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Blog Post 4

Hey guys, welcome back to my page! This week, I’m going to be talking about photography, different lighting conditions, and rule-of-thirds. But before we dive into that, we should probably address the elephant in the room: COVID-19. So COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) has been rampaging through the world, with well over 400,000 people infected and over 18,000 deaths. Because of this, we are now advised to stay home and keep our distance from others. Due to that, school is now online for the rest of the semester. Honestly, it’s kind of a blessing in disguise because coming back from spring break, I was really overwhelmed with everything I had to do. I was on a mission trip the entirety of the break, so I had no opportunity to get ahead of my work. Then the break got extended and shortly after, school was completely online. While I’m sad that I won’t be able to see everyone until the fall, I’m grateful for this new experience and time to spend with my family.

Now let’s get into photography! I have had a bit of experience working with a DSLR camera in the past, so I was pretty excited to see this assignment. For this assignment, we had to shoot photos under natural light, flash, and a mix of both, as well as use rule-of-thirds to create a different kind of composition for the photo. I had a fun time taking pictures of things around my house. For the lighting part of the assignment, I took pictures of some fake flowers I found.

This photo was taken under natural lighting. I took this with the windows open behind me. This one looks pretty nice, but the photo is sort of boring, with a little bit of depth, but it could use some more.

This photo was taken under flash only. I closed all of the windows and took this with the flash from my camera. I really like this one because it brings out the subtle colors on the flower, but it is still not my favorite from the ones I took.

This photo was taken using natural light with the flash. This one is my favorite because the flower is bright, but you can still see the colors on the flowers in the background really well. I enjoy using both lighting conditions because it brings a different depth and contrast to the photo.

For the next part of the assignment, I decided to use my dog to demonstrate rule-of-thirds. Rule-of-thirds is when you mentally divide the photo, using two vertical and horizontal lines running along the image to create nine squares. To accomplish what you want to do with rule-of-thirds, you put the focus of the photo along one of the vertical lines, drawing the attention away from the center of the photo.

This is my attempt at accomplishing it. It was kind of hard to get this photo because i had to lay on the ground, but I tried my best to get my dog, Princess, in the lower right hand corner. I know it’s not the best, but at least she’s super cute!

I had a lot of fun with this assignment and took way too many photos, so I’ll add a couple of extras at the bottom just for fun! I hope all of y’all are doing well with your self isolation. I cannot wait to see y’all during our zoom meeting for class today! Stay safe, and I’ll see you soon.


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