Response- “Masters of Photography:Diane Arbus”

Diane Arbus and “The Boy with a Toy Grenade in Central Park”

Diane Arbus’ method of photography was very interesting to learn about. Her photographs are all in black and white and all of people. I liked how the film used narration of Diane’s actual words over her photographs.

For a while I could not see the pattern in her photography. I thought that she was just taking pictures of people with interesting looks. But then it was revealed that she was purposefully taking photographs of people that society tends to look away from–the freaks, cripples, disfigured, old, etc. Her choice to direct her lens at these people who do not get direct eye contact on the street was heart warming. I like the idea of using a camera to make other people see what they otherwise refuse to. With her photographs she gave these people a moment of attention and a lifetime of notoriety as one of her subjects. Her thoughts on the lives of “freaks” gave a better insight as to whys she sought them as subjects for her photographs. Her notion that they were born with trauma, yes the rest of us have to experience it later in life makes sense. They have to grow up and live with something, something that she wished to photograph.

Diane Argus felt deeply for subjects, and these deep feelings as well as her own may have led to her death. However without her connections to her subjects, her photographs may have not been the same.

 

File Formats

Something that has been bothering me for a while is the number of different file formats that are available for photos. I never know which one is best for what type of photo or if they are even different at all.

According to Aziz .png is awful

 

In our projects thus far, I have JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, PSD, PDF, MP4, MPEG, MP3. So I decided to look up what all the differences are.

Lets start with PNG. PNG is the default file extension for screenshots, which I take a lot of. It stands for Portable Network Graphics. PNG was developed to improve on GIFS actually. PNGs allow control for many transparency options. However, PNGs are not supported by older browsers. The most important thing about PNG though is that the format has lossless compression, so images do not lose clarity when compressed.

JPEG or JPG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group format. The format type can be made smaller than PNGs and were made specifically for photographs. When compressed( especially things with graphics) JPEGS will lose some of its clarity and sharpness in areas with high contrast. However, JPEG is pretty much the standard.

 

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format is also a lossless compression format. But only supports a number of colors (256) which is why the coloring on them looks funny sometimes.GIFs are best used for simple animations and logos, things with not many colors.  Using an animation editor GIF images can be made into animations.

 

And there you go, the difference between GIFS, PNG, and JPG

With help from: Wikipedia, Webopedia

Weekly Recap

This week we learned A LOT of new things, but I really loved the GIF making

1. But we also learned Photoshop, which has a HUGE Learning curve. but I’ll take any sort of practice on it that I can take. We made minimalist posters, I really loved my Party Down one

2. Reading the short story Jon was weird, and I did not understand the connection to gifs until we discussed it in class. We can get closer to a pure communication through shared experiences. GIFs and facial expressions are a part of that ability to share an experience.

3. MAKING GIFS.. high fives for all

4. Daily Shoots! I took every one of of my pictures using my phone, than edited and manipulated them using various apps 

  Patterns

Horizon

Black and White

Rule of Thirds

What I learned- Photography Post(Updated)

When I was looking through all of the photography tips and information a lot of it went over my head. I am only used to taking photos, point and shoot, with not ever worrying about the saturation, a vantage point, pixel number etc. In fact, I lost my camera last year, and I have not bothered to replace it. Instead, I rely on my phone to take pictures. More and more people are using their phones as their sole camera, and iPhone photography is becoming a more legitimate art form.

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On Photodoto I found a bunch of apps for photo editing and such. I then went to the App Store to see when Apps I could get and play around with (free ones of course). I already use Instagram so I didn’t bother playing with that one.

The first one I tried was PhotoCat- There is a lot to play with in this app, lots and lots of filters, you can make a collage, add a border, enhance the colors, and blur the image. The layout of this app is very simple for all of the things that you can do in it. There are “pro” filters but with the amount offered you would not need to buy more.

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The next one I tried was PopAGraph. The graphics for this app were more attractive than the other apps so I thought I was going to like it better, but its features did not match its nice design. It had an in app tutorial, which I think is always a bad sign with an app, they really should be intuitive. The only feature on it was drawing, but I think if you paid for the pro version there would be more.20130410-145658.jpg

However CameraBag is an awesome app. The filters and effects make for really cool pictures. I was surprised with how easy it was and the resulting pictures I would make with it.20130410-145710.jpg

Response- Jon

AT&T Focus Group Ad

Reading Jon felt as though I was reading something Kurt Vonnegut, who is one of my most favorite authors. I really enjoyed reading this story and its criticism on commercialism. The story makes celebrities out of young people who choose what is cool , ” TrendSetters” and TasteMakers” are trading cards. These kids are raised up in praise of their decision making. The people in this society worship commercialism. The only way that these child celebrities are able to break out is love. In this sense it is very similar to the novel “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro–which is about a home for children **SPOILER** who have been cloned for the purpose of harvesting their organs. In the book there is a rumor that there is a way to get out of donating if they can prove they are in love. In this story,  Jon/Randy and Caitlyn are in love and their overseer Mr. Slippen has a deep connection to the two of them. Mr.Slippen does not want them to continue down  the life path they are on. This insistence makes the reader assume that the baby that died of Meningitis was purposefully ignored.

Jon/Randy is supposed to a be wonder kid in terms being a TasteMaker, he is encouraged to stay put and continue his work. To help him deal with his loss of Caitlyn, he becomes hooked on Aurabon which is a medication that it induces happiness. Sanders makes an interesting criticism on commercialism and children. The young people choose what is cool  at the loss of their feeling the way the want to, and the adults get hooked on what the young people deem is cool.