My Adventures in Downtown SD

 

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.

Photobooth

Today, I went and did a traveling photobooth around the waterfront park. This photobooth does have a video (that will be uploaded tomorrow), but I got to meet some nice people and had a good time, despite my setbacks. I had to move the photobooth from one location to another within the park as the backdrop was probably not a good idea in the wind. I think a simpler design against the wall in the later photos was probably a better idea. I really don’t know these people, but they seemed to enjoy having their pictures taken and even got them some water, as to reward them to their time. One of the people gave me idea in the first round to switch sides for better lighting, and that seemed like a good idea. Though the photos did clean up rather well. I used a rental lens this time, from a camera store and it seems to work very well for this assignment. I love the Tamron 24-70 IS 2.8 as that lens works out well. I probably should re do this, but I think I have some contenders in the wall for 16×20 portraits. I did some in Black and White and Color, as I think it makes it more unique. I used a variable ISO, despite the lens having a low ISO. This lens would probably go well in low light situations.

I did have to ask people as I forgot to bring my sign (grr). Despite that, I still was able to get the photos I wanted to get. I probably should have gotten more people, but it was getting late. Other than that, I had a blast. I hope I don’t get docked too much on some of the things I said in the post.

I can’t really say I have a favorite photo, but the Dog was really nice and the little girl has a great rembrandt style lighting, though it does have a bit of natural light. Everything was lit naturally. I think next time I will do it indoors. I hope you all enjoy it.

Touching Strangers Blog Post

I foundĀ Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi to be very fascinating in how we can take pictures of others and how we interact with each other. Here is a guy who takes portraits of others, but pair with people that you would never think would work, but somehow it does. I liked how Renaldi can take the streets and can transform photos like it. I would consider him a good street photographer, as he can take pictures in the urban environment, but also he takes the time to also setup his own make shift studio in the basketball court. I thought the old woman was very inspiring as she was able to be photographed along with the guy who had not had his picture taken in years. I thought that was special. I contribute Renaldi’s energy paramount in this project. I do wonder if he just likes working with people first, and a photographer second.

This video kind of inspires me to do my photobooth and potentially do it with strangers as opposed to just random people, having people you would never expect to be in a photograph. I still have to find a good location to do it!

I did not dislike much if any of this video. I did think it was weird to pair others at first, but it is one of those things that has to grow on you, and watching the video made it so I could grow to it. I am not sure if this could only work in areas other than the street, or in a studio.

In the end, I really enjoyed Touching strangers!

 

Lighting in the CSUSM Studio

Did a bunch of photos in the CSUSM studio in the Kellogg Library and decided to take some good photographs of the students. I really enjoyed this assignment, though I did think there were too many people making it hard to get a good view. I think this is inspiring me to go into a studio and take some good photos of other people. I want to this assignment again which is rather shocking considering that nobody wants to do something like that more than once. The people there were nice, and the lighting did however make it harder to get a good shot due to the ISO and aperture causing a low shutter speed that made for blurry shots even with IS.

I tried to get shots with rembrandt lighting, frontal lighting, butterfly lighting and a side view. This is what my professor Nancy diBenedetto asked us to do. While I mightnot have been able to get a good shots because of this, I worked hard and did my best of what I was able to do.