This week, I took pictures at my sister’s and cousin’s birthday party. I got some really good pictures of them both, but the best one was of my cousin smiling and looking all cute. I had fun with this assignment because my whole family was there and I had a lot of people to take pictures of, although most of them were not slideshow worthy. I got some good pictures of some cakes too, it was a fun assignment.
This week, the assignment I chose was macro. It was hard to do because it’s really cold and gray outside, but I photoshopped a TON of green into my pictures. It went pretty well, my best picture being the one of my dog. It took me forever to get that shot though, she kept moving and trying to lick my camera, but eventually she gave up. I didn’t learn much during this assignment because of done it a million times, but I always like these pictures the best!
These are my high dynamic range photos, which means that photoshop combined the low, medium, and high exposure together to get the best of all three. I liked the blueish one because of its awesome colors, the other ones I think were just boring. I liked this assignment because I got to use photoshop and learn how to do something new for my assignment pictures later on. I was kind of expecting some cooler looking results, but they ended up pretty okay I guess.
This week, my assignment was to take pictures of nature, and it went really well! Originally I was planning on going to a karate event, but it got canceled so I did this instead. I got my best picture at an indoor garden along with a few others, and I had fun taking the pictures! I also got a cool picture of my sisters pet gecko, and that looked great too. My other photos in this album look really good too, I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them!
Photoshop in Magazines
Over the past 15 years, magazines have been digitally editing photos of their models to make them look “Prettier”. For example, they’ll make her look a little more tan or edit out some extra skin so that she appears “healthy” to people when its not possible to look like that and still live healthily. These articles focus on what these images of fake beauty do to the minds of young woman all over the country and how it provokes unhealthy habits like anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. I think its fascinating that magazines are allowed to digitally edit their models so that they can make a better profit, that sounds a lot like cheating to me! It’s also interesting to me how young woman know that the pictures are shopped, but they still go through unhealthy circumstances to look like those pictures! It’s a wild goose chase to look like those pictures and still be healthy, because in reality the models don’t even look like that! I really think that magazines should use only REAL photos, maybe a crop here or there or a levels adjustment, but not the complete clone stamping over stretch marks or the air brushing over the entire picture to make the model tanner. It’s just ridiculous!!
For this assignment we had to take pictures of ourselves and filter them in various ways, in my case, liquify and oil paint. I liked this assignment because it gave me more experience with photoshop and filters, some of which I think I’m going to use on my photo assignments. I really like the oil paint one, I think it looks cool and it was easy to do. I can’t wait to use these filters in my photos!
For photo 1, I am doing an event at my karate school. I hope to get a photo like this, because it has the subject frozen in mid-air which I really like! I’d also like to get some motion blur of people doing spinning kicks, and a bunch of other photo types of people doing the splits or breaking a board or doing a form or something like that. I hope it goes well!