I entered this photograph into the Visual Society Memories Cash Contest. I took this photo in Bannack, Montana, with two of the models there. The lighting in this photo was achieved using an Einstein strobe, and ambient lighting from the windows in the room. I edited the photo in Adobe Photoshop, editing the Brightness and Contrast, Levels, and Vibrance and Saturation. I chose this particular photo for the subject of Memories because this was one of my favorite old-time photos that I took at Bannack. It reminds me so much of a nativity scene that I had to submit it.
For anyone else that’s interested in submitting to the Visual Society cash contests, here is the link! I submitted mine on July 11th, and the photos are due on July 13th!
This project was one of the most arduous undertakings I had ever been assigned to complete in all of the COMM classes that I have taken, here or otherwise. At the beginning of the semester, I thought it would be downright impossible to fill an entire photobook with the images that I had taken during this semester. At the time, I had little to no faith in my photography ability. And although my skills are still a little shaky, I look forward to sharing the fruits of my labors with you. Most of the photos were taken at BYU-Idaho or in Bannack, Montana. Several pages feature friends and family members. Altogether, this photobook encapsulates a semester filled with struggles, but it’s also a beautiful, visual way to capture the memories that I made here.
For this book, I used the fonts Patua One and Oswald from Google Fonts. The photo of me on my Professional page was taken by Rachel Bergman of Gatsby Nouvel Photography. All other photos were taken by me. I created the designs and spreads in Adobe InDesign, and printed the book itself using MyPublisher.
Even though I thought it would be impossible to fill an entire photobook, the process of choosing which photos to include was harder than I thought. As it would turn out, I had so many other pictures that I was proud of and wanted to display than I thought I would have. This photobook is basically a portfolio of my work throughout this semester, and so I wanted to show off how far I had come. It’s easy to tell when you look through my blog that I had a lot to learn, especially when you see the first assignment using a DSLR camera that I tried to fulfill (and consequently screwed up). But hopefully when you look at my photobook, you’ll be able to see the progress that I have made.
Thanks for following my photography journey on this blog!
This photo was taken using a Canon EOS REBEL T3i on May 19th, 2016. Using an LED light and macro light tubes, I was able to capture this macro image of water droplets on a flower. I chose this photo for a fine art print because I love the highly pigmented colors, the detail of the flower itself, and the simplicity of the background. It was one of my favorite photos that I have taken this semester, and it seemed to be the favorite choice of others as well. To edit the photograph, I used an Unsharp Mask to bring out the tiny details on the stamen and pistil and the reflective quality of the water droplets. I also edited the brightness and contrast, levels, and vibrance and saturation. These edits were meant to highlight the image without changing the nature of it entirely. The original photograph is posted beneath.
I printed the image at a local printing shop in Rexburg, at a 16 by 24 size. The print itself is shown in the video below.
I have the opportunity to print one of the photographs I took this semester as a fine art print. To narrow down my options, I am creating a Top 5 Images post on this blog. Feel free to comment on which one you prefer, and I’ll let you know which one I select!
This week we began working towards one of our final projects, specifically a photobook featuring our work throughout the past semester. This was and still continues to be a challenge for me as I try to reconcile the beauty of my photographs with the limited space I have. I’ve tried to organize the content within in the order of my favorite subjects, beginning with macro photography. Going back through my photo blog as I try to find the best of what I have done has filled me with gratitude. It’s embarrassingly easy to see how much progress I have made throughout this semester, and I hope that my photobook will be able to highlight that.
I designed these first drafts for my photobook using Adobe InDesign, using the Oswald font and Patua One font from Google Fonts. All of the photos are edited in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.
This photo was taken at Bannack, and was one of the many not featured in my previous posts.
This spread contains some of my favorite photos. I enjoyed macro photography so much that I decided to make it the first section of photos in my book.
The portrait of me was taken by my aunt Rachel of Gatsby Nouvel Photography, and the texture behind the text is a photo I took of the ceiling of the jailhouse in Bannack. It may be an unconventional choice for texture, but I like that there’s a story like that behind it.
The back cover for my book is one of my favorite environmental shots from Bannack. I regret that I didn’t take more shots of the exteriors of the buildings there, because they were spectacular! But I love this one enough that it deserves to be the back cover for my book.
Thanks for continuing to read about my photography adventures! I’m excited to share more of my book with you soon, so check back on Saturday!
We’re beginning to design our photobooks to showcase our work throughout this semester, and the first step is to practice using templates for the covers of our books. The photo used on this cover is one of the HDR photos I took at Bannack, and I used my signature and typography to brand it as my own.
To fill the book with content, we needed practice with typography. This was an assignment that I was genuinely looking forward to. I love typography (as you can see from my tutorial) and I was excited to edit more of my photos from Bannack. For this assignment, I had originally planned to use photos from the Bannack jailhouse. But after perusing all of the houses in Bannack, I was charmed by the contrast of the gloomy Western exteriors and the pastel-colored interiors. Some furniture was still left in a few of the houses, along with colored vinyl floors, decrepit wallpaper, and broken roofs. I decided to use the photos I had taken of the interiors of the houses in various states of decay. I found it fascinating that the walls and floors of the houses were still covered in candy colors even though they were falling apart in a ghost town in Montana. I’ve always loved seeing photos of abandoned places such as amusement parks or shopping malls, and so I decided to try to showcase the beauty apparent in these decaying houses through typography and a few of my favorite quotes.
All of these photos were taken in different houses on the main street of Bannack. The photos were edited in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. I changed the Brightness and Contrast, Levels, Vibrance and Saturation, and Sharpness. I wanted to highlight the variety of colors while also capturing how much these houses had deteriorated. When you can see the rafters in the roof and the wallpaper sloughing off the walls, it becomes clear that these truly are abandoned places. It might seem strange to be wandering through places that people have once inhabited, but Bannack feels like a true ghost town. There’s no one there to protest against us moving through their homes and admiring the creepy feel (or looking for ghosts) and I wanted to capture that in my photos.
Template Font: Oswald (Google Fonts)
Body Copy: Bree Serif
Emphasis: Lily Script One
Thanks for reading about more of my Bannack experience! I can’t wait to share my photobook with you soon. Keep checking this blog, because I plan on updating some older posts soon.
Typography is one of the most important and functional aspects of any design, including photodesign. Good photos can become great designs with the addition of typography and other design elements to communicate a message. I’m going to give a quick overview on some of the basic rules of typography. Keep in mind that the study of typography can span entire classes and careers, but anyone can learn the difference between using the Microsoft Word default fonts and finding specific fonts to enhance your photography.
Typography can be used for anything from web design to photo design to graphic design, and it’s equally important to know how to use it for any medium you might choose.
The assignment to make creative images was tougher than I had previously imagined, but I’d like to think that I was able to come up with some interesting images that were more heavily edited than the ones before.
The levitation assignment was much more fun to take than it was to edit! For this assignment, I used a tripod to take a photo of the empty classroom. We then arranged our model on a stool, flapped a reflector in her face to make her hair move, and took another picture. From there, I took the background image into Photoshop, embedded the image with the subject, and then masked out the stool and the surrounding classroom. I wanted a vintage look to the photograph, inspired by the images in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, so I edited it with a sepia tone and added some black shadow effects with a brush to the edges.
Here are the original images I used to create the levitation image.
For the out-of-the-box image, I wanted to play with heavier editing. I took this photo of a vanity, purposely underexposed it, and added in an image I took of Sarah previously. The result? A ghost that may or may not be spying on you while you peruse the abandoned treasures of Bannack.
This is the original image used.
The conceptual image was, believe it or not, inspired by an episode of The Twilight Zone. Creepy dolls are a horror-movie standby at this point, so when someone brought an antique china doll along, I couldn’t help myself. I tried both eerie black and ghostly blank white eyes on the doll, but decided that overexposed eyes added to the effect that her eyes are following you around the room. Try to keep your eyes on her!
The first image is the original doll image, and the second is the photo that inspired this edit.
This edit was created specifically for my photobook.
Thanks for reading all of my Bannack posts! I hope you enjoyed all of the photos I’ve posted so far, and I hope to post more soon!
Although the people and models in Bannack were phenomenal, the buildings and surroundings were even better. The houses were decaying to the point where paint was flaking off the walls, rafters were visible in the ceiling, and wallpaper was coming off in huge swathes. I’ve always loved seeing photographs of abandoned places, and this was the first time I got to try it for myself. I tried to take photos of everything, but even my camera has its limits. Here are some of my personal favorites out of almost 600 photos I took.
This was a small, empty shed out in the middle of a field, that was only noteworthy because it was leaning so far to the side. I loved the composition with the hills in the background, and I also loved how varied the plant life was in the area. This section of sky was covered in clouds with only some blue sky, so I thought it would be a great photo to give a more sepia tone.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the Portal games, and this abandoned back room reminded me so much of one of some of the surroundings that I had to take the picture. The lighting is absolutely top-notch, and it turned out to be one of my favorite photos.
This was taken from the second floor of one of the houses in Bannack. Exploring the houses was my favorite, just because there was so much to discover. I loved the contrast between the turquoise light coming in through the window, the yellow paint on the walls, and the blue and yellow tile on the stairs.
The Hotel Meade was unsurprisingly, one of the most amazing buildings there. I wish I had taken more exterior shots, because the outsides of the buildings were considerably better preserved than the interiors often were. I had to take this shot several times to find the right camera settings, but once I did, I was able to capture the lighting.
As it turned out, I liked both versions of this picture so much I wanted to post them both. This was an old doorknob I found on one of the buildings, and I loved the way the light played across this composition.
This photo used four different photos with different exposures to create an HDR photo edit.
These are the original images I used for the HDR toning image. Since I don’t have a Photomatix budget, I used Photoshop’s HDR toning and I loved the results.
Aside from the HDR toned photo, I used Levels, Brightness and Contrast, Vibrance and Saturation, and Selective Color to edit the photos using Adobe Photoshop. I also used Black and White for two of the photos.
Thanks for reading more about my Bannack adventures!
This week was my photography trial by fire. Bannack is legendary throughout the Communications department for being one of the best experiences COMM 300 has to offer. Montana holds a special place in my heart, since my grandparents live there and my mother was born and raised there. However, I’ve never been to Bannack before, so I was excited beyond belief to go!
The portrait sessions at Bannack took up most of my afternoon, and I snuck into several group photography sessions before my allotted turn to plan what I wanted to do. Sarah was my group leader and the “schoolteacher” model, and the portraits I took of her were some of my absolute favorite. She has the most amazing eyes, and this shot captured the light reflecting in them perfectly.
For this pose, we used a flash to achieve more dramatic lighting.
I edited this photo in both full color and black and white, and decided to post both.
For this photo, taken in one of the rooms of the Hotel Meade, my group and I used a gold reflector to bounce light into her face and diffuse some of the shadows. I loved the ambient lighting coming through the window, and her pose and expression were perfect.
This was taken in a different room of the Hotel Meade, also using a gold reflector. Her smile was so natural (we had someone else in the room encouraging her to smile) that it made for an amazing portrait.
(Here’s what she was looking at, by the way)
This photo was difficult to take because of the multiple mosquitoes infesting every single window in Bannack! The model was a good sport though, and let me take the picture before jumping back in disgust.
This station set up in the hotel was the only one where I really took the time to play with the Einstein Strobe, but it gave such a warm, gorgeous shadowed effect that I regretted not using it with some of the other models. The baby in this photo is a cleverly folded blanket, but the models did such an amazing job of looking tenderly at the blanket that I was downright impressed.
For this photo, I had one of the models walk down the staircase slowly while the shutter was open for three seconds. I took two different versions of this photo and combined them for the maximum ghostly effect.
As you can see from the original photos, they were combined.
On all of these photos, I used an Unsharp Mask to sharpen the eyes of the models, and Gaussian Blur to soften the skin more. I also used basic photo edits such as Levels, Brightness and Contrast, and Vibrance and Saturation.
Thanks for checking out this first round of photos from Bannack! Make sure to look at my other posts from Bannack too!