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Product Photography

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During the weeks of black on black in our first quarter, we learned the essentials of lighting, and specifically lighting products/objects. This quarter we had our first Product Photography class, which I learned offers a lot more variety in subject, creativity, and style than I had initially assumed. We studied many different types of product photography and lighting techniques for various materials/subjects, as well as how the would need to be sized a displayed for proper forethought in composition. At the end of the quarter, we had to compile our…read more

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Final Video – Product

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Our final video for the Video Production II class was to create any type of product video that we would film with a partner but edit separately into two versions. This was a great exercise that I wish we had done earlier, it definitely showed us what we could learn from each others’ editing styles (for those who were willing to learn, that is). My partner wanted to do a fashion video in a clean and modern style like that of an Issey Miyake video she had seen, which I…read more

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Sound Design for Video

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In our Videography class we did a small focus on sound design- we had to make a video of some routine and include sound that was intentional and appropriate for the task. I filmed the routine of cleaning my goldfish bowl- recording sound from both in camera and a shotgun mic, many sounds were recorded from one extra scene and added in where you can’t normally hear sound but do in fact see movement.

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Crewdson Pitch

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The Crewdson Lite shoot is the largest production of our first year in the Photography program. It is a high production on-location shoot that involves the entire class. We find the location, create the concept, make the budget, build the set, find models/actors, wardrobe, props, design the lighting, and of course produce the image. The first step to our big Crewdson Lite shoot was to do a location scout and presentation. (My location was not chosen, but my location scout is below). Crewdson Location Scout The second step, once a location was chosen…read more

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Voyakix

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This was our second group project for New Media this quarter and it was a product ad challenge that involved randomized groups with a randomly generated fake product name, and then our choosing of a weird selection of objects to be that product. I had the opportunity to work with two designers I had not even met before, and it was a great group experience. The name we generated was “Voyakix” and the item we chose what a little triangular mirror/prism thing, so when we started brainstorming, we went in…read more

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Film Neue

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In our Location Techniques class we’ve studied how to location scout and what’s expected in a location scout’s report, as well as how to compensate for on-location conditions with equipment to create the kind of control one has in the studio. After Port Townsend, this class will culminate in our Crewdson Lite project which will be an all class effort to create a high production on-location shoot, but for the time being, it was to recreate the same lighting control we displayed with our in-studio film noir. First we created…read more

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Port Townsend

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Port Townsend is probably the most important week to everyone in our photography program every year, and although I’ve always loved visiting Port Townsend myself, I never fully understood it until we went in May. The trip is always in the middle of the spring quarter and is the time when all the second year graduating students schedule their big portfolio projects, while the rest of us assist for them. All the first years are put up in the bunker at Fort Flagler near Port Townsend, and the second years…read more

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Foundation Project

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This quarter was a totally different experience for our New Media class. For the first two quarters, we cycled through four different modules which taught us various aspects of professional group projects involving graphic designers and photographers; however, this quarter was the first time we worked solely in rotating group projects using the skills we had acquired. The first was a campaign we designed for the Scholarship Foundation- including a a landing page, posters, and a video. For our video, some of the designers had developed a “passing the baton”…read more

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Celebrity Challenge

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One of the interesting assignments we did this last quarter was an in class sprint called the “Celebrity Challenge.” We were split up into groups and each member had an hour and a half to built the set and lighting scheme to emulate a surprise celebrity portrait. The exercise dictated that the photographer had to stay at camera and fully direct the assistants and model, that the assistants could not see which photo it was, and that as much as possible had to be done in camera. Actually it was…read more

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Film Noir

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Our final assignment for our second quarter lighting techniques class was the Film Noir assignment, which was essentially required using  culmination of all our studio knowledge from the first two quarters to construct a set in the studio, use models with appropriate hair/makeup/wardrobe/etc, props, furniture, narrative, pre-production planning, and of course dramatic low-key lighting. We had only two weeks to develop our concepts and execute the assignment, which ran right us until the last moments for many of us. I had to construct part of the walls for my set…read more

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