Archive for the ‘Visual Media’ Category

P1W4 – Portrait Edits

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 by Sam 2 Comments

I don’t take many portraits. When I do, they are more for the memories than anything. I often find that I am very frustrated with how I look in them, which makes me shy away from both taking and editing photos with people – except as a kind of record. This assignment made me stretch […]

P1W4 – Portraits

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 by Sam

These photos were taken Sunday with Sara’s family. This was a great opportunity for both them and I, because I needed practice taking pictures of people – and they (being camera shy like me) needed more photos taken. I was able to practice some of the portrait editing techniques I learned to each photo, but […]

P1W4 – Camera Raw Edits

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by Sam

Popsicle Garden (Camera Raw Edit) This was a photo I took for fun, as a minor celebration of Spring. I took some popsicles and stuck them in the grass, almost like a flower garden. I took photos from many angles, but chose this one because of the low angle, the trees in the background, and […]

P1W4 – Panoramic

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by Sam

I took three pano shots, two for learning/experimentation and one for my submission. The first is one of my learning shots. St. Anthony Track (Pano) I kept my eye out for good pano shots, but had a hard time identifying them. Finally I decided to go out in mid-afternoon despite the poor lighting conditions to […]

P1W3 – Flexible Edits

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Sam

Flexible Edits allow us to make changes to the photo on separate layers, without damaging the original pixels. Ideally these edits can be tweaked and changed without having to create another. Two effective methods used in these photos are Smart Objects/Filters and Adjustment Layers. Adjustment Layer I first discovered I wanted this photo in the […]

P1W3 – Flora/Fauna

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Sam 3 Comments

Looking out for shots of flora and fauna was a great opportunity to take advantage of the priority modes. Whether it was bringing out the colors after sunset or catching a dog mid-bound, the aperture and shutter priority modes worked like a horse. Because you know, horses work. They pull and carry stuff and whatnot. […]

P1W2 – Color Study

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by Sam

I chose Yellow because I hate it so much. There would be no point in doing a color study on blue, since I already seem to notice every single blue thing in my field of vision. Most of my photos have some blue in them or I don’t see the value. Red seems to be […]

P1W2 – Blend Modes, Type Effects

Posted on: May 6th, 2014 by Sam 2 Comments

Blending Modes I chose two images from this week’s shooting that I liked, but I also felt were incomplete. The first was of a sunset at the railroad tracks. The other was a close-up, shallow-focus shot on some pennies someone had dropped in the parking lot. The first layer is the pennies, and the second […]

Case Study 1 – Priority Modes

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Sam 1 Comment

Shallow Focus I went out late, as the sun was just disappearing, to take this photo. I didn’t want the photo to end up washed out, but I got frustrated at first because my lowest aperture was in the 4-5 range, and this didn’t seem to generate the blurry result I wanted. Finally I tried […]

P1W1 – Cutouts

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Sam

The assignment was to practice using Photoshop to cut the subject/background out of photos. The full cutout takes out everything but the subject, and the partial cutout takes a portion of the background. Full Cutout Before Clock Tower Date: Sept 24, 2011, Afternoon Location: Downtown Spokane, WA F-Stop: 13 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Camera: Sony DSC-W330 Edits: Levels, Vibrance After Process Easy […]