Reading through the Tips for Better Photography page was actually really helpful. I’ve always been more of an “accidently good” photographer, so learning techniques and tips for actually becoming a good photographer is something that has interested me for a while. I only ever use my phone though, simply because of convenience. I’ve tried using other cameras before, but I just never had it with me when the moment for photography arose.
The first tip of Get Pickier kinda hit home with me in a way, not because I take rapid fire pictures, but because I am the type of person to take several pictures of the same thing and then go back and pick the best one. It tends to be a “learn as I go” experience since once I take a picture, I immediately will figure out something I don’t like about it. So, in the end, I am already fairly picky when it comes to taking pictures.
It was also interesting to read the tips and see things that I already, unknowingly, do.
I really enjoyed looking at the Abandoned America photos. For some morbid reason, I have always liked seeing things like that through photos, documentaries, etc. It really makes you think about what that place used to be, who used to be there, why it was abandoned. I found that these pictures are the ones that hold many stories in them which make them just that much more interesting. Some photos are hard to figure out the story behind them, but photos of abandoned places and things can help make a lot of stories for the viewer to entertain themselves with.
I absolutely loved doing the Photoblitz challenge! After looking at other students’ photos, I realized I would need to be in a place where I had access to props of some kind. I decided since this was an apocalypse-themed class, I should do it out in the woods and use items from my car. I’m really happy with how this turned out. I really liked the panoramic photo I took, even though it was apparently too long for any website to fully manage.
I got this list for my challenge:
- The theme is red. Red hot? Red paint? Or something else? You decide.
- We typically use light to illuminate a subject. Take a photo of a light source.
- Play with contrasting scale: juxtapose something small with something big!
- Your favorite smell.
- Make a photograph that illustrates the weather where you are.
- Take a photo using a camera setting that you are unfamiliar with.
- A photo where some or all of your subject isn’t in focus.
I used the previous picture of the red jacket in the abandoned outside classroom as my red-themed picture.
I also took the “light source” prompt rather literally and took a picture of me holding a flashlight that was turned on. It could have been better and a bit more dramatic if it was a bit darker outside.
I still wasn’t sure what “juxtapose” really meant, but I went with the contrast of something small with something big by placing my apple on the bridge and photographing it from farther away. This was in hopes of showing how small the apple was compared to the bridge and other surroundings.
As my favorite smell, I used the apple laying on the ground since most of my favorite smells are the more earthy and natural scents.
I also took the weather one quite literally and took a picture of the sky. I really liked this picture though since the way the cloud was formed over the tree was really cool.
The camera setting I was unfamiliar with was the panoramic setting. I have never used this, so it was fun and a little stressful to use. I really do like how the picture turned out though.
For the last one, I did the out of focus prompt with my ending time in the same photo. I thought this would put a more fun spin on the final photo that needed to be taken.
Overall, it took me less than 20 minutes to take what was needed and then I just had fun taking photos in the woods. This has definitely been one of my favorite assignments!