GETTING STARTED In the first lesson of PDM we started up our weebly account. I really enjoyed making the website and I thought it was simple, easy and eﬃcient. I thought the idea of crea ng a website and storing all of our work there was really great. Having a website makes it easy to have everything in the one spot and manage my work. I learnt a lot in the first lesson and got an understanding of what the course was really about and what we were going to do.
We also set up our Pinterest accounts and pinned a few pictures on Ken Dun‐ can. At first I found Pinterest a bit confusing but a er I got the hang of it I found it easy and great for inspira on.
TASK 1 PART 1: THE PRE‐PRODUCTION PROCESS Once we had everything set up we started part 1 of the assessment and that was finding example images on the ten topics. We then wrote a few comments on the image. This part of the assessment was really helpful in giving me an un‐ derstanding and an idea of the types of images I should be taking in part 2. I al‐ so found myself going back to these images to help me in part 2 and what to fo‐ cus on.
The next sec on of part 1 was researching the photographers, we choice one of own choice and two of the ones given to use by Mr Burke. I chose Ken Dun‐ can, Mike Salway and Nicholas Samaras. We researched some background in‐ forma on on them and what type of work they do. We also picked one of their images and did a personal evalua on on it. I didn't par cularly enjoy this part of the assignment. It did enable me to see what work others do and what types of photography there are, but I think it was too long, and too much me was spent doing it. It did however give me in‐ spira on for taking my own images.
PART 2: THE PRODUCTION PROCESS In this part we took 2‐6 photos for each of the ten topics: self portraits, tex‐ tures, landscape, portrait, objects, panorama, animals, reflec on, street pho‐ tography and sunset. This was my favourite part of the assignment, I really enjoyed going out and taking photos at home and around the school and photo‐shoots with Mrs Tome. I did not like taking photos of myself and others and I felt as though there was a lot to get through and not enough me. It was a very heavy work load but s ll enjoyable. I was very surprised with the types of images I was ca‐ pable of taking and I was happy with the results. Photos from Mrs Tomes photo‐shoot: As a part of part 2 we went to art block to takes photos with Mrs Tome. We experimented with mirrors, shells, back‐ drops, light, projectors and other items Finished product:
PART 3: POST PRODUCTION For the final part of the assignment we choice two picture we have taken from each topic and photos shopped them to enhance the image. I dint mind this part, at first it was confusing but once I got the hang of it, it was easy. HISTORY OF PHOTOSHOP 1. Open Photoshop, insert the image by selec ng file/open and select im‐ age. 2. LMC on the window bar along the top row and then ck the history bar so that we can see what we have done. 3. RMC on the background layer on the right of the screen and then select duplicate layer/OK. 4. Now we have a background copy we can adjust the image. I adjusted the image by LMC on image/adjustments/levels. A graph of the colour bal‐ ance came up and I moved the three triangles down the bo om un l I was sa sfied with image colour and I then clicked OK. 5. To crop the image LMC on image/crop. On the top bar I typed in the measurements 26cm by 21cm and moved the image to what I wanted in the photo and then clicked ck up the top to crop it. 6. To save the image I clicked file/save as, in the drop down menu under for‐ mat I changed it to JPEG (*.JPG; JPEG…….. Then clicked OK.
PHOTOSHOP MANIPULATED IMAGES
UNIT 1 ASSESSMENT TASK REFLECTION Complete the following ques ons and copy this document into your Digital Journal. How much did you enjoy this Task? (Highlight) Very High
What new skills and or techniques did you learn through the process?
I learnt how to take photos at diﬀerent angles and with diﬀerent eﬀects such as close up and the rule of thirds. I learnt how to Photoshop images to enhance the image quality with tools such as brightness and contrast. I learnt how to use the diﬀerent eﬀects on my camera and how to focus on an image.
What do you think worked best in your finished work
I think the thing that worked best was the Photoshop, I was able to enhance the images by a lot
What problems did you face in crea ng this work and how did you resolve them?
When I first started the course my camera was not working so I resolved this by buying a new one. Anoth‐ er problem I had was I found it hard to get enough images in school me so I took more outside of school. How do you rate the quality of your finished work? Very High
Addi onal Comments:
I was not en rely comfortable with taking photos of myself and of other people and I also think that there was too many things to do in the me we had, although I got it done I s ll had to do a lot outside of school. There were also things in the course that were hard to wrap my head around, I think we can improve this by have a clearer statement of what we should be achieving by the end. I also think we did too much on the photographers when we could be learning more about techniques that could help us in taking photos.
TASK 2 PHOTO ENHANCEMENTS Before I started to restore this image a watched a few videos on the tools to get a be er understanding of what the tools did. The dodge tool lightens the image, the burn tool darkens the image and the spot healing and healing tools get rid of any unwanted marks. Once I understood these tool I got started. The first thing it did to enhance this image to sharpen it, I did this by clicking on filter/sharpen/ sharpen more. This has made the image clear and the lines more de‐ fined so it is easier to restore. Next I used the spot heal‐ ing tool to get rid of the white marks. To do this I hov‐ ered over a mark that I wanted gone and then clicked on it and it disappeared. What happens with this is the tool looks at the area surrounding the spot and makes it as similar to it as possible. I used this tool to get rid of all the worn marks on the photo.
The next thing I did was adjusted the colour and brightness of the overall image, I did this by going into image/adjustments and clicking on the bu ons: levels, brightness/contrast, vibrance. Next I cropped the image to ghten the edges and give it a be er finish.