Well, I’ve very happy that I’ve managed to get almost all of my portfolio completed. Just need to work on a few lingering labs and perfecting my photoessay. Looks like Friday is the day of the week this week.
I’m feeling very frustrated with trying to accomplish what feels like so much for the end of class. I’ve thankfully managed to finally get into my SkyDrive so that I could post the already completed end of the semester non-visual communication. I had already previously uploaded the White Balance Lab that is due tomorrow. The frustration comes with trying to pick my ‘favorite’ composition and frame it when I feel as if I’ve barely gotten started! Yes, I’ve developed about 5 rolls of film not counting the almost failure of the AGFAPan roll. Yet I don’t truly feel a connection to any photo that I’ve had success enlarging. I have a ‘settle for’ print, but I’m really hoping against hope that I can get an enlargement made today that I approve of, that I feel a deeper connection to… once that speaks on it’s own, tells it’s own story.
In class today we talked about White Balance and were provided with some guidance about finding it on our digital cameras so that we can capture Lab #11, White Balance. Due to weather constrictions, namely that we don’t have a sunny day with our pending snow storm to accompany all this crazy high wind.
Additionally, I’m faced with another small issue with the lab, I don’t know anyone that uses incandescent lighting in the home anymore, for energy efficiency, everyone I know buys CFL’s. I just might have to actually go to the store and buy some! LOL
After some aggravation I’ve figured out how to adjust the settings on my camera to find the color temperatures. We learned about the temp. of color, that it is actually measured in degrees Kelvin (K). The sun, provides 5500 K, while a strobe lighting provides a bluish tint is 6000 K.
We talked about how to use the RBG scale to compensate or adjust color of a digital photo and we also talked about Polarized lenses and their purpose. This was interesting because I hadn’t understood how they worked before, making the light only enter in an up and down motion, not the beams of light that are at any other angle. The lenses that you can use for your camera so that they will filter out the other angles of light are called Polaroid filters and come in many ‘shades’ or percents.
This PPT link has the 10 images for midterm as well as the scanned negative from Lab #6 as well as Lab #4.
Processing the film itself seems to be fairly straightforward and I know that when I plan to develop a roll that it will take me about 45 minutes. It’s making the endless test strips, to try and make the best enlargement possible that drives me almost mad!
It is a process, I will give anyone that advice, but it can also be very frustrating to try and get a print to come out the way that you want sometimes. Sometimes in order to get the details that you want to show, you end up with no real black in the frame and sometimes you can’t get rid of the black no matter what you do, I can spend 2 hours just trying to get 1 enlargement to turn out the way that I want, and sometimes, I I can get it right the very first time!
I have chosen three images that I liked for this assignment.
First, an image found in a copy of O magazine of Queen Latifa as the current face of COVERGIRL cosmetics. I like this picture because she seems less airbrushed and more realistic, they didn’t take out her pores or the scar on her forehead. Additionally, though it is beauty or soft box lighting, they did not have her directly facing the lighting, so there are still shadows giving depth.
Next I chose a photo of a woman, that when folded in half appears to actually be Bruce Springsteen but really reminds me of the Mona Lisa. Either the lighting was very effective and virtually unseen or they edited the picture, possibly by burning out the background so that all you see is her, her hair almost blending into the background.
Last I chose a closeup of what is presumably a woman’s eye. I like how you can see the ‘glint’ in her eye as well as off of the diamond ‘tear’. It is a very bright photo, though it could leave me to wonder if it is an eye makeup ad or a diamond add as extraneous items are used in the photo.
I was very frustrated trying to complete this lab. I tried to do it 3 times before I finally got the photos to turn out the way that I wanted, but I’m still worried that the professor will not approve of them, especially the -1 filter. I’m pretty sure that the +3 & +5 filter prints came out the way that they were supposed to, or at least satisfactorily. I’m thinking about reprinting the -1 filter, but I’m not yet sure if I can get into the dark room with the what is certain to be a crush of students trying to finish their portfolios.
Today in class we talked about Depth of Field (DoF) and actually shot the pictures as well. DoF is affected by three variables… distance, focal length and aperture.
Focal length refers to the length, in millimeters (mm) between the film plane and the center of the lens, the closer the lens to the film plane the greater the DoF; the farther the film plane the more shallow the DoF. Distance refers to the distance to focus on the subject, the closer the lens the shallower the DoF; the farther the lens the greater the DoF. Aperture refers to the diameter of the opening of the lens to allow in light, the smaller it is the greater the DoF; the larger it is the more shallow it is. It is important to note that the pinhole camera has an infinite DoF.
Additionally, we watched the film excerpt on Jacques Henry LarTique, who was discovered as an adult for his photos taken from age 8-18. He was referred to as an ‘gifted amateur’, he was from a wealthy family whose father loved photography as well, and thusly had access to all the greatest equipment. His photos were described as ‘dynamic’, while his style ran the gambit it was once called ‘exuberant’ in the era of
We also watched the KODAK fiends excerpt describing the rise in popularity and access to film photography to the masses via George Eastman founder of Eastman Dry Plate, who introduced the first roll film camera in 1888, and then the first $1 affordable camera, called the Brownie.
This assignment, Lab #4 has given me the most issues. I thought that I had performed this correctly, but after class today (2/12), I discovered that I now need to reshoot a few of my pictures. I did not properly take the Flat Light, but I’m pretty sure that I did the Back-light correctly, in fact I’ve got about 7 shots to chose from! But I also incorrectly performed the Raked Light, so I will need to re-take those as well.
At this point I feel very overwhelmed, but I know that I can catch back up and hopefully make a raging success of the class. I’ve always loved black and white pictures, so I’m really praying that I get the hang of this!
Additionally, I think that I have finally figured out how to relate the Hard lighting and soft-box to better compute/understand it. Hard lighting is very direct, it doesn’t get reflected off of something else, like soft-box, and it creates a more defined line between the light and the shadow, because soft-box is reflected off of so many angles, there is more than one shadow with differing tonal ranges, creating a line that is less defined and more ‘fuzzy’ if you will.
Harder light/lines create more drama, and can be more sinister if that is your aim. Soft-box lighting is better for portraiture because the light is nicer to the subject, not so harsh, and could almost be thought of as romantic.