I decided to take photography because I have always had a love for taking pictures and I wanted to grow a deeper understanding of the process. I hoped to learn how to take a picture that was pleasing to the eye while also telling a story.
Through the splatter paint project, I learned how to use a different aperture to get a desired depth of field. This image was produced using a larger opening and thus depicts a short depth of field, or a blurred background, to provide more emphasis on the subject.

In our product shoot, I learned how to use fill light to manipulate how an image appears. By using a bounce on the side of this image, light was naturally brought back into the picture and shadows were reduced.

Another important skill I learned through this course is how to optimize pictures. In this example, I subtly adjusted the levels and curves to make the colors more vibrant and interesting yet still looking natural.
The project that taught me the most was the portrait assignment. Through this, I learned how to work with a model by adjusting the lighting, position, and desired expression to create an aesthetically pleasing image.
The project that I am most likely going to try again is creating a composite image. I want to use my photography skills to capture moments and tell stories in a creative way and this project taught me how to do just that.

Project 7: Special Effects (Panoramas)

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