Smart Filter (Non-Destructive Edit)
Dodge & Burn (Non-Destructive Edit)
Adjustment Layer (Non-Destructive Edit)
For my first photograph of the pumpkin I added a cross process cooling filter to create a more rustic feel and add additional texture. I also sharpened the image a bit. I started out in Lightroom, but ended up doing most of my editing in Photoshop using a smart filter on a non-destructive layer to edit my photograph. I used the dodge and burn editing technique in Photoshop for the next two photographs. I hit shift+command+N on my Mac to create a new non-destructive editing layer for both. I then changed the mode to overlay and checked the box to fill the overlay with 50% gray. For the photograph of the kitten I used the dodge tool to lighten the kitty and bring back that little bit of shine in her eyes. I used the burn tool to darken the background and edges a bit creating a vignette. I also used the sliders in Lightroom to take out some of that yellowish color that was too prominent in the original. The second photograph of my friend Katie Bailey swinging at the pumpkin patch was a bit more difficult to edit. I used the dodge and burn tool just like I did for the kitten photograph to lighten Katie and darken the background and the sky. By darkening the sky a little with the burn tool I was able to illuminate additional texture and color. Darkening the background also helped Katie to stand out a bit more as well as my use of the dodge tool to lighten her image. The difficulty came when I started removing the face of her roommate Rachel that is peeking out from behind Katie on the left side of the photograph. When I used the lasso tool it just kept duplicating Katie’s red sweater in place of Rachel’s face, which looked weird so I had to try something else. I ended up using the spot healing tool at various sizes to remove the majority of Rachel’s face and then went back with the clone stamp and tried to cover up the rest and make it look as natural as possible. Luckily it is a small portion of the image so it isn’t very noticeable. For my last edit I created a non-destructive adjustment layer and used the curves tool to add a little extra red to the photograph. I also used the spot healing tool to remove some filter dust that was on the picture.
I took this photograph inside of one of the old cabins because it was nice and dark which made it perfect for a slow shutter speed. Pictured is our TA for the day who helped out my group when we first arrived at Bannack. This photograph was one of the first ghost ones I took and afterwords my group all agreed that she should stand in the frame a bit longer so that we could capture a better image of her. However, in post production I really liked this creepy half ghost because it looks like she’s fading away. I added a split tone filter in Lightroom to enhance the spooky feel of this photo and even brightened up the ghostly image to really make her pop. Creepy!
For some reason the blurred motion photographs produced the best chill factor for me so I ended up adding black and white based filters to add to the ghostly feel. I imagine little unseen ghost children riding this merry-go-round in old abandoned Bannack.
Natural window light is some of my favorite light to work with! To me this picture has captured a whimsical moment when a school teacher dances around at the end of a long school year. Photography is all about telling stories and this photograph definitely has one to tell.
Motion is one of my new favorite things to experiment with when it comes to photography. The blurred motion photographs I captured for this assignment were particularly fun because I feel like they really embody the whole ghost town feel. For each of the blurred motion photos I kept my shutter open for upwards of 6 seconds and used a tripod to help retain the clarity of the non-moving objects in both pictures. For my frozen action photo I shot continuously as the teacher danced and twirled by the window in order to get the best shot that I felt illustrated frozen motion. When it came to my depth shots I was looking to capture two objects that were far enough apart to provide two distinctly obvious focus points, but close enough together to allow for a nice blurred second point. The fence and the house you see pictured turned out to be the perfect combination! It is interesting to me how the change in focus also seems to change how to colors in each photo appear ever so slightly.
I shot this photograph as I was on my way out of one of the buildings and another photographer was posing Michael. It was an opportunity shot that I didn’t think much of at the time, but during post production I recognized the perfect moment I was able to capture. I added a Cross Process filter in Lightroom as well as a few other edits.
These next two photographs of Jake and Dusty are the same, but I liked the black and white and colored versions equally so I couldn’t decide between the two. These guys were hilarious and two of the best models I’ve ever worked with! We continuously threw out requests that they happily fulfilled which allowed us to get some great shots. I absolutely love this cowboy action shot.
I took a ton of photographs of these two interacting, but this was one of the few landscape shots I ended up with. I like the way that it causes your eyes to flow through it from the customer’s face, up the barber’s arm and down through his other arm which brings you in a full circle back to the customer’s face. I added a split tone filter in Lightroom along with various other edits to produce the final product. I wanted to create a vintage feel with this shot.
Wow, what a blast! My trip to Bannack Ghost Town in Montana was phenomenal to say the least. I have been looking forward to this trip ever since I registered for the class several months ago and it did not disappoint! In the weeks leading up to Bannack I was definitely excited, but also filled with anxiety at the thought of the huge assignment required of us. I am obsessed with photography and could literally be out shooting all day every day, but that doesn’t always mean that I am able to produce large amounts of quality photos from those shoots. With the time constraint, assignment requirements, and endless photographic possibilities the pressure was on in Bannack. However, being around so many creative, like-minded people produced a contagious energy and excitement that got my own creative juices flowing. I decided to push myself and only shoot in Manual mode all day for the first time. Up until this point I have been afraid of using manual mode because I still feel like I lack some of the knowledge I need to capture quality photographs so I’ve been playing it safe in aperture or shutter priority modes. Taking test shot after test shot was my MO for most of the day as I continued to constantly adjust my settings so that my lighting was correct. As the day progressed I realized that I was actually starting to understand how my camera worked better than I ever had before. It took me less and less time to adjust my settings because I had a general idea of what I needed in an array of different lighting conditions. To the more experienced photographer this may seem silly, but I was ecstatic and ridiculously proud of what I accomplished that day. I can now say that I’m fairly comfortable shooting in manual mode, although I know that I still have a long way to go.
I felt like a member of the paparazzi as I shot the above portraits because I was constantly surrounded by several other photographers shooting pictures of the same subject I was shooting. We spent our time trying to stay out of each other’s shots and taking turns giving our models direction, although they were so good that they rarely needed it. The importance of shooting even when you’re not shooting was reinforced to me as I was able to capture several candid images of our models.