Artist Statement

During this semester in photography, I have successfully learned how to use my camera to the point where I am comfortable with the settings. I want to express creativity through my photographs and I want to have a stress free hobby that is beneficial in opening my eyes into the real word.

I have learned how to change my ISO in order to have good lighting, how to capture good depth of field pictures in order to not have distractions, how to make certain focus points of a picture stand out from the rest, and how to use the rules of composition to capture a balanced picture. Composition is the elements that make up art, and I used it in my photos by using the Rules of Composition. The rules are designed to balance a photo. I have mostly used Rule of Thirds to tell a full story of a photo, not just a chapter. Contrast and Emphasis are used frequently in my photos to portray my personality. Like in my ‘Rules of Composition Reflection’ post, I emphasized the contrasting green with the surrounding grey leaves.

My least favorite assignment was the Depth of Field photo shoot because I ran out of ideas of what to take pictures of for the 10 Great Depth of Field pictures. My favorite photo shoot was the Color Composition photo shoot because I was able to be creative and I found a wide variety of subject matters.

I have noticed that my photos tend to have a theme of nature or objects within society. I love to take pictures of buildings and I love to walk through the woods because everything is unique. I love unique subject matters because you may find it one time and never again, and if you connect that philosophy to real life, opportunities come and go, it is the ones you take advantage of that change you.

My most successful aspect of my first semester in photography is that I always took pictures of things that captured my attention, and I didn’t focus to much on just looking for objects to take pictures of because they were due next class. The most difficult aspect of my first semester in photography has been trying to be creative. I want my work to standout from others, and it would mean the world to me if anyone noticed how much I care about my work. In the future of photography class, I want to learn how to reach my full potential in order to express a unique voice.

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ISO Reflection

For this photo shoot my favorite picture was of the subject matter of the Universal Studios sign. I went to Florida for vacation, and we went to Universal Studios. To set up my scene, I had to wait for the ball to spin around multiple times in order for me to take a picture of the full sign with no blurriness and with good lighting.

The rules of composition I used were rule of thirds with the sky, logo, and the bushes in order to provide emphasis and color, elements and principles, that made a interesting picture.

I chose my subject matter because it was bright and large, and that represented my bubbly personality. This assignment helped me view the world differently because I had to take a picture that would let me remember my trip as amazing and unique.

My weakness in this assignment was adjusting my ISO on the camera because a lot of my night pictures came out black. I was very good at taking daytime pictures though. I wouldn’t change anything about this assignment if I could.

Motion and Shutter Speed Reflection

 

When it began raining, went into my yard and took a picture of raindrops hitting a puddle because water makes unique photos. I used leading lines to direct he viewers attention to the rain on the sidewalk, and leading lines helps to move the viewers attention from contrasting elements. Some Elements and Principles of design I used were line, movement, and pattern. The raindrops were the pattern, the sidewalk was the line, and movement was the raindrops slashing in the puddle. I chose to use raindrops in my picture because they look very cool and I have never done a picture of rain for Photography Class. I used my voice by including the bright green of the grass and the imperfections of the raindrops. This assignment changed my view of the world because it was difficult to find moving objects, even when many object move in the world. I wanted to be creative, and the limited my subject matter, allowing me to look harder and deeper at objects. My weakness was that I struggled to find blur and panning photos, while I found a majority of freeze pictures. If I had to change this assignment I would have liked to get to understand my camera better by asking the teacher to help me learn my controls, so I lived up to my true potential.

Depth of Field Reflection


I went to the park and I took a picture of a hybrid flower after looking around at multiple plants. I changed my aperture to focus on the flower. By using Rule of Thirds, the image isn’t just focused on the flower, but the greenery is included. By using color and emphasis, the flower is the main focus of the picture instead of the greenery. I chose my subject matter because it was very colorful and I loved how the pink and white complemented each other. I used my voice my choosing a simplistic object, but finding a flower that had character. My view has changed because I now can look at something far away and see that has the same value as something right in front of me. I struggled to find good great distance photos that fulfilled the requirements, but I think I found some interesting objects still. If I could have changed the assignment, I would have assigned more shallow depth of Field photos, and decreased the amount of great depth of Field photos.

Color Composition Photo Shoot

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I took a picture of my dog with a green hat on and I brought them outside in front of a grey brick wall. I thought the grey would look good in the picture. I used background and contrast to focus the viewer on the bright green hat. The green pops out from the grey background and the brown dog. My subject matter was the green hat. My voice was expressed because the hat was bright and in my opinion creative. This assignment changed me because I was forced to look for green items that weren’t bland and were creative. My weakness was that I found a lot of nature pictures, but I thought I found some really cool objects. If I could change anything, I would change my color because I struggled to find good green pictures that were interesting. I would rather have had the color red.

Rules of Composition Reflection

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I took this picture in the woods near my house because the features are always changing, and I knew could find something interesting. I took a picture of a nut because the green added character to the brown wood terrain. I didn’t have to set up my scene because I thought that the landscape was perfect for my photo. The leaves and twigs didn’t take away value from the green nut. I chose the green as my subject matter because I felt the green balanced the landscape very well. The elements and principles I used were emphasis, contrast, and color. The green is the color I used, and the green contrasts the grayish brown path. I emphasized the green nut because I centered it and the viewer’s eyes are drawn to it. The rules of composition made my picture better because by me using ‘Creative With Color’, my picture has a main subject point and the colors in my picture make each other have value. I think using the rules make my pictures make better all together. I think I found photo subjects very easily because I think photography has allowed me to see value in every form of shape/object and I am very proud of my photos, but I don’t think I took a wide variety of photos. My voice has been expressed by me using such a vibrant color as my subject matter. The only thing I would change about this assignment would be that I find a wider variety of subjects.

Photography Expectations

I took Photography as a class this year because taking photos is already something I am interested. I wanted to learn how to work a camera to its full extent properly. The place I want to be with my photography is that I want to be able to take a breath-taking, unique photo. I do not know my future goals as of right now, so I thought photography class would help me decide if I want to be a photographer. I enjoy taking photos as a hobby, and I wanted to see if that could become a career. My teacher can help me reach these goals by giving me detailed advice and instructions. I want to not only take good photos, but I want to be able to operate a camera successfully.