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Understanding Photography

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For my art directed shot i wanted to create a scene inspired by Green Day’s “American idiot” video. It was shot at the colzium, kilsyth. It depicts a figure standing right screen under a graffiti’d shelter at mid day looking out to the lake and holding a guitar – this being the centre of interest. I tried to use the rule of thirds in this photo to create a balance. The left of the frame is a little bare but I feel this adds to the lonely atmosphere of the shot. It was shot with a canon 1200D and a 18-55mm lens in natural lighting. It was taken at an ISO of 800, 18mm, an f/4.5 at a shutter speed of 1/200. The background is not very sharp, parts of the photo are over exposed in the background while the foreground remains quite dark. The whiteness in the background contrasts well with the dark shade the figure stands over – helping to emphasise the subject. Natural lighting was used to avoid adding too much light to the photo, there are plenty of colours in the shot which goes well with the dark shadows. The photo isn’t directly copied from the music video and manages to keep the same ideas while giving it a twist.

When editing this photo I started with changing the levels so that the photo was a little brighter. I adjusted the colour balance to bring out the yellows in the photo as well as the greens. I used the burn tool to darken the figure in the right.

Understanding Photography

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My landscape photo was shot with a canon 1200D with a 18-55mm lens. It was taken at the waterworks in Milngavie in the late afternoon when the sky was clear. It was shot with an ISO of 100 at 18mm, an f/4 and a shutter speed of 1/40. The centre of interest in the photo is the figure crouching in the left corner, I feel it gives the viewer a sense of scale. I used the rule of thirds in this photo, framing it so the trees reflected in the water look as tho they are the horizon. It has an extensive depth of field to include all the detail of the landscape. The photo is slightly under exposed but not so much all detail is lost. The shot is naturally lit to make it look as natural as possible, I included in the photo a figure crouching by the river, looking down into the water which is still and reflects the sky and trees. The colours in the scene give the photo a fantasy feel – the varies blues in the water seeming otherworldly.

When editing this photo I started with darkening the foreground by using the burn tool over the leaves and trees. I then adjusted the colour balance to give the water a darker blue colour – making it seem later in the day that it actually was. I also adjusted the other colours in the photo to make them stand out more.

Understanding Photography

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For my portrait photo I have chosen to recreate a few of Billie Joe Armstrong’s photos. For this photo I used a canon 1200D with an 18-55mm lens. The photoshoot took place outside of Lidl in Kirkintilloch against a white wall. I recreated a total of 4 images, this one being my favourite. It was shot with an ISO of 800, 33mm, with an f/4.5 and a shutter speed of 1/200. I shot the photos in RAW to keep the quality of the image. The centre of interest in the photo is the person, there is no wasted space around the subject – it was taken close enough to exclude any extra space. The photo has a shallow depth of field to focus mainly on the subject without any distracting details in the background. It is slightly under exposed but this can later be fixed in photoshop. Natural lighting was used to ensure the colour is as seen in real life as opposed to using a flash that may white out any colour and detail. The colours are very warm in the photo – the red of the scarf being most noticeable. Personally, I am happy with the shot – it is as close to the original as I’d like, I’m most happy with the colours captured in the photo especially the red scarf.

When editing this photo I first adjusted the levels to make the photo brighter as well as adjusting the colour balance to give the skin tones a warmer tone. I then used the healing tool for remove any blemishes. I used the clone tool to tidy up any stray hairs in the subjects stubble/eyebrows. I added a surface blur filter to smooth out the subjects skin, then used the eraser tool to bring back any details in the hair and clothes folding I wanted. I used the dodge and burn tool to go in and darken/highlight any areas I thought needed it – brightened eyes and darkened outlines to the eyes, lips and stubble. Lastly, I added an Unsharp mask filter to sharpen up the image.