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.
I always like the beauty that photography has to shows me.
Since I start this course, I have learned a lot. It was a little it difficult at the beginning and I had to read a lot of materials before I started to get the camera settings.
Every project that we did in class and homework assignments were new ways to practices what I had read before.
It was really nice and fun. Create ideas and make them to become real on each image.
Now I can say I know much better how to work and set a camera: Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and so on.
I would love to learn a lilttle bit more about Adobe Photoshop edition and Adobe Bridge but it was a good start.
I finally got my own camera so, after all the things that I have learned from this class I will keep taking pictures and get better in this field. It has been something that I always like and with all the knowledge that I have now, I can keep practicing and take this as a new hobby in my life.
This class has been extremely useful to me. I have considered myself a photographer since I was in high school, but I didn’t really understand any photographic terminology.
I’ve found that throughout this course I’ve actually come to appreciate and make use of composition and lighting, things that I didn’t give a second thought to before. Because of that, I find that my pictures nowadays are a lot better and actually have some degree of artistic merit.
I’m also glad I learned about the Camera Raw feature in Bridge. Seriously, I had no idea Bridge was that useful, or that it even had a use. I honestly used to think it was bloatware.
But mainly, what was most important to me was learning how to manipulate my finicky, cheap point-and shoot camera in creative ways and making it work for me. Discovering the macro feature on that thing is the single most important thing I’ve learned about it. I will exploit it to death.
As a designer, I feel like this class is the one that finally taught me to appreciate composition and its relevance in the design field as a whole. Composition is one of the most (if not THE most) important thing to understand when you’re a designer, so I feel like I can put this newfound knowledge to good use. Also, I’m almost certain that my growing ability to take decent pictures will come in handy at some point in my career. It’s always good to have multiple talents.
I feel like this course could seriously be expanded to teach students how to take good indoor shots at home, and overcome the limits of not having professional photo equipment lying around. While outdoor photography isn’t too hard to master, indoor photography presents a whole new set of challenges for those who aren’t used to manipulating lighting and camera settings. Basically what I’m saying is that most indoor shots I see are shoddy, and I’d love to learn how to make it work when I have a cheap camera and limited lighting.
Take stock of the semester. What were the most important things you learned about photography in this class? List and describe three at least three. How will this help you in your career development? What would do you think could be expanded or added to the course to improve it? Please make at least one suggestion.
This is my favorite photo from todays assignment. I really like how we were able to capture Kiefer jumping and how he used the scarf as a jumping rope. In addition to that his face expression and lighting work really well, it looks like he’s actually putting effort into it.
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.
My partner commented that when you zoom in very close, the focus is nice and it doesn’t look like its a fallen tree on a sidewalk.
For next week, I wanted to go to Manhattan to take my pictures, I don’t know the name of the street or what its called, but I wanted to take pictures of those three big red balls that are on water. They could make an interesting images and different. It would be from different angels, closer and farther away, which would make the image look different.
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Ming Yin’s primary suggestion for me was that some of my photos were too dark. Some of the photos that he commented on were taken at very fast shutter speeds to intentionally make the photos dark, he felt that some were too dark. I think that part of that is the monitor that they were viewed on since they didn’t look as dark on my computer at home.
I will be more conscious of the lighting and shutter speeds that I use and in the choosing of the photos that I post.
My partner suggested that I look out for glare and to work on framing the subject properly. Also I should take more pictures using the macro setting and use the narrow and deep focus to give depth. I’m going to go out and take more pictures this week and focus on framing and avoiding glare. I will also work towards visiting more locations for longer periods of time so that my best pictures don’t all come from one place.
Few pictures look dark . I need to have more contrast between awful and great pictures for next class. My next location will be the Central park. Hope the weather will be nice and I can take interesting pictures.