. When taking the pictures for an HDR photo, it reccommends to se the ISO to 200, and the camera to aperture priority mode. The, using exposure bracketing, set the exposures to EV 0, EV -2 and EV +2. It also recommends using a tripod. When doing post-processing in Photoshop, you can technically duplicate the images and adjust the exposure as much as you want, so you have as many exposure levels in your HDR photo as you want. I will be sure to keep track of these tips when doing HDR photography, because I love the effects you can make!

Week 5: Captured Action and Motion Blur

The theme for this weeks images was captured action and motion blur. To take these pictures I had to work with mostly with the shutter speed, so I used shutter priority mode on my camera (Tv).

For some of the images I took this week, I had gotten ideas from week 3 when we dealt with dramatic lighting. Working with blurred light makes for some very fun and interesting shots! For the blurred motion pictures, I had to make use of my tripod so that the whole picture wasn’t blurred. Finding the right shutter speed for each situation was very difficult, and many of the ideas I had in my mind didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. One thing that I did make use of this week was the light meter, which was extremely helpful in getting correctly exposed images. However, it was hard to take pictures in bright lighting, because the long shutter speeds made the picture overexposed no matter what I did.

My 3 Favorite Photos: