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.