The main thing I wanted to edit about this image is the fact that the girls where not in the centre of the image and I wasn’t really a fan of how grey the image looked.
To achieve my edit I first aimed to make the entire image brighter by adjusting the exposure, contrast and highlight levels. Then, I played around with the hue and tint and I decided that the image looked really cute and nostalgic with this rosy tint to the image; I feel like it made it look more intimate and matched the vibes of the photo. I then cropped it more tightly around the girls to make it look better.
This weeks task was based around learning about how different shutter speed levels produced very different images and then taking them for ourselves successfully.
I personally found that the best way to demonstrate this was by using moving object in the background, I used the traffic and a friend in the foreground.
This, for me, demonstrated the concept in the most obvious way. However, another way to do this that could have been interesting would have been to et someone to shake their hair/head to create a different kind of effect. I feel like this would have created two very different photographs and shown the differences very clearly.
This weeks task was foucused around taking photographs that demonstrated different levels of ISO and shutter speed.
Higher Shutter speed:
This photographs displays a higher shutter speed; when a camera is set to manual we are able to adjust both the shutter speed and aperture settings. In these specific images, the aperture setting was set to F8 continuously. When the shutter speed is set to a higher shutter speed setting it creates more precise and detailed images.
Lower Shutter speed:
These images display a lower shutter speed setting, this means that the camera lens takes longer to take the photograph and moving subjects such as the car in the background becomes blurry. This also applies to when your taking an image of a moving object in general, the subject becomes blurry in the resulting photograph.
This week was all about learning how to alter the depth of field in our photos.
So, in the lecture I went out, and experimented with some of the other students on the course and then demonstrated the differences in the photos on WordPress.
I also used three random objects I had in my home to complete the extra credit task. For this I found a corner in the room where the lecture was held in, but I placed a piece of white paper on the dark surface, so the backdrop all blended, and the photos looked less ‘messy.’
This week we had the chance to brainstorm our initial ideas for our photo projects.
My first thoughts after the lecture were focused on multi-media methods. When I researched this further, I came across bleached photographs and polaroid’s of portraits. This to me conveyed different messages and gave me the idea of mental health awareness.
We can have one portrait of a mentally healthy person and then distort the image to show the underlying layers and illustrate mental disorders, eating disorders and learning disabilities etc… and how the subject of the photo imagines them to look like.
I wanted to present these in an array of profiles on a 4-page magazine format. Surrounding an ongoing news story of mental health awareness. Interviewing each photo subject on how they envision their mental ‘disorder’ on paper and what that would look like and how it affects them personally.
For this first week, our task was to go out and find a story and take corresponding photos to use in an online article to then post on WordPress.
There were no strict guidelines on what the story had to be, so I chose to photograph someone who is struggling with mould in their house as I have heard this is a very apparent and ongoing problem within the student community this time of year as some landlords do not take them as seriously as one would hope.
I actively chose to have a person in my photo as it makes it more personal to the readers, and only plain photos of mould would not really draw the audience in as much in comparison to if there is a person in the photo.
In this photo I have the aperture settings on the lowest possible f-stop number my camera had, this made both the van and Antonia in sharp focus. This photograph is also a lot brighter than the other one, this is to be expected as the camera lens allows more light in when the f-stop number is lower.
This second photograph is taken with a higher aperture setting. we can see here that that I have lost detail of the background and all the detail is on Antonia in the foreground. This image is also darker as the camera lens lows less light in and this creates a darker photograph.
In this photograph, the f-stop number is just on a normal setting and this creates an image where all the elements in frame are the same focus.
Students and landlords alike face a common problem in the colder months, mold.
As we face the damper and colder weather, older houses face the resurgence of mold growing in their homes.With the excess moisture, mold grows from corner to corner. This student has experienced this issue first hand.
“It seemed to start as we went into the winter, it started in the bathroom where an entire wall was almost completely covered in mold, then I noticed in my bedroom.” – Lydia Abbott
She expressed that the mold, especially in the bathroom, was put down to poor ventilation and the house simply just being old.
Despite numerous re-visits from her landlord and their efforts to eradicate the mold, it always returns.
“There is only so much that I can do, from keeping the windows open to wiping off the mold I can’t think of anything else” – Lydia Abbott
With growing awareness on this topic, health concerns are raised over social media as students, and other residents, share photos of growing mold in their homes.
If tenant queries are overlooked, there are numerous groups nationwide available to contact for support that are heavily shared and advertised over social media.
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