I have learned so much from the Communications 300 course. I have learned how to manually set my own camera, how to pose and compose subjects, and how to share my photography with others through print and web. The following photo book demonstrates how I have taken all of these new abilities and put them to use.
I created this photo book through the use of Adobe Indesign, and created some of the visual design elements (such as my logo) with the use of Adobe Illustrator. I used a light blue and gray color scheme throughout my book, and used the font helvetica in a variety of boldness to use contrast with body and header text elements. I then sent my photo book to MyPublisher to have it printed.
Title-Evolution of Emotion, Location-Ririe, Idaho, Date-3/25/17, Focal Length-18mm, F Stop-8, Shutter Speed-1/650, Camera-Rebel T5i
Images Used: (Click to view full size)
These photos were captured of a well known granary at the entrance of Ririe, Idaho. The words that I drew out of a hat for my conceptual challenge were: granary, weary, and relax. And the two words that I chose to add to that selection were: transform, and outdoors. I originally had a hard time brainstorming ideas to include weary and relax in the same photo because they are so contradictory, but then I realized I could use that to my advantage. I decided to show the evolution of feeling weary, to feeling relaxed about a difficult situation. In this case, the situation being depicted was a tragic accident where an overly hot summer caused heat damage to all of this man’s grain causing a large financial loss. The first emotion the man felt was grief. Then it shows how step by step he was able to make peace with the situation and feel relaxed. I captured the majority of these photos by using a Focal Length of 18mm, F Stop of 8, and Shutter Speed of 1/650. But you will notice that there is one photo that is darker than the rest so I could get the gloomy sky look, and I captured that by turning the F stop to 11 and the Shutter Speed to 1/900. I also used a tripod to assure that all the photos would be taken from the same position so that I could blend them all together in Photoshop without difficulty. After capturing all of the photos, I took them into Photoshop and cut out the man in each of the photos showing his evolution. I then positioned him in a line showing the evolution and set the layers of the middle steps at 50% opacity. I then used a levels adjustment to correct the coloring a little. And above you can see the final product!
I took the original image and edited it to the appropriate size in Photoshop, and since it was already a large enough photo it did not have any affect on the quality. I also brightened up the exposure, and lowered the shadows (it may look a little bright on your screen, but will not look so bright when printed) so that the image did not appear too dark when printed. I adjusted the yellows in the pine needles to appear more green with a selective color adjustment layer. I also used a selective color adjustment to make the whites more white rather than a musty gray. I the smart sharpen tool on a copy of all of the layers and then used a mask to show only the sharpening on the sharp parts of the photo. Lastly I saved the photo as a high quality JPEG and took it to Quick Ship n’ Copy to have it printed.
I took these photos of stairs at Bannack Ghost Town State Park, Montana. I kept in mind principles of good composition while capturing these shots. I then took these photos into Photoshop and cropped and edited the color on these photos as necessary. After I was happy with the photos appearance, I began planning out the text to add. I used the san-serif font Helvetica Bold for the title, and the font Times New Roman, a serif font, for the subtitle and paragraph body copy. I tried to arrange the text in a couple of the photos to it would look like the steps of stairs to add to the theme.
Paragraph Type #1:
Paragraph Type #2:
Other Theme Photos:
Bannack Best – Creative:
Bannack Best – Fine Art:
Bannack Best – Portraits:
Process: To capture these macro shots I used a zoom lens (70mm to 300 mm), a 4+ macro filter on the lens, auxiliary lighting, and a Canon T5i camera. First I chose areas where the water drops were placed nicely, or where I could see a nice composition. Then, I captured the clear images by playing around with the amount of zoom and my bodies distance from the subject until the object became clear, I then pressed have way on the button to finalize the focus and then captured the image. I zoomed in on the subjects usually between the range of 80 to 95 mm. I also used auto focus to assure good focus on each of the subjects. After capturing the shots, I took them into Photoshop and added a levels adjustment layer and sharpened the focal points of the images.
Water Drop Macro Images:
Macro Images (no water drops):