Pros Vs. Joes

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During, my semester in photography class I have learned so much.  As a result of this class, I am a better photo taker.  In today’s modern world of endless connectivity, being a good photography is a useful skill to have.  It is often the case of the product, service or business with the best pictures to advertise their products end up on top.  I have had lots of fun and can’t wait to use my newfound skills in  the future. 

Before this class, I thought that only professional photographers with the most advanced cameras and equipment could take amazing looking photos.  I have since realized, all it takes is a little finesse and imagination. 

The way in which I take photographs has definitely changed since the beginning of the year.  Before I always though of how to center the subject of my photo.  Now I take time of use the rule of thirds so that viewers eyes will travel around the image.   

I greatly enjoyed almost all of the projects we completed this year.  Although my favorite assignment I have completed this semester was the 24 colors assignment.  It was so much fun because  we got to explore and notice all of the wonderful colors around us.  It was also a challenge because we had to find the perfect color that matched the crayon. We then had to take a professional looking photograph.  I will never forget the 24 colors project.

I believe it would be very fun to travel the world and be a photographer. Although I do not intend to become a photographer because I have other passions.  If I have the opportunity to take a photography class in high school I would love to enroll.  I have learned so much about photography and would greatly enjoy taking my skills to the next level.  

Smile Photos




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This project was okay, but no where near as fun as some of the other projects we have completed during this semester.  In my opinion the smile photos project did not allow for as much creativity as projects like the 24 colors project or the light graffiti project.  It was kind of awkward going up to random people asking to take their picture, watching them think about it, explain the project and then taking the pictures.   It was very time consuming to enter every picture into google slides, crop them, and then make sure the two pictures were lined up in the middle of the page. 

When I asked people to wear a neutral un-smiling face, they sometimes looked intimidating or un-friendly.  On the contrary when the the subjects were asked to smile the lit up and appeared open and friendly.  This project shows how important it is to smile everyday and advertise yourself as a happy, positive and friendly person.  As a photographer, I have also learned to fairly portray my subjects in the pictures I take.  If I can fairly show my subjects then they will be free of stereotypes and generalizations.