Lauren Kai ART 200 WEB PORTFOLIO

Learning Experience

Before entering this class, my knowledge of all things photography were little to none. In addition to that, I have never used Photoshop in my entire life. Within the first two sessions of class, I had become familiar with how to adjust exposures, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and the light meter accordingly. Being able to understand the basic functions of the camera had allowed me to produce photos with motion blurs or differences in depth of field. Due to the fact that I relied on my iPhone and the basic photo editing apps as the only source of taking/editing pictures, there were several concepts that I found to be challenging when taking this course. One main challenge was to decide whether or not to rely on the light meter, in terms of whether I should over expose or under expose an photo. As we learned in this class, the light meter is simply a tool used to find "middle grey", thus may not always produce the photo I desired. What was even more challenging for me was the use of Photoshop tools, although I was able to learn technical editing tools that helped to enhance my photos in ways that I never thought possible.

Skills Learned

After learning about the basic skills in terms of how to use a camera, I was able to focus more on the technical skills involved in capturing pictures and editing via Photoshop. A technical skill I learned was how to change up the depth of field of an image. Meaning that I was able to control what parts of my photo I wanted to be in focus, whether the depth of field was shallow or deep. I learned how to control the motion blur of my images through the use of either fast or slow shutter speed. In order to capture a moving image, as if it were frozen in time, I adjusted my camera so that it had a faster shutter speed. When taking pictures, I always kept in mind the rule of thirds that allowed my pictures to become more compositionally appealing as well as interesting to the viewer. Photoshop has allowed me the ability to enhance my photos in so many ways. Through the use of Photoshop, I've been able to add layers adjustments so that my pictures could be perfectly exposed. I learned how to burn and dodge features within my pictures that required more or less exposure. With the surrealism project, I learned how to not only combine two pictures, but I also learned how to solarize images through the use of a curves adjustment. Lastly, for our digital collage project I learned how to use the lasso tool in order to cut out portions of an image that I wanted to use as I combined multiple parts of different images to create these DADA inspired photo collages. Over the course of this semester, I have gained a greater appreciation for the art of photography and not just photos taken through an iPhone.

Exercises

Project One: One Object

Project Two: Surrealism

Project Three: Documentary Photography

Project Four: Digital Collage

Project Five: Narrative

Final Project

For my final project I decided to combine a concept that I had learned in my psychology of sport course, known as "imagery". Imagery can also be described as: visualization, mental rehearsal, or mental practice. Imagery involves the ability to create or re-create experiences in your mind. It involves recalling from memory pieces of information stored from experience and shaping these pieces into meaningful images. The effectiveness of imagery is dependent upon the individual and can either enhance an individual's performance or could be detrimental. Individuals who are healthy both physically and mentally are able to imagine situations in which they are successful, therefore are more likely to produce the outcome they desire. On the other hand, individuals who aren't in a healthy state of mind normally imagine themselves failing, which affects their performance in a negative way. In this project, I wanted to stress the importance of physical fitness and how it can impact an individual's mental health. The subject in front is imaging herself performing different actions, which is the subject in the background. In each image there is a subject who is displaying the positive use of visualization, along with the negative use of visualization.

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