Monday, May 21, 2012

What have you learned throughout this year?

I learned a lot this year about myself and specifically about photography. I used to like drawing things, but now I have started to take interest in photography instead. My problem with drawing is that I don't know where to start. Especially if the thing I am going to draw is really complex. But with photography its all about the shot. If it doesn't look good its ok, you can delete it an take another. I have learned about many different aspects of photography throughout the year. Things like aperture, exposure, and depth of field; which all effect the separation of the subject and background. Then there are things like shutter speed. The shutter speed can allow for a blurred motion shot, or light painting. The longer the shutter is open, the more light can come in, Which means that colors can really bloom. Or if the shutter speed is set to something like a thousandth of a second, you can freeze time. This means that splashing water will be sharp and clear. The downside to a fast shutter is that it doesn't allow for as much light to come in, so many images will come out dark unless you are in a bright area. A fast shutter speed can be helpful if you have a shaky hand, because the picture is captured almost as soon as the button is pressed. I really like photography and I plan on continuing to take photos, also with the recent release of Adobe Photoshop CS6 I am going to get the trial and learn how to use it. It would be a good experience to use a professional program like Photoshop. An explanation of each image will follow.
I commented on Meg and Carl's blogs.
This was my wax piece. Many people do melted crayon pieces so I though I would give it a shot. Unfortunately I didn't really plan this very well. My original plan was to make a wax cylinder and carve things out of it like a totem pole. When I pored the wax out of the melting pot it wasn't near tall enough for a totem pole. I didn't want to waste all that wax so I decided to make an abstract piece. I used the hair dryer to splatter different colors all over a piece of white card stock. Looking back it was a decent idea but the planning was the downside. I learned a lot from this project. The number one thing I learned was that melted crayons smell awful!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Light Painting Inspiration!

My inspiration for light painting came from the Tumblr. I follow a lot of photography blogs and I see a lot of light painting images. I can't link the Tumblr blogs because it is blocked so I will post some pictures at the bottom of this post. Back to photography. The reason I like light painting is because I like it when a picture looks edited and it isn't. A lot of times people will think that the light was just photoshoped in. But really you just press the shutter button and run around with a flash light making the pattern. Some cameras have a limit of 16 second exposers, but the app I used on my phone allowed me to keep the shutter open as long as I wanted. This setting is often called 'bump' because you press the shutter button once to start the sequence, and then you press it again to end it. In the future I plan of doing more of this but with different colored lights.
I made these on my phone. I just set a really long shutter speed and moved around with a flashlight. Enjoy! :)