Anastasia LaVern-Tosi's Photography Portfolio

Photography I
Photography I is the introduction to the beginning of a beautiful thing. Photography I teaches you all the techniques in Photography; the basics, basically. It helps you learn how to 1.) Use your camera 2.) Make use of the techniques taught to you and 3.) Learn that Photography isn't just for "Hipsters." Now let's see this shin-dig unfold.
This was the first project I did and it was a lot of fun, I got to play around with my camera and whatnot which was exciting. Now aperture is pretty easy, but understanding was kind of hard. Aperture is what you fix when you want multiple things to be in focus, sharper pictures are successful pictures, the size of the opening changes in your Depth of Field. You're depth of field is very important because it's very dependent on how much is in focus. For fixing your aperture you really have to focus on your f stop, if you are on a low f stop like f/5 then you will have most likely only one thing in focus and that thing is probably the closest thing to the lens. In my first photo my f stop was at f/3.5 which only a little bit of the markers in the photo are in focus which means that the hole in the lens is smaller, the next photo is at an f stop of f/9 and the last is at the biggest f stop which makes the hole in your lens bigger, this photo's f stop is at f/22.


Shutter Speed
Now shutter speed is a lot of fun, you get to really learn about one of the biggest problems of photography. You need to know how to use your shutter speed for multipurpose. You can go for a really fast shutter speed but you have to make sure that you get a lot of light because the faster your shutter speed the less light gets into your picture. Also, you can go for a slow shutter speed in which you have to make sure you don't capture too much light because if you do you'll be over exposing you're picture. For a fast shutter speed or an action shot you have to go higher than 1/250. This shutter speed freezes the action in the photo. But the fun thing with shutter speed is that you can do so much with it. In my first photo is a very slow shutter speed, it's at 15 seconds which can make a photo look very smooth. The next photo is where I tried to freeze action and this shutter speed is well over 1/250 of a second, this shutter speed is 1/1600 of a second. Lastly, I did a special technique where you pan a moving object, Panning was my favorite, this shutter speed is at a 1/20 of a second.
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Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a very important to know, it's something that you will have to live by basically. The rule is that you MUST avoid the center of the photo, if it isn't perfectly centered it's terrible. There are around +20 "boxes" a picture frame can be divided into, and the only box you shouldn't put your subject in is the center. No one likes an off centered picture, it doesn't appeal to the eye as much as a picture with the subject on the left or right. Just to be safe avoid the middle at all cost unless you want to "break the rules of composition".
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Mergers are huge, once you see one in a picture you can't stop looking at it. It's like a major zit on someone's face, it's huge, annoying and all you want is for that zit to be gone. A merger is something that you don't really want in your picture, it's the branch of a tree sticking out of the back of someone's head in their senior portrait, it's the cop car in the background of a picture of your mom and little brother. It is a big distraction. In the first photo there are a lot of things going on, there isn't a focal point which draws people away form a photo. The next photo is a very zoomed in which takes out any mergers that were in the first photo. The last photo is supposed to be a funny merger where we make intentional mergers.

Focal Length (Field of View)
The focal length or field of view is basically, in other words, zooming. Messing with the focal length really changes your view on a picture. It can take out the mergers of a picture easily by zoning into one subject and just capturing that and not the distracting things around them. I had a really tough time with this project, I don't know why but for some reason I could not stand in one place and just zoom into a subject and zoom out, I guess I'm old school and like moving with my camera.

Landscape was the first BIG PROJECT, that I did, and I loved it. I loved not having to deal with anything it was just me, nature, my camera, and a tripod. You will definitely need a tripod for landscape photography. It was tough the first few days because you have to find a place that no one has shoot before, but once you do find that one place it's awesome. Yes trekking through snow is tough but it's worth it in the end. It's very important that in Landscape photography you make sure to have a straight and that their are no man made item seen in your photo. The only hard part is getting your horizon line perfectly straight. Also, you have to make sure that you don't center your horizon line, if there is a lot going around on the foreground make sure to put your horizon line higher up in the frame, if there is more going on in the sky make sure to put more emphasis on the sky by putting your horizon line lower.

Portrait photography was one of the harder BIG PROJECTS, because there were so many techniques to try, you had to actually work with people, you had to shoot at least three humans, and it all had to be done in two weeks. Now that may seem like a lot of time but with finding people to shoot, finding places to shoot them, using all +20 techniques, and trying to pick which one was the best in the short amount of time was a killer. Not only did you have to find people to shoot but you have to make time to do the actual shooting. Also I didn't want to do a generic portrait shot where the person is just smiling and waiting for you to take the picture because to me that isn't a portrait at all. A portrait is supposed to show that persons personality, you get a feel of how that person is like to be around from that photo of them, that is what you want to capture in Portrait Photography.

Black and White
Black and White photography was my favorite thing to do. I really enjoyed the elegance of the black and white pictures, It was tough finding a subject at first because it seemed like everyone was doing the same thing. In the end I found out that you don't really notice that you have a lot of something if you're not looking.

Photography II
Photography II was not learning the basics, it was more putting our skills to the test. We choose our own projects to do, we choose our own things to shoot, how to shoot it and what camera to use. In Photo II you're really broadening your horizon on how to use the techniques you learned in Photography I class and go on from there. This class does come with more freedom but also you really have to put it into gear because the photos are worth more points, the main reason is because you only get to do four projects. And these projects are bigger than the BIG PROJECT'S in Photo I. Get ready for a ride.

Fish Eye
For my very first project I wanted to try and do fish eye this was a film project and since it was film I tried to do a double exposure. That didn't work so I had to fake it in PhotoShop.

My second project was a lot harder then expected, I wanted to try and do something different then just a normal flower shot what the pretty colors and the soft tone. I wanted to black out the background by using the external flash which was hard to figure out but once I got the hold of it, it was a piece of cake. I tried to mess around with water and flowers but I didn't have the patience nor time for that. After I was done shooting, I went to the drawing board and blacked out the background using PhotoShop.

Urban Photography
This project was a real favorite of mine because it really changed my perspective on a lot of things. It showed me just how much I don't know about people, I really enjoyed this project because my switched perspective. I really tried to capture what I thought of urban Alaska and the homeless people who inhabit the streets of Alaska.
Train/Nature Photography
Now for my last project of was a film project again, I was inspired to do film again because I wanted to change my hatred of film into a a very nice experience which didn't happen, out of the eight films I did only two films came out. But that is the beauty of film, because I was very happy with the outcome of this film unlike my first time.

The tutorials were pretty easy, they help you a lot with Photo II, because let's face it, none of your pictures are going to be perfect, you'll need some help. These tutorials really help work with your skills on Photo Shop which will help enhance your photos.

Retouching Blemishes
Retouching blemishes was pretty self explanatory, because all you did was use the cloning tool in PhotoShop and pick a picture that you know has blemishes. You can see in the pictures that if you use the cloning tool correctly you can barley tell that you used PhotoShop to make a photo look really good. mommy_before.jpgmommy_after.jpg

Brightness and Contrast
Brightness and contrast is something that will help brighten your photo and make it look like it's natural. It helps give your picture a white and a black which every photo needs.