My name is Julie Huynh and I am currently a senior. This is my second year in photography. The area of photography that I have been most interested in is taking shallow dept of field images and taking pictures of nature for example flowers, leafs, trees, etc. I also enjoy taking pictures of my pets. Another area of photography that I enjoy is taking outside portrait pictures because I like the variety of different and interesting backgrounds I can have and I didn't have any trouble with the lightning, especially the glares on my models glasses, when I took portraits outside compared to the studio portraits.
Project Revisited: Color Splash
I choose this project as the first one to re do in the beginning of the year because it has been since freshman year that I have worked with a camera and photoshop so I wanted to pick one that had something to do with photoshopping as well. I decided on color splash because I felt like since I didn't remember anything this one would be the easiest to do. One thing I did differently compared to last time was that I brought in some items from home to take pictures of instead of taking pictures of things in campus. However some of my picture were from campus not all of them were. By doing this I found it to be easier for me because I did not need to spend a lot of time on thinking of what I need to take pictures of. By bringing things in from home I finished this project a lot faster than I left myself time for.
Day In My Life
My first challenge was being able to keep track of what picture went with what because I found it a little confusing. Another challenge I had was with the sun and the bright spots in most of my pictures. The picture I choose were more of on the way to class. I did not want to include the classroom pictures because all of them were just the room number. These pictures represent my best shot because in the first photo I think the leading lines with the trees really represent my technique and ability to take leading line photos however if I could change something I wouldn't want the bright spots on the trees. The second photo represents one of my best shots because I like the shallow deep of field as well as the colorful leafs.
For the top photo it was for the word "scholarship". When I think of scholarships I think about senior year and graduation therefore I decided to use a graduation hat to represent scholarship. To do this the first thing I had to do was to find a graduation hat that I can borrow so I used my sisters old hat. I then laid it on the ground near the science buildings and just took pictures from different angles. The main struggle I had while taking this picture was that it was in the shade so the photos came out with a slight blue tone but I just fixed it up in photoshop. For the bottom photo it was for the word "teamwork". When I think of teamwork I think of a group of people working together to accomplish something. Then the idea of puzzles and how it takes a team to finish one. Therefore I decided to have a group of people hold together puzzles pieces. To accomplish this photo I first had to bring in a couple of puzzle pieces from home. I then asked four people to hold the puzzles pieces together so I could just take a picture. My main struggle for this photo was to not get any ones shoes in the picture so I had them all stand really far about and just lean in.
I think a good portrait is if the model is in focus and there is no distracting background so the main subject of the photo is the model. A good portrait is also one where the model's smile doesn't look forced. I think these two photos are good portraits because my model, Kenia, is in focus and the backgrounds are not distracting. Her smile also does not look like it was forced so it looks more natural. I think these two photos because I really like how in the first photo she was posing on top of the step. I like how in the second photo she was leaning against a tree and how you can see her hair and scarf was blown to the side a little bit.
The challenge I had with taking the top photo was that since I took it inside my house I had to play around with the settings so it wouldn't come out either too yellow or too dark. Also since I took this photo close up I was scared that viewers wouldn't have been able to tell what card game it was so I had to make sure that the word of the game was somewhere in the photo. The challenge I had with taking the bottom photo was that since my dog does not listen to me I had a very difficult time trying to get him to stay still. I had to use his treats to keep tricking him but I couldn't trick him while taking the picture so I had to have my older sister come out and hold the treat right above the camera lens to make sure he was looking right at me. Also even though he did stay seated he was still moving a little bit so most photos came out slightly blurry but I was glad that this one photo came out super clear and in focus. I think a good homework assignment would be like the "day at Serra" project we did but a "day in my life/weekend". I think this would be a really fun one because everyone would be able to complete it and it shouldn't take more than a day.