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Final Evaluation

This is one of my favorite course I took this semester. Honestly at first I thought anyone can take a nice expensive camera and just take pretty picture but I was wrong. This class taught me so many things that I never knew before. I learned how to use the camera in manual (also been using auto),  which included learning about f-stops, ISO, shutter speed, white balance and many more photography terms.  I really enjoy all the class shoots that we had especially painting with light. I would love to take photography 2 next fall because I had an amazing time in photography 1

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Learning Log Final Project

Today in class we were looking at our photos and realized that all my photo are either blurry, too dark, or the white balance is¬†extremely¬†off. My partner suggested that I should use a tripod so the picture won’t be as blurry. I should take it during the daytime so there will be more sun so my picture won’t look as dark and lastly to always check my white balance before taking the photo. For next week I will try to get more depth of field and shallow depth of field for more¬†interesting¬†effects.

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Learning Log Painting with light

I actually like this a lot because the lighting is great and this is a great sense of humor with Joseph making a “fireball”. The contrast is nice and it is very in focus.

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Learning Log 5

What are important factors to consider when shooting a portrait?
Important factors to consider when shooting a portrait is the lighting and the comfort zone of the person.
What is the difference between broad and short lighting?

The difference between broad and short lighting is that broad lighting is a three quarter view on the face and short lighting is more of the center of the person face.

In classic basic portrait set up, what is the function of the main light?

The main lights helps creates shadows and highlights on the person face.
In a classic basic portrait set up, what is the function of he fill light?

The function of the fill light is to balance and diffuse the light on the subject
In a classic basic portrait set up, what is the function of the background light?

The function of the background light is to make the background brighter while the subject itself is a little darker.




This is my favorite picture I took today in class. We used two backlights to make the background extremely bright and to make the object completely dark. It is a very interesting photo.

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Botanical Garden Favorite Picture

This is my favorite picture that I took from the Botanical Garden because the flower looks like it is laying wide open on top of those leafs. I love how everything in the photo is in focus and how you can see the textures on the leafs and the pedals.

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Learning Log 2

I like this picture the most because it is extremely focus and it very bright like a happy color.  The black background makes the color pop more. The lighting on the petals makes it look more alive.

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Frame or Radical Cropping

"The Chair"

The picture that I find to be successful within the album was this Radical Cropping of the chair. The picture is interesting because of the different lighting, the top of the picture is brighter where the bottom of the picture is dark. In the background is more of a blue while the chair itself is very focus/sharp.

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HW1- Hillary Nguyen

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao Habitat 7 series
42nd Street, Times Square, Manhattan 2005

1. What type of photograph is it?
The photograph of Time Square was a piece that belong in Jeff Liao’s Habitat 7 series which was published in New York Times Magazine. It was under the category of “Capture the Times”

2. What can you tell about the photographer’s intention?
I believe that the photographer’s intention was to capture NYC at its best. With the title “Capture the Times”. New Yorkers does everything in a fast pace. As you can see, the people within the picture are in a motion blur.

3.What emphasis had the photographer created and how has that been done?
In this photo the photographer uses selective focus on the buildings to make it looks more sharps while the people are more of a blur.

5. Are graphic elements important?

I believe that graphic elements are important. The first thing that caught my eyes were the people in the photo.

7. What emotional or physical impact does the photograph have?

The photograph gives off  a very energetic feelings.  A little bit of chaos because of all the people rushing and moving fast.

8. How does this photograph relate to others in the same series by the same photographer?
Throughout the Habitat 7 series, all the photographs seems to be taken from a far distance. Most of them seems to be from an high angle shots while others are eye level shots.

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