Photobook Layout – First Post

 

For this assignment, I chose to use photos from my Perspective of Twelve assignment. I chose this because I felt like it’d be a good way to kick off my design, talking about looking through a new lens, seeing things in a different way. The images I used were edited. I did not re-edit original photos. I’m really excited about the full book, so stay tuned for the rest of my designs! Please comment in ways I can improve, I’d really appreciate the feedback!

Bannack – Themed Images

Photobook Cover Design

 

Well I learned a lot from this process. Once we started taking macro photos in class and doing the activity and assignment, I knew I wanted more of it. Something about getting up close really peaked my interest and it was so fun at Bannack using the skills I developed to take some quality images. I am really proud of these macro images and I hope to continue to take them.

A lot of these images were pretty straightforward as far as the process goes. Something I noticed about my camera (although I am not sure about other cameras) is that my line of focus is vertical. So in situations where I had less light, I usually did a portrait orientation to get the most focus out of the image. The more light I had, the easier it got to take landscape photos where everything was in focus. With macro you really have to get down and dirty and that was something I really enjoyed doing with these photos.

For the typography on my images I chose the following fonts:

  1. Goldoni – Serif
  2. Lane – sans-serif

I tried to keep it really simple because my photos are so close up that I didn’t want the text to be too distracting. Enjoy!

Bannack Best – Creative

Bannack Best – Creative

Levitation

Out of the Box

Abstract

This set of photos is probably my favorite. I loved the Bannack trip and I’m glad to share my best photos. That is the one problem I have with this course is that I don’t have enough time to be creative, so I really appreciated the trip because I had the whole day to think up things and try new settings. The model for the out-of the box portrait actually was giving us ideas as photographers. It was really interesting to see what he was willing to do and the things we could come up with together.

Bannack Best – Fine Art

Fine Art

Black and White

HDR – thumbnails below

3 Non-Portrait Fine Art Photos

The black and white photo is one of just the wheels on the train they had that was just sitting on the track. The HDR photo is one of the first photos I took, and you can kind of see how the house is slanted into the ground considering my camera is set straight on a tripod.

Those stairs are just so photogenic – like how could I not? and the very last photo is a macro of a doily in the one of the houses.

Bannack Best – Portraits

Bannack Best – Portraits (Auxiliary Lighting)

  1. Diffuser

2. Einstein Strobe

3. Natural Light/Continuing Light

Ghost Image

I had my model twirl/walk in a circle for the ghost image. I liked the way this turned out because she’s missing a head and it looks pretty freaky. I had my shutter speed at like 4 seconds.

Group Photo

The strove in the front room was also used for this image. It worked out nicely that there is a window behind Sarah, because both sides of her face are lit.

Portraits & Enhancements

Side Composition:

Head and Shoulders:

Full Body Portrait:

Group Candid

Group Posed

Individual Environmental

Part 2: Enhancements

Image 1: My roommate, Elena. I cleaned up some of the acne on her face.

Image 2: I significantly whitened my Dad’s teeth. The lighting made his teeth look really yellow.

Color Replacement:

This was quite the task with Rosie’s textured shirt but I think it came out nicely.

 

Portraits, where to even begin. It is difficult to get people in front of the camera in a way that they are comfortable. The side composition was difficult because I had so much light it was difficult to do at a large aperture because my subject was getting blown out. Personally I found it a struggle to do the full body portrait because I kept wanting to focus on the face.

Group things: I am glad I had the opportunity to work with guys as well as girls, and even them together. It was an interesting experience to work with both. The first group one I just told my brother and his girlfriend to wait for a second while I figured out the light (Thank  you Brother Miller, this totally worked) and they started making jokes and I snapped one while they weren’t looking. The second was a little more difficult, trying to work with so much light and some really patchy shade.

The Individual Environmental is an image of a baby (18 months) looking at all the toys in my grandpa’s toy room, and I had to turn my ISO up quite a bit because there was not very much light in that room.

The next few portraits were some friends and family. See the descriptions above for my edits.

Reflectors Activity

Before: This image was without the reflector. I tried to emphasize the shadow showing on the left side of her face.

After: This image was taken with the gold side of the reflector. It really lightens up the side of her face that was dark

For this image, I walked in front of her so that the light was behind her and used the white side of the reflector to bounce the light off of the sun. This kept the light nice and even on her face still.

For this photo, I had Liberty sit in the shade. As she sat in the shade we used the gold reflector and feathered it a bit to keep the light more even on her face.

This was a helpful and instructive activity even though there wasn’t really enough time to try a lot of different techniques and the weather wasn’t in the ideal conditions.

Close Up & Personal: Macro

Two macro images with water on vegetation:

Two macro images that are not of vegetation:

I absolutely loved this assignment despite the amount of patience it takes to do macro photos. I loved looking around the house and trying to be creative. The strawberry and the cutie images were taken on different days and in completely different lighting. The strawberry is a little tough to se the water on, but it was the only clear photo I could get. The cutie was a bit easier because I didn’t have to have anyone hold it for me. (Strawberries are a little weirdly shaped so it was tough to get it in the right position). On the other images of the peephole I couldn’t decide which I liked more.

I liked using Lightroom for this project. There are a lot of things that I like but I really can’t decide which I like more (Photoshop or Lightroom). Enjoy!

Perspective of 12

I am not going to lie, this was a huge challenge for me and I think I really stretched myself to get some good photos(literally and figuratively). The collage was a bit difficult for me with sizing and gutters and everything as well. The image on the bottom in the middle is actually backgrounded against the sky. I did very little editing on that one. I feel like the colors threw me off too, it was difficult to find backgrounds that were compatible with my theme. The following four images are my favorite from the shoots I had! Hope you enjoy!