Week Three — Golden Hour Light & Editing

Hi Class!

WOW. You guys are taking some AMAZING pictures!! I’m seeing that you are applying the RULE OF THIRDS, experimenting with different angles, and using diagional lines in your pictures. Great work!!

REVIEW:

How to take sharper (less blurry) pictures:

— Hold the camera as close to your body as you can (I know this can be hard when taking crazy shots). Breathe in and breathe out slowly — at the end of the breathe, snap the picture while staying as still as you can.

Terrence Malick (cinematographer) — I’m so sorry my computer died just when I started showing you his amazing film stills. We will look at his work this week. He uses mostly window light and “golden hour” light in his films.

Editing tools step-by-step:

Presets: Like “filters” — you can adjust how much of the preset effects you want in your picture by tapping on the present button.

Exposure: Adjust the amount of light in your picture — brighten or darken.

Color Temperature: Adjust warmth/coolness of your picture. Warm = yellow & Cool = Blue

Contrast: Adjust the contrast — the difference between darks and lights. More contrast (+) will make your shadows/dark areas get darker and your light areas get lighter. Less contrast (-) makes shadows and highlights go away.

Shadow Save: “Save” what is hidden in the shadows — this lightens the shadow areas so you can get more detail/see what’s there.

Highlight Save: “Save” what is washed out by a bright blobby highlight — this lessens the brightness of highlight areas so that you can get more detail/see what’s there.

Shadow Tint: Tints shadow areas with color you choose.

Highlight Tint: Tints highlight areas with color you choose.

Rotate: Rotate your photos & make horizon lines straight, etc.

Crop: Crop with preset dimensions. Make your crop area smaller or larger by dragging the frame corners. Move your crop area by dragging from the middle of the crop area.

Fade: Fades your picture. (I love this tool!)

Saturation: Controls how saturated (how strong) the colors are in your picture. Less saturation (-) goes toward a black and white look while more saturation (-) makes colors stronger.

Vignette: Add oval  shadow around the edges.

Tint: Adjust the Magenta (+)/Green(-) balance in your pictures

Sharpen: Sharpens the outlines of everything in your picture — this can make your picture look grainy/pixelated if you sharpen too much or if there was not much light in your picture.

We talked a little bit about GOLDEN HOUR LIGHT

This is the time of day after the sun comes up ( lasts for an hour or so after sunrise) and before the sun sets (an hour or so before it goes down) . The light is softer than in the middle of the day.

Here’s a website that will tell you sunrise and sunset times so you can plan when to take pictures. You can search your own city if you want:

http://www.gaisma.com/en/location/monrovia-california.html

Dramatic_lighting_golden_hour

If you are using the Clear Cam App:

— Remember, this app takes multiple pictures at a time and puts them together to make on higher resolution picture. BE VERY STILL WHILE TAKING PICTURES.


HOMEWORK:

1. Bring an object to use as your subject for our Window Light/DIY Photo Set Lab.

2. Take lots of pictures during the “GOLDEN HOUR”.

Edit your BEST ones and send me 3-5 of your favorite pictures.

—– PLEASE EMAIL THEM TO ME BY TUESDAY NIGHT. —–

If you have trouble sending through the app or your device email:

Sync your device to a desktop computer and upload your pictures.

Then email me your pictures from the desktop computer.

Thank you!! 🙂

UPCOMING PROJECTS/THEMES:

WEEK FOUR: STILL LIFE & DIY PHOTO SET

WEEK FIVE: ACTION & TRACKING & SHUTTER SPEED

WEEK SIX: NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY & SHUTTER SPEED & ISO

WEEK SEVEN: PORTRAITS – PEOPLE & PHOTO DISTORTION

WEEK EIGHT: LANDSCAPES & CITYSCAPES & STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

WEEK NINE: OCCURENCE PROJECT

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