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Composites for digital imaging

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This week in our digital imaging class we learned how to composite images. We first practiced with two images supplied by our teacher and changed the background of the image that the model was in. Basically we combine two images and try to make them look as natural as possible.  It sounds pretty tricky and there is a lot more to it than I ever realized. In order to make the image look natural, you have to make sure that the lighting from both the background you want the model to be on, and the light in the image with the model are the same or at least pretty close. After we practiced in class, we got to try it out on our own. Here is one of the composite images I created this week. I know it is nowhere near perfect, but I am pretty impressed that I was able to create this on my first try. I cannot wait to learn more about how to composite images and I look forward to being able to  carrying this new skill with me.

 

-Megan Wright

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Portrait Retouching

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This week we worked on portrait retouching. We learned how to fix bumps and blemishes, create a flattering and even skin tone, brighten eyes and whiten teeth. We had to photograph three different classmates in three different lighting scenarios and retouch the photos. Although I will not need to retouch people very often as a commercial photographer, it is still a nice skill to have. I did not want to retouch the photos too much because I wanted my classmates to still look like themselves. We all have imperfections and that is okay. Nobody is perfect without extreme retouching of course. We all should strive to be comfortable in our own skin, myself included.

 

-Megan Wright

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Trust the process

 

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!

 

-Megan Wright

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Making the Invisible Visible

 

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.

 

-Megan Wright