Published April 24, 2013
For me this was one of my favorite assignments. When i am taking pictures i love trying to capture the emotion of people. I may not be the best at doing it, but when i get one i always find those pictures my favorite. This picture captures the emotion pretty well i think. It has a little bit of scared emotion and excitement. It also has some emotion from the puppy as it is jumping and raising its paw.
There are a few things i could have done better with this picture. I could have stepped back and made it a bigger frame. This way i wouldnt have cut his arm off at the top and the puppy woul fully be in the picture as well. I also wish i could have not had motion blur in there.
This assignment was fun and it was neat to be able to go back and look at everyones different emotions. This has been one of my favorite assignments so far. I know there are many things i need to work on as a photographer, but i really enjoy going out and taking pictures.
Published April 23, 2013
I enjoyed this assignment. Capturing emotions is definitely something that is fun and memorable. People show emotion all the time and one simple action can portray the same emotion in a thousand ways. For example, in this picture, Molly is laughing at a joke she heard and she has many different laughs. I just took shot after shot and her expressions are different in each picture. I really like her expression the most in this picture and how her face slants back a little. It shows a more relaxed position.
One thing that could be improved with this picture would be to straighten the picture out a little more and also add another person in the picture. I could have also added the person who was telling the joke so the picture would have more context. If the person was right next to her it would make for a better picture.
Published April 17, 2013
This assignment was one of the more challenging ones for me. I ended up messing with photoshop a bunch and trying many different things. I think this way illustrated my point the best. I tried putting them next to eachother and stuff, but in the end i liked this one the best. I was a little worried people wouldnt know what it was just by looking at it. So, i asked a bunch of people to look at it and they could tell it was an Ipad over a book. I actually put two different pictures of the Ipad over the book to bring it out more.
The one thing i didnt like about the photo is i wish i could have shown his face a lilttle more. You cant really make out his face and it can also be a little distracting.
It was fun to be able to mess around in photoshop and learn different things. I have to admit it was a little frustrating at times and took trying many different options to find one that works. In all i think i was able to illustrate my point fairly well and also in a different way then everybody else, by looking at the other pictures. It was fun to try something new and challenging. In all i think the assignment went pretty well.
Published April 16, 2013
I thought this assignment was really hard at first, but then it ended up being really fun and interesting. I was able to convey a simple message through something creative. I started off having several ideas about how I want to go through with this assignment. However, I felt limited due to the time constraint as well as being able to actually find what I needed without a car in order to make my picture. Overall, I liked my final idea and how it turned out in the end.
I basically found books and magazines and arranged them throughout, adding the Kindle as a final touch. I liked how the picture turned out because the lighting was good and the picture was straight. I also liked how the books and magazines brought color to the picture and made the gray Kindle stand out. The picture was simple enough for people to understand the message it was sending of how technology has made it possible for books to be converted into an e-reader. Overall, I really liked this assignment. When it comes to improvements, I like the picture as it is and wouldn’t go about changing it.
Published April 11, 2013
I thought this assignment was pretty easy, but not creative. This was because I wanted to be creative by taking pictures of people with interesting jobs. However, I was limited by my options and went with student workers who work on campus. This assignment helped bring out emotion and displayed a message at the same time.
The picture that I chose was of my friend who is fixing a computer. The picture shows her serious emotion and her focus with the task at hand. The lighting also helps put that into play. One thing that I could have done better with this picture, would be to improve the lighting. The room was not lit that well, so that was kind of hard. Other than that, I like her posture and emotion. I would tilt the camera down a little to get her arm in. Her arm gets a little cut off at the bottom, so I would just change that.
Published April 11, 2013
Overall i thought this assignment was pretty difficult. I wasnt sure what to take photos of, so i decided to take pictures of one of my assistant coaches before one of our games. I took photos of him getting our uniforms ready, folding them, and placing our food order.
This was my favorite photo i took because of the framing. I like the way the calendar and the SLU soccer picure frames it. I also like how he is working on the computer, which most people might think that is not part of coaching, but they actually spend a lot of time on the computer.
I wish i could have got pictures of him coaching, but i couldnt because i had to be on the field. I also wish i could have got come pictures of him interacting with other people. Overall i found this assignment to be the most challening. I think that was mostly because of the person i chose, but it was still hard. I wish i would have chose some one who was interacting with people or doing some kind of physical activity. I think the quality of my pictures are getting better, but i hope to choose better topics.
Published April 2, 2013
This is my favorite photo i took. I like this one because i think it is framed very well. The two guys on the outside frame it perfectly for the guy passing the ball. I also like the angle i shot this photo at. I layed on the ground and shot it at an upward angle. I really liked this assignment because sports are something i love. So i enjoyed going out there and shooting pictures. Especially since it was soccer. I got to take pictures of the thing i like to do the most which was very fun.
One thing i think i could of done better was got both peoples bodies in there fully. i think that would of framed it perfectly. I also wish i could of got some more action shots in. I liked how i was able to get up close to my subjects tho. I was able to get as close as i wanted which i think allowed me to get some good shots.
This was my favorite assignment so far. I may not have got the best pictures but it was the one i enjoyed doing the most. I think thats because i love sports. I would enjoy to shoot more sports photos though. i hope i continue to take better photos and get more comfortable with the camera. I am continuing to enjoy the class and look forward to every assignment.
Published April 1, 2013
I thought that this assignment was definitely hard because there is a lot of movement when it comes to sports, and most of my pictures either came out blurry or grainy. For this assignment, I was taking pictures of a basketball game in the gym so the lighting was not that good either. I found myself running around a lot to capture every small detail and I would miss most of it since everything was happening way too fast and in different directions. I would constantly be moving my camera towards whatever action was going on and that would make a lot of the pictures blurry.
Through my edits, I liked this picture the most. It captured everyone’s reaction and was also a high point in the game since Enrique was making a shot. This picture shows the motion and emotion which is why I liked it the most. One thing that I would change would be to capture this shot from different angles so I might be able to get a better quality of light. Overall, I would also tilt the picture a little down as to get their feet into the picture since it is cut off at the bottom.
Published March 6, 2013
This week’s assignment was challenging for me. I went and shot photos of two guys doing the Pointer’s Pizza challenge. The pizza place was very small which made it hard to get shots at different angels. I also think i should have chose a different place to shoot. I thought i would be able to get different pictures but they were all kind of the same.
I chose this photo because it kind of summed up the pizza challenge. I think you can see the struggle from his facial expression, which shows you how difficult the challenge is. I also like how you can see the pizza in the photo, it really shows you how big the photo is. I think i could have framed it better and maybe gotten rid of the water bottle on the left side. I also could have show it horizontally instead of vertically. I wish maybe i would of bent down a little more so you could really see his facial expression.
I have enjoyed doing all of the assignments so far and continue to become more and more familiar with the camera. I want to work on my focus a little more and also my framing. I think i will get better with these things as i continue to take more pictures. I didn’t really know anything about photography coming into this class and only halfway through i feel like i have learned so much.
Published March 6, 2013
This week’s assignment was very personal for me. While it was really fun to chase my best friend around and take pictures of her living a “normal” life, I was reminded just how far she has come to obtain that normalcy again, and I recognized the challenges she still faces as a cancer survivor with a half-metal leg.
That got me thinking. We’ve seen a lot of photos in class and have been inspired by some really fascinating photographers. I know I want to be a journalist, and maybe one day incorporate my own photography into some of my work. Will it always be this eye-opening and emotional at times? I hope so, because this week’s photography assignment really made me think about what I could do with the future, and what being a photographer can evoke sometimes.
Emily was one of the easiest people to shoot, but it still remained a difficult task for me. Here was my best friend, someone I admired and knew more than most other people. I know the stories behind her scar and the amount of strength that has come from it. But I still felt uncomfortable at times, because I was calling attention to something I knew was painful for Emily to remember. Is that what true, honest photography is all about? Facing the difficult to make it something beautiful? Or maybe not even beautiful but presenting the ugly as it is…just ugly.
Emily’s scar isn’t beautiful and it isn’t something I felt comfortable shooting up close and personal. But when she looked at the pictures, she really appreciated the effort I put in to making a decent photograph out of something so difficult. And that’s what mattered most. Emily asked if she could keep the photo, so that made me feel like possibly I had done something right as a friend and a photographer. I learned how to combine the two this week, and was able to confront something that happened in Emily’s, my best friend’s, life without making it seem heroic or beautiful. A scar is a scar, and I think Emily liked that it was presented as nothing more.