My assignment was to choose two words from a list that described me and take pictures to represent these two words. So I chose them (Kind, Helpful, Friendly, Organized, Neat Relaxed, Happy, Sympathetic, Bored, Enthusiastic, Creative, Ambitious, Shy, Energetic, Athletic Outgoing, Sociable, Manly, Girlie, Industrious, Intelligent, Old, Courageous, Cooperative, Confident Distracted, Messy, Quirky, Grouchy, Comical) and off to take pictures I went.
Because I spend most of my day in my classroom, I figured this is more than likely where my pictures would come from, so I warned my students and they agreed, and wanted, to be a part of my assignment. I tried for candid shots but they didn’t seem to turn out right so I decided I would have to “stage” my shots a bit. This worked better.
My first subject was Laurence. She is in my classroom working on a test. She looked so serious and was concentrating extremely hard on her test that I had to snap it. She was so absorbed in her work, she didn’t even realize I had taken the picture, which makes it better because it was more natural.
Here is the first, unedited picture. I liked it but the purple pencil case kept taking my eyes away from her face, where I wanted the focus to be, to it.
I did not do much editing to this picture. I cropped the picture, which brought her face closer and putting that as the focal point, which is what I wanted. I also tried to crop out the purple pencil case, because it was distracting, but it wasn’t working, which is why I decided to go to black and white. I also like how dark her hair looks in contrast to her face, again putting more focus on her the look on her face.
Can you guess my word?
My second word was a little more difficult. My original idea was that I would take shots of the students talking, being social, with each other but every time I tried, they would look at me or would stop talking or there would be too much going on in the background (such as other students or the whiteboard). Then Hannah came in during her lunch and was scrolling through her Facebook. A light went off. I snapped several pictures and I tried to get different angles. This is the picture I decided to go with:
But there is a whole lot going on. I wanted the focus to be “social” media and as the picture was, I didn’t feel that was the focus. It was not in the center and your eye was not drawn to her phone. So with Fotor app, I did some editing.
I cropped the picture to bring the phone to the center. I blurred out the surroundings to make the phone stand out more and put a focus bubble (not sure of the specific term for that) over the phone. I feel the eye focuses more on the phone to emphasize “social” for my second word.
I enjoyed this assignment. I think I enjoyed playing with photo editors more than actually taking pictures as I thought it was fun to play with the features to see what I could come up with.