You know those really old cameras back in the day where you had to use a big black cloth to see through it? Today it’s crazy to think that photographers once had to use other methods to shoot other than just looking through a small viewfinder. Some processes took minutes and hours rather than the millisecond it takes now. For a well rounded foundation my school encourages us to try these old processes and cameras… like the 4 x 5.
It’s huge. The camera is permanently on a bar that you can tweak for focusing and other uses. To take this bad boy out of our photo cage you have to rent out a big, sturdy tripod, a light meter, film holders and a huge case that holds the camera. This camera is fully manual so you need the light meter to read how the light falls on your subject and get the correct settings like shutter speed and aperture. Unlike cameras today this one uses film but it doesn’t come in a roll. It’s one at a time. This means before you go out you have to put your film in as many film holders as shots you need and keep rotating them. Luckily a film holder can hold two sheets of film.
To save money (and time) our teacher allowed us to use regular black and white photo paper to avoid frustrating ourselves with the film. This project focused more on whether or not we were able to use the camera correctly rather than how the pictures turn out. I think my images turned out too grey because we pre flashed them in the dark room to give them more tonal range but I still like them nonetheless.
The lamp post is definitely my favorite. It looks like Narnia because of how different it is from the rest of campus.
What’s the strangest camera you’ve used?
Today in class the professor decided to add on a lot of assignments on top of what we’re already doing. It made me think of all of my other classes and how my pile of homework is growing bigger and bigger with every class. Teachers need to understand that we have other classes and obligations so we’re not going to sit at home just doing their work.
I’m realizing how badly I’ve probably screwed myself by taking four studios at once. This weekend I’m gonna write out everything I need to do and slowly cross things off. If I don’t I will forget something important.
It’s my last year… my last year… last year…
Depending where you are in the world, fall is coming around the corner. Of course all of my long sleeved shirts are at home so I have to stay warm with denim jackets and a light NorthFace.
When E was here we walked into Forever 21 and went into the men’s section… I came to my annual revelation of how guy clothes are so much better than girl clothes. They’re thicker, warmer and sometimes cuter. Look at all this gold.
The last one has my heart. I found the warmest sweater ever while with E and I was going to buy it but the only size they had left is XL… now I know I’ll swim in it anyway but I don’t need the sleeves touching my knees. This fall I’m buying mostly guy clothes and no one can stop me. The fashion industry has no sympathy for girls when it gets cold.
Red pattern | Keep Calm | Pocket pattern
Yesterday was so needed for me. All I did was sleep and have an amazing date with my boo Netflix. I have to catch up on New Girl and Once Upon a Time before anything else. Especially before October because American Horror Story comes on!!
We also had a roommate meeting yesterday which cleared up a lot of miscommunication. There were a few small problems that were solved quickly but I think if we would have waited too long to talk them out, tension would build.
But now it’s Monday and I would do anything to not have to go to class… flash snowstorm anyone?
I’m a little in my feelings right now because I though my printer malfunctioned so I bought a brand new one for $30 (cheap I know). It’s here and when I set it up it had the same problem… after countless hours of problem solving I realized it was just the USB cord that connects to my computer…
So now I have two printers. I called Papa Rey and said if my stepmom needs a new printer she can have my old once since it faxes, prints and scans. It’ll go to a good cause but for reals? All I had to do was buy a new cord?!?!!?
I found a beautiful portrait mural somewhere in Baltimore and thought it was amazing. All those wrinkles. I wish I could read who it was (if it’s obvious shut up) but until then I’ll stare at it.
Happy Monday!! Today in my Photoshop class we had to do an assignment based on shadows to see how they fall in real life. We had to take 8 pictures of objects/people inside and outside. It was really hard for me to get into this series because it’s the first one of the year. I’m still in summer mode. I’d say about 3/4 of the images are decent while the others are just fillers. My groove is inching back in though so don’t judge me too harshly!
To emphasize the shadows I made everything black/white. A part of me is trying to challenge myself to take only b/w images for an entire year. It would be hard for me but in the end I’d probably looove it. What do you think?
Should I do it?