Best and Worst of Shayyy

This class has gone by incredibly fast and I feel like there’s still a lot more I would love to learn and accomplish. As an inspiring photographer who dreams of making this passion a full-time gig, I’ve learned invaluable tools and techniques and have been inspired even further by many forms of photography. This course has reminded me that I have a lot to learn, but I am also far from where I first started. Overall this course has been one of my favorites so far and I am very pleased with the outcome and all the things I’ve learned and will be able to actually apply to my career path in the future.

THE BEST… 

One of my favorite assignments this semester was the Studio Lighting assignment we did in class. Before taking this course I had some experience with studio and I really wasn’t a fan because I felt like it restricted my creativity compared to on-location shoots. As we learned how to set up a studio shoot and the different effects we could get by adjusting our lighting, it quickly became something so new and fun to me.

Another one of my favorites was the trip to Walnut Grove Park. I was intimidated by this assignment at first because my 50mm lens focus decided to not work with me anymore… However the turnout of the pictures were even better than I had imagined. I also felt like this assignment forced me to get out of comfort zone and work on composition skills without shooting a model.

…AND THE WORST

The Panorama assignment proved to be a challenge to me. I understood the concept and was very excited to see what ideas I could come up with to accomplish this assignment and hopefully make it something out of the ordinary. However I had trouble remembering the technical details and making sure that my camera orientation was don’t right while shooting. When I went to edit the photos I was a step behind myself and couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. I wouldn’t consider this to be my worst work or least favorite assignment but it was one that proved a bit of a challenge for me.

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Discovery Lake Park

I took advantage of the warm colored natural lighting right before sunset. The sun covered the little neighborhood in bright light beams and allowed for some pretty magical lighting. We had a chance to play with LED lights and diffusers to experiment with manipulating the light. Above are a couple of portraits I was able to capture with natural lighting and LED lighting. I wasn’t sure how I would like to effect of artificial lighting during the daytime but I realized how it could be a useful tool to compose photos. Overall I’m happy with the portraits I was able to capture and the lighting that was accomplished.

The park definitely showed signs of the season with a mix of old foliage and new blooming plants around the pathway. All of the textures and different colors were also something that drew my eye. Since my primary lens had a bit of a malfunction the week prior, I had to use another lens that I wasn’t so familiar with. Even with this minor setback I feel like I was still able to use in camera aperture and ISO adjustments to capture the certain effects I wanted.

 

Diptychs & Triptychs

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The Diptych above shares a story from my first trip to Big Bear, California. The photos show the scene of the uncommon upstairs room in the cabin and its high-pitched ceilings, and the view of the towering trees outside. I developed the photo in Lightroom to emphasize the muted tones to reflect the mood of the cabin and the snow covered woods. The simplicity of the photos shows the harmonious and serene feelings of seeing snowfall for the first time.  I paired these photos because it were the two photos of the series that I felt really displayed my memories of the trip as a whole.

The following Triptych is a high-contrast black and white series, flowing from one filled frame to another. I felt that developing the photos in black and white gave the series flow and harmony for what could have otherwise been a very busy triptych. It shows the coming and going of finally reaching the mountain top, to see an assemblage of many others who travelled to enjoy the snowfall as well.

 

Ways of Seeing

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PHOTO ASSIGNMENT Nº1

The purpose of this assignment was to practice composition techniques such as Rule of Thirds, Framing, Leading Lines, Balance, Patterns, Textures, Spot Coloring, Contrasting/Harmonious Colors, Silhouette, Negative Space, Birdseye View, and Worms Eye View.

These photos are from a collection taken during class time on campus, and also a few pictures from a mini shoot in Carlsbad. Some of my favorite photos from this assignment would be those in the framing, texture, contrasting & harmonious colors, negative space, and worms eye view. Typically I am drawn to the scenes with more simple details and I feel I tend to shoot in a predictable range of angles and distances. Techniques such as texture compelled me to move closer to my subjects, and others such as negative space forced me to take a step back and look at the scene from the “outside, in”.

Looking at objects from a different perspective was a challenge for me in some of the composition categories. However, it forced me to step out of my comfort zone and away from the view finder so I could challenge my normal shooting habits. I feel like this assignment helped remind me of the range of perspectives I have to play with and allowed me to revisit some techniques I had forgotten about. Overall, I am pleased with the turnout of the photos and I am happy this assignment ignited some creative habits I hope to progress.