Hey guys so I just made my first photobook! Thats super exciting. I made this for my comm 300 class which is digital media. Im thinking of creating another photobook with all my images I took while getting my A.S. This photobooks was made only with images I took this semester, So i had 10 weeks or two and a half months to create all of the images I put into this book. So I decided to share it with all of you guys and see what you think!
Competitions are a fun way to show your work while possibly winning a prize. over this past week I have entered into a few photo contest from viewbug. Submitting your photos was really easy. You just created an acount looked for contest you wanted to enter into, then you just submit an image. It is really that simple. Then the image is added into your gallery and others can like it and follow you. It is a really cool website. you can also vote for contests as judges.
here is their website if you are interested
The first one was for self portraiture, so I posted an image I took of myself. I decided to submit this photo because the title of the competition was reimage selfies. I am a big fan of self portraiture. I believe a lot of people are huge fans of self portraiture or else social media wouldn’t be filled with selfies. There is even apps made for sending selfies to your friends such as snapchat, Ok well that may not be the reason it was created but it is the audience they have now. Either way, I think re thinking the selfie can be huge for the photography industry.
The second was for the color pink, So i added my favorite macro shot. With the pink reflection in the droplet and the pink and white background and foreground it was the perfect candidate.
The last one I entered was for a photoshop competition. so I added my most recent image. I also placed this one into a newbees competition (a competition for those who just joined the website). Also fun fact about this image, A print version was selected to hang in one of my schools building for a week. Which is supper cool! Probably one of my favorite images I have taken so far.
For this project I recreated one of my old images. Now this original image is my favorite photograph I have taken. It has been my screen savor for a year and have gotten great critics from my fellow classmates. So why would I want to redo it? With my photography and design skills increased I know I could make a better one. Also I could show all three as a collection. Now looking back at the other two I have taken I decided I will take the original images and re-edit them in a way that they won’t overlap each other as much to show more white space. Let me know what you guys think.
First I took the image of the main orange flower and masked out the background. I then blacked it on a black background. I took the main image with a LED light that had a yellow filter. Next I took the individual colored flower images. I used a white flower with a LED flashlight with different colored filters i made from plastic wrap, construction paper and sharpies. I then placed one image over another in photoshop using the lighten screen.
This is the second image I took for the collection. For this one I used the inside of glow sticks on white flowers. The main images I used a candle light underneath the white flower.
This is the original image. I used the Led flash light with different colored filters. This flower was a lot more puffy than the other images. I took these images from different angles.
For this project I did a composite image, in which I took two different images and combined them in photoshop. I have never created an image like this before. First I create a sketch of the idea I wanted to do. Then I created my character for the inside of my water droplet. I was debating between a few characters I have done before. I decided to do my fairy character. Once I decided on my character I needed to pick a scene to put her in. I was originally going to do a relaxed fairy sitting in the grass, but when the day of the photoshot came the weather keeped changing from stormy to windy to sunny. In response I changed my character to a fairy in distress, trying to escape the water drop. Then I took a macro image of a water drop on a flower. Once i had both images I started processing them in photoshop. I created a mask with the background fitting in the water droplet, then I created a mask with just me in it. I played with both layers opacity until I reached a level which the background fit nicely into the water drop and I popped a little more than the background.
These are my top five recent image. My absolute favorite image Is the first one with the cyborg who is levitating the pot and glass. I did this though masking and stamping. This was definitely my favorite shoot this semester.
This image was taken at my field trip. The model was parred off with her husband so they were meant to be a couple, However I loved the Idea of making her a widow with her black veil and dress. I absolutely love the expression she was making for this shoot. It was perfect for her character.
This image is done with a macro tube. The water droplet I placed on the flower was absolutely perfect in its shape. I love the shallow depth of field in this image.
This is also another one of my favorites. This is a picture of me taken by me. I believe it is probably one of my most successful images I have been able to take for self photography that is me in my normal self. I take a lot of artsy one with when I have different body paints or different costumes on. But this is my favorite one that is just of me as myself.
This image was also taken at my field trip. I love this one because It really resembles a horror ghost. This one was taken with a long exposure and the model moving. I then took out a majority of the color making the mood darker.
These first three images are a composition image. They are levitating photos. For these I took two images, One with the model and one with just the background. I then make the model float by taking out whatever he or she is balancing on. Also since they are floating I decided to make them more ghost by making them opaque.
For my out of the box I decided to take the 1800’s back to 2017 by getting my model to wear his apple box. I thought my Idea was very clever. Sady others were there and also took images of my idea (the assignment was to get an image that no one else got and was unique). But with the world of art there it is hard to get an image without someone noticing you and using your Ideas as their own. Then again all art is theft.
For this last image I wanted to create the movement I saw in this still object. Now I didn’t wasnt it to move in the way I it would traditionally move, But in the way I saw it and how the movement impressed on me for my abstract. Below it is the original image.
For these three images we used reflectors. I had the models in the shade with an assistant holding the reflectors to shine the light in the models faces. We did this to bring light into their eyes. For the last one we used the feathering technique so the light wasn’t as bright in their eyes.
These images we did outdoors in the sun without a reflector. The light was more harsh on their face. I particularly like this for the effect. I wanted the models to look harshers like they had a long day working in the sun.
This image was taken with window lighting. We had a reflector shining on his left cheek. This light was also harsh but I wanted the side of the face lite in a soft shadow.
This image was taken outside with the strobe and in the shadows of the sun. The strobe was used as a filler for the continuous light of the sun.
These images were used with a strobe. The first four image the light was very close creating a strong shadows on the models faces. The last two images had the strobe further away creating a softer shadow and lighting.
These two images were created as ghost images. There was a long exposure and the models moved during the exposure creating a the ghost appearance. Both were taken with an LED light.
These images are up close on the models Outfits and props.
All of my images in this event have a low saturation, but I made these in sepia. I feel it bring the texture out and subtracts the color distraction.