Today, I took some photos for my advanced Photography Class at California State University San Marcos. I used a 50D and a loaner camera (T2i) to take some great shots in both Black and White and Color. I used Adobe Lightroom 2015.8 to edit my photos, and I really seem to like the program. I took the actual photos in the Library at California State University San Marcos. This was due to the weather which forced us to not go on a fieldtrip. While my cameras were grainy, I had a blast photographing the library. The library has areas that allow for very high production value, as the stairs can really get a lot of nice lighting. While I would like to see better weather, the photoshoot was mainly as success. I wished my card reader was not acting up as it corrupted some images, but I still had enough images, to do a proper photoshoot. The photo below is of a class mate Han as she would like to be called. I cropped the image, as I did not want everything in that image, and felt it would be better to just simply crop it. I do think that the photo shoot had some other faults that I should have probably gotten another shot of the rain as it would make it rather nice to see. The photos you see are my favorite photos that I have taken in the class. My favorite so far is the Black and white of the Light flashing from the Metal shade. I like this photo, because it can really transform from a really nice photo, to something that is rather extraordinary, or even rather creepy or dark as you think I had shot that at night or something like that.
Class is going good so far, I really like Deborah Small as a professor and her mindset is a little different than Nancy, but I love the fact that this class allows for a lot of freedom as you can do whatever you want. I think that the Cal State library is an awesome place to photograph images, and I would love to shoot some more. In the end, I enjoyed this photoshoot.
These are just some top 10 photos that I have mostly taken in VSAR 302, but I have also taken some at the Photo archive project at the U-hour screening of Short Shorts by Jason Eberwein. I really think these are some of the top 10 best photos I have taken and it was not easy choosing them, and I hope you would enjoy them.
This was a rather interesting video to watch and I am sure I have committed some of these sins before. This video talked about 10 sins of composition which you should not do as that can cause a bad photograph. Art Wolff is an experienced photographer who never takes a vacation but has taken a lot of photographs from throughout the world.
The first one that I thought was a very meaningful image was the image of a chameleon right next to the fingers. I really loved how sharp the depth of field was in relation to the image. While some say this is a blurry image, I feel that the sharp focus of the depth of field along with the chameleon really contrasts the image when you would say compare if it had the background in focus. This image is rather heavy on the bokeh in regards to the background as you can feel it and try to connect with the chameleon with the person who has it in their fingers. The fingers are very . Depth of field should really be done in a very meaningful way and he really did it. The chameleon is perfectly content with being the persons hand. Depth of field is what adds depth to an image and therefore this image has meaning. Emotionally you really feel for the chameleon as you might see a lizard being scared as wild animals like small lizards tend to run away from humans as they see them as some kind of a predator. The other final part of what makes this a meaningful image, is that you cannot tell if it was a candid or well thought out. However, i feel that this image is very well thought out and shot well.
The next meaningful image is actually the one with the Chinese boat that covers the lighthouse. Why I think it is rather meaningful, is that it shows how people live their life in Vietnam. The boat is so artistically placed as the lighthouse can really cause a significant distraction as your eyes simply focus on the lighthouse and not the boat. The boat is a very traditional boat used in the area as you can . Though the photo does tie in with the rocky background. The rocks in the water is a relatively nice background. I think the photo is a bit dark and I think he was going for a dark sort of look in the fog. This adds meaning, as you would normally photograph something like this when the sun is out. It also adds a bit of mystery as you do not really see the people who are operating the boat. I like photos that have a bit of mystery to them as you have to keep guessing who or what are they doing.
In the end, both photos are meaningful!
Here is my book, and I had a lot of fun making it. I am still new at making nice books, but I hope to use Blurb more in the future to make even better books. Making this book was a lot of fun, as I could take some photos and turn them into black and white to make them even more powerful and add some basic text. I try to describe each photo with a basic description and I think I did a great job. I found the Blurb interface in Id (Indesign CC 2017) to be very easy and I am glad that they supported the 2017 version (latest version) on my laptop so I did not have to worry about compatibility. I do eventually want to publish even more books and maybe use even better paper. I really ought to thank Nancy my professor for letting me be creative and making this wonderful book, as without her, I could not have made it.
What I liked about it is the ease of making a book, and that I have used Id before so it is not an issue for me. Blurb has so many options in regards to size and even paper, but I chose the cheapest option so I could save some money, but next time I want to use even better paper and push myself some more.
I did not have any real dislikes in this project, other than getting all the photos in design to work right, but I got around it. Some of my photos could have been taken better, but I should have probably spent more time and not forgotten my memory card the first time I started to make my project.
I got out a lot of this project in making this book. I got to learn more about blurb and how to make books. I feel satisfied and confident that I can make books going forward to maybe even make money and possibly sell them on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Perhaps, I have found my niche (though that is for me to find out and debate about it). In the end I had fun in this book.