New website – check it out!

Check out my portfolio website –http://www.veronikalesnakova.co.uk/

If you like what you see and you have a project in mind then I’m happy to hear from you.

Evaluation

Overall, I am happy how the whole video project turned up in final stage.
When you read first ideas written down on paper and then watch the video in the final stage, you will realise that a few ideas how to film it were changed. I think that the final version of the video is even better than I planned it to be in the beginning of the project.

Evaluation of my photo essay

Overall, I think my photo essay went well considering I am not a professional photographer. I loved the topic I’ve chosen and it was a good experience.

When I started to take photos as I planned, I had a few issues that I solved with using material that I had with me at that time (I’m talking about missing tripod). The biggest problem I had with taking photos was the technique called ‘panning’. When I tried to do that, I asked my sister to help me with it as I could not take it myself. I did set up all settings needed on camera, explained her exactly what she had to do, I sat at the piano and started to pretend to play it. We tried it a few times but it wasn’t working at all, all images were blurry. Then I thought we might swap, that she was doing something wrong with the camera. I tried to take photos myself but somehow, it was not working well at all. Maybe it was lack of space to move hands as keyboard is only certain size, maybe it was the settings I did set it up to…This is the biggest problem I had during the full project and that is why I haven’t got the picture in my photo essay.

I have learnt quite a lot about the camera, settings for it, lighting and I understand now how it all works together and how hard it is to get nice photos.I liked correcting colours and contrast in Photoshop CS6 and I also have a lot of new amazing photos for my website that I’m planning on updating. So I am happy with the final result of my photo essay even thought I know it is not perfect but I know I did my best as always and this makes me happy.

Evidence of understanding the basic techniques covered in semester 1

As a part of my assignment, I have to show evidence of understanding the basic techniques that we have been looking at in semester 1.

These are:

*Aperture: *Small aperture = wide DoF,
*Large aperture = narrow DoF
*Shutter speed
*Using aperture and shutter speed to control exposure
*Depth of Field
*Compositional devices (‘rule of thirds’, leading lines)

I explained photoshop techniques in my previous post.

*Image quality (use of levels in Photoshop, awareness of colour balance)

Explanation:

Before I started to take photos, I set up my camera into ‘Manual mode’ (little button on the lens of the camera). Then I chose ‘S’ mode which means ‘Shutter speed mode’. Because the camera was set up to ‘manual mode’, I had to focus on objects manually.

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For this photo I set up settings to ‘Shutter speed’ – 4, ‘Aperture’ – F5.6 and ‘ISO’ – 100.

As you can see, It took a photo of the blurry background and focused on keyboards. This photo could be even nicer if I set up Aperture lower to F2.8 as the background would be even more blurry.

I also kept in mind ‘rule of thirds’ and used ‘leading lines’ to help me to get this image in the right position.

Another great example is this photo here:

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With this image, I set up setting to  ‘Shutter speed’ – 2, ‘Aperture’ – F5.6 and ‘ISO’ – 100. I focused on the background and I took this lovely photo. Again, I kept ‘rule of third’ in my mind and used ‘leading lines’ to help me to get this image in right position.

Correcting photos for photo essay in Photoshop CS6

When I have chosen photos I want to use for my photo essay, it was time to correct them in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Like I said in my previous post, I intend to have them in black/white colours (read my previous post to find out the reason why).

Screen shots of my working screen:

1. After I cropped the chosen photo, I selected ‘Adjustments’ and then ‘Black & White’.

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2. It came up with quite a lot of different ‘Presets’ so I went through them all and chose the one that I like the best – ‘Maximum Black’.

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3. I thought it was a bit dark for my liking so I selected ‘Adjustments’ again and then ‘Levels’ to control levels of black and white colors in the photo.

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4. When that was all done I still thought that I could do a bit more to make it a bit lighter so I selected ‘Curves’ and made it a bit lighter.

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5. All I had to do at this point was to save it and the job was done.

 Final version of the photo

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I corrected all my photos by choosing the same settings.

Taking photos for my photo essay

Today was the day when I started to take photos for my photo essay.

The camera I used was ‘Nikon D3200’. (picture downloaded from Google)

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It was quite difficult to do if I’m honest – try to take photos from different angles, make sure that the light was OK etc. While taking photos, I realised that I had a little problem as quite a lot of them were blurry. The problem was the MISSING TRIPOD!!! That’s why I had to use other things I had in the room with me like a chair, table, even a bottle to support my camera so I could take nice photos. It was like a little adventure that took more than 2 hours to finish.

After I got home and had a look at all photos (85) on my laptop, I wasn’t very happy about them as a lot of them were very blurry but I could still choose 17 great ones.

Overall, it wasn’t a too bad experience and I was quite happy about the photos that I’ve decided to use for my photo essay.

Creative part of my brand identity – CD case/CD

For creative part of my brand identity, I decided to create a portfolio CD with a CD case.

A little research about designs on the internet gave me ideas on what I want to do. I typed into Google ‘CD case templates’ and found these two pictures that I really liked and wanted to do use them for my design:

CD cover presentation design template with copy space and wave e

This gave me an idea how I want my CD case to fold.

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After a little discussion with my lecturer about designing ideas, we came up with a better idea how to fold a CD case.

Screenshot of the layout (working screen – Illustrator CS6):

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Theory of artwork

Before I start to talk about the theory behind the artwork, here is the final version of it –

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  • For the front page of my CD case I decided to use exactly the same design as I used for back of my letterhead (for more information read article below).
  • The back of my CD case is a continuation of circles but without the grey line through full page as I didn’t think it was necessary to use it there again as it creates a nice flow of the design. The circle space I used for my contact details (the exact font is used that I used for my logo).
  • On the top, you can see a lot of different words with different sizes and colours. The reason for it is that I decided to fill inside of the case with words that are appropriate for the industry I will work in and also for my personality so when you open the case, it will tell you a little bit more information about me but still not enough as main information will be on CD and little booklet of my work put inside.
  • The text on top is in a different font, it’s more bulky that gives the connotation of not being scared to try and experiment with different things within the industry. Different sizes of font are used because I wanted to highlight important words that stand out from others. Using different colours are used for the same reason as the different size of font.

Final version of the case:

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CD design

For my CD design, I downloaded from Google this picture as I needed to create my own template for designing:

CD template

I uploaded it into Illustrator CS6 and created a circle on the second line and also in the middle circle for the hole and covered it with my design that I used for back of my letter head.

Screen shot of working screen:

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Then I right clicked the mouse and chose ‘Arrange’ and ‘Send to back’.

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At the end I hid the background CD template and the final version was done:

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