May 18th

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Photoshopped image:

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iPad drawing progress:


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May 18th

Original image:


Photoshopped image:

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iPad drawing progress:




Special Lighting:


This was one of my favorite portraits I took during this unit, mostly because of the unique lighting. Mikayla and I changed the theatre lighting backstage to give it a blueish tinge, and by shining a light on her mussed up hair, I got a huge contrast of light and dark down the middle of the photo.



Unlike most of my photos, this was a completely candid shot of my sister. Whilst taking pictures of the water and playing with fast shutter speeds; I found the perfect moment when my sister wasn’t looking to take a photo. I like that the photo is not only centered, but the blue water and her expression go together to show mood.

Special Effects:

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After a lot of trial and error, Mikayla and I managed to get interesting shadows from a piece of cardboard over a light. From this hour of shooting different lightings, positions and shadows, I found that tilted, larger stripes looked best for portraits. Then, using photoshop skills from the color unit, I used selective coloring on her hair and face to emphasize it. I feel like changing the hair color to a pale purple made the image look more interesting and less average – as well as gave a pop of color in an otherwise dull image.

Tells A Story:


I had the most fun taking this triptych photo as I got to visit the elementary school and take pictures of the kids during play-time. Out of all the students, the boy above was the most active and excited, which is the reason I chose to ‘tell a story’ through portraits of him. These three photos combined required a fast shutter speed, mostly because of how much he was moving, and also a lot of cropping to get rid of background distractions.

Self – Portrait:

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While at the beach I decided to take my self-portraits because of the natural lighting and interesting background, and after taking a lot of images, it ended up that the one I took by accident looked the best. Because of the lighting from the sun, the way my hair is messy and flying around, and how perfectly centered and in focus the portrait is, I found it was the best to pick. To edit it and make it more visually interesting and appealing, I used the liquify tool on Photoshop to give a melting-sunglasses look on my face.



Though we only needed three medias, I chose to use five: Ink, chalk, color pencil, graphite and oil pastel.

My composition was meant to show several different distances and interesting shapes. For example, I made the polaroid in the very front and foreshortened, whereas the sunglasses was kept all the way in the back. The slanted paintbrush also allowed a lot of shadow and value to show.

I feel like the oil pastel bottle and ink paintbrush ended up the best. The white and blue pastel really showed the highlights and shadows in a glass bottle, as well as the ink allowed the paintbrush to stand out and look realistic. The colored pencil box and ink polaroid, I think, could have been done better. Though I tired to add as much value as I could to both of them, it didn’t turn out as I hoped it would.

Managing Time SUMMATIVE

Four ‘Managing Time’

DSC_1108 copyFreezing the Action: Definitely the hardest part of this photo was getting the timing right, as I had to make sure I got the exact moment I needed. At first the fast shutter made the picture look too dark, but after tweaking the ISO and aperture, it looked more normal.

light trailsLight Trails: This photo was less of a challenge due to the fact I took it by accident. Whilst practicing different shutter speeds, I aimed the camera at the theatre lights, unknowingly moving. This caused an interesting squiggle of light all over the image.

passing time copyPassing the time: This photo was one of the hardest images to take because the ‘model’ had to stay in each position long enough for the pose to show up, but then quickly move to the next position.

light paint copyPainting with Light: This photograph took a long time to shoot as we spent the entire class trying to figure out how to properly ‘paint with light’. Eventually we found out to make spaces between letters you cover up the flashlight, and you have to move really quick in the background so your body won’t show up.

Two ‘Managing Focus’

deep focus copyDeep Focus: The most challenging part of this was to keep everything in focus rather than just a specific area of the photo, meaning I had to use the manual mode and pick how the focus should look.

shallow depthShallow Depth of Field: The hardest part of getting a shallow depth of field was making sure everything in the background was blurred out. A lot of the time the dandelion wasn’t the only thing in focus, and the background would end up being distracting.

Four ‘Additional Images’

DSC_1113 copyFreezing the Action

night scene copyNight Scenes

painting with lgiht copyPainting with Light

DSC_1102 copy copyFreezing the Action 


So far using different tutorials I have created a few things in photoshop.


My first try at double exposure didn’t turn out very well but it was a good learning experience. Through a video I learnt how to use vector masks and the pen tool to make two pictures be layered upon each other. While this didn’t work very well because of the choppy cropping and not the best picture, this skill will be very helpful in the future.

xray ribbonBecause I found double exposure mostly boring I found a tutorial with just pictures and words on how to make a ribbon-like x-ray portrait. While I began this in class, I worked on a majority of it at home as it was very time consuming. The main skills I learnt whilst doing this was how to use the pen tool to cut out areas, make areas look 3D using the burn tool, changing the ‘stroke’ size, and use effects on specific layers. Overall, I feel this was extremely successful because whilst I ran into a lot of problems, it looks fairly good by the end of it.


After Nikko and Masooma presented for us, I was both amazed and inspired by both of their digital art portfolios, especially Nikko’s art. Looking at his figure drawings reminded me of drawings I’ve done in the past, and because I really liked the style of it, I tried replicating it onto one of my older drawings. In addition to this, he explained how you can input videos/gifs into Photoshop, and how he used it for his concentration piece in AP art. Originally I wasn’t planning on using videos, but I found the shirt especially hard to shade in, so I ended up playing around until I found out how to insert videos. Lastly, after some trial and error, I figured out you can convert a video into a gif using photoshop. Using this knowledge, I was able to make my drawing ‘video’ into a gif.

Process of Mikayla drawing:

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Colored and shadedScreen Shot 2017-03-20 at 7.08.04 PMInserted gif 🙂