Final Project

June 8, 2010


Quiz #2

June 3, 2010

1). Web sized image PPI should be 72. Image size should be 8 by 10 inches or for example 1000 by 800 pixels. It also should not exceed 1 Megabite.

Print Size image should always be 8 by 10, because that’s how we print it. PPI should be 300.

2).Apperture, shutter speed and the ISO. You can control these three elements in order to get the result that you’re looking for. Apperture is measured in f stops. It controls how much the camera lens opens up. It control the light passage. The smaller the apperture, the more light gets in. Shutter speed is how fastly the lens closes and opens up. If you’re taking picture o a moving object, you want your shutter to be fast. ISO is the sensitivity of your camera.

3). As a result of this class I started looking absolutely differently at my photos. Now I know that it’s important to know your camera and it’s settings in order to take good pictures. Now when I look at the picture , it immediately starts bothering me if the picture is not balanced. I also learned a lot about the photoshop and picture editing. I used to be very unorganized with my pictures, but learning the proper work flow helped me to get rid of this habbit.


May 25, 2010

Emulation of Helmut Newton

May 11, 2010

For my emulation project I chose to do one of my all times favorite photographers-Helmut Newton. He was born in 1920. Helmut Newton is an Australian-German photographer.He is famous for fashion photography and nude women photography. He worked for French “Elle” Italian “Vogue” etc. There’s a lot of his publications, including autobiographies or books like “A gun for Hire”. Helmut Newton died in 2004.”I like photographing the people I love, the people I admire, the famous, and especially the infamous”(Helmut Newton).Here’s some of his work.

Here’s some of the pictures that I took:

Secret Identity. The Spy.

May 4, 2010

Movie Answers

May 3, 2010

1. Explain two of the conflicting arguments about “reading” Shelby Lee Adams’ photos presented by the people in the film.  Include the names of the people who spoke about these interpretations.

One of the idea swas expressed by Dwight Billing, who is a sociologist. He claimed that Shelby Lee Adam’s  “portraits tell stories but they are left for the reader to interpret”. Another idea of Shelby’s photography is different. Wendy Ewald,a photographer, caimed that Shelby’s photography is very good, important and contains no made up  scenes. To back up her opinion she gives an example when in 1992 Shelby shoot a picture of the old lady smoking a pipe. That picture wasn’t made up. A critic A. Coleman thinks that Shelby Lee Adam’s photography is theatrical and narrative. Whether or not these people like Shelby Lee Adam’s photography, they all agree that it is unique and powerfull.

2.  When pressed to speak about the social connotations of a photo featuring a little girl in a screen door, Shelby avoids answering the question directly by instead describing the formal composition of the photograph… Describe the photograph in your own words.

I think the picture has a great composition just like Shelby Lee Adams claimed himself. When I look at the picture I see the entire story,  not just the girl standing by the broken screen door. It is ,of course ,impossible to ignore the poor environment that the girl is surrounded by. But just like Shelby said, he didn’t make the girl pose, it was an instantenous picture. I disagree with the girl’s sister who claims that this picture disgraced their family. The focus is on the girl which makes her stand out the most.

3. How do you interpret Shelby’s photos? why?

I think Shelby’s photography is unique and has a story behind it. To my mind, he does an amazing job on reflecting Appalachian people lives. Each picture has a thought that is well expressed. The composition in his photographs reflects the hardships people face. I think it’s important that he photographs a culture that he grew up in. In no way I think that he tries to disgrace the culture or tries to shoot only the dark side of it. The people in the pictures were not taught to pose, so they just what they normally would. It’s not photography about beauty in the magazines, it is much more important topic that sends a message.

Assignment 1 part 2

April 20, 2010

Assignment 1 Part 1

April 15, 2010

This is my favorite image out of the 100 photographs that I took. I like this picture because it is simple yet a lot can be done with it. I chose a teddy-bear as my object accidentally but it turned out to be an interesting object to shoot because of it’s shape, texture and the way shadows fall on it. I also like this picture because I can see a meaning in it.


I like working the best with white on white secanarios because I felt like I benefited the most from it. It was easiest to see the difference the light makes on this scenario. I used +.5 or +1 EV stop when I shot in the daylight to remove blue. When shooting in the artificial light i tried to use same EV, however in some cases pictures turned out to be overexposed.

When shooting black on black I mostly used ISO 800 or 400, aperture value f/2.8. When editing I noticed that these photos had too much orange and yellow in them. I lingered between exposure value of 0 and +1.

For white on black I liked using -0.5 EV,and aperture value of 2.8. I mostly shot my white on black images in the artificial light. I tried to place my light source in different places but ir really didn’t make a big difference. I also used a tripod to avoid bluriness.

For black on white I initially used + or – .5 EV but it turned out the best to use zero because of the source of light that was comming down on the obecjt. Positive EV brightened my black on white pictures.

Blog 1

April 5, 2010 This image have strong forms that are five kids. The space is very dense, since the picture have many objects. The faded image of the two girls in the back crates some  extra space. The arm of the middle girls creates  line that the eye follows. This image is divided into two parts by the legs, which creates two different spaces. The part on the right has a weaker value of grey,and the part left to the legs has a stronger value of grey which creates a distance in the picture. The rails have strong,strict lines, that contrast with the the main form,legs,that don’t have a defined shape. This image has a strong contrast, all space is white and the objects are dark. The first thing we notice in the picture is the form, a jumping boy. The picture has a line, the cord, which divides the picture into two and creates two spaces,  wider space on top, and more dense on the bottom.

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March 30, 2010

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