Alexandria Opinsky's Portfolio

Photo One

Aperture is the opening/hole in the lens that lets light through. This is measured in f-stops. The larger the f-stop, like for example f/2.8, the smaller the opening will be. But, the smaller the f-stop, like f/32, the greater the opening will be. When you have a small f/stop, the depth of field (how much is in focus) will be shallow, meaning only a small portion of the image will be in focus. When you have a high f-stop, you will have a deep depth of field, meaning more of the image is in focus. The photo below is f/5.6
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Shutter Speed:
Shutter speed is how long the shutter is open. Meaning, how long the film/sensor is exposed to light. Shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second, all the way to minutes at a time. For example, if you were to be shooting sports photography, you would want a fast shutter speed, making the image sharp. But, if you were shooting waves and wanted to catch their movement, you would want to have a long shutter speed. A mandatory rule is, if it's under 1/60 of a second, use a tripod. If you don't, the camera will catch the movement of your hands.
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Rule of Thirds:
Rule of thirds is a very basic, but important rule of photography. Rule of thirds is breaking the image up into thirds, creating nine equal boxes. Two vertical lines, and also two horizontal lines. You never want the focus of the image to be in the center box. It creates an unnatural look and can be boring to look at. Now, if an object is placed on the outside lines of the photo, it creates a more natural look and is nicer to view.

Portraits can be one of the most fun, but also challenging things to do in photography. When taking portraits, they're basic rules to keep in mind. They can be as simple as experimenting with light or introducing a prop. It can become difficult when trying to get the model out of their comfort zone to try and get a good shot.
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When shooting landscape, the first rule is that your f-stop is above f/15, so that the entire picture is in focus. Also, that the horizon is never centered. Landscapes should also have more than one focal points in the photograph.

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Photo Two

Project one:
For project one I chose portraits. I learned a lot doing during the first couple weeks of photo one. I chose portraits because I loved to take pictures of people, not knowing how difficult it could be. This project was a great learning experience. I learned that when doing portraits, you should usually take pictures of more than one subject. I also learned a lot from my piers critique. I think I could of done a lot better in this project if I had used my time more wisely. But over all, I think it was a good first try at photo 2, and portraits.
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Project Two:
For project two I chose fall photography. I really had a good time shooting for this project. I love the fall colors so it came easy to me. As you can see I improved on taking portraits. The use of colors in my photos are very strong. Over all the class decided they like the photo of my mother the best out of the three, and I would have to agree with them. I personally liked how I had one person with the two leaves because it gave it a nice variety of different types of fall photography. The leaves, but also the traditional colors of fall.
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Project Three:
For project three I did my first project in film, and chose the theme Day of the Dead. I used the Pentax. This was my favorite project to do because it was all about people. I had really willing models which is always a plus. I thought this project went very well considering it was my first time using film. My favorite out of the three is the middle one of the necklace, and it was also the classes favorite as well. The first photo I had the opportunity with experimenting with professional lighting which was very fun and new. The only down side to that was that it made the photo look more digital than film.Over all the photos I produced during this project were probably the best out of the year.
Project Four:
I chose a Christmas theme for project four. I also used the Pentax again because I enjoyed it so much. My first plans for project four was to create double exposures, but had difficulties with the camera and wasn't able to succeeded with that idea. Over all I think these are very nice photos, but I wish I had asked for a little more help before time ran out. Besides that I had fun shooting in film, and was very pleased with the overall outcome.

Photoshop Tutorials

Working with Layers:
I chose working with layers because it's probably one of the most useful tools on photoshop. Without working with layers, you wouldn't be able to go back in time to see the different changes you have made to your photo. It is also helpful, because if you were to do something unfixable to a photo you have been working really hard on, you would have to completely start over. But with this tool you can just delete the layer you made the mistake on, and the picture goes back to how it was before you made a mistake. In the photo below, I created a water mark. Without the multiple layers, I wouldn't of been able to have the G so close to rae's, and the P so close to hotography.


Sharpening is another tool that can do a lot. It's always so frustrating when a photo is almost at focus, but just a tad bit fuzzy. It helps with simple sharpening, to make the picture perfect. Surprisingly, the tool I use is the unsharpening tool. It works a lot better than just the simple sharpening one.

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