Illustration (Final project ya’ll!)

Financial leaks are a common experience for the everyday person, particularly for college students who are just learning how to be financially responsible. Learning how to keep your money from going down the drain can be overwhelming.

Financial leaks are a common experience for the everyday person, particularly for college students who are just learning how to be financially responsible. Learning how to keep your money from going down the drain can be overwhelming.

This assignment was definitely a new experience. You weren’t lying when you said it was going to take a lot of planning and be a lot of work. I spent a ton of time on this assignment, and kept re-doing everything because I was never happy. I’m still not over-the-moon with my final product, but I think I did an okay job for the first time trying an illustration, and especially because I had to teach myself most of the Photoshop skills since I haven’t used it that much before.

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Blending

For this assignment, we had to practice blending, or as our professor likes to call it: “matching the ugly.” Basically, we needed to find gross light, which is kind of hard since everything is turning to white light. I ended up braving the cold with a fellow classmate last night, and went from store to bar getting rejected until finally I was accepted at Broadway Brewery. The cute little hole-in-the-wall bar/restaurant has very orange lighting- so much tungsten. It’s a gorgeous place, but that light is the ugly I was looking for. The wonderfully interesting older man that came in and sat at the bar also ended up being the perfect subject. The man was wearing a handmade wool sweater, and told us how he’d been duck hunting all day, how he’s a beekeeper, and a ton more interesting things. It was like something out of a novel. While I didn’t take the best pictures, here’s what I came up with:

The unedited version (so orange!):

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Jacques Laboile has a drink at Broadway Brewery in Columbia, Missouri, after a successful day of duck hunting on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. He said he had about 50 ducks at home to dress and clean because no one else knows how.

Jacques Laboile has a drink at Broadway Brewery in Columbia, Missouri, after a successful day of duck hunting on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. He said he had about 50 ducks at home to dress and clean because no one else knows how.

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Fill and Balancing

For this assignment we had to use a single flash to fill and balance.

The first image, I used the flash to fill. Without a flash, the girls were in shadow, esp. the one in the hat.

Students stand in Speaker Circle handing out flyer's for Mizzou Idol on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The girls were laughing about the characters they've seen in the circle.

Students stand in Speaker Circle handing out flyer’s for Mizzou Idol on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The girls were laughing about the characters they’ve seen in the circle.

I really like the image below too, however, you can see the flash in his glasses. Without that, it definitely would’ve been my select. I picked the one above though because I thought it still looked like it could be natural light and I love the animation I captured.

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The next select is balancing inside and outside light. Instead of going actually inside a building, I chose to use the archway of Memorial Union. Around 5:30 yesterday, the archway was in shadow. With the help of the bounce flash, you can make out the details of the people and the building.

Two MU students make their way into Memorial Union on Wendesday, October 29, 2014.

Two MU students make their way into Memorial Union on Wendesday, October 29, 2014.

I almost chose this as the select, but it’s not technically as good. How adorable, though??

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Painting with light

The ghost of Mike Krebs stands in the middle of East Pearman Road Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 in Ashland, Mo. Krebs was killed in car accident on East Pearman Road in 2007. Even though local legend says he's been haunting this road for years, he still can't seem to get over the fact that the cars just drive straight through him. Photo credit: Mike Krebs, Jenny Justice and Ashley Reese.

The ghost of Mike Krebs stands in the middle of East Pearman Road Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 in Ashland, Mo. Krebs was killed in car accident on East Pearman Road in 2007. Even though local legend says he’s been haunting this road for years, he still can’t seem to get over the fact that the cars just drive straight through him. Photo credit: Mike Krebs, Jenny Justice and Ashley Reese.

So who doesn’t like hanging out on an old dirt road in the middle of the night with no light in sight? Don’t mind those weird noises. It’s probably just a cow, or a possum. Maybe a coyote. But it’s not like we have bears in Missouri right?

To make this picture, that’s what we had to do. I found this old dirt road just outside of Ashland. The trees formed a canopy over the road, giving it the appearance of a tunnel, and it seemed like the perfect spot for a ghost to pop out and scare us all. Just kidding, it’s just Mike. He’s still very much alive. But it looks pretty convincing, huh?

We got here around sunset, which was absolutely beautiful last night by the way. There was also this weird rainbow cloud, which I think Jenny got a picture of since I was driving. Anyway, we planned it out as the sun went down, and soon enough we were surrounded by (almost) absolute darkness.  Since the road was in the middle of nowhere, we didn’t have many interruptions and actually finished this a lot quicker than I was expecting.

Happy October, ya’ll. Watch out for those ghosts lurking on deserted dirt roads. They’re just as confused as we are.

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Single Flash

Perry performs "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet in front of Poppy Arts on East Broadway in Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He said it was his first time performing during the week, and tips were much slower than what he'd been making the previous few weekends.

Perry performs “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet in front of Poppy Arts on East Broadway in Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He said it was his first time performing during the week, and tips were much slower than what he’d been making the previous few weekends.

This assignment admittedly wasn’t my best. My big idea was to shoot Royals’ fans watching the big game so that I could capture their emotions, but long story short, I got kicked out of the student center and missed my shots.

So I wandered around downtown and came across Perry here, who was performing during the week for the first time. Even though he wasn’t really playing to a crowd, he still rocked his little heart out. And luckily was so into his music he didn’t get distracted by my pictures. What a guy.

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Lighting Glass Assignment

A confetti canon blasts the colorful shreds of paper over the remnants of a mock 21st birthday party with a deafening bang on Friday, October 3, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri.

A confetti canon blasts the colorful shreds of paper over the remnants of a mock 21st birthday party with a deafening bang on Friday, October 3, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri.

For the metal and glass assignment, I was paired with Amanda. I shot glass for this assignment. We went through our things and I decided the huge martini glass that my older sister had mod podged glitter and rhinestones on for my 21st birthday would be a pretty awesome subject. I then went to Walmart and searched for some supplies that would help clarify the 21st birthday concept. Originally, I thought bright-field lighting would give the best results- brighter just tends to seem happier, more festive. However, in the store I found light-up balloons, a confetti canon, candles, and a cake slice and then pulled an empty sparkling wine bottle from my apartment and used ginger ale to fill it up and found the bright pink silk to use as a tablecloth. With all of that, I had a lot of bright colors- and after playing around before shooting anything, I realized that those colors just seemed to show up better with black surroundings. We also thought about it a little more, and realized that 21st birthdays tend to be more of a night-time event, so it just made more sense to go the dark field route. This also allowed the lit candles to show up (in the outtakes) and I really think everything just popped more against the backdrop. I was disappointed with the light up balloons though.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the shot I ended up with. I managed to capture the confetti canon’s explosion, and I think we finally got the lighting right too. You can see the label on the wine bottle, and the bottle and glass both have definition and shape and nothing unnecessary is reflected in them. In fact, if you look closely enough at the wine bottle, you can see the balloons reflected, which I thought was kind of cool.  I definitely had a ton of fun shooting this scene though, and the Vox people who came in after us even kept saying they wish they could have that much fun shooting. I hope you enjoy!

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Classmate Portraits

For this assignment, we had to create two portraits of a classmate that we were teamed up with. First, we had to interview the classmate so that we could figure out what kind of portrait would best fit their personality. The portraits needed to show more than what they looked like; they needed to show a piece of who they are. My classmate was Kylee Gregg. After interviewing Kylee, I discovered that she is very into music: not only does she play the drums, but she’s forever going to concerts, appreciates classic rock and vinyl records, and even photographs/writes for music venues. She’s also known to look kind of like Lady Gaga. Pair all of this with her fun, yet still sometimes serious and emotional personality, and we had a theme: music, vintage, and a color scheme of mostly black and white with a few pops of red.

A single light shines on Kylee Gregg as she sits listening to classic rock in a vintage chair in the studio on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri.

A single light shines on Kylee Gregg as she sits listening to classic rock in a vintage chair in the studio on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri.

In the first image, only one light was used. I’d spotted the chair the first time I stepped into the studio, and immediately after interviewing Kylee I knew it would be the perfect fit for the vintage vibe. I definitely wanted to play up the dramatics in this image. I was trying to capture her more serious side while still going with that vintage theme that’s so relevant to her personality. I have to admit, I’m pretty pleased with the result.

Kylee Gregg's fun, quirky personality and love of vinyl records shine through in the studio on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri.

Kylee Gregg’s fun, quirky personality and love of vinyl records shine through in the studio on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri.

The second image is a lot more playful and fun. The light clearly adds to this tone: it’s so bright! Surprisingly, I only had to use two lights for this image: the same key light I used in the first image, but with a small soft box on her other side and a white instead of black background this time.

Overall, I’m pretty surprised that  I didn’t have more issues considering this was my first time really working in a studio. Hope you enjoy!

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Changing Light assignment

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The sun rises over I-70 behind The Links apartments in Columbia, Missouri, around 6:45 a.m. on September 16, 2014.

Mostly sunny skies over I-70 in Columbia, Missouri, around 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The sun is high and slightly to the East.

Mostly sunny skies over I-70 in Columbia, Missouri, around 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The sun is high and slightly to the East.

Blue skies over I-70 in Columbia, Missouri, at 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Blue skies over I-70 in Columbia, Missouri, at 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The sun shines on I-70 in Columbia, Missouri, around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The sun shines on I-70 in Columbia, Missouri, around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Traffic speeds by at sunset on I-70 in Columbia, Missouri, around 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Traffic speeds by at sunset on I-70 in Columbia, Missouri, around 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

For this assignment, we had to stand in the same place and photograph 5 different times in one day to show the change in lighting throughout an average sunny day. I chose to stand behind my apartment building and look toward the highway for my shots (facing in a southwest direction- see diagram at the bottom of the page). I picked this direction so that I could avoid too much front or back light in my shots, but decided to angle it slightly to the west so that I could still pick up the rich colors of sunset. It also happened that the clouds were to the west during sunrise, so this also gave me more colors in the sky in the morning shot. I’m pretty happy with the way these turned out. Hope you enjoy!

Lighting diagram (compass)

Lighting diagram (compass)

Copy Work Assignment

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This photo was copied for an assignment using a copy stand on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri. The lighting of this photo helps communicate its emotion and tone. ©Bruno Barbey.

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This photo was copied using a copy stand on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri. The copying was an attempt to figure out its interesting lighting. ©Alex Webb.

 


 

For this assignment, we had to use a copy stand to figure out the best exposure to copy images. The first image you see was shot with an exposure compensation of +1, at 1/45, f/4.2 and ISO 320. The white balance was set to Tungsten. I chose this photo because I believe it is the truest exposure to the original, where the light captures the warm tones and the sad yet somehow what still seems hopeful emotions. (Maybe I’m crazy with the hopeful part, but the way the light is hitting in the front and the warm tones just make me think there’s hope). The second image was shot with an exposure compensation of +0.5, also at 1/45, f/4.2 and ISO 320. The white balance on this image was also set to Tungsten. I chose this photo because even though you can see the windows and tell that it’s backlit, I wasn’t sure where front/side lights were coming from and if natural light could really be bright enough to give that effect. I also just thought the lighting was really cool, especially with the colorful windows.

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