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October 2015

Movie Poster

I remade the movie poster for Mary and Max, which is one of my favorite movies. I combined two different movie posters of the movie. Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 9.34.08 AMScreen Shot 2015-10-21 at 9.33.35 AM

I wanted to do the one with both characters, but it was in a different language, so I just combined both of them.

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This was the final product. I painted both of them white and hid their eyebrows, because in the movie they didn’t have eyebrows. I also took their pictures separately, so they both had equal amounts of light.

For Mary, I tried to find a brown dress and a white long sleeve, to match the costume as much as I could. We also made some Top Ramen to use as the noodles. I liquified her eyes to make them bigger, because with the white paint it made her eyes look smaller. Mary’s side has a brown tone to it, so once I finished masking everything out, I painted over with brown in a light opacity.

For Max, we got sweatpants and a sweatshirt, like in the original movie poster. We painted his face white too. I also had to get a fake bird, so I tried to find one that looked the closest to the original poster. We didn’t really have a box of chocolate cigarettes, like in the original photo, so we used a Chicken in a Biscuit cracker box.

For the credits, I couldn’t read them from either of the photos, so I looked them up. So, I tried to fit as many as I could on there.

Clones

I read this article about multiplicity, I realized the biggest problem I have is keeping the light consistent throughout the photos. These were really useful, because before I had a tripod, it was so hard to do multiplicity, because of camera shake.

I got the idea for the position from this photo, but instead of doing just a bunny mask, I did her make up to look like a bullet hole in her forehead.
I got the idea for the position from this photo, but instead of doing just a bunny mask, I did her make up to look like a bullet hole in her forehead.
This is the final photo. I used a tripod, so it definitely turned out a a lot better than the ones from last year. Thankfully, the lighting didn't change much, which was always one of my biggest problems with clones.
This is the final photo. I used a tripod, so it definitely turned out a a lot better than the ones from last year. Thankfully, the lighting didn’t change much, which was always one of my biggest problems with clones.

Studio Lights

This was the first picture I took, just trying out the flash and seeing how it worked. I believe I had the flash at 1/4, which is the highest it can be. I definitely figured out that 1/4 was definitely too high. The ISO was at 1600, the shutter speed was at 1/20, and the aperture was f2.8.
This was the first picture I took, just trying out the flash and seeing how it worked. I believe I had the flash at 1/4, which is the highest it can be. I definitely figured out that 1/4 was way too high. The ISO was at 1600, the shutter speed was at 1/20, and the aperture was f2.8.
Second, I lowered the flash and turned off the light. If the flash was higher then it would've turned out better.
Second, I lowered the flash and turned off the light. If the flash was higher then it would’ve turned out better.
My camera was on continuous mode and the flash wasn't fast enough, so it resulted in looking like the was getting swallowed into the blackness.
My camera was on continuous mode and the flash wasn’t fast enough, so it resulted in looking like the was getting swallowed into the blackness. Every now and then I would end up with a completely black picture.
I wanted to see if it would look any different if she was moving, so I had her flip her hair everywhere. I kept the shutter speed at 1/125, because I do't really like pictures that show the motion that much.
I wanted to see if it would look any different if she was moving, so I had her flip her hair everywhere. I kept the shutter speed at 1/125, because I don’t really like pictures that show the motion that much.
I changed the white balance to Tungsten, just to see if the flash would effect it.
I changed the white balance to Tungsten, just to see if the flash would effect it.
We got the idea to do doll make up and attempt to take
We got the idea to do doll make up and attempt to take “creepy” pictures. I had the ISO at 640 and shutter speed at 1/125 still. In photoshop I lightened her hair, so it didn’t look so dull and looked more colorful and vibrant. I wish I was able to have a flash on each side of her, so there wasn’t a shadow across her face.
Once again, I wanted to try motion pictures, but I changed the shutter speed to 1/15 this time. Of course, I forgot to change the other settings.
Once again, I wanted to try motion pictures, but I changed the shutter speed to 1/15 this time. Of course, I forgot to change the other settings.
The next day, I wanted to see how the pictures would turn out outside. Surprisingly they turned out pretty good, once I figured out the right settings. I had the aperture at f2.8, ISO 400, and shutter speed at 1/80. I believe I had the flash at 1/64.
The next day, I wanted to see how the pictures would turn out outside. Surprisingly they turned out pretty good, once I figured out the right settings. I had the aperture at f2.8, ISO 400, and shutter speed at 1/80. I believe I had the flash at 1/64.

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Over the weekend, I noticed some flowers growing in my backyard, so I decided to take some pictures of them. At first i started out with the ISO at 100.

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Then I decided to play with the ISO and changed it to 400.

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Then I decided to take some pictures of some leaves, I started with the shutter speed at 1/160.

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Then changed it to 1/200.

After reading this page about ISO, I found something that I really need to work on, “Also keep in mind that if you change ISO that you will need to get in the habit of checking what setting is selected at the start of every photo shoot.” I noticed that I always forget to change my settings back or adjust them as I go. I also realized that I don’t like having to use a higher ISO, because it is more sensitive to light, therefore there will be more noise in the photo, which I’m not a fan of. Some people like having noise or grain in their photos, but i just find it annoying ad hard to work with.

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