https://blog.mingthein.com/2012/12/05/critiquing-images/ First Key Reading: From this reading, I learned the 4 key points of photography. Light, subject, composition, and the idea are the four points each photographer should focus on when shooting pictures. It is essential to focus on these points because if you don't focus on these four areas, pictures won't come out the way we want them to. For example, in the picture above, my main focus was on the bench and the details at the front of it. I include light because obviously you wouldn't have a picture if you didn't have light. I focused a lot on the idea and subject of the photo by trying to blur out the background to show the detail in the wood closest to the front of the picture. By using composition, I wanted the picture to have a type of tunnel vision. I wanted to show the viewer how I went from a larger picture to a smaller background.
https://fstoppers.com/critiques/how-properly-critique-photograph-82407 Second Key Reading: Throughout this reading, I learned how to properly critique photographs. I learned that sometimes people have an amazing artistic ability, but have not yet found out how to make it better using technical ability. I learned that my opinion isn't what people want to hear about their photos, but rather they want to hear actual characteristics about their pictures that you may think looks better. Do not argue with the artist about certain mechanical preferences, but instead offer a different preference and if they decline, then leave it be. Last but not least, I learned from each of the 10 tips, that it is not about what I like nor my opinion, but it's about the artist and what they believe represents what kind of photos they want to take.
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Photography-Critique Third Key Reading: By learning how to make a photography critique, I learned the eight key steps to create the perfect response to a picture. I learned to examine, decide what I like, and talk about the technical attributes. By doing each of these, I have learned that I will be able to see the true artistic ability in each photo and will be able to discuss certain elements within. A good discussion about photography comes from being able to understand the simple steps that came to creating the picture. It is good to discus, weigh the options, and decide on what is best to create a great artistic skill.
http://curious-eye.com/photography.php Article One: In this article, I learned a lot about the history of photography and how it has drastically changed overtime. I had no clue that the idea of pinhole photos had been around for 2,400 years. I thought that they had been a recent invention, not that Aristotle had come up with the idea of a pinhole picture. I also learned that the portable camera was invented in 1665-1666. It's amazing how such an old invention has turned into such a simple device in this era.
http://photography.about.com/od/historyofphotography/a/photohistory.htm Article Two: In this article I learned about the first permanent images. I thought it was interesting how before when images were printed, they would fade, and finally in the 1830s, the first printed photo did not fade. I learned a lot about the different types of plates and how they were used, along with how they would use the camera during hard or struggling times, like during the wars. Henri-Cartier Bresson and others would capture the images of war and use it in their photojournalist style.
Enrichment Activities: The Four Things and What Makes an Outstanding Image
The Four Things: From this reading, I learned all about the four key points to making a photo and what you focus on. I learned by using light, composition, subject, and the idea, a photo will, "work." I also learned by using each one of these categories, I will be able to make an image that looks very professional like, even if I'm not a pro photographer.
What Makes an Outstanding Image: In this reading, I learned what makes a certain image good or bad. I learned how artists or photographers can learn to use light from images and control it or learn to bring out certain images that are brighter and make them look better. I learned how to balance a photo, change my perspective, isolate images, etc. By reading this article, I learned a deeper meaning of photography and how to become a better photographer by using these skills taught by Ming Thein.
I chose this image by Ming Thein because it shows a deeper meaning then actually seen. By reading his articles from before, I learned how he used isolation and light composition to bring out the area surrounding her head and shows the detailed water droplets on her arm. The isolation comes from the blurred background to focus more on the girl herself and not the water.