Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Weekly Question: Annie Leibovitz

1. A pinhole camera is a camera with no lens.  It works when light passes through the small hole and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box.  

2. Annie started taking pictures when she lived in the Philippines, and for several years after that she continued to develop her photography skills.  Then when she returned to the United States she worked with rolling Stones Magazine and Vanity Fair Magazine.

3. Annie Leibovitz has photographed people such as, John Lennon, Demi Moore, Brooke Shields, Whoopi Goldberg, Dolly Parton, Queen Elizabeth, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, and Miley Cyrus


Combining reality with a rotoscope-style painting

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Black and White Photography

1. An optical element (the lens), a chemical element (the film) and a mechanical element (the camera body).
2. This type of camera allows the photographer to see the same image that is exposed to the film and can adjust everything by turning dials and clicking buttons.  Since it does not need any electricity to take a picture , a manual SLR camera provides an excellent illustration of the fundamental process of photography.
3. The aperture controls the amount of light that reaches the camera sensor.
4. Shutter speed controls the interval at which the shutter opens to allow a specific amount of light to pass through and expose the film inside. Generally a faster speed can freeze an action while slow speed can blur your image.
5.  The shutter speed, f-step, and aperture need to be balanced in order to get the correct exposure.
6. The speed should be high, because it is already light outside, so the film doesn't need a lot of exposure to light.
7. First: The film is placed in a developing agent that is actually a reducing agent.  The reducing agent will convert all of the silver ions into silver metal.  Those grains that have latent-image sites will develop more rapidly.  With the proper control of temperature, time and agitation, grains with latent images will become pure silver.  The unexposed grains will remain as silver-halide crystals.
Next: We need to complete the developing process by rinsing the film with water, or by using a "stop" bath that arrests the development process.
Then: The unexposed silver-halide crystals are removed in what is called the fixing bath.  The fixer dissolves only silver-halide crystals, leaving the silver metal behind.
Finally: The film is washed with water to remove all of the processing chemicals.  The film strip is dried, and the individual exposures are cut into negatives.  
8. A roll of black and white film, and ink.
9. Developed silver 

Friday, January 30, 2009

Edward Weston

There are many types of cameras, compact digital camera, bridge cameras, and digital SLR cameras.  The compact digital camera is very common, often very small, and can display pictures right after they are taken.  A bridge camera is not as common and the lenses cannot be removed.  The digital SLR camera has a very similar look, but unlike the bridge camera, the digital SLR camera can remove the lenses.  This camera is often preferred by professional photographers.  One professional photographer is Edward Weston.  At the age of 16 he started taking pictures with his first camera, a Kodak Bull's-Eye #2, and by the age of 24 he opened his first photography studio in Tropico, California.  Twelve years later he started straight photography, where he photographed human figures, wildlife, plants, and landscapes.  Five years after that he started working with still life.  One of his most famous still life picture is of a green pepper.  This is a very interesting picture because it doesn't look like a green pepper.  At first glance I thought it was a chicken, and even after looking at it for a while I couldn't completely tell that it was a pepper.   

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009