Friday, June 12, 2015

Assignment That I Am The Most Proud Of

"Photos with Quotes"

The assignment that I am most proud of is the Photos with Quotes project. I feel as though I worked extremely hard on this project in order to create a photograph that really stood out. My creative side really stepped up during this project. The thing I am most proud of is how I was able to match the words in the quote with the waves of the flag. This process of doing so was extremely nit-picky and time consuming. In order to have the word fit the waves of the flags, I was forced to play around with fonts, size of the text, waving of the words, and arching the words. The words almost match the waves perfectly, and it was a great success for me having them do so. The final product came out extremely nice, and looking back on it, I would change nothing about it.

Most Memorable Experiences

First, I would like to start by saying Photo 1 has included multiple memories that have been conducive to my learning. The first of these memorable experiences was shooting shadow photographs. Not only was this assignment the most difficult for me, it also impacted my learning the most. I remember immediately thinking how am I supposed to go about this. I had no idea where to start when taking shadow photography. I began the assignment by going outside and taking photographs of the shadows that I could immediately see. After doing this, I realized that I would not be able to meet the required amount of photographs shooting only things I saw. I then knew that I was going to have to utilize the props inside my house in order to create an interesting shadow photograph. I took whatever I could find and set it up with either a flash light or the flash on my camera. During this assignment, I was forced to problem solve very much and forced to do something I had never done before, use props. Another memorable experience/assignment that impacted my learning greatly was creating the "Who am I" video. Before this project, I had never really done anything regarding videography. This project forced to travel outside my comfort zone and use iMovie's features to the best of my ability. This assignment really taught me a lot about being creative. Whether it was with transitions, video footage, or photographs, I was always expected to use them to make my video as creative and amusing as possible. This "Who am I" project also forced me to really figure out who I am and what drives my life as a whole. The whole project taught me so much about videography, being creative, and finding out who I am as a person.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Photos with Quotes

The two most important things that I learned during this experiment had to due with spacing and placement of the words. Spacing proved to be very important during this project because of the fact that the words had to be correctly spaced in order to look good. For example, if the words were too close together, the quote looked too congested. If the words were too far apart, the quote looked too spaced, and it did not have a good effect on the picture. Correctly placing words also proved to be a very important thing to learn during this project. I learned that placing the words so that they matched/went along with a key part of the photo made the quote look very good. For example, as you can see in the above picture, I placed the quotes so that they went along with the waves of the flag, creating a very dramatic feeling.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pinhole Camera

Pinhole camera: a simple camera without a lens and with a single aperture, made from a light-proof box/can with a small hole on one side. Light passes through from a scene and projects an inverted image on the other side of the box/can.

While doing this process of creating pinhole images, I learned three things. The first thing I learned during this process was how to develop a the photograph after it had been exposed to the light of the scene. The first step of this process was to go into the dark room and place the emulsion treated photographic paper into the developer, making sure the photo was not exposed to anymore white light. After the photographic paper sat in the developer for one minute and thirty seconds, it was placed in the stopper and fixer for a certain amount of time. It was really cool to learn this process and it was also awesome to learn the perfect amount of time to expose the photograph to the scene. Through trial and error, my partner and I were able to the learn the exact amount of time the photographic paper had to be exposed to the light to create a perfect image. The final thing I learned during this process was how to place the pinhole strategically in order to shoot the photograph from a good angle that captured the whole scene of the subject.

 I did indeed enjoy this project for multiple reasons. The first of these reasons was the fact that it was extremely fun trying to find the exact exposure time that would create the best images. This process of trial and error was very interesting and amusing because when you got the exact exposure time, it felt very rewarding being able to take photos easily every time you went outside to shoot them. Another reason why this project was enjoyable was taking interesting photographs in different ways. I really enjoyed taking photographs using the ghosting effect. I also enjoyed experimenting with double exposures even though it did not work out very well. One of my photographs that I shot included the illusion that my subject had four arms, as seen above in the photographs. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creative Portraits/Self-Portraits

These two photos demonstrate two strategies that I used to capture my portraits. The first of which was shooting candidly. A lot of the time posed photographs are very boring and do not have that much meaning, so to make the photographs interesting, I shot photographs of my little sister while she was playing. The second strategy I used when capturing my portrait photographs was playing with eye-contact. By not just having your subject look straight into the camera lens, a feeling or wonder can be created because the viewer has no idea where the subject is focusing his or her attention. In the bottom picture, one can clearly see my sister looking at an object not in the frame of the photograph. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Who Am I

Hi my name is Matt Clinton and I was born in Hopedale, Massachusetts. After moving to Yarmouth, Maine in 2003, I developed a strong interest in sports. I have kept that interest and love for sports all throughout my life. At a young age, I began playing basketball, football, and lacrosse for the Yarmouth teams. The three sports that I play today are tennis, soccer, and freestyle skiing. In 2008, my mom decided to bring my brothers and I to a ski mountain in Maine. From that moment on, skiing became my favorite thing to do. My whole winter revolves around skiing because of the fact that it is the only thing I want to do in the winter. My dream is to be successful in life, whether this success comes from happiness, helping others, or having a job that I enjoy, I do not care which. Another goal of mine is to have fun in whatever I am doing in the future because happiness and fun is key to having a good, enjoyable life.