This is my second assignment. In contrast to the first one, which had only one purpose, sharpening the artistic eye to spot objects that have a special shape, this one was about many things, which you can consider basic photography skills.
First and foremost, I picked different settings to shoot the photo. I started with places and objects, then I turned to persons. In order to make my final picture of a person a bit more interesting I decided on taking the photo in action. Thanks Christian for making a couple of dunks.
Go to Christian here!
One of the criteria was the viewpoint. This picture of him dunking the basketball is taken from the "birds-eye perspective".
This next picture below was taken from the worms eye perspective. What I like in this picture is the big variety of "color". When you compare the scale with the different grey shades, you will notice that from the really pure white spots, like on the pants, to the really black ones, like at the tree, everything is there. I first learned to use several tools in Photoshop to adjust the variety of shades and maximize contrast and thereby sharpen the image on this photo. I really appreciate that since it makes my pictures so much better.
The picture was taken in a spontaneous mood and scene. Even though the scene with my just a girl, the tree, and the building is kinda simple, in my opinion you can still make a pretty strong interpretation from this picture.
Thanks to Meeghin for modeling! I feel sorry for letting you sit in the cold for so long.
Check out her photography site here!
This last picture is good for pointing out the last rule I had to think of before taking photos: The Rule of Thirds.
The Rule of Thirds is about not placing objects right in the center of the image, but alining them along nine equal rectangles in the pictures. For example, the basketball player in this picture is not right at the center, but jumps into the picture from the right. He thereby leads not only the viewers eye to the net that's hanging from the top, but also gives space for some background in order to create a story.
A point why I also like this picture is the light. When I took the photograph, the setting sun was right behind me not only lightening up the treetop in the background, but also throwing a shadow on the player. In the post editing it was challenging to find a compromise between accentuate the players strong outline and lighten up his facial expression to not make it one dimensional but give the picture more details.
What this assignment changed a lot is how I think first before I take a picture. I now start to create the picture in my head already before even taking out the camera.
In the post editing I gained a lot of skills in Photoshop, how I sharpen the message, support bad spots and make good one even more outstanding.