The end of the semester is finally here and I’m really excited/sad for it all. I was able to finish my photobook and get it printed. I originally wasn’t expecting much out of the finished product, but am really proud and happy at how it turned out digitally and physically. I really enjoyed being able to have some experience printing a collection of my work and having a physical copy of my photos. It was interesting to get my photobook from the printer this time around. There were a few images that printed more red than I had edited them to be, but overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out.
My intent for this photobook was to stay true to my personal branding. In my projects and design work I like to incorporate a more modern, sleek, simple, and elegant look. I chose black and white as the major color scheme so that my photos remained the main focal point of the book.
All of my photos were edited in Photoshop and Lightroom, with the photobook designed in InDesign. Below are the links to my pdf version of my photobook.
The following are a final draft of my first five pages of my photobook. They include front/back cover, table of contents, professional page, and a spread. I had fun laying out my design and I’m super excited to see how it’ll turn out on print.
This week I had fun working on some macro shots. In most of my shots I used two close-up filters (+4 and +10). I love being able to take macro shots because it forces me to think more creatively than I typically do. In my macro shots of the coins, pine cones, and wheat, I used natural lighting. In my milkdrop shots I used two speedlites as my auxiliary lighting. In post I sharpened my my images, added contrast, played with the hue and saturation and did some dodging/burning.
I had some fun with this week’s activity! I love graphic design, so being able fuse photography and graphic design into one assignment has been awesome. At Bannack I noticed that a lot of the buildings had cool textures just from being worn down over the years. It tells a story of the original owners of the town and how it has aged and changed up until now. I also really like the concept of broken things becoming strong and using those once weaknesses to illustrate who we are. I thought that these broken and torn walls and my concept blended well together and showcases my original idea well.
This week in photography is one of my favorite aspects of shooting photography: portraits. I love being able to capture people, whether candidly or posed, to tell a story. This week I shot a head shot, side composition, full body, group pictures (posed and candid), and group environmental. I loved the fall colors out in the landscape and tried to use a more muted-color theme in my editing.
At Bannack, Montana there are lots of old-time trinkets, architecture, and vibes. You definitely see history right up close. In my fine art photography of this old ghost town, I found different perspectives and textures that I thought were interesting and could help tell the story of this special place.
This week has been my favorite part of the semester: the Bannack photo expedition. I had the opportunity to go to Bannack, Montana and shoot themed portraits and fine art photography. It was fun to learn more how to direct models, shoot with different types of light set-ups and modifiers, and learn from observing others. Here are the portraits that I edited in Photoshop and Lightroom.