Up Close

In this project, students were required to take pictures of objects using the Macro tool, which allows photographers to take picture of small objects and captures fine details. It was very easy to find subjects for my photographs, but more difficult for me to focus on the object. If I had the time and camera, I would enjoy photographing sea life, such as miniature shells and miniscule hermit crabs.



Then I Asked Them to Smile

One of the most difficult aspects of the project was asking people to take their picture. But once I did, I noticed a large difference between the neutral faces and the smiling faces. As soon as they smiled, they suddenly seemed less like strangers and more like friends. I realized that smiling, a universal sign of friendliness, clears most bias. Bias can affect a photographer in many ways. It may “warn” a photographer to stay away from one person, when that person may be the photographer’s future best friend. To erase bias, I would ask my clients to smile and tell me about their lives.


Black Background

To create the these photos, I set the exposure on the camera to low to dim the lights and posed in front of a back background. Then I went to Adobe Photoshop and made the background even darker (as needed) using the curves feature. I learned that holding the light away from the background worked better than holding it close, which didn’t work at all.


See more at: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1LWMgI7nUzuY23bFCJllbHd13P1EY0OTE

Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a rule that states that photos are more aesthetically pleasing if the subject is on on third to the right, left, bottom, or top of the image. This can be difficult because viewer’s eye must be drawn from one point to another, so the photographer needs to make sure to align the subjects correctly.

See more at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tSho0H2P3fe9fij4iF4NFiHYXLly0f3t

Infinite background-White Background

For my white background photos, my friends and i stood in front of a white background and set the exposure to high to avoid creating shadows. Then I put the image into adobe photoshop and tweak the image’s light settings with the “curves” button. I learned that standing closer to the background made more shadows, and didn’t work; standing father away made the shadows disappear.

More photos at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Zm1__jnBdBTpfnVlCYPPcBvV9rqfQtJk