Friday, June 12, 2015

Assignment that I am the Most Proud of

Out of all of the assignments I have done this year, I am most proud of my "Who Am I" video. I find that when it comes to really showing who I am and all the things that add to me, I work my hardest to express that in the best, most interesting way possible. I had never worked much with Imovie before this assignment, so I had a lot of fun playing around with that and I really took an interest in it. I like the idea of being able to take photographs and video footage to put them together and create a work that I think describes me. I practiced being precise and careful with my work through this assignment. No matter what media of art is being used, I have learned that it is important to be able to express yourself through art. This assignment definitely ensured that and I am proud of the work I did to create my video.

Who I Am

Most Memorable Experiences

One of my most memorable experiences from this semester is definitely "Selfies". The selfie assignment had a more laid back, funny appeal. However, what I learned through the assignment was definitely something important. I learned how art is self reflection. Any art from painting to sketching or even taking a picture of yourself all adds to self reflection and revealing yourself through your art. I liked the wide approach of being able to take a selfie in any way to express myself.

Another memorable experience from this semester is using the pinhole cameras. This was my first time working in a dark room, and I gained a lot of knowledge from it by learning about all the steps it takes to develop the photograph. I really enjoyed watching my photographs come to life through being developed. I had to work with the pinhole camera a lot to see how it worked. Figuring out its aperture and how long it should be exposed to the light was a little challenging. It took patience but once my photographs started really coming out I liked the assignment even more. This assignment gave me insight on how this really interesting and fun type of photography works.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Photos with quotes

One important thing I learned from doing this assignment was creating interesting placement of words to catch the viewer's eye. When putting a quote on a photo, it is crucial to make the placement interesting instead of putting them just in the center of the photo. The placement could go around the photo to make it all flow and have a lot of interest. With both of my quotes I tried to place them in spots that would be unique and make the viewer look at the photo a little bit longer. Another important thing I learned was having a photo that complements the quote so it all goes together nicely. If the quote did not have anything to do with the photo, it wouldn't make sense. I used photos that matched my quotes either through the subjects, facial expression, or even background.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pinhole Camera

A pinhole camera is a camera with a pinhole aperture and no lens.

One thing I learned while creating pinhole images is that it's important to be tedious with how long you expose the camera to light. I had trouble with this at first. The amount of light taken in will determine how the photograph comes out- either too light or too dark. Another thing I learned was how to work in a dark room. I did this by taking many pictures and developing each of them. One last thing I learned was while taking a photograph with a pinhole camera, it is important to keep the camera completely still. This will ensure that the photograph does not come out blurry.

At first I did not enjoy doing this project. I had a lot of trouble with the size of my aperture because it was too small, so none of my pictures would come out. This ended up being really frustrating because I was unable to take even a simple picture without it coming almost completely white. After getting the aperture of my camera fixed, I started to be able to enjoy this project. I liked it mostly because it was a totally different way of taking pictures than I am used to, so it was exciting to experiment with a different type of camera. I also liked getting to develop the pictures and watch the process of how they would turn out.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creative Portraits/Self Portraits

In this portrait I tried the technique of adding movement. I stayed still in the photograph while the hat is used to create the blurred image of movement. I like the way this came out because I think it adds interest to this portrait. I also think the moving hat is a nice contrast with my being still.

The technique used in this photograph is shooting candidly. The purpose of this is to make the portrait look more relaxed and not so posed. I think this works well because it is capturing a moment between me and a friend when we didn't know we were being photograph. This helps to keep the emotion and facial expression in the photograph real instead of looking like we might be forcing a smile.