In this class I learned a lot of useful techniques to correct and highlight the qualities of a photo. Before this class I had taken a photography course in high school where I learned the basics of how to use a camera to take a quality photo along with the basics of photoshop. In this course though, we went much more into depth of photoshop techniques. Those photoshop techniques included Burning and Dodging, making a Levels Adjustment, how to create a Mask over a photo, and how to crop and edit a photo's composition. We also discussed camera terminology. I was exposed to vocabulary such as ISO, exposure, aperture, shutter speed, light meter, depth of field, rule of thirds, white balance, and pixel dimensions (ppi). I learned how each of these terms correct different aspects of a photo and how to use them while either using the camera or in photoshop. Composition was a big aspect of this course and how to position a photo to make it as interesting as possible.
For my final project I wanted to highlight the controversial topic of gender stereotypes. In my Child Development course we learned how gender norms and stereotypes affect a child's cognitive development. This topic has always interested me and this was my chance to showcase my interest on gender norms. For my project I photographed four people (2 women and 2 men) displaying gender stereotypes. Each person had two photos taken of them. In one photo I had each of the five individuals follow a stereotype that has been set in place by society. In the other photo I had them break a gender stereotype that would be looked at as wrong in the society we live in today. I also wanted to fully stereotype a female. She wore a dress with makeup, and was sitting politely with flowers surrounding her. I hope this self-designed project will get people to look at things in a new perspective. It shouldn't matter if a girl or boy is wearing a dress as long as wearing it makes them happy. Women can play sports just as well as men can. Stereotypes like these should be broken and it is up to us and the society around us to make that change.