My COMM 300 class has been such a valuable gift to me. Throughout the semester I’ve learned how to master my camera and edit like a pro. My final project for this course is my final photobook. Inside you’ll find some of my favorite images I’ve taken and edited. I have a wide spectrum of photos that are featured, from the old days of the wild west at Bannack to the smallest details in macro photography.
All final edits were done with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom with book designing on Adobe Indesign.
Kayla Taculog’s Photobook
This semester in Comm 300 has been such an adventure. From post-production editing, lighting techniques, composition, to creating my own style, I’ve learned an incredible amount. Below are some of my favorite photos I’ve taken through the semester.
In this photo a speedlite was used to capture a chiaroscuro lighting effect. I wanted to use moody lighting to tell the story of taking oneself out of the dark and looking up to the light.
During our macro photography week I used a close up filter (+4) to capture the details of this yellow bell pepper and LED light for continuous lighting.
At Bannack, Montana, I was able to capture this shot using an einstein strobe with reflector.
Also taken at Bannack, Montana, this shot was taken to feature the lamp by creating a small amount of bokeh.
This shot was taken near the end of golden hour in Saint Anthony, Idaho. I used a speedlite and a reflector (gold side) to emulate clamshell lighting.
This week for landscapes I went out to Moody, Idaho and St. Anthony to catch some golden hour, blue hour, and sunset shots. In the first two shots I used the Auto Exposure Bracketing program on my Canon T4i. In post, I selected the picture exposed at 0 and masked in the sky of the picture exposed at -2. Doing this gave me the opportunity to turn an everyday shot into a extraordinary scene. The last picture I captured in St. Anthony during blue hour and set my camera on a long exposure to get the smooth, flowing water.
This week in photos comprises portraits of some of my close friends. We made a trip out to Saint Anthony, Idaho and got some good lighting at golden and blue hour.
This shot was taken near the end of golden hour. I captured it with a large aperture (7.1) and attempted to create a clamshell lighting effect by using a speedlite and reflector on its gold side.
This was shot with the same reflector (gold) to hit on the model’s face. I also wanted to get the contrast of golden hour going in to blue hour creeping into the far left of the photo.
This week in macro photography, I wanted to focus on textures with ordinary, everyday items. Initially the textures of both the time piece and grass intrigued me. I shot with a zoom lens (18-135mm) and a +4 macro lens filter.
With this week’s theme being perspective of 12 I knew I wanted to highlight a person that has had a huge impact on my life here at college. I was inspired by my friend, Aven, and wanted to implement different angles and dramatic lighting to photograph her. I used a Canon T4i with a speedlite to capture good contrast with lighting.
With the textures, I added a cracked, sand layer to the model’s face and decreased the opacity to 75%.
Lastly, here is a collage of the rest of the perspective of twelve photos.