I have just finished my first week back at school as a second year student! I am now taking classes with my fellow commercial photography majors and I could not have picked a better bunch of classmates! Even though I have only been back for one week, I have already learned so much. One of the assignments I had this week was learning to use capture one software and tethering my camera so that I can see and control what I am doing from the computer. All I had to do was get my subject in focus with my camera and then the rest of it was controlled by using capture one on the computer. The photo on the left is my wonderful friend Nicole who so graciously modeled for me during this assignment, and the photo on the right shows you the setup and how I was able to see what my camera was seeing from the computer! I cannot wait to learn more and be able to continue growing in my photography!
This photo was taken at Oak Island during our break we had over the week of the fourth. It was really nice to be able to have time at the beach to relax. I always look forward to this trip each year because it is the only time that I have with my cousins when we are all together. Vacationing at my favorite beach always makes me feel refreshed. After my week off, I was ready to go back to school and finish my summer semester strongly. Sometimes it is okay to take time for yourself so that you can be your best self. We all need a break every now and then.
Wherever there is light, One can Photograph. – Alfred Stieglitz
For this weeks post, I decided to show the photos from my glass assignment. We had to light the same glass in the studio and create two images. One of the images had to be a bright field image, which means the light would bend and create black lines around the glass. The image with the white background is my bright field image. The second images had to be a dark field images, which means that the light would bend and create white lines around the glass. The image with the black background is my dark field image. This assignment was challenging but I learned a lot from doing it. Lighting glass without having any flare is tricky. This assignment taught me how to properly light glass. I am proud of my final images and cannot wait to learn more.
This past week in custom color printing, we had to take a photo and transfer it into black and white and then print it. I wanted to photograph something that was in Asheboro, but I had never had the chance to visit yet. I decided to drive to the Pisgah Covered Bridge. I knew this was a popular spot for people to be photographed at, but I still decided to go.
We have already completed five out of the eight weeks of summer school. It is flying by! Although it is certainly stressful, it is truly worth it. I cannot believe that we will graduate from the program in one more year! I cant decide if I am excited or nervous, I know I will be sad though. Loving what I am doing in school is new to me and I am loving every minute of it!
“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”
For this week’s photo, I decided to show my assignment for my product lighting class. For this assignment, we had to light the product of our choice. But there was a catch, we could only use available light and non-powered modifiers. Believe it or not, this photo was not taken indoors. I took it outdoors and used the sun to create the light that I needed. The non-powered modifiers I used were, white boards, and aluminum foil. It was tricky to get the light to show the form and texture of the vitamin container without blowing out the white areas of it. I was pleased with this image and proud of how much I have learned so far.
My summer semester is already half way over and I can honestly say that I wont know what to do with myself during our break from school. We spend so much time at school that it will be weird having time off. We all know this break is well deserved, but we are so busy with school work that it will feel strange. Loving school is something I never thought would happen to me, but it has happened and I am happy to be doing something I enjoy. Having classmates that support you and help you grown is also pretty great. Overall, I’d say i’m pretty lucky. Even when money is tight, (as it is for most college students) I still don’t regret going back to school. I am excited to see where this journey takes me and I know without a shadow of a doubt, this school will prepare me for anything that comes my way.
One of my favorite professors said it best ” Professionals are known for going the extra mile… so start walking” – Kevin Eames
Time sure does fly when you are having fun (or extremely busy). I can honestly say that I am enjoying summer school. I know, its insane for anyone to say such a thing, especially coming from me. School is actually fun, How weird is that?
I have just finished my third week of summer classes with only five weeks left! I’ve got to be honest with you though, sometimes I feel like I am learning so much that my brain might explode. I am not complaining though, I am grateful for the opportunity to be in school and enjoy what I am doing. I am also grateful for my parents who are paying for my summer classes. Without the support from my parents, I would not be able to be in class or have the materials that I need for assignments and projects.
This past week we had an assignment in our Custom Color Printing Class where we had to take a photograph using only triadic colors and neutral colors. We then had to make sure we had the tone and size right in order to fit it on our printing paper. I decided to use fruit and I loved the outcome. I love comparing my recent images to the images from the beginning of the program. It always makes me feel proud of myself to see how much my images are improving. Below is my photo for this assignment, I hope you enjoy!
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it” – Ansel Adams
As I spent the week thinking about what I wanted to post on my blog this week, my mind went to one place. I thought of one of the major projects that we had during the spring semester. The major was called ” Up close and personal”. We were required to photograph thirty-six strangers up close and personal. We also had to ask the stranger their full name, hometown, age and an interesting fact about them.
Thinking about walking up to complete strangers and asking them if I could not only photograph them, but also ask a series of questions was not something I thought I would be able to do. I certainly proved myself wrong. I may have been told “no” a few times but that did not stop me from going to the next person. I kept on trucking, at least I tried right?
The reason I decided to share this in my blog is because it helped me grow not only as a photographer, but also as a person. I completed this assignment even with my self doubt. Nothing that will help you grow in life will be easy, but if you stop doubting yourself you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
The photos below are some of my favorites from the up close and personal project. I hope that you enjoy them.