Throughout this whole semester in Photo II class, I am most proud of the work I did during our "Abstract" photo assignment. This assignment really expanded my knowledge of photography, and how much it has changed over the years. For this assignment, we used manual cameras in order to prepare ourselves to take similar images with film. Taking photos with a manual camera was very different from just snapping a shot with an iPhone, or point-and-shoot camera. There was a lot to think about when taking these images. We had to adjust the f-stop, ISO, and shutter speed depending on the type of image we were trying to capture. Also, this assignment really made me think about the type of image I was trying to capture. Before this assignment, I didn't put a lot of thought into the images I was creating, and therefore they didn't come out as well. For this assignment, as a class, we really talked in depth about what makes a good abstract photo and used those characteristics to create these images. Some of the things that we came up with were a wide range of color, up-close shots, and interesting shape formations. I really kept these in mind as I gathered materials to take photos of and as I was about to take the shot. There were many steps that went into this assignment, and each step impacted my learning and made me a better photographer.
This semester in photography, I encountered many things that affected me as a learner and as a person. First off, pairing up with the Creative Writing class was a very valuable and memorable experience. This was a very unforgettable experience because of all of the people in Mrs. Noack's room talking about the photos we had taken. It was very rewarding to know that the Writing class appreciated and admired our work just like we did theirs. It was so interesting to get to hear them share their thoughts on the photos that we had taken, and they let us know what in the photo gave us inspiration. Ever since that collaboration, I think about the feedback they gave us when I look through my images. For example, one girl focused on color and wrote about that because it was a prominent feature in one of my photos. Another person wrote a full story about one of my images. I have really tried to make my pictures interesting and fun ever since, because it's definitely more appealing to the viewer if there is a message or story that they can get out of the photo.
Another valuable experience I gained was the "Manual Camera Settings" Assignment. I remember all six of the students in our class outside, fairly frustrated and confused with the manual cameras because we were so used to automatic cameras. Learning about how to get motion blurred, motion frozen, deep depth of field, and shallow depth of field by just changing the settings on our camera was very valuable to my learning. I created some very beautiful images from this experience because I gained a great knowledge of the camera. This really impacted my learning because even though I probably won't be shooting many photos in the future with a manual camera, I will be taking many photos. Know, I will think about what kind of photo I want, and how I am planning on capturing it. I think that a major component of the assignment was consciously changing a setting on the camera to get the desired image, and I can do just this with an automatic camera as well.
My final memorable experience in photography this year was shooting my emulation photos. It was a very long process to choose a photographer, study them, emulate their images, and make a creative movie to demonstrate your work. This process gave me a much better understanding of the photography world, and I learned about what a photographer's goals are. In Francesco Tonelli's case, his main goal was to make viewer want to eat or buy the food he photographed. Other photographer's goals could be to make a viewer buy their clothes or try a certain activity. Emulating Tonelli really made me put some thought into how I was going to create my images, and then how I should present them. This experience was definitely memorable because each day I was at home, and there was good, bright light outside, I would be brainstorming food that I could make that would photograph well. All three of these experiences definitely impacted my learning, and I feel that I am a better photographer for going through them.