For this week, we were tasked of taking 5 photos with a person in it. This task was really difficult for me, as I don’t have a professional camera to use and I had to use my iPhone. SPOILER: For those who don’t know taking photos of strangers with an iPhone is 1) Totally obvious 2) The strangers you’re taking pictures of will notice and shoot you weird looks and might yell “WHY ARE YOU STALKING ME!?”
These are the photos from that adventure.
The Color of Money: Two University of Wyoming Students ponder what shot to take during Billiards Club at the Billiard Hall in the Wyoming Union
This photo was taken during Billiards Club which happens every Monday Night in the Billiards Hall in the Union. These two students were playing against each other and were really taking a lot of time between shots. Mostly thinking one step ahead. It was interesting to watch and I wanted to capture that moment without having it be awkward. In terms of creative device I guess you can say I used “Rule of thirds” as the pool table is in the bottom third and draws a majority of the focus.
Study Time–A group of UW students are seen studying hard (or as it appears) in the Union.
This photo was taken while I was working at the info desk at the Union. Usually when working in the Union, I see mostly individuals or partners studying. If I was looking for groups, then I would go to the Library. I didn’t want to be a creep and take a candid, random photo of this group studying (not to mention disrupt them). So I stood at the desk and zoomed in and caught the moment. If I had a professional camera with a big lense then I could of caught the photo and use better creative devices. Speaking of devices, my device for this photo, I used leading. The table in the bottom right of the photo is the main focus then you have the main table with the group dead center. Letting the viewer know that this can be a place for studying.
Fire (False Alarm)–A firefighter leaves his truck to investigate an incident at the Geology Building.
This photo was taken when I was walking to the Union tonight. Apparently a fire alarm went off in the Geology building as the sidewalks were engulfed with two large fire engines and a couple of police vehicles. This shot ended up really cool because it was taken at night and all of the flashing lights plus movement gave the photo a really cool look. Again if it wasn’t for an iPhone, the quality and photo could be much better. For creative device I used Viewpoint. As my phone gives a totally different view compared to what really was happening.
Jazzy Sax–A UW Student performs during the Jazz Jam Session at the Wyoming Union on Monday Night.
This photo was taken again while working at the info desk. Jazz musicians will perform a Jazz Jam Session every Monday night in the Union. This fellow was performing his solo during one of the songs and I wanted to capture the moment. The thing that irked me was that when I wanted to get a good shot from a different angle, he kept looking at the camera. Which I did not want. The only way to do that was by going around. This is just a good example of letting nerves get the best of you and not being out going enough to take a good shot regardless if he was looking into the camera or not.
Good Eats–Ben Lee eats a delicious plate of stir fry with a nice glass of apple juice.
I was visiting my brother over dinner at his place and his roommate Ben is someone who I haven’t got to know. Thankfully he was cool with me taking this shot. Basically, I put my phone on the table and got a nice close up of the plate of stir fry and glass of apple juice. If I had to do it again, I would probably raise the angle and capture his face. In terms of devices this is definitely rules of thirds as I caught the glass on the right, plate and food in the middle and Ben dead center.
This assignment taught me that I need to be more outgoing when taking photos. Maybe if I had a professional camera I would feel more confident taking pictures of strangers than with an iPhone. Because with a Camera people know you’re taking photos. With an iPhone people don’t know if you’re taking a picture, taking a snap chat, video, tweet, etc. The possibilities are endless and that’s why people act up. So next time I’m going to go with the professional camera and end up with better results.