During the class of Digital Media, the learning objectives are to learn how to use and work a camera. With this you also, have to learn how to work many different Adobe programs like Photoshop, which you need to learn how to browse and edit, and change images. While using Photoshop you need to blend multiple layers and do selective edits. You need to learn the difference between using Vector and Raster images. Also, we need to make sure to learn that image sizes and quality is very important. By doing all of this we need to demonstrate that everything works efficiently and is pleasing to the eye. At the end of the year or semester we will have created 10 images that will be turned into our portfolio. This is valuable to my future because it taught me to step out of my comfort zone and it taught me to be individually creative. The project that I am submitting as an artifact for Digital Media had the following learning objectives. We needed to use opacity, selective adjustments, midtone boost, watermark, spot healing brush. This links back to the course objectives by making my work more pleasing to the eye. Also, it taught me how to use Photoshop and edit my pictures at a more professional level. It should me how to change my pictures from psd files to jpgs. I also, used Adobe Bridge which then took me to the Photoshop. In the end, like I said before all of this links back to my course objectives.
The project was about having to take picture of textures and models which in the end I had to combine them together. This is called Double Exposure. This required me to use opacity both at 100%/50%, do selective adjustments, midtone boost, watermark, and spot healing brush. Also, before anything we had to process everything through Camera Raw and edit it and make sure if we liked the lighting/exposure. When you were done doing the camera raw you need to open as an object and start doing the process with Photoshop. When you have the portrait or texture you need make a copy and then start using the spot healing brush to hide any imperfections. After that, you need to do some selective adjustments and you can change the hue, saturation, brightness or contrast, these are some of the most common adjustments I made. Then, you need to mask your picture to your texture or you can do it before all the adjustments. You can change how much you want your texture or models face comes through. You just change the opacity, so for example if you have it at 100% the person or texture will come through very vividly. If you want it to be more subtle you can put the opacity to 50% and that will do it. This is also, called grey opacity. When you think you are done start adding your watermark and make sure it is subtle, so it does not distract the audience from seeing your artwork. After everything you add the midtone boost which makes everything more sharp and clear.
Throughout this process listed above I have realized that I have learned and growing in so many ways. The reason for this is because I struggled very much with the selective adjustment even before this project and I could just not get the hang of it. I kept trying until it stuck on me. Also, this projected took me out of my comfort zone because I was use to making normal beautiful pictures that usually don’t have weird textures on top of them. This links back to our course objectives because this showed me how to do selective adjustments and taught me how to use all the Adobe programs, so that it makes my images better. This also, tells me about myself that I learn by not giving up and keep going even if I do not understand it. That in the end, I will eventually get it and it’s going to benefit me in the long run.
The first SLO I demonstrated was that I am a self directed learner who communicates effectively in the Double Exposure by demonstrating my skills on how to use Photoshops and all the tools it had to include. I expressed my creative and artistic abilities through this project. This is important because it will help me with my future projects and just push me to step out of my comfort zone more often. The second SLO I demonstrated was thinking critically and creatively by making sure my textures and portraits go well together. By doing this it makes me a better photographer and editor. This is important because I want to continue taking pictures and editing them even if its as a hobby.
Overall the most important thing I have learned in this class this year was to step out of my comfort zone and to not give up when things get hard or I don’t understand it. These skills I have learned in this class will help me with my future by helping me develop confidence in myself and to keep going when things get hard.
Reflection of Learning Nisene Marks Photoshoot
During the class of Digital Media 2, the learning objectives are having high-quality technical skills, post-processing abilities, and artistic composition skills. This is valuable to my future because it will benefit me to improve my skills. The project that I am submitting as an artifact for the Digital Media is the Nisene Marks Photoshoot. It had the following learning objectives of having to edit the photos I took in Camera Raw. I had to make sure my picture was in focus and was properly exposed. By doing this I had to also, make sure I had an appropriate depth of field and ISO. This allows my pictures to look professional and well taken. Later on, during the pre processing, I had to make sure I had a background copy, four plus color or light adjustments, a mid-tone boost, and make sure it was saved as a PSD. These link back to the course learning objectives by demonstrating that I use technical skills and post-processing abilities to create images that are highly taken.
The assignment was about us going to a forest and having to take images of our model that we chose. We needed to use our surroundings to tell a story or theme. At first, it was hard to find ways to position my model and how I wanted my pictures to look like. We had planned a pre production plan but I felt like it didn't really help me. I just started winging it and I felt like my pictures came out pretty good. Some struggles I had during this photo shoot was trying to find the perfect lighting. Even if I didn't have the perfect lighting I made sure to use a reflector or have it properly exposed on my camera. After taking many images throughout the day I had to choose which ones were the best. I had around eight proper pictures taken. My last two pictures were not in focus and were a little underexposed. I used Camera Raw and Photoshop to fix these mistakes. I am very proud of this assignment I turned in because it showed my skills in photography. Also, how I have grown from my past photo shoots or images.
Throughout this process listed above, I have realized that I have grown in the following ways by learning how to efficiently take images and edit them with the Adobe Programs provided to me. Even if I struggled with learning how to do selective adjustments and using the spot healing brush at an opacity of 50% I kept trying to master it. I eventually did and I show that in this project. This tells me the following about myself and how I learn because I don't like to give up. I continue to try and try until I get it down. It might take me some time to learn it, but that is just the way I learn.
I have demonstrated the following SLO of thinking critically and creatively in the Nisene Marks Photoshoot. I had to think critically about how I want to position my model. Also, I had to make sure that it went with my theme or story. I needed to make sure to use my space appropriately and not have distracting backgrounds. By doing all of this I had to think creatively on how I wanted to edit my photos to enhance how they look and make sure they were properly exposed and in focus. This is important because it taught me how to multitask an think about how I wanted to take pictures and how I can do this project better the next time. The second SLO I demonstrated was being a self-directed learner who communicates effectively. When I was struggling how to take pictures during the photoshoot I asked Mr. Richards how I could take some of my pictures and where I could get better sunlight. Also, during the editing part, I always had to ask Mr.Richards how I could improve my image. He would give me suggestions on what I should change and how I did that. This was very important because he taught me how to edit my pictures adequately and that sometimes to you it might look good, but to someone else, it might look different. Overall the most important things I have learned in this class this year are that I should be patient and that it takes time to learn Camera raw and Photoshop. I also learned how to do selective adjustments, mid-tone boost, watermarks, and spot healing brush. All these skills helped me enhance my pictures and this class has taught me that I have a passion for photography. I am so grateful for everything I have learned and for having an amazing teacher who knows what he is doing.