Thursday, March 31, 2011

Exploring Color

These are my favorite photos from this assignment.

The first two are from the color tests with fruit and construction paper; I like the multiplied lime image because of the pattern that I created, and I like the pear because of its deep red color. For the lime I created a custom grid in Lightroom and inserted one photo many times, and then printed as a JPG. For the Bartlett Pear I brought up the vibrance again and brightness, luminance and highlights.

The Meat Market photo was fun to work on because I used the selective tool to bring up the exposure and saturation on the neon and I darkened the rest of the image to make the colors in this part stand out extra. I also brought up the cooler tones in one of the images to make it more interesting. The tartlet and the berries are my absolute favorites in this assignment, they look shiny, lush and delicious. I brought up the contrast in the tartlet and added some vignetting. I also saturated it a little bit so that it wasn't quite so grey (like it is in the original). The berries were really fun to work with. I brought up through the little alley of berry boxes and above the blackberries to highlight this area. I also increased the saturation. I used the paintbrush tool to highlight the blackberries more, and I really like how this picture turned out. While I did saturate the colors in all of these pictures I really like the incredible colors that come out when you do (even though Ms. Abens said that sometimes pictures are oversaturated... like I suspect mine are).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Commercial Photo vs. Artistic Photo

In this assignment I was required to create a magazine cover (a commercial photo) and contrast it with one of my artistic photos that I took in Ms. Aben's portraiture assignment.

My artistic photo of Carla is not crisp like a commercial photo is, it is intentionally blurry and it looks like Carla's ideas are seeping out of her head. However, it does have some of the qualities of a traditional photo or a photo that could be used commercially, such as her head and torso being framed and the studio setting. I also tweaked the colors in this photo to look more golden so that the little stream of light would be more apparent. My magazine cover of my dad is commercial because the image is in focus, it is a traditional photo in the sense that it is of his head and torso, but I chose to keep what he was sitting on (the couch) in the background so that he wouldn't look too floaty on the magazine cover. I chose to leave the photograph mainly as it was, but I did make some adjustments so that it looked more finished.