Class Critique

I liked that we learned how to use Lightroom and Photoshop through editing our photos. I thought this was going to be a boring class where we read about how to edit, without actually editing anything. I liked that we got to shoot what we wanted and we had the freedom to edit and learn on our own. I think the videos in class were sometimes a little dry, but I liked that it showed us new artists. I liked the photo booth project, but looking back I would have done it differently. I would have tried to do a style similar to Richard Avedon. I liked the photo book as our final because it allowed us to take something with us after the class was finished, something that we could take and look back on years down the road. Overall, I think I learned a lot in the class and had a good experience.




I have always loved the art of typography. I knew that people created their own fonts and could play around with the design of the letters and think outside the box. What I did not know was the battle being fought between the lovers and haters of Helvetica. I had no idea people could be so passionate about a type face and what it meant to each person. Some people saw Helvetica as the perfect font, and maybe only saw the need for two other fonts, but no more than that. While others viewed Helvetica like it was Satan.  They saw it as capitalism squashing all creative outlets. For me, I understand the perspectives from both sides, I could see how it was plain and boring, yet perfect in some situations. I have always liked the look of Helvetica, but now I see it more than just a font. I see the transition from the modern to post-modern era.

Contemporary Artists

Matt Mullican is a America artist whose work incorporates either bright and bold colors or just black and white. Nonetheless, most of his work displays a lot of contrast. What I found the most interesting is that Mullican has been experimenting with hypnosis since the 1970’s. He said he does this “to create art that both examines his subconscious, and functions as a strategy for breaking from the patterns of everyday life.” I personally like the high contrast in his work, as they are simple, yet striking.


Damien Hirst is one of the most commercially successful contemporary artists. He became famous in the 1990s for his series of dead animals which are preserved in formaldehyde and on display. However, what I found to be interesting was his For the Love of God installation. This art piece consists of a18th century human skull covered in £15,000,000 worth of diamonds, while the only surviving human aspect are the original teeth. 


Andreas Gursky is a German photography who is famous for this panoramic urban cityscapes. He is one of the most successful postmodernist artist of the 21st century. His most expensive work, Rhein II was taken in 1999, and was sold in 2011 for $4.3 million dollars. Gursky had originally taken the photograph of the Rhine River, and then it was enlarged and then edited to remove all the buildings and people in the background. I like this photo because it shows the true beauty of the Rhine River as it was before mankind built around it. It silently shows how humanity is taking over the simple beauty of nature.


Final project proposal

For my final project I want to take pictures of my roommates and all the crazy things they do. I will take pictures that capture them as they are without posing because there’s no need for posing. I will using Rinko Kawauchi as inspiration, but keeping the tone happy and carefree. I think this will be a fun project because it will allow me to display how much fun and little dull moments there are at the my house full of hooligans.

Mid Semester Quiz

1. A camera is a light proof box with a hole in the side.

2. Depth in field would be ideal when taking a landscape picture. Depending on if you wanted to blur the background or foreground, you could use depth of field to pin point your focal point.

3. Format, distance to subject, rule of thirds, framing, leading lines, contrast, depth of field, and..

4. A high ISO is ideal for a dim lighting setting, so maybe a 300-400. If you go too high with your ISO then you’ll white out the picture.

5. Aperture is how much light you allow into the camera lenses, if you have a high aperture then that hole is really small and thus it will let in less light. Shutter Speed is how short or long the lenses stays open. With a slow shutter speed, you can capture the movement of the picture and slow it down.

6. Temp, tint, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks???

7. You can slide the the saturation bar all the way to the left to remove all color, you could hit the ‘v’ key, or you could simply hit ‘black and white’ under the basic treatment panel.

8.  Street photography is taking candid pictures of people in a routine setting, with no setup. Like a man on the corner of a street or a hot dog cart owner. Just normal everyday people.

9. He used a chemical process to develop his film.

10. Richard was most known for his fashion photography, but and the end of his career he moved into taking portraits of people.