This is the first time that I have the official class about learning photo shop. Because I never learn anything of photo in the original school. So I just took some pictures and changed their color. I know it is not much better because I just learn about it.
I want to know on the photo class is to know how to took the pictures in different functions in different environments. Or just like took pictures like water dropped. And also learn some knowledge in the photo s hop. Because it can use some of the functions to change the pictures or make it pretty or make some funny pictures in it.
I will study at Pegasus for a long time, and I have lots of things to do and to learn. But I will try my best to do them.
Light painting self-reflection
We have an interesting project during photograph these days—Light painting! I took some picture in this project. My first picture is my name-Sophia. I took it at the night which had lunar eclipse. There is a red moon in the sky, and we just wrote some interesting stuff use flashlight. We also wrote something else but I haven’t post it. The second picture is a blue swan; I took it in my home. It means the story of <<The Ugly Duckling>>. The ugly duckling finally became a graceful white swan, I hope I can become mature and sophisticated just like the ugly duckling. In the third picture, there is a shining bike, we use firework outlined it so it looks shining and beautiful. I like the color pink and I like to ride bicycle and go to traveling. In the final picture, I was playing my Chinese traditional musical instrument—Guzheng. I like the tone of it very much and I usually play it in order to calm.
When we took the first photo, we had three persons to do six letters—SOPHIA. It is very difficult to write to different letter in two hands in the same time, so we have a hard experience. When we took second picture, I just use glow stick to draw that swan and that is very beautiful. In the third picture, I used small fireworks to draw it, but the quality of the fire work is not good, it may just burn for a very short time. We took more than 10 photos and we finally get a good one. We took the last picture in my dorm. The new technology of it is we use the music sigh in our phone to make it float in the air. Jessie use a cardboard to hide the screen and show it, then she changed a place and show it again. Alice use the flashlight to flash me when I sat on the chair, then I just use the colorful glow stick to draw the line. I think we had took a great picture.
Through this project, I learned how to do light painting and it is very interesting. I never think we can do things like this before, I think it is only the artists job. Although we are normal people, we still can do some cool stuffs. Also, I recognized the importance of cooperation because light painting needs a bunch of people to do it together. I think it is really a meaningful project.
Fri, 16, Mar 2018
A Bart’s thoughts
I have made a lot of wonderful pictures during the studying of light painting and got to know more about photography. Light painting is a really hard thing to do well. You need to think out ideas, these ideas must come out from your own brain and they have to be original. You need to observe the environment for taking pictures and change the settings of cameras correctly. Deciding the equipment and the position to put the cameras are also important. After all these things, you will probably need some trustable partners there to help you get the pictures done. You need to organise them painting, posing, or shooting. And you need to have the ability to describe the image in your mind to your partners. Other things are only about patience and trying. As long as you tried, the picture will be close to the image in your mind. Sometimes it even shows up better.
Light painting self-reflection
My 4 images are trying to show my personalities and explain some invisible features of me. I created them mostly in my dorm at night, with the help of my roommates. I used red and green lights to do some basic drawings, then I edit my images in Photoshop and changed their hues and saturations in order to create different scenes. The techniques that I used were basically indoor shooting techniques like the control of the amount of light in the room, and one essential point is the position of the camera and the tripod, I always place them carefully.
There are some challenges that I met when I take those images. I found it difficult to use laser pointer to draw in front of the camera because of its invisible light trail. So, I changed to normal lights that I could see the track of light when I drew the pictures. One thing that truly delights me is that the light effect on my toy armor robot went really well, it was like real energy floating out of its helmet.
I learned quite a lot through the practice of light painting, also, the usage of Photoshop. Especially the camera settings. For example, the lens’ size and shutter speed will have effect on the brightness of the picture. We can change the F number according to the brightness around us. Finally, Photoshop is really useful when the image has some kind of flaws, it is a good software that repairs images easily and makes them look great.
Before I learn photography, I even don’t know what photography really is, all I know is the great photo taker, they use their magic camera to take the photos that we even can not imagine it. I also don’t know there so many kind of lens, actually, when I take the photography class at the first time, I even don’t know what the lens is. I don’t know why that the lens is more expensive then camera itself.
There lots of things I don’t know in the photography world, all I know is just one tiny bit of the whole ice berg. But is fun enough, I mean, be a good model and a good photo taker is funny.( Most of time, I am a model) It’s fun that work in a dark room, and it can motivate our deep dark fantasy. Sometimes we can see nothing, but we can create the great work, everybody is an artist during that time, because of our deep dark fantasy, we can think about lots of funny pictures.
Is kinda sad, because I can not really remember the each buttons’s position and how they work, so mostly, I will be the model. This picture, I imagine I am the super hero called green light, I think is really fun.
This one is me and my teammate, we try to write a vocabulary, who, it’s lots of fun.
Light Painting Self-Reflection
My first image shows me with a soccer ball, and what my image is trying to show is me playing my favorite sport some techniques I used where flashing to make me look like I’m playing soccer, but we used a flash light because someone lost the flash device. My second image shows me having a crown on, and what this means is that I’m my own leader, and don’t listen to anyone else who is rude. How I did this was, I used three people one to be the model, one to draw the crown and one to take the photo, and we used pink flash to create the crown and hearts. The third photo, shows me with a rainbow background. The meaning to this is that Im happy, fun and creative. For my last picture it is my name, and I chose my name because I really admire my name. We stood in the cold, and we got different flash light, and we spelled out different names. We chose to stand out because that night the moon had an eclipse. One of us stood on top of a building and one stood on the bottom to get the right picture.
But, the cons about this project is that we wouldn’t have the right equipment because everyone else would us it, or someone would take the room we would want to use. Also my teammates had other homework to do, so they couldn’t help me as much. The struggle of this project is that you would have to take so many pictures until you go the perfect one and you had to learn technique to get a interesting photo. The success about this was that we had enough people to do certain things, for example to be the model, take the picture or draw. Another good thing is that we had enough time to do this assignment. Also I would learn cool techniques in photo club, and I learned how make a fire and I would use it for my real photos.
I learned many things about light painting, like how to work camera settings which is really great information to learn. I also learned tricks I can do with light in light painting pictures. But if I had more time to do this assignment I would want to know more about settings and more ways to use tools to make a specific type of light form. Overall I liked this assignment, taught me cool things.
Beauty in the Dark
Lighting painting is a new project for me, because that’s the first time I heard of that. It’s fancy and it’s really a challenge, although we already do the par-are stuff as searching many information, find example pictures and looking for the step. Camera is not unfamiliar for me, I thought it doesn’t work when it’s in the dark because you can shoot at nothing. Before we start this project by ourselves, we practice many times during class. We have try created a person stand on the ground, or same person stand side by side (appear twice) and so on. We got good harvest and we start to instead in light painting, although it’s really takes long time and even need to fail over and over again.
Totally, I have 14 pictures, five of them I taking in the school, others I just take on the rode when I back to my hometown. I ‘m not satisfied with the first five because it’s the beginning of my start, a lots of trouble all coming around, for example, people who hold flashlight are showing in the picture, other light all come into the room when we are shooting, there is nothing can see in the picture…… although pictures are not that crazy beautiful at all, that’s also valuable because these are the steps and process of final, successful, amazing light painting picture. Lighting painting is not only people create image in the dark, it’s also a good way to showing the emotion of yourself. I would like to showing two sides of my self: angel and demon, kind and evil, sad and happy or whatever you choose to shoot. Pictures can express people’s emotion sometimes, you don’t just taking an picture without any emotion or anything you wanna express. For me, be honest, I dislike light painting at the beginning because I fail many times and I really want to give up, but the point is I have no reason choose to give up, at least for my grade (it’s a really high points for my grade), then I trying to taking it follow heart, just follow the heart. On the rode, I saw a beam of week light from a small house, it’s moving with the car, when I taking it and become a beautiful line in the dark. We are not lucky because traffic jam it’s happened, many cars are coming together to create lots of lights in the dark, it should be a perfect light painting picture showing in my camera……Gradually, I thinking out that if you want to taking light painting photo, it’s everywhere at night. In my opinion, excellent photos always from daily life, nature can always create lots of grate pictures as perfect as you want.
Light painting is a art in the dark and it’s kind of way to discover beauty of night form tiny little object around life. I love it now, different with the beginning, I’m enjoy light paining project already. I would like to say light painting can even create another world with only light at night, it’s a sort of art that is beauty at dark and beauty form your heart.
Light Painting Reflection
(I wrote extra paragraphs of essay because I missed my light painting images post. )
Light painting is a kind of photograph technique which enables photographers to play around with light. It usually takes longer time to shoot with lower shutter speed. And it is usually taken in dark place. As we entered this unit of light painting, I really found passion in photography.
What my images is trying say is my inner self. I used mainly basic techniques, which is used a light stick to paint the track or lighten object I want. The first image was to say that I had two faces. Sometimes I feel the outer one fall off accidentally. The second was my feet floating in the mid-air. My friends and parents told me that I sometimes was not realistic enough. I was not on the surface of the earth like everybody else was. I was kind of floating in the mid-air. I should look down and land on the ground from time to time. I considered that as a critical comment and suggestion. The third image was to express my inner calm. I used to be so good with myself that nobody can step into our relationship. Whenever I was alone in a room, I felt calm inside myself. It was pretty relaxing experiences. The forth one was about to express my love to tragedy and sacrifice stories. As for the last one, it was just a practice of painting something with the light stick.
Second, the challenges I faced was mainly estimation of timing and spacing. Sometimes I painted too slowly that the shutter click before I finish. Sometimes I painted too quickly that the track of light didn’t show up very well. Also, as I was painting in the mid-air, it is hard for me to estimate where I was drawing on. Therefore, sometimes I got letters jammed together and overlapping each other while sometimes I drew them so sparsely that I could hardly read them. I actually did not really solve this problem. What I did was basically took as many pictures as I could, and within these pictures there must be one “accidentally” turned out pretty well.
What I learned in light painting photography:
Firstly, I really found that photography is not only a boring class where we just record things that are already there before we shoot them, but an art to create our own art without photoshop or any afterwards tool. Light painting allows people to shoot fantastic photos with fancy light. It can trace the track of light movement, so the flexibility to create these kind of pictures tends to be greater. I can take a picture with letters written by light without having letter-shaped light to shine. As there’s longer shutter speed, I can totally just walk around slowing and try to write or draw something holding the light.
Secondly, I had a lot of fun when taking pictures. My roommate offered help for both lighting facilitate and modeling. We set up our dorm to create a space for shooting together. Then we took pictures in turn. It was pretty funny to try to keep myslef from moving for thirty seconds, for my gestures designed were all sort of wired. We came up with ideas, posed them out, and then checked if it worked or not. Sometimes we got strange pictures with my expression looked like a monster or her legs doubled somehow. We laughed together and delete these embarassing pictures. It was fun to have nice pictures, but it is also fun to have terrible pictures.
Thridly, I got to know about my camera. When I bought my cemara, I knew nothing about it. I knew how to click shutter, but that’s all. There was a lot of buttons on my cemara, but I had no idea what function did they serve. After Mr Scarff’s teaching, now I know what is shutter speed, aperture and ISO. They were not understand at first, but now they are like my best friend when shooting. Sometimes when I want to take a picture of my drawing, I would adjust these settings to produce the perfect picture I needed, instead of dragging my lamp from ten miles away to make my picture brighter.
Lastly, I learned a skill that I really would use in the rest of my life but not so common one. I can picture a lot of ideas that weren’t able to depict before. As I learned to play with light painting photography, this becoms practical. Now I am able to take picture that can impress people who don’t know about photography well. I can take light painting pictures for my family without being routinist. I don’t have to have my mom sitting there with my father’s hand on her shoulder, like what every else Chinese family would do when taking a family portrait.
In conclusion, light painting is my favorite photography session so far. I look forward to have more interesting project as this one.