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In-Depth Post #6

Holy. It’s already the end of April and It’s just over a month until In-Depth Night! It’s now proven: Time flies when you’re learning! Since my last post, Garry and I have only met a couple of times as he was away in Oregon, shooting some fantastic subjects. We have recently met and he has demonstrated and tutored on a processing software called Lightroom. Lightroom has been a struggle at sometimes as it is absolutely essential to great photography. Doing a little bit of research, I have read that more than 70% of professional photographers edit and process their photos. Lightroom has enabled me to produce outstanding photographs but it’s just slight confusing. I am trying my best to learn and master all the controls of Lightroom so I can process my photos in less than 20 minutes.

 

Without Lightroom

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With Lightroom

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These photos look nothing alike but I swear on my life, they are!!

 

Sticking with my initial plan, I will present a one minute and thirty second video, displaying my best photos in a very chill and good vibe presentation. I will plan on having music playing with the video and edit the video so it changes photos with the beats of the music. (Thanks Digital Media!)

I am feeling really good about In-Depth, I think I have done quite well and I hope the outcome of my final product resembles the amount of work I have put into Photography.

 

Check out all my photos at,

https://www.flickr.com/photos/162840094@N04/with/40951340724/

 

 

 

 

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Week 11, Post #5 In-depth!

Oh, my goooodness! The jump from week 7 to week 11 has been hectic for me!

My mentor, Garry, and I have been meeting twice every week for an hour to two hours each session. Most of the time we talk on the go as we are always moving between photography locations. Last Thursday, Garry and I spent 10 hours together and went over all of Vancouver to take pictures of architecture, water, bridges, and some great long exposure of the ocean and the sunset. He has been amazing and I have taken some fantastic photos that will be perfect for In-Depth night. Although Garry is my mentor, I feel like we have become really good friends and I hope to keep in contact with him after this all ends.

Please view my photos on Flickr as the more views I receive will allow my photos to be more noticed by larger and more professional photographers.

https://www.flickr.com/people/162840094@N04/

 

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

Garry and I have constantly emailed each other back and forth whether it’s talking about our next meeting or just websites for outstanding photography. He has been really helpful with exposing different perspectives and certain “rules” that will make my photos ten times better!

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

There are a lot of learning opportunities that I could use to assist with my photography skills. Some very easy and free opportunities are looking at other peoples work! Many people post their photos online on Flickr and that could improve my photos quite a bit. I could also join a specific course that teaches photography but that might not completely work as I need more of an artistic point of view.

  1. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

My mentor has suggested many times to get a software called Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is an application where you can edit and further enhance your photos. It will allow me to produce better photos that will could potentially be published. It does cost a bit for a subscription but a few days ago I had just purchased it for a minimum of three months. If it shows that it’s worth the money, I will renew it and continue to use it.

  1. When you get together what do you talk about?

When Garry and I meet we try our best to not talk the entire time, but instead go out and apply our earlier knowledge. When I say this, I mean that Garry and I talked for the first few meetings and after we have just been going around and taking photos. When we do talk on the run, I like to ask him about his past experiences and where he goes to take photos. In exchange, I tell him about the TALONS program and all the learning we do.

  1. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

Something that is going EXTREMELY well and I mean extremely, is the amount of communication that is occuring. We meet twice every week almost every week. As I said before, we email each other a lot and sometimes even call! When we meet face to face, both he and I are very open and just talk as if we have known each other for a longer amount of time.

  1. What are you learning about one another?

I have just started to learn how much time Garry spends on photography. He has really taken this as a passion and as a lifelong hobby. As for me, he stated last week that he actually has learned how much of a fast learner I am!  I also think he is learning about my personality and my perspective in photography.

 

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In-depth week 7 post #4

Progress:

I can’t believe it’s already week 7! This is insane! Time flies when you’re hard at work i guess. So far, I’ve gotten quite a bit done which includes learning a lot more about my DSLR camera. At the very beginning, I walked into In Depth thinking I was semiprofessional. I can now see that I was clearly over confident. Garry has been a huge help. He’s taught me so much about my camera and how to take photos. He has very nicely convinced me to take more RAW photos of literally anything! I’ve included one at the bottom and it’s only just a bench but I managed to make it look stunning.

 

What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

The most difficult mentoring challenge so far would probably be the meetings. An hour sometimes isn’t enough and I believe that Garry feels the same way. It’s also been a struggle because Garry hasn’t filled it the criminal record check until recently so I haven’t been able to go anywhere to take photos other than my house. however, this Wednesday we will be going out to take a lot more photos of a lot different subjects which will be fantastic!

 

What is working well?

Garry is so experienced and it’s amazing how much knowledge he possesses. He’s passed so much on to me that I definitely think I could publish some of my photos. At one point, I was struggling because I had no way to access Adobe Lightroom due to the cost. I have found a couple of alternatives that both Garry and I believe they’re better!

 

What can you work on?

Considering its already week 7, I feel like I should start taking more photos for the final project and think about what my theme is going to be and how to share it. I also think I could work on my time management. I need to be going out and taking as many photos as I can but I never find the time. I need to be on top of things a lot more for this project to succeed.

 

A lot has changed since my proposal and I think it’s for the better!

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In-Depth Blog #2

Now in week three of In-Depth, I have started to research more into Macro Photography, looking more into the cinematic perspectives of photos. I have taken a few books out from the Port Moody Library, and have watched a few videos on how to improve stability when taking photos. I am very disappointed as I have yet to secure a solid mentor. Its been very tricky trying to find someone who is professional in Macro, as well as having time to help me throughout this project. Luckily, I am not empty-handed. An opportunity has just opened up at Sony Imageworks (Fathers workplace), where there is a photography club full of spectacular photographers. As soon as I have access to their contacts I will be sending emails hoping for them to mentor me. In a couple of weeks, I also hope to be participating in a photography course and ask for the instructor to be my mentor. Its been a real struggle to email these people beforehand as their emails are not so public. Photography is a challenge as its more of a hobby or an art. You don’t go to universities to study photography but rather courses more for the movie industries. That’s why finding a mentor for professional photography is hard for me. Adults are not so public about there other interests.

Anyhow, I am praying to have a mentor by the 15th of February at the latest. Every chance I get to have a mentor, I will take instantly and hope to meet with them promptly.

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