Gabriela Salgado Art 200 web portfolio

Learning Experience

I was accustomed to taking photographs on either a polaroid camera or those disposable cameras everyone seemed to have in the 90s. In my teenage years, I entered the wonderful world of cell phone photography in all its grainy glory. My time there was relatively short, with the sudden introduction of the smartphone and all. Though I was able to capture higher quality images, something about it all felt dull. I've come to an much greater understanding of how to utilize concepts like the rule of thirds and manipulate lighting to produce more dynamic photographs. This course allowed me to use a DSLR for the first time. Having a better understanding of how to use the camera and being more conscious of composition when taking a photo has further heightened my appreciation for photography. My greatest obstacle, however, is photoshop; I had never used photoshop prior and the features terrified me. Though I continue to struggle with this, I am happy to state that I actually some grasp of photoshop, compared to none before.

Exercises

Project one

Project two

Project three

Project Four

Project five

Skills Learned

The skills acquired this semester include knowing how to use light reflectors to control the amount of light. I have also learned how to utilize a tri pod to help reduce camera shake. I've also learned how to use photoshop to correct overexposed images through levels or curves adjustment, as well as blended exposure. I've also learned how to capture fast moving objects using a faster shutter speed. I have also learned how to use lens correction to darken an image and the midpoint. I have also learned how to use curves to solarize an image. I have also learned to utilize hue/saturation to add or diminish the vibrancy or an image or add to it and enhance present colors.

Final project

The task of this final project is to capture the struggles of mental illness through a series of images. These images must invoke a slight sense of uneasiness in the viewer without falling into an angsty teenager photography cliche. In order to help create this atmosphere, a combination of lens correction, levels adjustments, hue/saturation adjustments and other color adjustments are utilized. The objective is to darken the images, lower the saturation levels, and make them slightly faded. These techniques were favored over simply making black and white images to try to avoid the danger zone of an 'I-listen-to-MCR-and-shop-at-Hottopic.' The topic of mental illness was selected because it is a topic often misunderstood or considered taboo in society despite the fact that mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression are much more common than one may think. I hope this series of images are able to capture some of the sentiments that accompany mental illnesses such as feeling trapped, hopeless, broken etc. through the use of darkened images.

Final project

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