Annalise Decker
Photography I



Aperture: The first lesson from photography was aperture. Aperture not only affects the exposure of the photo, but how much of the photo is in focus. For example, people generally use a low aperture to make the subject stand out. Both of the following photos display a low number aperture, so that a limited amount of the photo is in focus.

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Shutter Speed: For our second project, we had to use shutter speed. One photo had to use a fast shutter, which freezes motion and is often used for sports. The second was a slow shutter, so it was open a long time and shows movement in the photo. The last technique was panning, where the photographer uses a slower shutter speed and follows a moving subject, keeping the subject in focus and the background blurred.

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Rule Of Thirds: Rule of thirds is used to make a photo as "attractive" as possible. If you divide the photo into thirds both horizontally and vertically, where the dividing lines cross is supposed to be the most appealing to the viewer. The photographer generally places the subject on one of the lines or the crosshairs which leads to the best photos.

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Portrait: Portrait is a type of photography that focuses on people. The photos are usually of people's faces, but they can also be of any other part of the body.

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Landscape: Landscape is photography of...landscapes. You generally want your horizon straight. I like photos of trees, how cliche.

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B&W: The last project our class voted to do was black and white. We were allowed to have photos of anything as long as they were in black and white. Black and white is known universally as the tool to make photos look unbelievably artsy and great, so needless to say it is really fun. It was also a really fun project because I got to capture the personalities of the kids I babysit. Shooting in black and white makes you really look for high contrast subjects so they are not just grey.

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Photography II

Project One: Brevig Mission: While project one was going on in class, I and four other students and Mandy went to Brevig Mission, Alaska for a Rose Urban Rural Exchange. Brevig Mission is just north of Nome, and we spent a week there living a life like the people there.

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Project Two: For my first project I tried doing replicating a technique that I found on the web. I'm not sure what it's actually called, but I called it disjointed. It didn't turn out quite as well as I had hoped but I'd like to try it again. I didn't turn the one of Jacob in, but it was the first one I made, and I feel like as far as the disjointed effect, it was the closest to what I was looking for.

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Project Three: The second project I turned in was my required project in film. I had a ton of fun shooting in film, but I had the problem that I didn't really have a theme going with my three photos. The first and last were taken with the Pentax, and the middle was from the Halina.

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Project Four: For my final project I turned in three portraits. The first two below are digital photos, and the third of Kali was film.

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Photoshop Tutorials: We had to do twelve tutorials this semester to learn a lot how to do a bunch of different things in Photoshop.

Making Adjustments: In this tutorial we adjusted the photos such as brightness and contrast. We used the curve tool in Photoshop.
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Adjusting Colors:In this tutorial, we learned how to select portions of an image (a previous tutorial) and then change the color of it. You can see the different colors of the chairs.
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RAW: In this tutorial we learned how to take photos in RAW and then how to upload them via bridge onto the computer. We also learned how to change to normal kind of photos and edit them in RAW.
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