Monday, December 12, 2016

For my self selected response, I chose a short article about a young photographer who goes by the name Harley Weir. She is 28 and takes photos that help show the emotions. Weir started posting her photos to her Flickr account then went on to a Tumblr account, from there a person from a magazine contacted her and asked her to shoot a fashion shoot. I won't get into detail with the article but I will have my response on some of her photos that will be posted.

This one is called "Homes, November 2016". I like this one because to me it is put together in an interesting way. I like how she stuck to the 'bathroom supplies' type of feel with the tooth paste and tooth brushes. I also like how the string are there and aren't completely aligned with each other.

I chose this photo because I like the light to dark transition. I like how the model is a lighter color than the background and how it isn't a natural skin tone. I also like how the back ground is just the dark color and nothing else.

I really enjoy this photo because of how the subject isn't blurred like the back ground is, meaning the man is the subject of the photo itself. I like how the background is blurred and is sort of different shapes, It looks like clouds that were deformed to me.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Passion Blog

           My biggest pet peeve about photography is when people say it inst an art. It is in fact an art. The time and dedication it takes to find the one photo that you truly like is hard. Its not just about pointing your camera and snapping the photo. First the photographer has to find the perfect spot and that could take hours, then they have to set everything up and that takes a lot of work, after that they need to position the camera to where they want the photo to be taken. once the photo is taken they photographer, depending on how they choose to do so, take the photo into Photoshop and have to maybe change lighting, or the curves and levels. To be able to do that the person has to know Photoshop and that takes time to learn also. Just like drawing and painting, it takes a lot of time and dedication to be able to get the perfect product.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Photography is a powerful element in society today.  The article I chose explains how years went by before National Geographic stepped up and started using the camera to become a powerful tool. “A great photograph can explode the totality of our world”. That is a quote from this article. I personally interpreted this meaning to if a picture is so strong and powerful then it could destroy the entire being of something. Every person, place or thing is an object for an amazing photography.
    Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, once said “everyone will be able to have their portrait taken, formerly it was only the prominent and at the same time everything is being done to make us all look exactly the same, so we shall only need one portrait”. In the past 125 years, Kierkegaard was proved both wrong and right in different ways. Photography is a very diverse concept and it can cause a lot of controversy. The opportunity to get a great photo is a tough thing to do, but if someone tries hard enough then they can really do it.
    As an aspiring photographer myself I can definitely say that the perfect is hard to get, sometimes you will never get it. It takes a lot of time and patience to be a photographer, but if you try your best then the outcomes will be great. If you think about it, everyone is already a photographer. With all the the new and latest technology most people have access to. Also, some people prefer to use the classic film cameras which is more unique.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Interview with a Photography Teacher

Q: What was your first camera?

A: My first camera was a 35mm film

Q: What got you into photography?

A: When I was younger my grandfather would take pictures of my siblings and I every year on Christmas, I remember running down the stares to just a bright flash because he was taking the pictures.

Q: How long have you been into photography?

A: I would say about 7th or 8th grade

Q: What camera would you recommend to a beginner?

A: A Canon Rebel would be fine

Q: What advice would you give a beginner?

A: Take your time, don't rush your photos

Thursday, October 13, 2016

What I Learned...

     What I learned in my photography class was how to make double negative photography. First I went out to get my pictures, I brought both of them into Adobe Photoshop. I took my main photo and went to levels so I could change the lighting of the photo. Then I selected my image and then inverse it so it selected the outside. After that I refine all of the edges to make them more smooth and then I created a new layer and filled it with grey. Then I went back to my second image, the one that I want to merge with my first one. I selected the portion I wanted inside the original photo, copied it, and then paste special into the main image. Then I got my double negative photo. It may seem complicated but it takes time to learn how to perfect any projects you may have. Sometimes even if it doesn't seem perfect to you, it does to someone else. Photography is a beautiful thing that everyone should appreciate. Taking a photography class is a really helpful thing for me because not only do I get to learn about it but I get to experience it. Double negative photography is interesting because of how the final photo turns out. Seeing two photos that you have taken being merged into one is pretty neat.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Adventures of Cammie the camera and Tristan the tripod

     One day Cammie the camera was sitting on her deck looking into the distance wondering if she could ever get out of her house. She has always been stuck in her camera case that she calls a home. It's very roomy but sometimes she gets lonely and just wants to go outside and make friends. It was early morning when Cammie decided she wanted to take a huge step in her life. This was the day she would get over her fear of the outside world. She started off her morning with a nutritional breakfast so she would be energized for her new adventure. She worked up the courage to open the door and step out into the blazing hot sun. Cammie was overwhelmed with joy, she had finally gone outside. She walked around the town taking pictures of everything she could. Cammie was feeling alone so she decided to try and make new friends. She tried talking to as much people as she could but no one wanted to be her friend. She was walking in the park as she came across a lovely tripod. "
     "Hi, I'm Cammie" she says shyly looking towards the ground. "I'm Tristan, nice to meet you". Cammie was excited, she had made a new friend. She asked Tristan if he wanted to go walk around and help her take pictures, Tristan agreed happily. Cammie and Tristan came across a small pond and Cammie fell in love with it. "It's so cute and small, isn't it?". He looked at Cammie as she was admiring the pond, love and adoration in his eyes as he said yes. An idea popped into Tristan's head, he told Cammie to wait there as he went and put his plan together. Tristan rented a swan boat so he could take Cammie out on the pond. When he told Cammie about his plan she jumped with joy, she had never been on a boat before. Once they were on the boat Tristan told Cammie his feelings for her, she once again got shy and looked at the ground. She responded quietly "I like you too". Tristan was ecstatic, "I know our time together has been short but I was wondering if you would be the camera to my tripod?". Cammie looked into his eyes and thought for a minute ,"I'd love to!". Then they started to plan their wedding.
     Cammie and Tristan decided to have their wedding in the park where they met, right under the big willow tree. Cammie was in a beautiful white wedding dress, and Tristan in a black suit and tie. Cammie and Tristan said their vows and handed over the rings, they were both joyful. As a wedding gift, Tristan got her a new camera lens, the one she wanted most. "I love it so much!! it's exactly what I wanted". She tried on her new lens and it fit perfectly, she was finally happy. Tristan and Cammie were the perfect match and everyone knew it. Tristan finally got his dream camera, and Cammie got the love of her life.
                                                  They Lived Happily Ever After

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Passion Blog

     To me, photography isn't just a hobby, its a passion. Being able to pick up a camera and take photos of whatever you want is the best feeling in the world. It's a form of self expression that should be shared with many people. Not everybody appreciates the busy and the destruction that comes with photography. To be able to appreciate photography, one needs to have an open imagination. Without photography people wouldn't be able to see whats happening around the world. People wouldn't be able to remember the past. Being able to take photos is a way to remember the past and enjoy the present. Photography is a great way to keep in touch with friends, family or even your peers. Everyone is a photographer, even if they don't think so. In 2015 alone, approximately one trillion photos have been taken around the globe. Photography brings people together and I think it's a great thing, I think if everyone took the time to appreciate photography then the world would be an even more beautiful place.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Photography Joke

What's the difference between a professional photographer and a large Costco pizza?

A large Costco pizza can feed a family of four

budum tchhh

Thursday, September 29, 2016

**Response to the Native Americans Protesting the North Dakota Pipeline

      Photography is a powerful subject that can bring attention to many things. Native Americans in North Dakota are protesting to not have a pipeline go through their land. They are scared that the pipe could possibly threaten the water source and pollute the surroundings. Native American have been protesting since April of 2016. The protest calmed down for a few months until private security was caught on tape. The protest then started acting up again. The company that is trying to make the pipeline happen states that "The pipeline will create 12,000 jobs and generate over 120 million dollars in property and income taxes every year". Sampson DeCrane of Mountain Crow says that "If you get all Native people together on one issue, we will be unstoppable". Native Americans who are protesting are making an amazing difference. It shows that they will not give up and that they deserve to have their voices heard. The movement inst only taking place in North Dakota, but also online. The Idle No More movement is a a peaceful protest that is heading south to North Dakota. Idle No More is the new topic that has caught the medias eye. The movement has brought together many people to battle against governmental policy that may impact collective rights, safety nets, and environmental protection. The link to the article shows how the photos really impact people and society. Native Americans fighting for their land or collective rights deserve to have their voices heard. These photos can show their voices, it is a peaceful protest and the media is blowing it out of proportion. Join the movement, have your voice be heard.

Friday, September 23, 2016

     Photography is a visual art that has been shared all around the world throughout many years. A topic I will be focusing on quite a bit will be the history of photography. I will start with the very first photograph taken by Joseph Niepce in France, 1826 through 1827. The history of photography dates back to almost 200 years. This link is helpful because it talks about Niepce's invention and how it all came to be.
     I'll also focus on how a camera works. I will be talking about Kodak Brownie Boxes all the way to a Canon t5i. Kodak Brownie Boxes are a box like camera that was developed in the mid-1800's. Ill also talk about many cameras over the course of the years that have been manufactured.  The Kodak Brownie Box link is very helpful because it explains a lot about the merchandise and a person can actually click on the buy and cell button which will take them to E-bay so they can purchase or auction. The Canon link explains more about the camera itself but it is very helpful for anyone who would like to know about the camera. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

**My first blog post

     I chose photography as my topic because it is an art that should be shared around the world. I started photography as a class my freshman year of high school and continued throughout my 4 years. I took my first photo when I was 4 on my moms digital camera that was a Sony Cyber shot. My second camera was a Canon Rebel t5i that I got for one of my birthdays. I go out and shoot all of the time even when it's raining. I also chose photography because it's a way to express how I'm feeling.
     With my blog I hope to include everything about photography. From the very beginning of the history of photography to the new cameras that are in the latest smart phones. I will include the first photograph taken by Joseph Niepce and the process he used to accomplish it. Ill talk about the latest Iphone and the 21-megapixel DSLR and how advanced technology is.

     For my blog I hope to accomplish many things. I want people to be able to be educated about the many different aspects of photography. I want people to be able to use my blog as a source of information. I also hope that people could just have fun reading my blog.