a. Add the normal photographic labels:
Cannon EOS Rebel T4i, 16 sec, f/11 ISO 200
b. Include a paragraph or two about how you created your entry.
This was taken in one of the theaters on campus. All the lights were shut off except for a small flood light that I used as my camera was taking a slow exposure shot. I shined the light over Rosemary quickly and then over other parts of the theater. I then brought the photo into photoshop and adjusted the sharpness, levels, and set to grayscale.
c. Add a paragraph about the contest you chose and why you chose it.
I chose this contest because I have a deep respect for Adobe and the things that their programs can do. In addition, thy have a great student involvement program that makes it more possible for students to learn. Lastly, their contest was free, that was a huge plus.
d. Add a link to the contest website.
Adobe Design Achievement Awards: http://adobeawards.com/us?promoid=KRQUV
e. Include the date you submitted your entry.
The photobook was definitely one of my more challenging projects because there were so many fine details to go through, however, I think it might be one of my more rewarding projects as well. I think this is definitely something I’ll hold on to for a while and be like, hey kids, did you know your dad is so famous that there is a book showcasing some of his best work?!
Well not that I’m encouraging lying to your kids, but I do think this is something that I’ll hold on to for sentimental reasons and look back on to see where I came from. I also think it is something that I’ll be able to show to others so that they can see what I am capable of. I’m glad I was able to take this class this semester and this book will help me remember why.
Well here it is! The photo that decided to print for my large portrait was one that came from the light painting session we had last week. I just really enjoy this photo and I also really enjoyed the process it took to get to the final product. Light Painting is a lot of fun I’ve realized and I think it’s something that’s worth investing in a bit more!
I used a Cannon Camera which is something new to me since I am a Nikon man myself, so that was pretty cool. The soda bottles were set out on a black velvet sheet in a dark room. With the camera set for a long exposure, a couple of flashlights were used to make the colors of the soda glow and make the glass bottles shine a bit as well. With the long exposure, the glass bottles were the only things made visible in the photograph. I think took the photo into photoshop where there I was able to adjust levels and brightness, sharpness, and also manipulate the colors of each soda to create the image we have here. It was a lot of fun and light painting is something that I think I will get more involved with as time goes on.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
EXP: 10 sec, f/11, ISO 100, shot in manual
For this activity, we went around to 10 different stations in a theater and took long exposure photographs with the lights off. The only way we could make this work was to take varying flashlights and paint the light over the objects or persons in our photos. Whatever the light touched would be captured by the camera. Here are some of my results!
This week I am showcasing what I think might be my 5 favorite photos from this semester. You’ve seen them before (I hope?) so not a whole lot has changed other than my stamp. Some, such as the leaf photo, have been sharpened just a bit. However I mostly chose these photos for sentimental value because I felt like they were turning point photos in terms of developing my skills. They may be less exciting than other photographer’s work, maybe even not as well managed as other photographers could have done; in the end these are my photos, I’m proud of them and so I’ll keep sharing them.
Now, I would like to share two spreads from my work-in-progress photo book/portfolio. These were both designed in inDesign using a grid system, which I found to be extremely helpful (until I slipped the black background in there, at that point the weird grid colors and the black really started hurting my eyes; that was a new experience!) For the first spread I wanted to show where I started from at the beginning of the semester with my “Past Photos” assignment (with ideally the last spread of the book showing where I finished, as to tell my story in a sense.) The second spread was showing a few of my favorite photos from the “Perspective of Twelve” assignment while also sharing a few of my thoughts on the assignment.
All in all, I’m pretty excited for the rest of the book to be assembled!
I created a tutorial this week on developing professional looking portfolio spreads. Feel free to check out the PDF and youtube video! The video is set to 2:00 minutes in, however that is just for the demonstration that I’ll be giving, feel free to watch the rest of it!
The relevance of this topic is this; if you really want to do well as a photographer you need to be able to sell your skills. People want to buy based off of physical proof that you are a talented photographer and a strong portfolio is a prime way to show your talents.
The inspiration for this PDF and even the video came from an article that was made available via the iLean website, I’ll attach that link here. A full description can be found in the video.