Monday, June 13, 2016

Assignment that I am the most proud of

The assignment I am most proud of is my creative portrait photographs. Before we started this assignment I was interesting in capturing people’s stories through photographs. Researching and reading about Brandon Stanton got me very excited for composing portraits. Stanton has captured amazing photographs of hundreds of people and in almost  each one he writes a caption or part of their story. His photographs were very unique. My major goal for this was to make my photos unique and try not to take boring head shots. On that note, I went into this biweekly trying to seize every moment I could for the perfect creative portrait. Luckily, my family and friends were being very gracious me allowing me to take candids and planned photographs of them. I am still very interested in taking portraits and believe as long as I keep working hard I can take really amazing photographs. I am most proud of the portraits because I set my mind on taking the best photos I could and I did. During this I thought a lot about rule of thirds, eye contact and how I held my camera. I think all of these techniques helped when I composed my photographs.

Most memorable experiences

One of my most memorable experiences in photo 1 was going into the dark room and experimenting with pinhole cameras. Going into this assignment I knew nothing about the dark room and all of the chemicals used inside. I was very nervous none of my photographs would come out and that I’d be behind everyone else. Luckily that wasn’t the case. I actually caught on fairly quickly and really enjoyed growing and learning more about this form of photography. This assignment really impacted on how I thought about how I was going to compose my  photograph. Using pinhole cameras was a very new and exciting tool to use. Without this assignment I wouldn’t know that emulsion reacts to light to create the image I have taken. I also would be unaware on how to develop my photograph using a simple four step routine (Developer, Stop bath, Fixer, and Rinse). However, that is just one way that this assignment has impacted and affected my learning. This has also influenced me to explore deeper into pinhole photography, which I hope to do.

My second most memorable experience in my semester of photography is using photoshop. Especially doing the levitation photographs. This really impacted my thoughts on photoshop. Before learning how to actually use the app I thought of it as a place where people fool around on. But, I was very wrong. I am lucky to have learned how to use photoshop this year. Having the ability to use photoshop is a very useful skill to have with continuing photography in the future. In the start  photoshop was very hard for me to use and figure out. But, I was very eager to learn how to use it and figure out how to make the most realistic and convincing levitation photograph I could. However since it was my first time using photoshop for this reason I was struggling. Using some trial and error techniques on how I wanted to create my images really helped. I’m very grateful I got to experience using this app and hope to continue to use it as my photography classes continue through high school.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Forced Perspective Photogarphy


  • To continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs in a unique original way;
  • To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way;

  • To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;

The challenges I faced through out this assignment was making the photo look realistic. I find using photoshop still difficult, but I am learning. I found it successful figuring out what I wanted to photograph. I tried to make the top photograph look more realistic by throwing in a shadow. However, I think I just need more practice.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pinhole Photography

   I've learned a lot during this unit of Pinhole Photography. I learned the history and development to what they are now. I learned a lot about exposure while using the pinhole cameras. The brighter it is outside the shorter exposure time, and the darker it is outside a longer exposure time is needed. I've also learned how to figure out the perfect exposure. The brighter your negative image comes out the more exposure you need. Then,  the darker your image comes out may mean you need a shorter exposure. My dark room experience was very informational. I learned how to develop my negative images and how to make my negative images into positives. Emulsion is a light sensitive varnish that is on our paper. Emulsion reacts to light to create our image. The process we use to develop our photographs is putting our image into the developer for a minute and a half, into the stop bath for a minute, into the fixer for 45 seconds bringing the image into the light then back into the fixer for another four minutes, lastly we put the image into water to rise the image for five minutes. 

    Some of the most exciting processes during this unit were taking the actual photographs. Once I learned all about my exposure time I started playing around this ghosting and close ups. It was very interesting and exciting to me how I could make someone translucent. I also found the dark room very interesting with all the chemicals and procedures. I also thought it was exciting to come up and compose what ever image we wanted. This really forced me to think outside of the box and start to be more creative with taking my photographs.

     The most challenging part was making sure my exposure was correct during the first day. But, after experimenting a few times I got a relatively perfect exposure. This pinhole assignment was a very fun but difficult concept to learn in such a short period of time. However, I'm really glad I got to do this and learn so much about negatives, positives and the darkroom.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Who Am I Video


To understand the purposes and differences of selfies, portraits and self-portraits;
To look at the work of of contemporary artists who create portraits and self-portraits and interpret and analyze their purposes;
To create a video that effectively communicates “who you are”;
To use imovie’s features in a creative and unique way.

Music by Miley Cyrus

Friday, May 13, 2016

Creative Portraits


  • To continue to think about “identity”, how people see you and how you want others to see you;
  • To communicate the story behind the person you are photographing; who are they?
  • To learn many techniques to help you create interesting portraits;
  • To use all that you have learned about composition to help you take creative and stunning portraits.

As I look at him 
I see how young and innocent he is
he's seven years old 
my brother,
looking off into the distance
what is he glaring at?
Our mother?
Our father? 
Or perhaps his favorite food or treat.
As I look at him 
I am reminded of how fast he's grown and how much more growing he still has. 
As I look at him 
I realize I am his role model
I am the one he looks up to
I am amazed.


Brandon Stanton is a male photographer who started out in New York with no experience. He set out to take thousands of photos. At first nobody was paying attention to him, until he made a blog called Humans of New York. Brandon revels himself through his photographs. What is unique about Stanton is that he walks around the street wondering about peoples stories. He captures their stories in a photo and by writing along with them.

Cindy Sherman is known as one of the most respected photographers of the twentieth century. Most of Sherman's photographs are of herself. Cindy Sherman uses herself to show what is going on in the world. Cindy is very unique because she has her very own distinct style of photography and self portraits. By showing whats going on and telling the story of society or the media through her portraits.