Photography Portfolio Addie Costello

After I leave Mercy I hope to become a journalist. Knowing the basics of photography will help me with future projects and open many doors in the field of journalism. I really became interested in photography and taking this class after seeing several famous photojournalists' work. Through this class I hoped to learn how to compose an eye catching picture, and tell a story through photographs.

Depth of field

Depth of Field is how much of the image will be shown in focus. Having a long depth of field means everything in the image is sharp, not only the subject. having a short depth of field means only the subjects close to the camera is in focus and everything behind it is blurred. To achieve a long depth of field you must have a small aperture and a long shutter speed. To achieve a short depth of field you need a larger aperture and shorter shutter speed.

This image shows a long depth of field.
This photo shows a short depth of field.

Portrait lighting

This is an example of side lighting. To achieve side lighting you must have a main light at about 90 degrees. Not always the best for portraits but it makes textures pop so it is often used for landscapes.
This is an example of side lighting with a fill. That means there was a white fill to cathch some of the light and bounce it back.
This is an example of top lighting. To achieve top lighting the light needs to be placed directly overhead. Top lighting cast long dark shadows into eye sockets and under nose and chin. Top lighting occurs naturally around noon when the sun is directly over the subject, and also indoors if the photo's light source is an overhead light on the ceiling.
This is an example Rembrandt lighting, and is the most common type of portrait lighting. To achieve Rembrandt lighting the light must be placed high and to the side of the camera around 45 degrees.
This is an example of bottom lighting. To achieve bottom lighting the light must be placed directly below the model. This is mostly used to add an eerie effect or for product shots.

Optimizing

Picture before optimizing
Picture after optimizing.

For this image in Photoshop I adjusted the hues/saturation level to help even out the bright highlights and dark shadows more. I also changed the curves adjustments so that the image would appear sharper and stronger and her face would be clearer.

I think that project 6 when we learned how to make a composite image taught me the most. Through this project I learned how to layer images on top of each other, and how to use a gradient mask. Even though we had learned about burning through an images layer mask this project it really clicked and stuck with me. Project 6 also helped me see how I can better tell stories through my photos.

I will most likely use the portrait project again because it was fun and very useful. I plan to use what I have learned in the class in my future journalism career, and to tell stories through photos.

Project 7 images using special effects!

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