Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Ben Goossens is another interesting surrealistic digital photographer. Most of his images are comprised of odd but fascinating ideas composed altogether to create some sort of story. While looking through his works, I noticed that Goossens tends to go wild on his imagination as a photographer. He likes to use people and objects together and place them in a way so that it seems as if they're in an unrealistic world.
An example of his works as provided above, emphasizes on the people. When you first look at this photograph, the first thing that comes to mind is that they are in a different world apart from our own. The people don't even seem as if they're human beings. By looking at this photograph, you think that they are on some different planet in outer space and the three men seen are aliens of some sort. If you look within the picture, you can see that he was trying to tell a story through a various composition of multiple images. Maybe, for example he was trying to create a world where women were dominant over men. Another example of one of his works is provided on the right.
Monday, March 23, 2009
The photoshoot we had in the studio was a brand new experience for me. Taking photos of my fellow classmates in a professional photo studio environment made me feel as if I was a real photographer. All of the equipment was provided to us and I discovered that just the idea of being in a photo studio and being able to take pictures like real professionals was exciting.
Using the stronger lighting, I placed it in a way so that the model's face I was shooting was clearly visible. The second lighting I placed a little further away from the model at about a distance as to light up the rest of the model's body and reduce the shadows. At one point during the photoshoot, I wanted to experiment a bit with the flash to see whether there was a difference whether I turned flash on or not. One of the pictures I took of Evin using the flash on my camera actually altered the lighting of the image and made the colors look warmer.
As for the camera angles attempted during the shooting, I tilted the camera horizontally and vertically according to the model's pose. Zoom was also used in order to capture the upper body of the model. I found that if it was a whole body image of the person, at times the camera angle made the model look shorter therefore much zoom was used throughout the entire photoshoot.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
When snapping photographs around the idea of motion, it makes certain people look as if they were some sort of superhuman. The photographs I took were all with people in it. Four of the stopped action pictures at high shutter speed were all images of my friend jumping around in mid-air and one was of my cousin about to kick. These photos were taken at the lockers after school. Using high shutter speed, I held the button of the camera to get ready to catch her in mid-air as soon as she began to jump. If I had taken the picture without already holding the button, the camera would have been way too slow to capture her movements.
The blurred photographs taken at low shutter speed were mostly photographed during the Ladies and Gents event at Conrods. All except one of the blurred photos was taken of my cousin as if he was running at the speed of light. The photos looked as if the people in it were all moving quickly from one place to the next. The blurred effects also made it seem as if people were jumping in from all over the place. I thought maybe it was best to take pictures at low shutter speed in an area where there were many people in one room. I found that this would make the picture seem a lot more interesting.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Using Photoshop, I played around with the color levels as well as the hue saturation and color balance options. For the first transformation, I played with the color levels and adjusted it to a greenish color. Afterwards, I went into the artistic filter gallery and used the 'smudge stick' to create a kind of pastel effect. The second transformation, I play around with the 'color balance'. Using this tool, I lightened and darkened the midtones, highlights and shadows to my preference. This created a blue-greenish tint to my self-portrait. Next, I increased the hue, saturation and lightness, creating a lighter look. In the third transformation, I greatly decreased the hue and increased the saturation to enhance the magenta color. To finish, I went into the artistic filter gallery and added the 'poster edges' effect to enhance the black outlines of the photograph. And finally for the last transformation, I used the 'film grain' and 'neon glow' effect. My favorite altered phto would be the first transformation because the effect makes me look unreal. It enhances the black color and makes my image look as if it's a drawing.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Using Picasa, I played around with the different effects available. I used a little bit of glow here and there while also adding some focal black & white for two images. The second transformation I started off using the sepia effect then later on added some glow and finally, sharpening the image. I played around with the images and used a little bit of every effect available. The image that I liked the most was transformation 2 because of the glow and sepia effects. Using those two as a combination created a pretty glowy soft effect. This effect softened up the image and enlightened the picture. The glow effect emphasized the focus on the object while the sepia effect warmed and brightened up the photograph.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Edward Burtynsky & Irving Penn :
What kind of Photographs do these photographers make?
Edward Burtynsky photographs mostly images of landscapes and photos taken in the industry. Examples include refineries, quarries and scrap piles. The basis of his photographs are usually taken at construction sites. He focuses more on nature and its surroundings rather than objects.
Irving Penn photographs simple objects and humans and turn these images into something interesting. He is known for taking photographs of still life and found objects.
What makes their photographs interesting?
Both of these photographers make their photos interesting because they concentrate on the tiny details within their images. Burtynsky focuses on the concrete details of the construction sites and all of the little details embedded in the environment. He photographs them in a way that makes the entire photo transform into something else. Penn on the other hand, uniquely concentrates on the different shapes and outlines of certain objects. He deeply concentrates on the placement of objects and/or people and the use of lighting. Using this technique provides clarity to his work.
Was there a specific concept or reason behind their photographs?
Edward Burtynsky's reason behind his photographs were because he was more interested in nature rather than the tiny details of just a simple object. He was more into the beauty of the environment. Most of Burtynsky's work indicates much complexity in the surrounding details. If you look in further detail at his work, you can really see why his images are different from just any other photo. He photographs them in a way where when you look at it, it doesn't just look like a regular quarry or ship yard but something else. Something that was not what was initially visualized in the mind.
Irving Penn photographs his subjects in a unique way. His reason behind his photographs was because he wanted people to focus on facial expressions and focus onto the person itself. That may explain why most of his photos were photographed in black and white. It may also explain why he always used a neutral backdrop for all of his photographs. This brought more drama into most of his work.
Post at least two links to web sites that helped you with your research.Post two samples of each photographer’s work.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The resolution is 8.0 mega pixels.
The camera has a storage media for SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards and MultiMedia Cards.
The wire connecting the camera to the computer is called the USB interface cable.
When downloading images to the computer, I use the USB cord to connect the camera to the computer and the images download automatically from there. If no USB cord is available, I take out the SD card in the camera and plug it into the computer for the photos to download.
The amount of low resolution images that can be stored on the SD card is ...
The amount of high resolution images that can be stored on the SD card is 635 images.
The file format of the images stored on the SD card is in JPEG format.
I have a camera manual however I have not yet read the contents of the booklet.