I will focus on capturing the beauty of the sky in landscape
I will mainly be capturing the colors of the sky at
different times of the day, including
the night sky. But I also want to use HDR photos to show the depth of
puffy clouds in the middle of the day and silhouette photos that add another
element of emotion against the colors of the sky in the back.
–Why is this important? What do I want people to understand? What do I hope the series will accomplish?
I love color, which I know is surprising since I always wear
black. So I want to capture the beautiful colors of the sky and make a series
of them to share that beauty with others. Really I just hope the series
accomplishes an A plus on the project, as well as some “ooo”s and “ahh”s from
–Any special conditions, equipment, or techniques needed?
Excellent timing to know when the sky will turn pretty since it’s now getting dark by like 3 pm. Also I will need to use HDR for some photos, definitely a tripod, and possibly photoshop to merge some night sky photos together.
–Output method and size:
Because these are large scenes I will probably go for 11×17
prints to show the details.
It’s hard to draw sunsets and show what I mean, so here’s
some photos (all of which are mine from previous years I’ve taken with this
Self: I plan to show parts of myself, similar to Vivian Mayer’s photos, in a way that shows other parts of me personality or things I enjoy, similar to Cindy Sherman’s dress-up portraits. I will probably have multiple photos that fully show this idea properly, with my final pick for printing being one out of the collection.
Environment/Location: This category feels like the most complicated to plan, so I wanted to keep it simple and use someone’s room and photograph them in it, arranging it in a way that shows who they are. Paul Davis’s photos were incredible and a great inspiration for ideas on how to pick a location and have the person dress accordingly to match the scene.
Simple/Formal: I will be doing professional headshots for my friend who needs them for her profile. I wanted to experiment with different backgrounds since having a blurred out yet dynamic background made for very interesting photos, as opposed to plain, solid backdrops. The pose of the person is also very important, as they should look confident, like the third example I have, so I want to incorporate all those elements to make a great headshot.
Creative: Since I love makeup and cosplay designs, I wanted to do a photoshoot for 2 of my friends, one in full cosplay and the other showcasing a makeup look. I am a fan of showing detail and textures so my photos will try and imitate the third example, by Paul Davis, for both shoots.
The places I printed (in order of that they’re pinned) were
Claremont Photo, Walgreens, CVS, and Office Depot. The overall best quality was
obviously the Claremont Photo. Walgreens has very good quality in detail, but I
can start to see small lines, showing that it was a faster print, and the color
is slightly off. The CVS print had the most accurate color, looking just like
the Claremont Photo print, but the highlights were blown out and there’s a
clear line of where the sunset and tree line meet, where the Walgreens and
Claremont prints were able to blend that. The Office Depot print was just
awful, as the colors in the background were just blended into one as opposed to
the gradient they should have been, and the highlights are blown out more than
the CVS one. I have yet to try the CPP print lab, which I couldn’t use because
their schedule doesn’t match mine at all, but if I can figure out a time for
them then I will probably print here for convenience. If not, I’ll use Walgreens
for my prints since it is next to my house and had the best quality, aside from
the small lines.
For the traditional photoshoot, I plan to use sand, cups,
a pitcher, and balloons as my main items. I want to push the concept of “still”
life and add the idea of movement through my image using the sand about to fall
and balloons in midair to create tension. I also want to have lots of colors to
have a vibrant photo with different kinds of lighting reflecting off the
For the product showcasing, I want to do a soda brand,
probably Pepsi, and show the dynamic and energetic mood that revolves around
most sodas. I plan to have the soda being “thrown” up in the air from a
person’s hand, adding some water to the bottle so it looks more refreshing and
like it is splashing out its freshness. Possible addition of glares in post to
make the bottle really shine.
For the food and ingredients photoshoot, I will have a
table setup with baking materials to a cake (or cookies). After seeing the
style of Romulo Yanes and other photographs that use similar styles, I am going
to use a top down view of the ingredients that shows the ingredients in a more
natural layout, as if they were being used. I also love the dramatic lighting
used in many of these pictures so I plan to have heavy contrast in my lighting
and my colors.