Sunday, May 10, 2015


This week our teacher told us to talk about what we learned and what we are going to talk about in our talk at the end of the year. 

If you read my last blog post you would have read that I had no idea what I was going to talk about. I told you an idea. That I have found my creativity. Well I changed my mind. I realized that sense starting to take photos I have looked at everything with a different perspective.

Now that I have taken my photo class i have not only looked at something and try and find a cool way to take a picture. I have enjoyed learning different ways to take a picture while also putting my own spin on these different ways.

Most times I would look at something and not think twice about it. Now I will look at something than look at it again from a different angle than again from another. I makes me want to stop and look at things in a different light. I am learning to take this new way to look at things and use it in other parts of my life. Using this new perspective to improve the way i think about situations. I am going to talk about how I have learned to look at things in a new light.

Another topic our teacher wanted us to touch on was how did this project go.

I believe my project went well. I have learned a lot about photography and about how I see things compared to others. What did not go well for me was I did not take enough pictures. I did not take the time to brain storm what I wanted to take pictures of and go do it. I never just went out to take pictures just because. I always did because I HAD to. I am disappointed with this. I wish I would have done more than I have. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

20 Time Talk

I have started to think about what I want to talk about for my talk at the end of the year. You would think it would be easy to say what you have learned, but it is really hard. You can scrape the surface and talk about the different methods and ways you can take a picture. Trying to find something deeper you learned is a lot harder to think of. Our teacher wants us to really think about not only that I learned how to take a photo. He wants us to dig deeper and figure out what we learned about ourselves.

There are many things I believed about myself. At the beginning of the year I thought taking a picture was just pressing a button. After a year of photo class and this project I discovered it is so much more. I have discovered my creative side. Before this year I did not think I was very good at art. I could not draw or paint or sculpt or anything like these forms of art. I never had the patience for these forms of art. Photo just fit for me. I could be artistic and creative without taking long times to draw or paint something and not the skill of drawing, painting, and sculpting. Photo takes skill but in a different way. It takes an certain eye and a great composition. With this project I have learned that I am creative and artistic.

This is one of my ideas for my talk but I am pretty stuck on what to talk about. I am gonna keep thinking about it but I still do not know what to talk about yet.

On another note...

I went to the Dexter Invitational and ran the 1600 run. Besides me running many very good runners, jumpers, and throwers competed from my team. I took so many pictures that day for the series I am creating.

These are some of the more than 200 photos I had taken. I plan on adding quotes and other different little things with each photo.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Digital Manipulation

So digital manipulation is basically photo editing. I use my phone a lot for editing my photos. I mostly edit for Instagram but we have a new photo assignment were are digital manipulating pictures. I use the app Photo Editor which is free on both IPhone and Google Play store. You can use filters and saturation, warmth, brightness, contrast, and other uses on the app. You can also use Microsoft Office Photo Manager. It is good for simple edits.

Here is the app I use

I used Photo Editor the app.

I used Photo Editor the app.

Here is used Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

Sunday, March 8, 2015


This week I am going to talk about developing film prints. So after you take your pictures you need to develop the film. You do this by going into a room and turning all of the lights off. It should feel like your eyes are closed even though they are open. So once you have the lights off you open the film canister. In my photo class we use bottle openers. After you have opened the film canister and take the film out you line up your film with a plastic ravioli looking thing. You then wind it back up and cut the end of the film close to the holder it was on in the canister. You do all of this in the complete blackness. The last step before turning the lights back on is to put the wrapped film into this special container. It does not allow light it but it does allow you to put the chemicals in with out having to expose the film to light.

Once you have done all this initial steps you can turn the lights on and start working with the chemicals. So you first put in a mixture of 4 oz of water and 4 oz of water warmed to 80 degrees. You pour it in and set a timer for 8 minutes. While the timer is going to agitate it for 5 seconds every 30 seconds. This I just shaking the container. The developer actually develops the pictures you have taken. It is important to not take the cap off of the container yet. If you do you pictures will be lost. Pour out the developer then you just put water in and agitate it for 30 seconds while the water is in the container. Pour the water out and then put fix in the container for 5 minutes. You again agitate for 5 seconds every 30 seconds. At this point you can pour the fix out and open up the container to look at your prints. If there are clear pictures then you continue on. The next step is to rinse you film off in running water for 2 minutes. The next chemical is permawash you do not have to put the cap back on but you can if you want. You pour the permawash for 2 minutes and again agitate for 5 seconds every 30 seconds. You then pour the permawash out and rise for 30 seconds. Lastly you put it in the orbit bath for only 30 seconds agitating for the whole time. You finally have developed your film.

Now we can actually start making out prints. You need to be in a room with a special light that it will not develop. It is important to never allow to go into normal light otherwise it will just be a black piece of paper cause it was exposed. After it has been in a fix you can then bring it into normal light. So you first need to make a contact sheet. This is making a sort of print but of all of  the pictures that were on you film strip. So you first cut your film to have at most 5 photos per row. You then slide them into these sleeves that hold them in place. So you first set your enlarger to the second lowest aperture setting. You then make sure that the light covers all of you photos. Then you set the timer for 2 seconds. After you have set all of this up you make a test strip. This is when you take a small strip of the paper you are going to print on and see how long you should allow light on it. For contact sheets you use RC 2 paper. With a test strip you cover 3/4 of the paper. Then hit the button and it will expose for 2 seconds. Then only cover 1/2 the press the button. Then do the same thing covering 1/4 and then cover none of the strip. You then put it into a container with developer in it. You leave it in there for 2 minutes agitating it for the whole time. Then rinse it off for 30 seconds in water. Next you put it in fix for 3 minutes. This will make sure the print does not develop anymore. After this you put it in water for 30 seconds then look at your test strip in normal light. You see what line is not too dark or too light. The darkest line would have been exposed for 8 seconds which would have been when you were covering 3/4 of the strip. The lightest would have only been exposed for 2 seconds. Which ever looks the best you set your timer for that long. It will most likely be either 8, 6, 4, or 2 seconds. Depending on how dark or light your film is will depend on how wide your aperture will be or how long you will expose it for. Once you have set your timer for the correct amount of time you expose the whole contact sheet. Using the RC 2 paper you expose the whole paper. Not covering any of the print. You then put it through the same chemicals as the test strip except adding one more chemical. You put the print through a permawash for 4 minutes. Agitating for the whole time. Then put in a circular bath of water for 15 minutes.

After you make your contact sheet you can make a print. You first put one photo you want to print into a compartment that shows just that single photo. You then move the enlarger to size up to the size of the print you want. Afterwards you have to focus it with a focusing reflector. You have to look for it to be granny in the focusing reflector. Once it looks like sand through it you are ready to print. You do exactly the same thing you did for a contact sheet. You make a test strip and then you expose it for that amount of time and put it thought the chemicals. You then have your prints.

Here are some examples of pictures printed in the dark room.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


This week I went on a cruise to the Bahamas and the Keys. My goal for this week was to take some cool and interesting sunset shots. I experimented with shutter speed and aperture settings. Shutter speed changes how fast the picture is taken 1/1600 of a second is a fast shutter speed. Which means less light would be let through because it is faster. 1/60 of a second is the last setting before you would need a tripod because it is too long. Like in one of my last blog posts on B-Setting the longer the exposure the more blurred moving objects are. Aperture settings change how wide the opening is for the picture. 3.2 is a very wide aperture which allows more light in. 22 is a very small aperture which allows even less light.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hand Colored

This week I am talking about the technic of hand coloring. For hand coloring you need to take a picture with film. Then you develop and print the photo. You print it on this special paper. Then you place it in a blotter book. The blotter book helps dry the print and absorb all the water out of the print. Then you can color it with colored pencils or water colors. After you finish coloring you can dry press it. This is when you take the print and fuse it to a board using a hot compresser.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


This week I took pictures in B-Setting. B-Setting is when you use a long exposure to show light blending together or when the same focal point is in three different place. You can take B-Setting photos by going to manual mode and changing you shutter speed setting to the bulb setting.

This is a picture on Mack Ave. These cars are driving by while I was on the island in the middle of the road. The exposure time was about 5 or 6 seconds. This stretched the headlights of the car out.

This is a picture on Mack Ave. again. This exposure time is shorter then the last photo. You can tell because the streak of the headlights is a lot shorter.

This is a picture of my uncles house. You first take the shot zoomed all the way out. Then you zoom in and hold it when it was zoomed in.

This one is on Cloverly. I had my dad drive by. This exposure time was about 10 seconds.

This is another picture on Cloverly. This is a picture of my dad driving away. The exposure time was about 8 seconds. What I really like about this picture is that you can actually see the car towards the end of the light streak.

You can get the star-burst effect by setting you aperture setting high.