Salvador Dali: Surrealism

This is my favorite painting illustrated by Salvador Dali. When going through his other pieces this one really caught my eye. I really love the different colors used in this surreal painting. All the colors blend in beautifully, and although doesn’t have much color contrast, it mixes very well with each other. This painting is very pleasing to look at, and I believe it is a very beautiful painting. What I can get out of this painting is that maybe he’s trying to show how beautiful yet fragile a woman could be. He replaces her body with a sunflower to show how delicate she really is. This really caught my attention because there’s very little going on, yet it holds so many meanings behind it.

Framing

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I think I have a strong composition, and I didn’t edit my photo that much I only edited it so that it would appear brighter. If I shot this assignment again I would probably try framing different objects or try using the same frame I did with this one but focus on a different and/or bigger subject. I like my picture but I don’t think it’s the best out of all the framing pictures that were shot by my other classmates.

File Formats

“Joint Photography Experts Group”, or JPEG for shot, is the most known file format, and is the most used. This file is different from the other formats because it saves it as a smaller sized file which will give you more storage on the memory card. TIFF is the most commonly used industry-styled format, and has the ability to manipulate photos in the photo editing software. The RAW format will compress the files so that the best quality photograph image is captured, which makes it different from the rest of the file formats. Digital negative, or DNG, has the ability to use image processing software and is the safest option in the long term. PNG are ideal for use on the internet and has the ability to maintain transparency which is good for logos or overlays. Another file format that is used very frequently are GIF’s, which are also ideal on the internet but can contain animation. BMP is initially used on the “Windows” platform and can be used for printing as the images are saved in high quality format. The last file format is the PSD, which used as a default to save data, and has the ability to manipulate the image broadly on different layers.

5 Tips About Shooting Portraits

Never shoot a portrait at less than 50 millimeters, if you do then the subject of your photo will most likely come out distorted. When photographing, don’t shoot in the direct sunlight and instead shoot in the shadows. When shooting in RAW you can make a vast range of edits before making the JPG. The compression effect of a telephoto lens can increase the blur of the out of focus areas. When shooting pictures on a cloudy day, it is important to use your cameras white balance custom setting.

Camera Modes

Automatic mode tells your camera which setting is best to select when taking pictures. This mode helps let you over-ride flash and/or change it to red-eye reduction. Portrait mode is a setting that helps keep your background out of focus and sets a narrow depth of field. This mode woks best when photographing a single object or subject. Marco mode lets you move closer to the subject of your photo and lets you zoom up to your object. When using this mode, flash isn’t necessary or else the picture will be “burnt out”. Landscape mode is the setting you would use when you want an entire scene in your photo rather than it being blurred and not focused on. This mode helps capture wide-scene pictures. Sports mode is used when photographing moving objects. It is ideally used when photographing cars, moving sports, wildlife, etc. Night mode is most useful when obviously used at night or in darker places. For well balanced shots using dark mode, a tripod will help keep the background of your photo focused and not blurred. Movie mode extends your digital camera to capturing moving images instead of just still ones. This mode may not work best for taking video but can be put to perfect use when photographing an object or subject that can’t be taken with a still image. Aperture priority mode is a semi-automatic mode where you can chose the aperture of your image for a well balanced photograph. This mode is very useful when you’re looking to control the depth of field in the shot. Shutter priority mode is also a semi-automatic setting but you only pick the shutter speed of the photo and the camera picks the rest of the settings for you. For example, you would pick a faster shutter speed when photographing moving objects. Program mode is similar to auto mode but allows you to have more control over different features such as flash and ISO. In some cameras this mode is automatic, but that depends on the model. Manual mode lets you have full control over your camera and it’s settings. This mode gives you the flexibility of your camera to take whatever photograph you want.

Conceptual Self Portrait

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Conceptual means relating to or based on mental concepts, or just something that has to do with your mind. My own definition of the word conceptual are mental visions and imagery. I think this picture represents me because I really enjoy nature and the outdoors. I remember taking this picture and the joy it brought me to be in the garden I took it in. I really love the different shapes, sizes, and colors of all the different flowers and how bright and green the stems are. I love how green nature is, and how quiet and peaceful it was being there. I really also love to photograph nature and flowers. Photographing nature really helps me in many ways. It helps me relieve stress when I take pictures of flowers and nature, and really helps me take my mind off of life and helps me enjoy the moment I’m in. I love how different every plant is and how they each have their own shape and color. Each plant is unique in it’s own way, which is why I love nature.