What is thing you desire most in life?
Of course that would just be for my son to have a good education and to study hard. I want him to achieve the best. I hope he has the best future. I’m a single mom so I had to raise him since he was young. Everything I do is for him, I just hope he can achieve the best. Even now when he is 14 years old and he is beginning high school, it is still me who sends him to school and picks him up after school. I’ve always been with him. Now that he is 初三 (middle school is 4 years)， I really want him to do well in his studies. In his class which has around 37 students which is a lot bigger than the classes here, he’s grade are around the top 12. I can’t say its exceptionally good but its definitely not bad. I can’t really help him on his studies…I wish I could. I really hope one day he can learn English, but its a struggle since he’s English isn’t very good compared the students here. The environment he is in is all Chinese, which is very different from ISB. I just want him to have a good eduction and future.
In your life, what was the moment you struggled the most with?
I struggled a lot in middle school, bccause I really wanted to be in elementary school. Middle school was things started to become serious. It was kind of like you had to start getting your act together. I didn’t really want to do that, so there was this distance between me and the curriculum. That caused some difficulties for me –socially and academically. However, after a year I started to get used to it (middle school) and started to enjoy it.
What was the happiest moment in your life?
The happiest moment in my life, was always my family. More specifically when I had my child, because it brought enjoyment to my life.
As a child what was the thing you desired the most?
To be happy every day. When was I small the only thing I desired the most was to have a stable job later on. Nothing extravagant but a job that made me finically stable.
What do see in your future?
I don’t want to arrogant, but at the top. Not in that way. I see myself not famous, but well-known for what I am passionate about. For example, if I’m passionate about education I would be one of those people when the topics of education come up I would be mentioned.
What is your ideal day?
My ideal chill day. This is Sunday when I wake up at 11 AM and make myself brunch. Make myself some egg toast. While making it I would watch some Youtube. Take a nap and clean my makeup. Then in the afternoon, I would be feeling myself and put on some makeup. Then later, I would some homework but very little like Spanish homework. Afterwards, I would watch a movie and chill. Then I think I should do some homework but then I don’t. At 6 me and my family go out for dinner for an hour. Come home, I watch another movie for about 3 hours. Finally, I take a shower put on my face mask and that will conclude my day.
Technique: Obscuring the subject
For this photograph, I experimented with partially obscuring the subject. I told Sam to squat behind the roses, not only did the roses match her dress but it also frames of Sam’s face. I moved camera slightly so the green buds wouldn’t completely obscure her face because I wanted that as the main focus. I sent my aperture very low so I could get the background to be very blurry.
Technique: Camera at an Angle
In this photograph, I positioned my camera at an angle looking up towards my friends who were sitting on the playground. I told my friends to pose like they met up and just wanted to chat and chill. They were up pretty high so I squatted eye-level of their shoes so I can could get this angle. I like how the angle made the shoes look really big and slowly your eyes would follow up to the rest of their bodies. I had zoomed out a lot so I could get their full body shot.
Technique: Breaking Rule of Thirds
This photo was actually an extra but I really liked how it turned out. I used break the rule of thirds technique because I really looked like how she looked so natural. In this photograph I didn’t ask her pose, she was merely climbing onto the rocking climbing wall. I broke the composition so the background was very blurry while she was the only subject in focus.
Technique: Alternate Perspective
In this photograph I stood behind my mom on a chair so I could get a bird’s eye view of my mom’s calligraphy. My mom likes to practice calligraphy so I wanted to take a photo of her mid calligraphy. For this I set the aperture kinda high so I could focus on the other sheets of calligraphy too. I had to balance very carefully so I could frame the subject clearly.
Technique: Play with Lighting
This photo demonstrates playing with lighting and shadow. I asked Jessie to stand behind the playground’s pole so its shadow would cover half of her face. I really liked the contrast of shadow and highlights on her face. Her facial expression is very serene adding a calm mood to the photo. I also had my aperture very low so I could get the very blurred background.
Technique: Direct Eye Contact
My Grandpa actually passed away last year May, so this photo is actually quite old. I wanted to include this because I liked the direct eye contact my grandpa had with the camera. I had to tiptoe for this photo so I could position the camera at eye level. I also looked at composition so there was relative equal space on both sides of his head.
Technique: Looking off camera
My Grandma has dementia where she forgets a lot of things and memories. She has even forgotten who I am. Even though she doesn’t know who I am, does not stop me from loving her and being kind to her. Every chance I get I try to interact with her in my poor Shanghai dialect. In this photograph, I asked her to look off camera to focus on something else. I gave her some flowers to hold because they’re pretty just like her.
Technique: Play with lighting/expression
The photo was taken in the lighting room with gel lights. We positioned her so that the blue light would shine on her face and the red light to light her back so when they meet a portion of her face would have a purple glow. I turned on the flash on my camera when I took this photo so the lighting wouldn’t be so harsh and look more like a tint on her skin. It kinda looks like she is under the sea with the fire and water meeting. We told her to give a dreamy expression as if her face holds wonder.
Technique: Soft Focus
In this triptych, I slowly adjusted the focus and the zoom of the camera. I slowly focus onto Maisy’s face and slowly unfocused on the roses. I had my aperture extremely low so the blur would be very evident. I took this around sunset so the lighting was very low but had streams of light.
Technique: Fill the Frame
This photo was taken when the class went to go take photos of the Pre-K class down in elementary. In the classroom they have this huge touch screen that allow the children to draw on. This particular girl was using the color blue and I really liked how the light shown on her skin. Especially, her eyes and the reflection onto her sequin dress. I zoomed in quite close into her face so the main focus would her eyes and the rest of her face.
-Introduce the field trip-what did we do and where did we go?
-What did you enjoy most about the trip? Why?
-What techniques did you try out on the assignment list that worked out for you? What did you have to keep in mind to get a successful shot?
-What surprised you about the photowalk? Interactions with people? Life in the hutong neighborhoods? Describe.
-What was challenging for you on this trip? Why? How did you deal with this?
-What new ideas do you have now about street photography?
-What’s the most important thing you learned by having this field trip experience?
For this digital imagery trip we went to Nan Luo Gu Xiang and the Hutongs there, as well as the Drum and Bell tower. This trip I enjoyed the sunny day and getting to walk next to the lake. I really liked being able to portrait photos because I really like how to capture normal moments and create them into special ones. One of the techniques I really wanted to try out was panning and getting close to the subject. I had a really successful panning shot of a man on a blue motorbike. This photograph I really liked because not only was the composition good, the background was successfully blurry, and the subject also had the light shining on him. So I would say I got a successful panning shot. One of my photographs was a picture of a man drawing by the lake, I stood on a ledge right next to me so I could get a bird’s eye view. I zoomed in my camera and at an angle I took a picture of not only the drawing but also the man’s face. I felt like the photo I took told a story of desire. The old man seemed to always have wanted to learn how to draw even if the materials he used were not the best. Another photograph was at the Drumb and Bell tower, I focused on symmetry for this photography. I found it funny that I was taking photo of a man who was also taking a photo of me. Not knowing that I wanted him out of the photograph.
Field Trip Reflection:
While doing the photo-walk, something that surprised me was how the buildings were built so intricately. I especially loved the roofs because it was multiple tiles stacked on top of each other. I also noticed there were many dogs in the hutongs and they were also incredibly adorable. The hutong lifestyle I realized is that everything is very cramped together so your only means of transportation is bike or walk. On this trip the most challenging aspect to me was going up to people and taking their photos. I didn’t seem awkward by getting too close and them being uncomfortable. I also felt super awkward asking them if I could take their photos. But in the end it was alright because many of the times I would sneak in photos that turned out well. After this trip, I have so many more ideas for street photography because I really want to take more portraits of people. To me portraits is really interesting because it could take an ordinary scene and turn it into a special one. From this field trip experience, the most important thing I learned was that asking people to take their photo is okay and there is nothing wrong with it. I also learned the great deal photographs go to get that perfect shot, like waiting for a long time in order for someone just to perfectly cross their camera and be at the right moment.
What is the exposure triangle made of? Define each of the components.
The exposure triangle are the three variables that determine the exposure of a photograph: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. To have the best exposure in one’s photograph, one must balance each of these component in order to adjust the lighting. Aperture is the depth of field so a smaller aperture would mean a shallow depth of field and a higher aperture would mean a wider depth of field. ISO is the camera’s sensitivity to light, the higher the ISO may cause the photo to be grainier. Shutter speed is how long the camera is exposed to light, the faster the shutter speed the darker the picture will get. The faster the shutter speed the faster the camera can take the photo. All these three components determine the exposure in an image.
What do each of the 3 exposure triangle components control? How are they connected to one another?
ISO: Controls the camera’s sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO the more sensitive it is to light so it the image will be brighter. On the downside if the ISO is too high that could lead to the image to be grainier.
Aperture: Controls the camera’s depth of field. The aperture controls the amount of light reaching the lens. Low aperture means a shallow depth of field, while a high aperture means a wide depth of field. Low aperture allows more light to the reach the lenses so the image is brighter. High aperture allows less light in so the image will be darker.
Shutter speed: The shutter speed is how long the camera is exposed to light –how long the camera’s shutter is open when taking a photo. How long the camera’s shutter is open is proportional to the amount of light that will reach the camera.
These three components are connected with each other because by adjusting each component will give the best exposure to the camera. You can adjust the shutter speed to make it higher so the image can be clearer, once the image is a bit darker you can make the ISO higher so that there is more light.
Use the word: EXPOSURE. What does exposure mean when discussing photography? Define underexposure as well as overexposure.
When discussing photography exposure determines how light or dark an image will appear. Exposure is one of the main aspects of photography because it determines if a picture was in the right lighting. As a photographer, exposure helps you determine the best lighting in your photograph. Underexposure is when not enough light was exposed to the camera so the image is too dark. Overexposure is when too much light was exposed to the camera so that everything is too bright and closer to white.
As a photographer, why is it important to understand how to operate your camera in Manual mode? What does this free you up to do with your camera?
As a photographer, it is important to understand how to operate in manual mode because that means you can give different effects to your photograph. Understanding manual mode means that even at night you know how to give light into your image by adjusting you ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. The main benefit is that you can be more creative with your camera in Manual mode, you can do things such as panning, motion blur, and light painting. Manual mode also allows to focus on objects that you want the camera to be focused on, not what the camera wants to focus on.
You will now select 4 of your own photos from your Flickr Manual 101 album to discuss:
Photo 1: Freezing Action
Shutter Speed: 1/3200
For my freezing action I chose the photo of a water balloon popping that we did in class. In this photograph me and my partner Jamie set up everything with a tripod and the water balloons. We set the camera on a tripod so that the only thing we had to manage was the position of the water balloon. We first auto focused on the hand and balloon then switch to manual focus and set it on lock. We needed the background to be a solid color or a darker color so that the water would appear clearer. In the photograph, I had my ISO very higher because I had set my shutter speed extremely high. I set my aperture very low because I wanted a blurry background so that the only focus was the water balloon and a bit of the hand. The end result of the photograph, I was very satisfied because not only was the photograph super clear but we captured the different stages of the water balloon bursting. The balloon was centered in the middle (composition guidelines) so we could see all the directions the water would burst from.
Photo 2: Motion Blur
Shutter Speed: 1
The day was very windy and spring has just sprung so the leaves outside my window had started to sprout. It was windy that the branches started to shake that I thought I needed to take a photo of the motion of the leaves. The result made the leaves were glitching which I thought was really nice. When I looked at the photograph it seemed that it was the start of a story or the start of a music video. I set my shutter speed to one second because I didn’t want all the movement of the leaves but only slight movement to give it that motion effect. Because I send the shutter speed to one second (low shutter speed) I had to have a very high aperture so that the image was not overexposed. I also set the ISO to 100 so that photo had even light. I did not have a tripod on me, so I just rested my arms on my table to steady the camera. I used the branches as leading lines because the branches would intersect each other. I manually focused on the branches because I wanted the focus to be all of the branches. Because I set the shutter speed at one second I had set the aperture very high. It was also a very sunny day so I wanted to show the contrast between the branches and the blue sky. I used the principle of design of light and shadows to be able to contrast the different tones between the branches and the sky.
Photo 3: Panning
Shutter Speed: 1/15
For my panning picture I chose this photo that I took of black car in London. I really like the aftereffect of the photo because it reminded me of a scene of a car commercial where they make the car looks super-fast and sleek. I set my aperture to about 1/15 of a second because it was a fast object so I did not need the aperture too close to 1/6 of a second. I did not have a tripod because I needed to follow the car’s path. I tried to give space to moving objects so I left more space on the left side of the photo so the audience could see that the car is moving in the left direction. I had set this autofocus because that way I would know at least majority of the car would be in focus in each picture. The background of the car did give it that motion look so I was satisfied with that effect. Because I set the shutter speed very low that would mean the picture would have more light. That is why I kept the ISO at 100 so that the image could be darker, as well as making my aperture at f/36 to also make the image darker. I wanted to make the image slightly darker so that the lights of the cars could be shown.
Photo 4: Shallow depth of field
Shutter Speed: 1/10
In this photo was taken for my friend’s birthday party. She requested a photographer so I brought my camera to take some photos. I set my camera in manual mode with manual focus so that I could make the camera focus on her face and not the lights or the background. I also set the color temperature cooler because the lighting in the room was very yellow so I had to balance out the yellow. If I could go back, I would set the temperature to be even cooler because I still think the photo is a bit too yellow. I set the aperture very low (f/6.3) so that I could make the subject’s background blurry so that the main focus had to be her. I focus the camera on the foreground but not that lights so that fairy lights could give a slight flare to the camera lens. By manually focusing the camera on her face then her hand would be blurry so that it did not take away from the main focus. I zoomed in my camera so that I could frame her face and have the photo be very simple. The lights are the secondary focus but more are there to enhance her face. The color scheme was more of a cool and beige tone with only the lights being a different tone.
Shutter Speed: 1/160
This photo was taken on my trip to London the background is part of the Winsor Castle. I manually focused the lens onto the tiny tree branch because I wanted that to be the main focus. However, if I could go back I would try to focus it on the main branch not only on the small portion of the branch because the camera did not focus on the flower buds. I used the composition guidelines by using the rule of thirds and placing the branch of the right third so that it gave space to the rest of the photo. I also used the principle of color to give contrast between the blue of the sky and the pink of the flower bud. I sent my aperture very low so that it gave that blurry background, however I wish I made the aperture a bit higher so that the whole branch was in focus. My ISO was relatively low so that I could bring the color of the sky bluer because it was a very cloudy day in London that day.
Shallow depth of field, Focus on foreground:
Shutter speed: 1/4
Shallow depth of field, Focus on background:
Shutter speed: 1/4
Wide depth of field, Focus on both objects:
Shutter speed: 1/4
Light Painting in my opinion is a very interesting form of photography. It is a form of photography of using lights to draw out images and to form new shapes. For light painting to work, you slow down the shutter speed on you DSLR camera and lower the aperture and ISO. The shutter speed will be slowed down so much that it can follow the path of the moving objet in this case the light. Important tips to remember in order to create successful light painting photos is to make sure you set a good amount of time for you to draw, the camera is focused, and there are no distracting objects in the shot. When taking light painting photos it is vital to set a correct time limit so that if you were drawing something more complex you should give yourself more time to do it (lowering the shutter speed even more to around maybe 30 seconds). It is also important that you do not move the flashlight too much because every slow and bright movement the camera will catch it. The challenging parts of light painting was staying in the frame and connecting our lines. Our hardest part was writing characters or writing words. It was hard to turn off the flashlight move a bit and make a new line that still somehow connected with the last line. In many of our attempts all of our lines did not connect and everything was very wobbly. We combatted this issue by instead of drawing in the air, we angled the camera to the ground and drew out our images there. The results of this new angle actually turned out very well. Light painting should be best down in groups this way, one person can focus the camera and have more people means the more light painting photos that can be created.
In my group, we played around with the colors of lights. Mixing and contrasting colors so that it gave the image we drawing or outline depth. In my favorite photo, we used pink and blue and the two opposite colors made the blue stand out. I really like this photo because the aesthetic of the photo reminds me it is the beginning of a story. The beginning of a story album. The way the blue and pink seem to fade into each other gives it a very retro vibe. This photo with a lot of photos was us mixing different light sticks together because we liked how when the light sticks would cross each other it would create a new color. I highly enjoyed light painting because it combined drawing and photography.
In this assignment we to use the composition guidelines with the additional challenges to take 30 photos of one object. The purpose of this assignment was to challenge ourselves to find new ways to complete these guidelines with only the help of one object. By restricting the things, we could use (one object) to made us think outside our box and leave of safe zone of the photography. The composition guidelines with the additional challenges were: framing, shadows, reflections, silhouettes, center, figure ground separation, fill the frame, lights, leading lines, point of view, rule of odds, and rule of thirds. It is important to understand the composition guidelines so that it can enhance your photography skills. The composition guidelines can help you when taking a picture that even when you are in a rush of taking a photograph the composition guidelines will guide you to a good photograph. The composition guidelines show the difference between a good and bad photograph. The most challenging part of this assignment was trying to take photographs that did not seem like the last one. For each photograph I had to think of new ways to take photos. What could I do to the key chain that will make it the same but at the same time give the photograph a different feeling? The biggest takeaway I had from this challenge was to think in different ways and use a different point of view when taking photographs. Having only one object and having to take 30 photos of this object made me think different effects. Different effect that I could make with the lighting to make it as if each photograph had its own individual appeal. My most favorite photograph in the was the one I took in the lighting room where I put the Disney key chain charm against a metallic surface which gave it a slight distorted reflection. I also tried to make the photo as clear as possible so that even when zoomed the charm would still be clear. My second favorite was the one where I laid the charm on a cd which gave the Disney key chain a slight rainbow effect.
The principles of design are helpful for photographers when taking photographs and critiquing photographs. The principles of design consist of unity/variety, rhythm, tone, balance, emphasis, movement, contrast, and pattern. Unity/variety shows the randomness or unity of a group of items. Examples of this could be a crowd of people or an organized group of oranges. Rhythm shows the flow of multiple objects, sometimes it is similar to pattern. A common example of rhythm would be ocean waves and how it repeatedly hits the beach. Rhythm is very similar to pattern however pattern it stays the same throughout. An example of pattern would be the patterns of fabric or the patterns of a windowsill. Tone shows the value of a photograph, the shadows and the highlights. Contrast is very similar to tone because contrast it shows the intensity between the shadows and highlights.
From this activity I learned the importance of the principles of designs. The principles of designs have help me improve my skill in photography. Now when I take photos I understand that having the lighting in a certain way will help me enhance my photography. This activity did not just enhance my learning and understanding of photography but it also was very enjoyable to do. I brought in some props that I can try to play with but also fit the requirements of the principles of designs. The principle that I learned most from was emphasis because having the focal point be very obvious helps the audience focus on a single point. Emphasis shows main focus of the photography, usually it is the largest image in the photograph.
The photograph I chose was the photo I took of my friend Jessie with the fairy-lights. This photograph represents emphasis. I used a very simple background to contrast the fairy-lights in the foreground. The photo was taken in the library that’s why the background is just a simple white wall. The photograph exemplifies the principle emphasis because of the simple background as well as the making the person the largest object in the photograph. The fairy-lights frame the face and the glow from the fairy-lights gives the face some light too. By having the model lighter than the background shows the contrast between them. I edited the photograph in such a way that I blurred out the background, made the highlights on her face brighter. By enhancing the lighting in the photograph it showed that the emphasis of the photograph was Jessie’s face.