About my blog and some photography techniques.
Jessica White. 5261
Maiden Erlegh school, 51603
Welcome to my AS phototography blog, on the other page you will see my personal extended project about the characteristics of musical characters and how this is portrayed through movement and facial expressions, costume and makeup. i hope you find my work interesting.
Art from Art: Chuck close
i chose to do chuck close becuase i found his black and white portraiture very beautiful and i have not had much oppertunity to work in black and white through the course. examples of the work i was re-creating are below:
he also used famous icons such as the composer Philip Glass and Kate Moss as depicted below:
i then tried to take this idea on to my own work – creating black and white portraiture but trying to show emotion or just casual beauty in expressions. my final four have been edited in photoshop using the black and white selection in adjustments. these are my final four:
Extension task: taking an object and photographing it at different angles
after i had handed in my project i was given the task of taking an every day object and trying to make it interesting, here are my final ones:
Our homework this week was to demonstrate different effects when using different shutterspeeds. we had to demonstrate that we could use long shutter speeds, to give a slow moving effect, a medium shutter speed which shows a small amount of movement and a fast shutter speed which would freeze the movement.
i chose to have someone doing a handstand as i thought it would be a good subject. i did think about the background and i chose to have it againsty a wall with bright colours in the grass and the plants and the wall.
the first one is the slow shutter speed:
i used a 1/4 shutter speed for this photograph and i tried to capture the circle of the cartwheel.
i used a 1/32 shutter speed and only captured a bit of movement but the pose is basically still.
for this shot i used 1/160 shutterspeed. it captured the person in a handstand completely still so the was no blur.
by re-doing the aperture shoot, i realised that light and composition is incredibly important. during my first shoot, i took the photographs with only artificial lights, as it was night time. in my second shoot i did it in the day time so that proper light made all the colours stand out. i also changed some of the colours ofthe nail varnish bottles. most of the colours i used were blues and greens, or dark colours. in my first shoot i used a yellow, which did not really relate to the other colours. with the blue and grey in the table cloth, it now all ties together perfectly creating a good composition. i then experimented with the different spectrums, putting the darkest and lightest colours at the front to see which made the best impact. the black varnish made the best impact as it is the biggest and has the best contrast between the writing colour and the colour of the varnish. i also zoomed in on the composition so that i didnt have so much background around the bottles. my final reshoot was really good as it was clear, concise and well composed.
My aperture photographs taken earlier on in the course were okay, but could have done with re doing. i changed the light source making the photo lighter and i didn’t have so much background so that the main focus was on the nail varnish bottles, i got rid of the yellow one as i thought it was hard to read the writing and i put the lighter colours at the back so that the darker colours and writing stood out better. i re shot with an fstop of 5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/10
in our lesson we were taught about the connection between aperture and shutter speed. our homework was to use 3 different apertures with the best shutter speed possible to show the different depths of perception.
the first one i did was with the given aperture of 5.6 i used the shutter speed of 0″3 to get the best exposure
The second one i took was with the aperture 11. i used the shutter speed of 1″3 to get the best exposure. because the Fstop is a larger number, i had to use a slower shutter speed. As the Fstop is is larger, it means that there is a smaller hole for the light to get through, and this means that we need a longer shutter speed so that the same amount of light can get through the lense.
I then took another photograph with the Fstop 22. i used a 5″ shutter speed to get the correct exposure.
I noticed that as the aperture made a difference in the depth of perception. the largest aperture meant that the yellow and green varnishes were in focus and others were blurred. then as the apertures got larger, the photograph became more in focus.
This week’s task was to create two different facial manipulations. one was to be digitally edited, the other was to be edited physically, rather than digitally.
For my physically edited photography i used moisturiser and green eyeshadow to paint my face and change how i looked.
i used an 11 fstop and zoomed in close to get the majority of my face in the photograph.
i then added a bright pink eyeshadow to try and create a blush look
after this, i added silver to try and create highlights, i went into a darker room and zoomed in more. i also used a larger fstop (5.6)
i think my favourite is the first as it is a basic but complete change that makes me look different.
The digital manipulation was harder in my opinion. i looked at different artists in the lesson and this influenced my two different types of manipulation.
the first, i used the clone tool to get rid of my mouth, i then changed my face to black and white, though i tried this with two different types of black and white, using different shadows. i then added my eyes which i cut out from the original so that they were in colour. in one black and white one i changed the colour of my eyes, in the other i used my natural eyes which were unedited. i thought this this would be good for a campaign, as i think it shows emotion.
while we were using the flash kit, we tried looking at long exposure with movement. we checked the aperture and then changed the shutter speed so that it held open for longer. i got jesse to dance while i was taking the photographs and this created a red movement across the photo. i then edited them up to look magical.
I used only levels and the burn/dodge tool to create the effects.
In one of our lessons we were taught how to use the flash kit. Our homework was to go back and have a play with it, looking to creat dynamic shadows, or just understand how the light affects the photograph.
Another task set under the title of typography was to use the motion blur tool with a text image. i chose to set out my composition as if it were a road and i was travelling in a car. i thought it would be good symbolism to use the word car instead of an actual car. i then used the motion blur tool so give the impression of travelling fast.
the task was the to take one of these letters and to manipulate it using the ‘lasso’ and the ‘transform’ tools on photoshop.
i chose to use my first ‘p’ as i felt it would be the easiest image to manipulate.
I then drew around the ‘p’ shape using the lasso tool and then rotated it using the transform tool. this is my end result:
i thought this was a good outcome as it reminds me of a flower and brings it back to nature, which is good as is set in a natural enviroment.
Another task we were set was to make the word ‘photography’ out of objects in the world, we were to take photographs of different things and then put them together. the first P was taken using my hosepipe, the H made by using a dining room chair, the O is made by using the peep hole of my front door, the second O is an opened umbrella, the G is the G and G# key on my flute (though flipped backwards) , the R is an r taken from the front page of a magazine, the A is my laptop, the second P is a pestle and mortar and the second H is a toy truck, the Y is a y-shaped plant in my house.
I was given a written description of a photo from someone in my class, this was of a mouth with a flower ‘scrumpled’ up inside it. the lips of the mouth were blue and the flower was red, fading into whitw, i wasnt allowed to show the inside of the flower. i didnt manage to get hold 0f a red and white flower, i wasn’t sure from the description what type of flower it was and so it became hard to know what i was really looking for, i bought a red gerbara because from the description the petals seemed to be the best for manipulating. i didnt have any blue lipstick and so i improvised with blue eyeliner and eye shadow, trying to make it as light as i could. i airbrused part of the skin, as the description said that the skin was flawess, i’ll put up the full description and original image at a later date. for now, here is the picture i took.
Another idea that i had looking at music covers and how to manipulate them was to try Sleeve facing, which is an art form that uses the people on the cover on record sleeves to be added to an image and to fit in perspective with that image. i chose the background of a garden so that it would seem like a natural enviroment for a person to be in and o that the photographs didnt look too staged, which would defeat the point of sleeve facing – which is to try and make these things seem normal. i also chose to work in black and white as i felt it would create more of a portraiture feel to my photographs. it would also show a different way of working as i have been working mostly in colour. here are my final photographs:
Another part of the homework was to explore with filters and editing.
i chose to use one of my cd photographs, chainging it to landscape.
Above is the original image.
Underneath are the four edits i did. i used a filter called ‘photocopy’ and i edited the same photo, this time wacking up the saturation and changing the hue. this gave more pinks in the picture and made it look more girly. i desaturated a the same picture and upped the darker levels to make it look serious. I then found a filter called ‘old photo’ which turned it into an older style picture using sepia.
Another different type of photo i tried to stitch together was from a stack of CD’s that i put together on my bedroom floor. As i’m using Cd’s in my photography work, i thought it would be relevant as well as challenging to align the covers up properly.
I started by taking lots of photos from different heights, eventhough i was lying on my stomach, i lifted the camera around using my elbows. i then got these onto a computer and started from the bottom, upwards. I scaled down the two photos to 1500 in length, the height then automatically adjusted itself accordingly.
this made it easier for me to move them around and fit them together, i could always zoom in if i wanted to be more precise. i aligned the two photographs and then opened a third, adding that to the two i already had. this made it easy to build up the photographs, i had six in total.
when i had eventually put all the photographs together, i found that in some places they were not aligned, whereas in others, they fitted perfectly. this was annoying, but i guess it was down to the different angles that i used to try and get all of the CD’s in the shot and to get interesting bits.
here is my original stitching with the edited version underneath.
I edited the photo by cropping it and trying to make it seem like the same photo. i got the level balance right in some parts, but in others i couldn’t get it to match without changing the colour of the wall, which i managed to get to be the same colour.
i did change the image a bit, as the skirting board was slightly higher on one side, however i think it makes the photo look more real and believeable.
one more to go after this!
Work set by our teachers means that we have to manipulate our photographs into panoramics and work with different types of filter. This is the start of the work, which i tried out panorama using photographs that i already had to hand. I used GIMP, a free photo manipulation programme that acts like photoshop. I started by choosing 4 photos and resizing them so that they could be stitched together easily and so that the photo size would be smaller overall. i first tried out stiching together cd’s as if they were lined up on a shelf. Here is one of the origial photographs.
I then opened up a new window so that i could copy and paste each photograph onto the new ‘canvas’ which meant i could align them together. this was quite difficult as some of the photos had the angle of the cd’s at a different angle to others.
Here is the original panorama, it is not cropped at the photos were all the same size to begin with.
I then tried the same technique with 4 different photographs, of the spines of a pile of records. i had photographs of the left side, the middle and the right side (twice). This was not as successful as the cd panorama as the middle photograph was more zoomed into the titles of the records than the sides, so it mean that the records did not match up to each one, so i focused on the two white ones near the middle, as this example is a good way to show the process through screen shots.
I positioned the 4 shots ontop of each other, zooming in to try and get is as acurate as i could, in this shot we see the final layer being added to the page.
I then cropped the panorama so that all the photos were the same size and so i cut out any unwanted white bits or jagged edges.
I then used levels to try and correct the colour and tone differences between the different photographs. after that, i merged the levels and saved the photo as a jpg.
Below are the pictures of changing the levels, and the final product.