Monday, June 1, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Born in Highland Park, Illinois on March 24, 1886. He started doing photography when he was 16 years old. Weston moved to California where he had 4 sons with his wife. He focused entirely on his photography. In 1937 the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation awarded Weston a fellowship, the first given to a photographer.

His Work:
His pictures included the human figure as well as items of nature, including seaside wildlife, plants, and landscapes.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Ansel Adams

Bio- (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and enviornmentalist.
He developed the zone system which determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs. Although his large format view cameras were difficult to use because of their size, weight, setup time, and film cost, their high resolutions ensured sharpness in his images.

Famous people/things- he took pictures at the japanese internment after the attack of pearl harbor. He has taken many different photographs which have been put in museums, portfolios, books, etc.


Friday, May 8, 2009


Biography- Annie Liebovitz was the 3rd of 6 children born in a Jewish family. her father was lieutenant colonol in the U.S. air force. The family moved frequently with her father's duty assignments, and she took her first pictures when he was stationed in the Philippines.

Famouse things/people photographed- 1970, she worked for the recently launched Rolling Stone magazine.
1980. had a photoshoot with John Lennon.
In 1991, Leibovitz mounted an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
In 2007, Leibovitz was asked by Queen Elizabeth II to take the queen's official picture for her state visit to Virginia.

Favorite image-

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Andy Warhol

"Andy Warhol, was an American painter, print maker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator. Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-grade filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included Bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy aristocrats. Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films."

Famous Photography
  • Can of campbells tomato soup - sold for 10,000
  • He painted many famous celebrities
  • A BMW - which took him 23 min to paint
  • Images of car crashes, suicide/death
Famous image

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Black and white photography questions

1. What are the three basic elements of a camera? An optical element (the lens), a chemical element (the film) and a mechanical element (the camera body itself).
2. What is an SLR camera? Is an automatic moving mirror system, which permits the photographer to see exactly what, will be captured by the film or digital imaging system.
3. What is the purpose of a camera's aperture? It’s the setting that controls your depth of field (background and/or foreground).
4. What does shutter speed on a camera control? It performs the task of regulating the amount of light enters the camera and exposes onto film.
5. To get the right exposure for a picture, what three things must be balanced? White Balance, etc.
6. To take pictures outside on a very sunny day, would you use a high or low film speed? Why? As light travels from one medium to another, it changes speed. Light travels more quickly through air than it does through glass, so a lens slows it down.
7. What are the four steps for developing black and white film? In total darkness, remove the film from the cassette, Load the film onto either a metal or plastic film reel, Place the loaded reel in the film tank ad cover it as directed, Make sure the temperature of the chemicals (especially the soup) is carefully controlled, etc
8. What things are needed to make a black and white print?
Mix all of your solutions and put them in the appropriate containers.
Adjust the masking frame for the paper you intend to use, allowing for a suitable border.
Turn on a 7.5-watt (or less) amber safe light. Keep it at least 4 feet from the paper.
Adjust the enlarger so that the image is the correct size, and focus it.
Make a test strip to determine the correct exposure time.
Use filters to offset the difference between a black-and-white negative and a color one. Start with a No. 4 contrast filter. If you don't see enough contrast, move up to a No. 5, and so on.
Switch off the enlarger light.
Put a sheet of panchromatic photography print paper, made specifically for this application, in the masking frame. The paper must be placed emulsion side up.
Use the correct time and aperture setting, according to your test strip.
Set the timer.
Turn on the enlarger.
Process the paper as you would black-and-white.
9. For a black and white print, the final image is actually what material? Developed sliver.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


There's a variety of shapes and patterns in this picture.


The red and black leaves with the yellow flower really creates an interesting combination of colors.


This picture has emphasis, because the blue in the picture really stands out from the black in the backround


There's a balance of color and shapes in this picture.


Lots of variety of elements is shown in this figure.


You can see the unity this picture brings. everyone coming together as one.


You can see the intensity, and extreme movement the skiers have.


There's lots of intense colors put into this picture.


This picture gives you 2 different textures, rough and smooth


This picture is an optical illusion. Which side is laying on it's side? and which side is standing up?


Many different lines in this picture gives it a unique look.


there are many different shapes, in this specific shape, to create this shape.


This hallway looks endless, and it's another good way to describe space.


This planet has a nice shade of gray, then disappears in the darkness.