When I first joined this class, all I knew about cameras was how to zoom in/out, fix the focus, and take a picture. I did not know how important the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO were . Compared to where I was at the beginning of the semester, I feel that I have learned a lot about the settings of a camera and how Photoshop works. In high school, I learned how to use Photoshop a little bit, but this class helped me understand what tools do what and when they should be used. This class gave me a better understanding of how photography has progressed over the years and how it has influenced people, or even a social movement. The most challenging part of this class was definitely the Photoshop aspect. This was hard because there was never a perfect picture that applied to the theme and could be Photoshopped. It was always trial and error, and it was also difficult to make small and precise changes.
The very first thing I learned was how important the exposure triangle is, which consists of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Depth of field, the different kinds of lighting (direct light, diffused light, bound light, exposing), and the Rule of Thirds was all new to me, and I learned that there are certain aspects of a picture that catch people's attentions. Some technical skills I learned in this class was how to burn and dodge, non-destructive image editing, solarization, adjusting the white balance, cloning, and selecting certain objects without selecting the background. Burning and dodging are used to manipulate the exposure of a certain area of an image, while adjusting the white balance removes unrealistic color casts. Cloning with the clone stamp, healing brush, and patching tool are literal copy and paste options for pictures, although some are a little more sophisticated. Selecting with the lasso and quick selection tool allows you to select an object of interest without anything else in it, which is useful when photoshopping an object onto a different picture. We also learned the many adjustments made in a curves layer, hue and saturation layer, and levels layer, all used to adjust the balance of tone and color of an image.