Lighting with Reflectors

Process
This activity was my first time using a reflector. Fortunately, my group-mates were patient with me and were gorgeous models. To show how much difference a reflector makes, I have left all of these photos unedited.

 

MakaylaEdwardBeforeDiffuserBefore the use of a Diffuser

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After applying the Diffuser to the right side

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Before the use of a White Reflector

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After applying the White Reflector on her left side

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Use of a Gold Reflector under her chin

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Use of a Silver Reflector on the front of her face

Macro Photography

Process
As usual, I was very discouraged at the start, but then got better. Once I figured out how to use an extension tube for my Nikon, I liked capturing the textures of fruit and flowers. Once at home, I checked-out some lighting equipment and shot photos of my clockwork necklace and dream-catcher feather. The assignment included flowers/fruit/vegetables with water droplets on them and other interesting photos of subjects of our choice.

 

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I love simple, solid, round water droplets!

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If you look closely, you can see air bubbles in this water drop.

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Perspective of 12

Process
I’ve been taking a lot of floral and nature photos, so I wanted my subject to be harder, textured, and man-made. At first, I wanted to go to the BYU-Idaho Ricks Garden and shoot the stone statues and sculptures. But, deciding that I wanted something more personal, I shot my ukulele instead. I was going to lay out black tarps to get black backgrounds, but when I walked outside, I loved the natural grunge of the pavement and green power box. The dream-catcher is from one of my high school friends, and I think it made the shots much more interesting. As much difficultly as I had making the collage, I was able to practice blending, sharpening, and dodge and burning.

 

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Collage

Finally, this is the image that I used to texture the background in my collage.
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Tutorial – Adjustment Layers

Process
This tutorial covers the basics of the main adjustment layers in Photoshop. I chose this topic because I already know the basics of adjustment layers and I find them very useful. Adjustment layers can fix a photo with incorrect exposure or brighten colors to make the photo seem more lively. You can also create more artistic edits by controlling the colors, contrast, and even turning your photo greyscale.

Inspiration
This blog post helped a lot: https://99designs.com/blog/design-tutorials/how-to-use-adobes-adjustment-layers-photoshop-cs6/

Here a printable, simplified version of the tutorial
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I really hope these resources help some of you. Enjoy!

Depth

Process:
I think that this study of narrow and deep depth of field lent itself to nature shots. I think I prefer a more narrow depth of field. I fought a little to get good lighting. Some of these were taken right before a hail storm. I normally go for higher contrast and dark colors, but I tried to make some of the flowers softer. I love the rich colors that nature can provide.

 

Deep Depth of Field

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The Walking Path
May 8, 2016 – Focal Length 18 – f/3.5 – SS 1/250 – Nikon D90
Minor Adjustments: Levels, Vibrance, Brightness/Contrast, Hue/SaturationSpot Healing

 

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Garden Willow
May 8, 2016 – 18 – f/3.5 – 1/800 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, Shadow/Highlights

 

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The Garden Corner
May 8, 2016 – 25 – f/4 – 1/160 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, Shadow/Highlights

 

 

Narrow Depth of Field

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Focused Blossom
May 7, 2016 – 105 – f/5.6 – 1/640 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Curves, Brightness/Contrast, Black & White

 

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Blossom
May 7, 2016 – 105 – f/10 – 1/80 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Hue/Saturation, Black & White mask

 

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Naturally Bright
May 7, 2016 – 105 – f/8 – 1/80 – Nikon D90
Minor Adjustments: Levels, Brightness/Contrast

 

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Leaves
May 8, 2016 – 52 – f/13 – 1/100 – Nikon D90
Minor Adjustments: Level, Curves

 

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Gaze
May 8, 2016 – 42 – f/9 – 1/30 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Curves, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation

Motion

Process
I was very discouraged at first, as I have little experience in photography and was feeling overwhelmed. After some help from my teacher and some practice, I felt that this assignment was at least possible. First, I learned that indoor lighting does not have enough light and that a 4 second shutter speed did not work at high-noon. Then, I tried to copy the examples given by our teacher. The flags, moving car, and streaking headlights photos were shot on the road outside my apartment. The garden was shot in the Rick’s garden on the BYU-Idaho campus. Finally, I gathered enough confidence to try other things, which got me the card and “phantom” shot. While not a traditional blur shot, the “phantom photo” uses the idea of having a moving, subject (me) and a long shutter speed in low light (indoors). It was more for fun anyways.

 

Freeze
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Flags
4:18 PM – May 1, 2016 – outside Birch Plaza – Focal length 18 – f/16 – 1/640 – Nikon D90

 

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Card Flying
7:29 PM – May 1, 2016 – outside Birch Plaza, construction site – 32 – f/4.2 – 1/1250 – Nikon D90

 

 

Blur
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Rick’s Garden
9:35 AM – May 2, 2016 – in the Ricks Garden – 45 – f/25 – 1 – Nikon D90

 

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Get a Move on
3:45 PM – April 27, 2016 – in front of Hart building crosswalk – 62 – f/36 – 1/4 – Nikon D90

 

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Making it Past the Red Light
8:22 PM – April 29, 2016 – NorthPoint Apartments – 45 – f/20 – 4 – Nikon D90

 

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Ghost of a Memory
10:29 PM – May 1, 2016 – at apartment – 105 – f/22 – 3 – Nikon D90