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Final Evaluation

This class has introduced me to a lot of new things that I did not know about photography. In the beginning, it was difficult and sort of challenging, but as time went on I began to understand and like the course more. When I first signed up for this class, I thought it was going to be more focused on the after production of photography, like editing and retouching photos from off the camera in Adobe Photoshop, hence “Digital” Photography

Three important things that I learned from this course were the use of c0mposition and lighting to make an effective photograph. I learned that those two components were key to a great picture. I learned how to work a camera more efficiently, and I learned all the different settings on the camera and how they helped make a photograph.

This course will help me in the future and my career, because now I can incorporate photography into my Graphic Designing.

I think what could have improved this course was to include how to edit photographs more, and more of the computer based aspect of Digital Photography, but overall I enjoyed this class.


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Final Project Shoot 1 Suggestions

This morning in class today, we had to partner up and critique shoot one of our Final Project. The advice my partner gave me was to not edit the sky in one of my photos. I am going to go back with the original photo of the trees and blue skies. Other than that, she really liked my photos, especially of the different tree branches and the night sky.

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Green-Wood Cemetery

My experience at Green-Wood was a very refreshing one. This was my first time there, and it was interesting. At first, I was kind of skeptical about the whole thing, because it is a cemetery, but actually Green-Wood is very beautiful, with a lot of historical moments behind it. I think that the photos I took of Green-Wood came out pretty well. I love how the range of photos vary.

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Portrait Basics Learning Log

1. What are important factors to consider when shooting a portrait?

When shooting a portrait, the subject should always face the camera. The subject should be positioned at least 4 feet or 5 feet in front of the backdrop or background, so a shadow won’t be casted.

Light sources that are distant and small cast sharp shadows with high contrast, with the angle of the light coming from one main direction. Light sources that are bigger and closer cast softer shadows with low contrast, with the angle of the light coming from various directions.

2. What is the difference between broad and short lighting?

Broad lighting is used in a 3/4th quarter view, placing the light on the side of the ear that is visible. A broad highlight should appear on the subject’s hair. Narrow, or short lighting is used by placing the light on the side of the ear that is visible.

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

Main light is the light that is mainly in focus in a picture.

4. In a classic basic portrait set up, what is the function of  the fill light?

Fill light is when you add light to the shadow or the side of the face that’s not lit, by using a reflector.

5. In a classic basic portrait set up, what is the function of the background light?

Background light is when the lighting in the background separates the subject from the whole picture, adding depth to the photograph as a whole.

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Botanic Garden – Favorite Photo

Out of all of the photographs I took on the trip to the Botanic Gardens, this one happens to be my absolute favorite. I love the contrast of the light pink rose, bright blue sky, and hint of white clouds, to the darkness of the leaves of the flowers and trees in the back. I also love how the rose looks almost “majestic” up so high in the sky. Also how the rose is the main object in focus, how you can’t really make out the trees in the background, almost like a silhouette.

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In-Class Chair/Stool Photoshoot – Jahshari Wilson

Today, we did an in-class photoshoot; the subject being a chair or stool. We learned how to operate and handle a camera, read a histogram for a picture, angles, resolution, and overall shooting. For the photoshoot, we had to take twenty different shots, focusing on viewpoint, space and perspective, line, balance, texture, and lighting. I learned about having positive or negative space in a picture, and how to take a picture at an oblique angle.


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Homework 1 – Jahshari Wilson

Dawoud Bey – Harlem Stories

1. What type of photograph is it?

Harlem Stories – is a series of black and white photographs showing the people and culture of Harlem, New York.

2. What can you tell (or guess) about the photographer’s intention?

I can tell that the photographer was aiming to depict the “story” of Harlem, in an old-fashioned type of way.

3. What emphasis has the photographer created and how has that been done?

Many of the photographs in this series are taken at eye level and low level with the subject. I believe that Dawoud Bey wanted to depict the theme of family in this series of photographs.

4. Do technical matters help or hinder the image?

Technical matters help the photographs in this series tremendously. The focus on most of these photographs are sharp overall, showing the subject and background items in great detail. The photographs are also full scale black and white, with some backlit and sidelit light and deep shadows.

5. Are graphic elements important?

Yes, graphic elements are important in these photographs, because the subjects in the photographs are implied and horizontal; the people in the photographs are the first thing you actually notice. They stand out. You meet them eye to eye because m0st of them are at eye level.

6. What else does the photograph reveal beside what is immediately evident?

Harlem, New York has always been an area of culture, diversity, people, and creativity. Dawoud Bey depicted this in his photographs. The variety of people – young, old, man, woman. All of African-American descent.

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

The photographs are very meaningful. They give off a cool, serious, cultural vibe; depicting the many faces and people of Harlem.

8. How does this photograph relate to others in the same series by the same photographer?

Many of Dawoud Bey’s photograph series are also in black and white, shot at eye level, and have a variety of people as the main subject.

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