These images were inspired by the art of David Hockney, an English photographer who was born in Bradford UK in 1937 and was based in LA. Hockney grew up in England but moved to Hollywood in 1963 and then in 1966 he move to LA permanently. He first started his artistic journey in painting but then in trying to recreate a photo map of a painting by using a collage of polaroids he was pleased with the finished collage. He then started creating composite collages. My finished piece shows this style because I created an image that is disconnected but is still connected. The photos all make up the scene in a jumbled way.
To create these photos I took pictures of a central point or subject and then proceeded to take more at different angles and different zoom settings. I repeated this many times to ensure I would have lots of photos to choose from. I uploaded the photos into photoshop starting with the best picture of the subject. From there I added the photos that I thought would best show the detail and many different views that were captured with my photos. I did this by adding each photo as a new layer and editing the photos individually as I added them. After that I saved the photo with the layers and then I saved it merged.
II chose Newport Beach Magazine because my outfit fit really well with the theme of that magazine. I really like the chic and beachy look that the magazine showed in every cover. I didnt try to recreate the look of the magazine originally. I chose my outfit and then figured out the magazine from there. I looked at the Newport beach magazine cover and got ideas for the headlines or subtitles. I used multiple fonts. They all look similar but some are bolded and others are italicized. I used black and white lettering along with pastel colors so that it wouldn't be monochrome.
We set up the photography room with studio lights and a solid color background. I played around with the poses i did because I wasnt sure what i wanted the picture to look like.
A strobe light is a light you hook up to your camera and every time it takes a photograph it flashes. You would use a strobe light to brighten the subject of the photo and you would use it by hooking up your camera with a cord to the strobe light.
Modeling light is a continuous light source while taking a photo. The purpose of this is to show the photographer how the lights are going to play against the other lights and where the shadows will fall.
A soft light diffuses light into soft, even light. It is used as a light modifier.
A reflector is a circular object that has reflecting surface. You use a reflector to direct light onto the subject.
A grey card is a card with 3 different trips of grey. Its purpose is to help produce consistent image exposure.
A radio trigger system is attached to the strobe light. It helps you Bluetooth and hook up your camera to it.
The name of my photograph is called Dip Dip and it was taken at Rancho Buena Vista High school. The compositional rule that is shown in the photo is the rule of symmetry. A DSLR Nikon D5300 camera with a 18-140 mm lens was used on this shoot.
When I envisioned the end product I thought it would be more sleek and defined, but it came out more dreamy and soft looking. I took the photo and uploaded them into iPhoto. I changed the brightness and this increased the dreamy feel of the picture. The photo was only changed very slightly and the high quality digital print makes it a color photo. The photo paper is Epson Glossy Photo Paper and it was printed on an Epson P800 digital printer.
The inspiration for my composite photoshop project came from two songs. The first song is called Auburn by Brahny, and the next is called China White by Adhoc.
"Calmly rippled daybreak, reflects pink through the whole day, sun drops through East LA... Gonna make this something perfect, tell all your friends its worth it, [screw] all their fake endorsements, Together we can watch the world end, silver screen on the weekend, thick smoke out the wasteland, All I see is ~auburn~ comforting each, other warmer than the southern, all I have to offer." Aubrun-Brahny
"I think its kinda special, I think its kinda nice, wake up between the blinds, seeing you in light. I think its kinda retro, she calls it ~china white~, pillow between her thighs, watching the day go on... " China White-Adhoc
I added the grass for the background first, then I added my shirt for the bed and the grass on the side for the wall. I added Hailee on the bed and then added photos of flowers and made multiple layers to create the wall of flowers. I added the clouds and the moon of flowers. The pond was from my rainy day photos and I changed the hue and saturation for each layer.
A mandala is like a tessellation but instead of being shapes that form a square shape it is a picture cropped into a slice of a circle and that slice gets placed next to each other to create a repeating pattern in a circle form. Mandalas also have a spiritual significance. In certain religions, they represent the universe. I created my mandalas by isolating a slice of the circle of the template and putting it on the photo I wanted to make a mandala out of. I then moved the selected slice of the photo onto the template and then placed it into a part of the template. I duplicated the layers and then rotated the layers to fit inside the other slices. I liked how nicely the images created a smooth image. My favorite mandala is the pink one because it was actually garbage that turned into a pretty pink mandala. At first I couldn't get the photos to blend nicely and to not have gaps but I figured it out. If I had to do this project again I would probably take more pictures of trash and plants because I think those two make the most interesting photos.
My name is Tori Leavitt, I am in a photography class, and welcome to my blog and thank you for checking it out!