Friday, June 12, 2015

Assignment that I Am the Most Proud Of

The assignment that I am the most proud of is the portrait unit. I worked really hard on this unit to really try and use the techniques that I had learned about and written about on my blog. Max and I went out twice to take photos: once we biked around town and once we just walked places. I spent a lot of time taking these photos and I think that it really paid off in the quality of my work, especially when applying new portrait-taking strategies. I experimented with lighting, used props and different backgrounds, and even tried a few out-of-focus shots. I am very proud of a few of my other assignments, especially the Photos with Quotes and my Who Am I project, but this the one of which I am most proud.

Most Memorable Experiences

My two most memorable experiences from this semester are the selfie unit and the pinhole camera unit. First, the selfie unit was really interesting in that I wouldn't have expected it to be a part of the curriculum for this class. It was really fun to go around the school taking selfies with different objects and people and trying to create a final product-worthy selfie. Another memorable experience was the pinhole camera unit. I found this to be absolutely fascinating to see a can and a piece of paper develop a photograph. I had never experienced a darkroom or the process of developing a photograph before. It was really interesting to learn about all the steps involved and to reflect upon how easy it is to get a photograph nowadays compared to what it used to be.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Photos with Quotes

There were two important things that I learned from this assignment. First, I learned how important placement and spacing of text on a photo is to creating a good visual. By just placing text in the center of a photo in the same generic font creates a boring image to look at. On the other hand, randomly placed text in various fonts, colors, and sizes creates a confusing and overwhelming image that has no unity. It is important to find the right balance with intelligently placed text in relevant colors, fonts, and spacing. The second thing I learned was how to problem solve and use some new features in Photoshop. I faced a bizarre glitch in Photoshop where my text would randomly disappear. This was incredibly frustrating and made this project take twice or three times as long as it should have. I solved this issue by making all the settings exactly what I wanted before I started typing. Once I had my text, I would rasterize it so that it didn't disappear.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pinhole Camera

Pinhole Camera: a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box.

From this project, I learned three things about the process of creating pinhole images. First, I learned that it is a much longer process to create a pinhole image than it is to get a digital image with the latest cameras. You have to go through a long process of putting the photo paper in the camera, taking the image with a certain amount of exposure time, and then go into the dark room and put the image through the developer, fixer, stop bath, and rinse. Second, I learned how to use trial and error to find the right exposure time to get a good photo. If you open the exposure for too long and let too much light in, then your image comes out very dark. If you don't keep the exposure open long enough and not enough light gets in, your photo will come out too light. The third thing I learned was that it is very important to make sure the pinhole camera is pointed toward your subject. Without immediate feedback, it is more difficult so you have to be sure the hole is lined up correctly.

Overall, I did indeed enjoy this project. I found it very interesting to break from the norm of today's digital cameras and cell phones to something less technologically advanced. It was also a fun challenge to try to problem solve to make a good photo with a camera that it more difficult to use. There were a couple things that I didn't like about this project. First, it is a little irritating to go through a whole developing process before being able to see your image. Also, I didn't enjoy the dark room. I didn't like the small, dark room and the smelly developing fluids.

Creative Portraits/Self-Portraits

I used two new portrait-taking strategies to take these pictures: experimenting with light and introducing props. In the top photograph, I used the fading sunlight to give my subject more of a backlit silhouette while still being able to see the light source. In the bottom photograph, I used the door as a prop to add more of a story to the picture. The subject's expression suggests that he is happy to see what is behind the door, but also almost a little hesitant and afraid, as though he doesn't quite know what he encounter on the other side of the door. These new strategies really helped create more interesting portraits to take in this project. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Who Am I?

I am Chris Romano and I have lived my whole life in Yarmouth, Maine. One common theme throughout my entire life has been sports. I have played numerous sports over the years: basketball, tennis, frisbee, lacrosse, soccer. However, two sports that have had the biggest impact on my life are baseball and hockey. I have played both of these since I was very young and they are my two favorite activities in the world. Outside of sports, I enjoy spending time with friends and at my lake house. My utmost goal in life would be to play baseball or hockey professionally. More reasonably, I intend to become a lawyer. I hope to have a successful career and a beautiful family.