Hope you’re summer has been AWESOME so far. Mine has been super busy with awesome DIY projects/remodeling at home. I’m sorry this book has taken so long, but I decided to add extra pictures that I had of yours and it took a while to make all the pictures fit nicely on the pages. I did a lot of rearranging.
LINK TO PURCHASE: http://www.blurb.com/b/6326943-digital-photography-2014-2015
BOOK SIZE: Standard Landscape — 10×8 in (25×20 cm)
FULL MOON HIKE pictures are now posted in the FULL MOON HIKE PHOTOS page (linked in the menu or in the sidebar on the right).
Below are pictures from this week’s lecture. Think about how you can “create” your own subjects. Photography doesn’t just have to be about what you see in front of you. You can set up your own still life shots or “modify” spaces by adding your own objects, etc. Scanner photography is another method of using your computer scanner bed as a camera. Just place object on the scanner bed and scan — Keep the lid open so you can move the objects as it scans or include yourself in the scans. You can also hold black or colored posterboard over the open scanner as a “background” for your scanned image.
HOMEWORK – Choose one or more of these options:
Re-shoot pictures from earlier in the semester (or last semester) that you think you can improve or have better ideas for now.
Create your own subject. A simple idea would be the Stephanie Gonot paper setup – just cut up and fold paper and make a picture out of it. (see picture below)
Experiment with scanner photography.
Upload some awesome pics that you took during our walk on Wednesday.
This Sunday (May 3rd,2015) is our “unofficial” FULL MOON HIKE field trip. I’m really excited to take pictures of the moon with you guys 🙂
Here’s all the information you will need to participate:
A little basic information:
– water & snacks (who hikes without snacks?)
– Flashlight / Headlamp
– jacket if you get cold at night sitting on mountains
– a blanket or towel to sit on
– some bug spray if you’re tick-phobic like me
– a camera & tripod, telescope, Hubble… whatever you wanna use to look at the moon
– your fun self 😀
FYI: Hike is about 1-1.25 miles from Canyon/Oakglen
—Approx. a 45 min/1 hour hike to the top at a medium pace (its all uphill)… or shorter if you’re fast and amazing.
!!!!! RSVP !!!!! by emailing me so I will be expecting you and make time for you to take pictures.
I will be parking on Canyon and starting to walk up to the trail head at 6pm sharp. Moonrise is at 7:30pm. Full moon display is at 8:45. I wanna get there in time to set up without rushing. Moonrise can often get you better pics than full moon in my opinion. I want to catch the moon coming over the ridge of the mountains if I can. Feel free to meet me there anytime between 7:30-9:00pm 🙂
A little background info:
Our hike is taking place AFTER PARK HOURS (Monrovia Canyon Park closes at 5:00pm – GATE closes at that time as well). I spoke with the park rangers today about this — The park’s PEDESTRIAN GATE is kept open 24/7 but the VEHICLE GATE will close at 5pm. We will not “get in trouble” for being in the park after it is closed. He did say that there are no rangers in the park after 5pm, so they are not liable if someone gets hurt or lost… basically, we hike at our own risk.
We will be using the Cunningham Overlook Trail which is located inside Monrovia Canyon Park and starts about 100 feet up the road past the ranger station. Here’s a satellite picture of the trail:
Go NORTH on Canyon Blvd. and PARK ON THE STREET near Ridgeside Drive. Watch out for “No Parking” signs.
Canyon Blvd. forks at Oakglade Dr./Canyon Blvd. Stay right at the fork to continue up Canyon Blvd.
Walk up CANYON BLVD. Go through pedestrian gate. Vehicle gate will be closed after 5pm.
Continue walking up Canyon Blvd. and you will see the Ranger Station on your left.
The Bill Cull Trail is about 100 feet past the Ranger station. Its directly across the road from the pedestrian crossing sign. Once you get under that shady tree on the left, you’ll seesigns marking the Bill Cull Trail. See pictures below.
Once you get to the Bill Cull Trail signs, go left (the signs are at a kind of fork in the trail).
Go this way:
DON’T go this way:
Continue on the Bill Cull trail until you get to the Cunningham Overlook Trail / Bill Cull Trail junction. This is noted on the trail picture above (first picture on this post) and on the trail map below. Proceed onto the CUNNINGHAM OVERLOOK TRAIL. See you at the top!! 🙂
I’m so sorry for this very late blog post! I was out of town this weekend and I had no wifi where I was staying (mountains above San Diego). The only internet I had was on my phone and it was very limited. I had meant to post this on Friday, but didn’t know there would be no internet. 😦
This week we finished up our GREEN SCREEN shooting. Please upload your finished green screen image to your online portfolio OR email it to me. Some of you may be picky about what goes on your portfolio site (totally understandable), so if you’re not crazy about your green screen project, just email it to me.
By the way — YOUR PHOTOS WERE SO GOOD THIS WEEK! I took so long showing them to you all because I was so STUNNED by how good they were! You have all improved IMMENSELY over the course of the year! I’m so proud of you all!! Trust me… if I wasn’t impressed, I wouldn’t compliment you like this. 😉
We I will be demonstrating an easy DIY set-up for product photography that can get you professional-looking results. How do I know it will get you amazing results? Because I just used it for my own freelance job! For about $7, you can set up a similar shoot at home.
PLEASE BRING TO CLASS:
Your CAMERA / DEVICE
An OBJECT / PRODUCT you’d like to photograph. This can be a flower, wrist watch, necklace, doll, toy, sunglasses, perfume bottle, etc. anything that is less than 1 ft. long/wide/tall.
This week, I intended to finish up our green screen project and bring the green screen for anyone who didn’t use it yet…. but then I thought it was going to rain, so I didn’t bring it. So, instead, we’re going to learn about head shots and how to make awesome portraits with our devices. We tried to do this at the beginning of the school year, but now that you have more photo knowledge and experience, we’re gonna try it again 🙂
What Makes A Good Headshot?
First – some important qualities of a headshot:
It should quickly convey a personality and demeanor
It should ideally look like a slightly better version of yourself in real life.
It should present you as YOUR BEST SELF.
Head shots are used to easily identify candidates for modeling/acting jobs and for business purposes such as on business cards, conference brochures, websites, blogs, etc.
How to take a good headshot with your device:
Camera/phone should be 4-5 feet away from the subject to avoid image DISTORTION (wide angle of phone cameras and tablets can distort facial features when placed too close to the subject’s face).
Look for natural light and even shade — NO DIRECT SUNLIGHT.
Have your subject stand in a doorway, or in an open garage near the open door so light is on their face but the background is dim. OR look for an alley or use a tree or simple plants that are at least a few feet behind your subject (or blur them out when editing).
FOCUS ON THEIR EYES and face. Their face should be well lit and have no harsh shadows.
Background should not be “busy” or distracting.
SNAPSEED EDITING OPTIONS:
Use CENTER FOCUS to brighten their face while leaving the background a bit darker. CENTER FOCUS has a BRIGHTNESS tool that you can use to do this. Only use this tool if necessary.
Use TILT SHIFT to blur the background.
Use a SHARPEN tool to sharpen their eyes a bit.
Color balance should not be too cool on their face — you want them to look healthy, not dull or dead.
At least ONE headshot uploaded to your online portfolio.
Go back and choose your best & favorite photos from over the course of the whole school year and upload them to your online portfolio so you have them all in one place.
I would like to encourage you to PRINT your best/favorite photos. I am researching the best/cheapest print options for photo books. It would be really good to print a book of your best photos from over the course of the year. TRUST ME. I wish I did this when I was in school! 🙂
Common Problems With Headshots
Example of an ineffective headshot
Allow me to point out some issues;
The background is too busy and doesn’t make his face stand out
There are funny shadows in his face, causing it to be dark
It’s bright outside, which is causing him to squint his eyes
His head is cropped dead center in the photo – not the best design composition
There was likely not any intention behind the “wardrobe” (just a t shirt).
It is not cropped as a square (the dimensions of most social profile photos) and thus, you’re left to crop them on each platform, leaving it inconsistent and unreliable