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LA – Delving Deeper Into the History of Photography Q 2

Question 2

Research, written and practical assignment.

Go to the library or search on the Internet and find a photograph from the 19th century (taken before 1900). Write a short “think piece” about this photograph. You are free to select any image you would like to write about, as long as the photograph was taken during the 19th century. Examine the photograph carefully and write about what you see and what the photograph makes you think about. Some (but not all) things you could consider are:

What does the photograph tell you about the photographer?
What does it tell you about the subject of the image?
Does the technical quality of the image (or lack thereof) help or hinder the success of the photograph?
Where did the photographer stand when he or she took this picture?
How does his or her camera position or angle affect the outcome of the image?
Why does this picture interest you?
In short, tell me what you think about the image in your own words. This assignment is to be written in a word processor (doc, docx or pdf) and uploaded to your WordPress blog. The image you are writing about should be included as an embedded image in your paper.

Here is my Think Piece. The photo I used for this assignment was “the crawlers” by John Thomsen.

Sources:

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O158972/the-crawlers-street-life-in-photograph-thomson-john/

 

 

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LA – Delving Deeper Into the History of Photography Q1

Q 1. Pick three events in the timeline from this week’s lesson History of Photography: An Introduction, and find photographs of the event on the Internet or in the library and write a paragraph explaining the event in more detail. Include your photographs in the description.

Tintype photography

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This type of photography was patented by Hamilton Smith in 1856. Thin sheets of dark lacquered iron was used to make a positive image, meaning normal colors and light. It did not need any drying, some the photographer could have the image ready for the costumer in a few minutes. Because this was a non expensive and fast way to make pictures this became a popular method. Often used by photographers in booths, at carnivals or fairs.

 

Wet plate negatives

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The english sculptor Fredrick Scoff Archer invented the wet plate negatives in 1854.
Negatives is reversed, and dark colors appear light and light colors appear dark. By making them on glass plates the image became more trustworthy by keeping more of the details in the image. The glass plate also made it possible to make more than one example of the different images.
He used a collodion emulsion, and with light-sensitive silver salts he coated the glass plate.
There was a disadvantage with this method though. The plate dried fast, so the entire process had to be done quick. This meant that the photographer had to cary around a portable darkroom.

Color photographs

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Commercial colour films were brought to the market in the early 1940s. (Except for Kodachrome, which was intruced in 1935). These films used the modern technology of dye-coupled colours – a chemical process connects the three dye layers together to create a full colour image. Despite of the shortcomings, the color photographs improved throughout the 1940s. So a lot of the World war 2 photos were in color.

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LA – Color theory Q3

The last assignment of this week was to make a book cover. We got to choose from three different books. I decided to give the one I fond most tricky a shot. The trouble started when I could not find anything about the book on the Internet. But I found a book with a similar title by the same author, so I figured that was it and probably just a slip in the assignment papers. If its not a slip, then I have made a book cover on an entirely wrong book!

Anyhow, I read about the book since I have not read it myself. Then I used kuler to fint the colors I wanted to use, and I must say I love kuler! The colors used on the cover was going to be analogous and represent disagreement and discontent. I figured out red, black and orange would be appropriate. After doing some research on the book, I found out that the two main female characters used blue and red colored nun wear. So I decided to have blue as a color aswell. Fortunately kuler let me have it my way, and I ended up with this as my result. The cover was also going to have the title and authors name on it.
I would loved to have had some more time with this assignment. It was fun and interesting.

Book cover 2

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LA – Color Theory Q2

By using a  color photo of my own choice I created the following color effects (as in Nigel French`s video.

A. An “Andy Warhol” look
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B. A sepia look
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C. Split toning the image
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D. Freestyling a color effect of my own choice.
I found the video about color tinting interesting. So I made this version for my freestyling.Split toning

This was both fun and enlightening! I liked to experiment in photoshop.