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.
This week I had some fun brainstorming ideas that would illustrate freeze motion and blurred motion. In both of these photos I demonstrate how the use of shutter speed can capture different types of motion in photography.
In these two photos I used a speedlite to freeze the water in the goblets and powder. I used a fast shutter speed that would sync with the speedlites. I also had a medium-sized aperture (8.0) to capture more of a studio quality shot.
For my blur motion shot, I went out to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes and took astrophotography exposures. The light trails was a happy accident, but illustrates that with the shutter open for that long, any light will make light trails.
Along with ISO and shutter speed, aperture is one of the crucial elements of controlling the light that enters your camera. Aperture controls the amount of light exposes the camera sensor. Wide apertures i.e. 1.4, let in more light. Photos shot with wide apertures generally have shallow depth of field with one primary subject in focus.
Narrow aperture is the complete opposite. Each f-stop is a fraction of a whole. Apertures such as f/11 or f/16 are able to capture sharp images with relatively deep depth-of-field. Landscape photographers are among those who use narrow apertures to capture sharp, focused surroundings for an image.
Fast Shutter Speed
Another crucial element of photography is shutter speed. This refers to the amount of time the shutter (curtain that sits in front of a camera sensor) is lifted to expose light to the sensor. Fast shutter speeds are able to freeze motion and create crisp action in photos, such as the water droplets below.
Slow Shutter Speed
Slow shutter speeds happen when the shutter is held open longer and gives a blurred motion effect, such as the smooth waterfall below. Shutter speeds are measured in fractions of a second, with 1/4 meaning a quarter of a second and so on. Longer shutter speeds are measured in whole seconds.
I’ve been interested in learning portrait photography, particularly using gels on light modifiers to add an extra dynamic to epic portrait shots. All over Youtube and articles online give great tips about how to add different gels to modifiers (i.e. Softboxes, speedlites, strobes, etc.). I’ve found that knowing how/where to place lights and modifiers, composition, and controlling strength of light is key to achieving color gel photography.