Portraits: My wonderful roommates helped me out with this photo shoot. They have been best friends for some time and have great chemistry, making them easier to photograph. We went outside Mountain Lofts around noon for the great lighting. I was able to give a few comments about how to stand and where to look, which was fun.
Portrait Enhancements: The enhancements were my favorite part. I love learning these tricks to get better looking images, especially since lighting isn’t always ideal.
I brightened the white and darkened the black. I also smoothed out the paint lines on the edge, as white was showing through.
Learning to use reflectors was fun. I still don’t actually know what I’m doing, but I know what they do. We stopped Jake on campus and he was nice enough to model for us. We tried bending the reflectors to soften the light on the first image. We put him in a shady place so we could lighten it with the reflectors. For the second image, we picked a place with funny shadows, like the leaves from the tree. We diffused the light to hide the weird shadows. Then we did a before and after, also in a shady place to show the silver reflection. You can see the light reflecting on the right side of the after photo.
Macro photos take a new level of skill to achieve. I’m glad to say, my macro photos turned out better than I could have imagined. The lighting was harder to get and I had to lighten most of my photos in Lightroom. The focus on the water drops was harder to get, but they are awesome. I was able to take advantage of the rain we had this week and get some cool water drops.
I chose to take 12 different perspective shots of the Rexburg Temple. I loved all the possibilities there and the grounds are always so beautifully kept. I went on a bright, sunny day for good lighting. There were so many perspectives to shoot, including the typical ones. The flowers were gorgeous and framed well. Edits were done in Photoshop for brightness and contrast and sharpness.
At the top middle is my blended image. My texture was these beautiful flowers from the grounds. It is an overlay at 35% with a mask on the sky.
Sharpening is a tool used in Photoshop to bring out the features of the subject of the photo, or to enhance a certain part of it. To do so non-destructively takes a little more work but is well worth it if you change your mind about your edits the next day. This is a great tool for portraits and images that turned out blurrier than expected. I was able to create a demonstration video and .pdf tutorial, which will explain how to sharpen your images non-destructively. I used two photos I took on 9/28/15 by the Spori building at BYUI. I used http://www.graphics.com/article-old/sharpening-part-image-photoshop for help in learning this skill.
I really enjoyed working on depth. I have always been drawn to close-ups of flowers and other images that are very shallow, but have never had the opportunity to try it myself. This was so fun! I took advantage of our beautiful campus at BYUI and kept my camera setting on AV. I chose around noon for all my photos because of the great lighting.