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LA – Six Favorite Photos of The Week

I finally changed lens on the camera and oh what a difference! I wanted to try low light photography with only one spot. I wanted to have big contrasts with lots of shadows and I had lots of fun! I’m still struggling with finding the perfect settings as the photos look different on the camera display. I’d like to post 40 photos of my dog but I’ll try to find my favorite 6.

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Well that was 7 photos. Almost every photo I take feels underexposed because they look a lot brighter on the camera display. The 7th photo looked extremely overexposed on the camera display but on my PC it looks OK. I just have to keep working on the settings. It might still be a monitor issue or a image view issue because in Photoshop the photos still look OK.

Just for fun I edited some of the photos. Here are the results.

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LA – Depth of Field and Motion Images

I’ve tried experimenting with depth of field and motion photography. My model and muse Sniff (my dog) has been working hard with me (but was rewarded with lots of treats). I tried to get a photo of him jumping at the candy but it was very tricky.

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I noticed because of the low shutter speed that the motion made the image blurry. When I tried changing the shutter speed the images got very dark and I had to up the ISO. I’m struggling keeping the ISO low even with lots of natural light around. I can’t have the aperture lower than 4 with this lens. The two bottom pictures are my favorite pictures of Sniff in motion, but they got a little blurry. I do have a flash I haven’t tried using yet. The two lower pictures have a shutter speed of 1/200 sec and ISO on 3200.

These pictures have the same exposure settings as previously mentioned except the last two which have an ISO of 6400. The images are, to say the least, grainy and for the next photo session I’m gonna try using the flash to see if I can keep the ISO lower. I’m new to taking pictures but as a streamer who uses a webcam on a daily basis I have worked a lot with lighting. I have two light sources and manual settings to get the most out of my camera. Before I used those I used the natural light in my room which was sometimes too bright with the added light from my two monitors. The light from my window during the day should be enough to not be forced to use 6400 ISO. I’m determined to find out what I am doing wrong and how to fix it!

The photos that follow will be focusing on depth of field.

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1/200 sec; f/4,0; ISO:6400
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1/60 sec; f/4,0; ISO:1600

This concludes the assignments from the book “from snapshots to great shots”. Tomorrow I will post this weeks final Learning Activity which is the six best photos of the week. Hint: they will most likely be of my dog.

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LA – Get to know your camera

Edit: I have now found that my main monitor views photos in very odd quality unless viewed in Photoshop. Luckily I have two monitors so I can view the images there before uploading.

We’re still working with photography and one thing I am struggling with is how the images look on the display of the camera vs how they look in Photoshop and in the image viewer on my PC. Today I went outside to play around with the settings and I ended up finding something that looked good (focusing on settings and not scenery), however on my PC the images are coming across too dark.

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Here’s a photo of my dog shaking. The image is looking very dark and underexposed (considering the amount of light outside), while on the camera display it looked fine. ISO: 200, Aperture: F5.6, Shutter speed: 1/250 (wb: cloudy).

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The same goes for this photo. On the camera display it looked fine and I was happy to get such a cute shot of my dog while just doing a test of the settings. The question this all leaves me? Is it the monitor that’s the issue? The photo has a more blue color on my second monitor (but that’s a shitty TV from 2010 and the colors are always a bit weird on that), but the picture is looking as dark on my second monitor.

I had the same issue yesterday. Another very cute picture of my dog which looked ok on the camera display and also OK in Photoshop but not in the image viewer.

I played around a little bit with the colors in Photoshop but as you can see, it’s underexposed. It also looks grainy.

Below is a screenshot of how the image looks in Photoshop and under that the original again. The first is slightly clearer.

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Here are some other edits I experimented with. I tried only brightening the dog because if I brightened the whole image the snow just ended up looking like a clear white background. This however leaves a weird outline on the leash. I’d say the 2nd option is the one that looks the least edited while still showing the dog. It also keeps the depth of field intact with the leash and background being blurry, while the dog is clear even though he is shaking.

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The assignment was not to use Photoshop, it’s just something I did as a follow-up to the difference of the photos depending on which display they were shown on. The assignment I was working with were the exercise files I got from the forum. I was supposed to experiment with color balance. I tried all the different white balances on the camera and liked cloudy or direct sunlight the best (there was not a big difference between the two). The others made the image look completely blue.


I tried experimenting with the same inside yesterday. The final task from the text-book assignment will be to try the different ways of focusing the subject. What I need to keep working on is different camera settings both inside and outside. Now that I know that the image looks a lot brighter on the camera display I have to find a way to be able to predict the outcome of the final product without relying too much on the preview.

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LA – Exposure Basics

Get to know your camera

I have borrowed the Nikon D3300 from my room-mate. Our first assignment was to name all the functions of the front and back of the camera and explain how to set the correct ISO, how to change the aperture and shutter speed.

Accessing the back of the camera (assuming the back is on the opposite end of the lens) I find the menu and I can here control the settings of the camera like ISO, aperture and shutter speed. The shutter speed is controlled by a little wheel while the other settings are decided from the menu, however there are two buttons on the front that, if held down, change it so that the wheel that changes shutter speed can change either ISO or aperture(depending on which button I hold down). There is also a button on the back that make me view from the screen instead of through the little glass window. I can also edit the photos from within the camera if I like (making them Sepia or B&W etc).

Other functions on the front of the camera is the record button and of course the button to take the picture with. On top of the camera there is a wheel with pre-recorded settings for the camera (if I’m doing a sports photo, low light, bright light, sports etc), a way to access the guide or a “manual”- setting.

 

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LA – Analyzing a 19th Century Photograph

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“Boulevard du Temple”, taken by Daguerre in 1838 in Paris

I chose this photo because I found it interesting that, if taken today, you would be able to see the moving vehicles in traffic and the people on the street. The only people visible are the two that were still enough to be able to be caught on print.

The technical quality of the image both hinders and helps the image. Because it is old we expect it to look a certain way and it fascinates us because of that fact. Personally I can’t watch old movies because of the quality. It doesn’t matter how good the story is. The only old movie I have enjoyed is “Sound of Music” and that’s not even that old.

However, looking at this photograph it tells a story because it is old. It wouldn’t work well to show off Paris, but to show the limitations they had before when taking photos and how far technology has come it works well. It also amazes me at how much they could actually accomplish with the limitations they had.

Looking away from the fact that it is old and only watching the photo is gives me an eerie feel. It almost looks like a post apocalyptic image. The streets are empty and the houses look dark, trashed and empty.

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Here’s a cropped version of the photo. Removing the houses on the left makes the city, at least to me, look a bit more alive. It also make me focus more on the road and it inspires a sense of journey. When more of the sky was visible I focused more on the skyline and the houses but having removed it it also puts more focus on the road.

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LA -History of Photography

Louis Daguerre and the daguerreotype

Louis Daguerre was an artist from France who invented the daguerreotype and the diorama theater. By using a coating of bitumen of Judea (a light sensitive asphalt) he managed to create the first permanent camera photograph. Later he refined his methods to shorten the camera exposure time by exposing a thing silver-plated copper sheet to the vapor given off by iodine crystals. This produced a coating of light-sensitive silver iodine’s on the surface and it is what came to be known as the daguerreotype.

1280px-Boulevard_du_Temple_by_Daguerre_(unmirrored)This image was taken by Daguerre in 1838 in Paris. What’s fascinating to me about it is that it was supposedly a busy street, but because of the exposure having to continue for several minutes the moving traffic isn’t visible. Because the two people on the street were still long enough they were captured in the image. which makes this the “earliest known candid photograph of a person”.

Tintypes

Tintype “photos” were similar to daguerreotypes in size and enclosure (though their cases were usually less expensive). Tintypes were a kind of folk art and were often used by portraitists at parks, fairs and the like.

Tintypes were “produced by applying a collodion-nitrocellulose solution to a thin, black-enameled metal plate immediately before exposure.” The tintype was negative but because of the black plate it was exposed on made it appear positive.

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Color Photographs

Color was introduced in the photographs in the 1840’s, but it faded quickly when it was exposed to light, however in 1861 the first permanent color photograph was taken. It was made using the “three-color-separation” – taking three three black and white photographs though red, green and blue filters – providing the photographer with the three basic channels required to recreate a color image.

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LA – Design a Bookcover

We got to decide between three different titles and I chose “The Maiden’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. The description was “use analogous colours with a contrasting accent to express disagreement and discontent.”

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Color palette

The maiden's tale

I wanted to portray the disagreement and discontent in both colors and type. Instead of adding a lot of elements I wanted to keep the design simple and let the contrasting fonts and colors do the work.

I didn’t sketch anything for this, which is something I need to be better at.

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LA – Editing images in Photoshop

We were supposed to edit an image in 4 different ways, sepia, split toning, an “Andy Warhol look” and the 4th was of our own choice. My initial photo that I chose was a little difficult to work with and I ended up changing to a photo of myself instead.

When editing the photo to add the “Andy Warhol” look I experimented with different versions. I really liked the first option even though that isn’t really the “Andy Warhol” look as it lacks in the very deep shading. I also only used 2 colors at first. I’d say option 4 or 5 are the ones that would go under the “Andy Warhol” look the best.

For this assignment I could have made a color palette using the Adobe color wheel which I will do in the future when I practice this more.

Here are my first attempts.

 

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LA – Color Theory 1

For this Learning Assignment the students were supposed to explain the difference of RGB and CMYK plus create 4 different color schemes using Kuler.

When I first started studying graphic design I was met by the two terms RGB and CMYK. The difference with me now and then is that I now know that RGB is the term for the colors we see and work with on screen. This color system has millions of different colors and if your design is going to be digital this will be your color system to use. CMYK on the other hand, is meant for print and has thousands of colors (a lot less than millions).

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Complementary
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Monochromatic

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LA – Understanding Ideals

This was supposed to have been posted on the 7th of November but something went wrong and I didn’t notice until now. Better late than never:

“Visit a popular store, like an Apple, Nike, Levi, H&M or an Ikea store. The brand should be well-known and you must visit a shop where their products are being displayed or distributed. Before going to the shop, determine the following about their brand identity and, once at the shop, evaluate how they remain true to their brand identity or not. How is the brand identity enhanced (or, perhaps, not expressed) at the point of customer interaction?”

For this assignment I decided to look into the brand H&M. Their logo is simple, just the two letters bound by “&” in red. I think their brand ideal is “friendly, trendy and affordable”. It’s a brand that is meant to appeal to everyone, either you’re only looking for comfort and practical clothes or if you’re into fashion. It’s also supposed to be affordable. I would like to put conscious somewhere in the brand ideal as well.

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The store I went to is very big with several stores. Almost one of the first things I see when I walk in is “99kr” (around 10€), and that is definitely affordable. As I walk further into the store I see the new line with designer MOSCHINO and I can check trendy off the list. So what about friendly?

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Well, I think this picture wraps it all up perfectly. If that isn’t friendly I don’t know what is. I also have to say that when I asked to take this picture the employee was also very friendly.

I feel that H&M make it very easy to find what you’re looking for, if it’s fashionable clothes or practical. It’s also easy to find the different departments. As a customer I feel the visuals were holding true to the brand ideals. There were low price tags left and right and one of the first things that met my eyes were the new line with MOSCHINO.