This is my final photo challenge: light. This photo challenge was up for our own interpretations and the first thing I thought of were street lights on the road. This is a photo I took in California and it makes a lot of emphasis on the lights between the trees and around the ferris wheel.
This May holiday, I stayed in Beijing and participated in a tennis tournament with a few girls I train with on the weekend. We spent more hours at the courts and had lots of fun. I ended up getting into the top 8 (:
Digital Imagery has come to an end; in fact the it’s almost summer break. Before this class, my knowledge of photography was extremely limited. I used to just take random pictures of sceneries or objects, but now I can make them more artistic and actually bring out the beauty in it. I knew nothing about techniques or cameras and I was no good at photoshopping images together.
YHS: During this course, we posted some of our most interesting photos onto the YHS website. Here, we collaborated with students from Maine, commenting and learning from the images they post. I think this process was extremely interesting and also very helpful towards learning more about photographic techniques and obtaining different angles and ideas for photographs. However, I do feel like we could have had more interactions with them.
Flickr: We also posted our photographs onto flickr. Even though flickr is good for displaying photos, I feel like I prefer using tumblr to share my progress. For one, flickr can’t display images in journal format such as tumblr can. Along with this, tumblr seems like a more artsy form of presentation.
Tumblr was my favourite platform for photo sharing during this course. On tumblr, I was not only able to display my images, but I could also reflect on my progress in class and record it as a journal. The reflections I wrote on tumblr were able to help me solidify the things I learned in class. Each time I wrote a reflection, I looked back on the techniques we studied and the experience I had during each assignment. Through these reflections, I am also able to share my knowledge with others who happen to stroll by my tumblr.
High Point of The Class: For me, the best part of this class were the light painting assignments. It was something that was completely new to me but I had so much fun learning about it. It was an amazing process that starting off with just testing out how different light sources appeared in a shot. Then we started drawing orbs and finally used our creativity to create our own unique light paintings.
Most Important Thing I Learned: The most important ideal I got out of this class is ALWAYS HAVE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU!It may seem troublesome having a camera with you everywhere you go, but even a camera on your phone will be sufficient. There are so many things in this world worth noticing. They may seem insignificant at first, you might just want to take photos of those things that stand out; but even the simplest of things can make a difference. So bring your camera with you ANYWHERE you go and never stop taking pictures.
I’m definitely going to continue using this tumblr. However, rather than having it being based on the digital imagery course, I might change it into a blog that will still consist of photographs, but also some designs (typography) that I will create.
I finally finished my final assignment for digital imagery class this year: culture clash. In my previous post, you saw the clash in progress, well this is the final. Our task was to combine two different cultures into one image using photoshop.
For my culture clash, I used images that I took along with images that I found on the YHS website which also consisted of photos from students in Maine (shown in the collage). I decided to use the picture of the gate at our school as the main dividing factor separating the Western (left) and Eastern (right) cultures and then combining them in the middle section. I tried to make a significant contrast between the left and right in order to demonstrate their individuality. However, I also wanted to show that the two cultures do have similarities, so in the middle I tried to blend the two together.
In the segment for China, I put an image of a very old village with a typical looking Chinese villager demonstrating the culture of a significant part of China. In the Western segment, I had images of Western looking buildings and also food stands and ferris wheels. The buildings are contrasts greatly compared to the old looking Chinese village. The food stands are also very different compared to the bins visible in the Eastern image. The Western segment was more of a typical environment that individuals such as us live in while the Eastern segment depicts a less developed region.
In the combined image, this switches around. Now, we get an image of the polluted, typical, and more developed area of China while we get a very natural but vocational location in the West. I also added two obvious contrasts in the clash: the two kids and the two street signs at the back. The two kids are obviously different in ethnicity and the street signs also show significant difference (language, shape etc.)
Through this final project, I got more familiar with photoshop as a picture editing tool. The most useful photoshop tools that I used during this assignment were probably:
Move tool (obviously)
Quick selection tool
Magic wand tool
Polygonal Lasso Tool
Layers (Be sure to name each layer so that it is easier to find later on!)
We have officially started out Culture Clash assignment and this is what I have so far. The image of the door was taken at out school and is used as the separation between Western (left), Eastern (right) and the Combination (middle). Some of these pictures were taken off of the yhs website, a website that we use in class to collaborate with students in Maine.
In class, we have started on our Culture Clash project, an assignment in which we make an attempt to use the merging of photos to display the contrast of different cultures. We began by getting familiar with the basics of photoshop using Mr. Melon head. (using a combination of images of fruits and vegetables and making them into a “person”) The image on the left is the Mr. Melon head that I created using the image on the right.