Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Final Post-end of year

In this class, I have learned a lot about photography and the history of it along with the nature of picture taking. I loved the photoshop portion of this class because I got to distort and twist a lot of images around and got to feel like even a google image was my work because I got to edit around with it. I also enjoyed the black and white photography because I love working with negatives and actually creating my own photography. I have gotten a new SLR camera for my birthday and because of this class I know how to use it more usefully. Something I didn't like as much was the flash tutorials and the imovies just because I'm not really a movie maker kind of person. In conclusion, this class was very joyful for me because I learned a lot of new things and can relate that to my photography experience in the future.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Edward Weston

Edward Weston was born on March 24, 1886 and was a great american photographer. Weston's pictures were exhibited in the Chicago Art Institute early in life, and he went to the Illinois College of Photography. Weston was also a co-founder of the group f/64. He had a real passion for photography and transitioned from pictorialism to straight photography, including mostly nudist photos but also included some nature and wildlife landscapes. His type of photography was mostly opposite of the normal pictorialist fashioned photos at the time. Edward Weston died on January 1, 1958 but completed a legacy of beautiful pictures and masterpieces. He was one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902 and was mostly famous for his black and white pictures portraying the American west. He developed a very effective system called the zone system and it determined the contrast and sharpness of the final image. He and other photographers founded a group called f/64 and created the museum of modern art's department of photography. The group they formed espoused pure of straight photography and gives great depth of field. Adams was awarded the Presidental medal of Freedom which is nation's highest civilian honor. His photo The Tetons and the Snake River was recorded on the Voyager Golden Record aboard the spacecraft itself along with 115 others. Ansel Adams led a wonderful life full of beautiful photography but sadly died on April 22, 1984 of heart failure. His photography shaped the world's view of western photography and landscape photos and he will never be forgotten for that.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009



1. The 3 basic elements to a camera are the optical element (the lens), the chemical element (the film) and the mechanical element (the camera body itself).
2. The SLR camera is a Single-Lens-Reflex camera, it is where the photographer can see exactly the same image that is exposed to the film and can adjust everything by turning dials and clicking buttons.
3.The purpose of the aperture is to allow the increase and decrease in the amount of light passing through the lens.
4. The shutter speed on a camera controls the length of exposure.
5.To get the right exposure for a picture, you have to balance film speed, aperture size and shutter speed.
6.To take pictures outside on a very sunny day, you would use low film speed because it needs a large amount of available light to take a clear photo. Low-numbered film speed is less sensitive to light and needs more time to absorb enough light to make an image that isn’t underexposed or too dark.
7.The four steps for developing black and white film are: 1.Placing the film in a developing agent(which is actually a reducing agent). 2.Then place the film in the stop bath. 3.Next you place the film in the fixer. 4.Last you rinse the film with water, dry and cut into negatives.
8.You need drying cabinets,tongs, stop bath, developers, print paper, fixer, developer trays, and washes to make the black and white print.
9.The final image is actually developed silver.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born on Aug. 6, 1928. and led a magnificent life. He lived in Pittsburgh as a child and had two older brothers. He developed scarlet fever in third grade and became fearful of hospitals and doctors(hypochondriac). He had an early career in magazine illustration and advertising. He later started to photograph all sorts of things and people. In the 70's he professionally photographed celebrities such as, Mick Jagger, Liza Minnelli, John Lennon, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, etc. He was known as asexual because he had no feelings for any gender but only artwork. He helped create and make popular the popart effect as well. Andy Warhol died at 6:32 am on Feb 22, 1987 of cardiac arrhythmia. Warhol was an amazing photographer and has done a lot for photography and has helped it develop to the high standards it has today.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949 and was the third of six children in her family. Even at a young age Annie loved to take pictures. She has worked for various magazines including the, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. She has also written a book called, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life. She has photographed many celebrities including, John Lennon, Miley Cyrus, Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Annie has opened a wide new world for photography. Her abstract work is portrayed beautifully and her photos are magnificent. She is a creative woman with the way she captures her shots of people, and in conclusion Annie Leibovitz is a very accomplished photographer. The photo i have added as my favorite is of John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. It is ironic almost because she was the last one to professionally photograph Lennon because he was shot and killed 5 hours later.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I used this picture for pattern because it has multiple colors and different designs in their own way for the different patterns to make one big one.


I chose this photo for contrast because the mugs all look different and contrast with each other to set the picture blurring going back.


I used this photo for emphasis because it focuses more on the head of the bug and blurs out to the edges of the back of the picture.


I chose this for balance because all the colors in the picture come together to make the white egg centered.


I chose this because it shows the different pendents and stones and how they can look good together but all be different.


I chose this for unity because the women in the picture are linked as one and coming together.


I chose this for movement because the dog is in motion and shows the scenery in the background blurred.

Monday, March 30, 2009


I chose this for form because it shows the wires forming from far away and growing bigger.


I chose this for texture because it has a lot of contrast and shows character


I chose this for line because the lines curve and do different things instead of just a normal straight line


I chose this for space because I imagine this being what I would see if i went to space.


I chose this for shape because it has many different shapes that contrast and come together to make an amazing picture.


I chose this for value because it shows different darks and lights in the picture.


I chose this for color because it is vibrant and summery and shows a lot of different tones.