I was at my friends house when I noticed that his cat had a really cool eye color with the lighting that he had in his basement. I have never found it so hard to get a steady picture! The cat moved around constantly, and I don’t have a huge patience. I have a hard time getting a proper picture for lighting. My camera is very sensitive when you adjust the shutter speed, and the aperture. So some of the pictures were to blurred, some were so dark you couldn’t even see. This is the one picture that I was able to get of the cat sitting still. The lighting was perfect in bringing out his eye color, which I tried to make the main focus. I really like a cats eyes. The way they glow is just awesome. Thats something I really have to focus on. Im not good with adjusting my camera and that shows in some of my shots.
In this picture I went for the theme of the eyes yet again. The problem I encountered was that cat could not sit still. Every time I tried he just had the idea to move just a smudge, but enough to ruin the picture. I am really going to practice this weekend on just getting the photos right when I take the picture. If photography becomes a job for me, then I don’t want to waste somebodies time because I cant get the right lighting. As you can see in the photo, the carpet was blurred and so was the edge of the cat. Im trying really hard to work on getting the camera to take a sharp picture, but also getting the right lighting. Thats such a major problem for me.
I called this one ghost cat. I took the overall picture and turned it into a black and white photograph. The reason I did this was because the rest of the image was blurred with the cat. Combined with the orange color of the carpet, it turned into an ugly picture. When I turned it into black and white, a lot of the colors smoothed out on their own. I didn’t have to do a lot of editing, but I whitened the cats paws. That gave the picture something solid to latch onto.
This is a photo from my schools homecoming parade. I was trying to get a well balanced photo with the lighting, but I didn’t time my shots correctly. I got a little more motion blur than I would have liked. I just need to up the shutter speed next time. I liked the photo cause it had a lot of things happening in it. I really liked how the people in the stands were positioned because it broke up the image from a blank field, to a cool background. I was worried that I would not have gotten a good image cause of lighting, but the huge field lights kinda saved me from a bad picture.
This is a screen shot of adobe bride, with six pictures in it. For this assignment we were told to experiment with the white balance on our camera. We were then supposed to edit the pictures through Lightroom and make them all look identical. Instead of light room I used camera raw, a program all computers have with a slr camera. This is the picture after the editing.
After that I worked on using depth of field to make some cool pictures. They are both identical except I used several different apertures, to create a cool background effect, or foreground effect. Just changing the aperture can mess with all your settings and it took me a while to find the right combination of shutter speed and aperture. I learned that you need to adjust the shutter speed in the same number as you adjust the aperture. It is really important, something I didn’t realize. Editing the aperture is something I plan on experimenting with in the future. Its just a really cool effect.
The slow motion part of our assignment was my least favorite. Its something thats really hard to do with out a tripod to stabilize your camera. To get the effect you need to lower your shutter speed to a very small portion. This means that if your camera shakes just a little, its going to show in your picture dramatically. I sat outside in my front yard and waited for a car to come by so I could get a good picture. The only problem is that I was using a tree branch to balance my camera, and it didn’t come out as I would have liked it too. Part of the assignment was also to have something solid and unmoving in the picture. In fact me just moving my hand in the slightest screwed my picture. Only one or maybe two of the five pictures turned out well, and that I really liked. Next time I plan on using a tripod to make it balanced. I would really like to try his again with, hopefully, better results.
This was taken with a manual setting, with an iso of 800. I was trying to get a great picture of the sun kinda streaming down into my yard. I woke up around 6 in the morning to get this. I think that I succeeded in my goal. The only editing I did was adjust the hues in the flowers to make them stand out more like the background. I blurred the railing too. I also used a shutter speed of 1/125, to get as much light as I could into the picture. My other picture that I had didn’t turn out as well as i wanted too. Im still learning how to get the focus right on my camera. But I was attempting to get the flowers into focus so I could blur the background more. My favorite picture was definitely the one of the actual porch. I loved the color schemes that I managed to get. The other photo i had was a photo of a street. I like the leading lines that it looked like it was showing. I also got that morning light into the picture that i love! I didn’t really like all the dark shadows that popped up into different spots. But all in all its a decent picture to me. The picture I put in last was a picture of a NRA banquet I volunteered at. It just wasn’t a good picture. I was focusing to much on light and everything else, except for focusing. I think that shows what a photographer needs to do to make a great picture. You need to pay attention to the smaller things. Those make or break a picture. I fixed it up a little bit better in the raw editing, but it is definitely not what i wanted it to turn out like. Next blog post I plan on getting as creative as i can possibly get!