Technique Lessons Portfolio

by Beth Taylor June. 27, 2018 495 views

This is a combination of all my favourite photos from the series of posts about photography technique that I have been doing recently, as part of my silver arts award. I've really enjoyed completing these posts and feel like I've learnt a lot from the project. These photos demonstrate a range of photography skills which, prior to this experience, I knew nothing about, so I'm proud of my improvement and development, which is evident in more recent photos I have taken. Thank you for following me on my journey, and if you missed it please check out my previous posts for a more in depth account of my attempts at various techniques.

I have edited them to improve their look and composition by using an app called 'Snapseed', which, although not highly professional, was easy to use and worked well. At first I found it difficult to know where to start editing, once I had done a couple of photos I got the hang of it and found the tools that work well and was able to edit them satisfactorily. The best tools turned out to be: brightness, saturation (and the ability to saturate separate colours), vignette (bright centre, darker outskirts), and clarity (to sharpen the outlines in an image).

Natural Portraits: For this I wanted to increase the emphasis on the baby, so I added a 'lens blur' and a vignette focused around the centre, to make the world around the baby seem even more threatening and dark in comparison with the innocent bright face.

Natural Portraits: For this I wanted to increase the emphasis on the baby, so I added a 'lens blur' and a vignette focused around the centre, to make the world around the baby seem even more threatening and dark in comparison with the innocent bright face.

Foreground v Background focus: I added a vignette to further emphasise the circular shape of the tower and highlight the focus that was in the original shot. By brightening this area we can see the texture of the brick more clearly, and the rest fades into blurred colours.

Foreground v Background focus: I added a vignette to further emphasise the circular shape of the tower and highlight the focus that was in the original shot. By brightening this area we can see the texture of the brick more clearly, and the rest fades into blurred colours.

Abstract: I brightened the picture so the face is more clearly visible, as are the outlines of glass. I think this adds to the creepy aspect of the photo. I also increased the saturation so the colours are more vibrant.

Abstract: I brightened the picture so the face is more clearly visible, as are the outlines of glass. I think this adds to the creepy aspect of the photo. I also increased the saturation so the colours are more vibrant.

White balance: I didn't change this too much, but I reduced the saturation of blue to improve the warmth of the photo, and so it matched better as a picture.

White balance: I didn't change this too much, but I reduced the saturation of blue to improve the warmth of the photo, and so it matched better as a picture.

Shutter speed: I increased the clarity of the image so the lines were slightly sharper, and I made it more saturated to emphasise the different colours in the shot. I actually reduced the brightness, again, so the lines were sharper around the edges and the sky was even darker.

Shutter speed: I increased the clarity of the image so the lines were slightly sharper, and I made it more saturated to emphasise the different colours in the shot. I actually reduced the brightness, again, so the lines were sharper around the edges and the sky was even darker.

Aperture: I made the blues and reds more obvious  as I like that contrast in colour between the two sides (left=red, right=blue). By increasing the clarity on the left the texture of the concrete is more visible, again, very different to the blurred colours on the opposite side.

Aperture: I made the blues and reds more obvious as I like that contrast in colour between the two sides (left=red, right=blue). By increasing the clarity on the left the texture of the concrete is more visible, again, very different to the blurred colours on the opposite side.

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