Extra Credit

Want to take a slow shutter photos but do not have a DSLR? Try SlowShutter. SlowShutter is a great app for iPhone users who wants to take cool blurred pictures, and it is featured by Apple in “App Store Essentials: Camera and Photography”.

In the app, it has 6 shutter speeds that you can choose from and also a B shutter that can let you shot as long as you want.

IMG_0049 Besides that you can also change the capture mode: automatic, manual, and light trail. In the automatic mode, the camera controls the amount of light that the aperture captures; in the manual mode, the light will accumulate until you finish the shot; in the light trail mode, you can chose the sensitivity of your camera to the light. It also has a live preview function that is really useful when talking photos (that appears to be LP in the shooting page). You can see both the outcome of the photo while still seeing the scene that you are taking. This makes it easier for users to get a sense of what is happening in the frame.


For the visual elements, I think SlowShutter did a good job that most of its icons and functions can be well understood and easy seen. However, the flash icon is one of the two flaws in this app. Because I don’t think it looks like a flashlight. The icon appeared to be more like a video recorder when I first opened it. The second flaw is the app seriously needs to be updated to support iPhone 5. From example, it looks kind of awkward of having some black spaces above and below when taking a shot.

Overall, I think SlowShutter is an easy and useful camera app that people can use to take beautiful slow shutter speed pictures.




These are photos that I took:

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The other app that I downloaded is Hipstamatic. This is another camera app that is recommended by Apple in its “Camera and Photography” section. The main function that this app does is a postproduction and flash control. In other words, it is an Instagram app that you can control your flashlight that makes cool effects.

What makes this app unique is that you can play with different combinations of lens, films, and flashlight that it provides in store. There are around twenty different features that you can buy in store to play with. These are some cool features that I used to take photos.IMG_0137


It is also really impressive to have the old camera interface as the menu of the app (and also the icon of the app). It makes you feel like taking a picture in old cameras: you can look through the small square glass to take your picture. It also makes the dusty effect when you see the image trough the “glass”. These give the user a great visual effect of using your phone as old cameras and you can also purchase other interfaces that you like in store.  When you view the photos that you took in the photo gallery, it actually gives the information of what lens, film, flash that you use.IMG_0132 It is really useful if you want to take a picture with the same effect. Another thing that is good about this app is that they give you pictures of how they look in the real world when you want to choose different lens, films and flashes.  IMG_0135They also give you photo examples when viewing them, which can give one a great visual idea before choosing the lens, films and flashes. However, the only

bad about this app is if you want to use more “lens” or flashlight effects, you have to buy it from their store. Besides that, you can set up your favorite camera combination. This function is really useful when you feel tired of


changing the flash, film, and lens one by one. They also provide the user a visual image for the whole combination, which I think, is really cool.




However, the set up for this app is kind of difficult. When I first use this app, I was confused by the buttons and visual elements they have. I also have a problem switching the lens and films that it has (I do not know that the back icon that it had in the bottom right corner can lead you to the other side and switch the features). I think it is a better idea to give some tutorials or at least some explanations for first time users.

To sum, this is a great app to have that you can shoot cool combination that you discover. Despite the flaws that I talked about, I would really love this app when I am tired of the multiple steps of postproduction.

These are photos that I took:

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Paint to Life: Class Registration

For my paint to life project, I like to present how anxious AU students are when they are registering class. I used Repentance of St. Peter by Guido Ren in the beginning to act like I am praying to succeed in registering. However, it turn out that I failed because the bad register system that AU has.

In this movie, I used three camera movements: dolly out (in the beginning, 0:11), pedestal down (when I am shaking my hands and feet, close up (0:49)), and  zoom in (when the page failed to load, 1:07).

And also included several shots: middle shot (0:11), over shoulder shot (0:25), close up (0:49), extreme close up (0:58), wide shot (1:16)

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Diversity Project

For this project, I grouped with Malcolm. He works for the AU athletes, so we decided to visit his work place and experience his work life after school. The hall of fame is the room that we first entered. There was also another trophy collection on the back side of me.



He then showed me his office where he usually do post production for pictures and videos that he took on the field. However, this doesn’t sound as interesting as it should be!


In order to not being bored, there is place that he can watch people working out and laugh about them. (Just kidding). By sitting there he can see how hard working other people are, so he has a motivation to go back to his computer and work harder.


He also brought me to the arena which there was a women basketball game going on. This pictures showed how he usually film videos when a game is happening.

DSC_5767Overall, I enjoyed the experience with Malcolm working for the AU Athletics. However, this is not an easy job. You have to take photos/ videos and also do post production and only get paid for $10/ hr. But  I think it is fine as long as he enjoy his work. I hope I can see him some day when I watch AU athletics matching with other teams!

Lumier Project Redo

Our Lumier project is about just having a really bad day. It starts off with our character getting a text messages about a really bad grade on paper. She furiously types back and then puts on her chap stick. She is so mad that the Chapstick seems to fly out of her hand and on to the floor. As she reaches to pick up the Chapstick she falls on the floor. As she goes to get up she bumps her head on the table, falling back down to the floor. As she tries to pick herself up again and on to the table she slips not once but twice. Finally she gets up and brushes herself off. Thinking her day can’t any worse she starts to walk out of the room. As she walks away she runs into the table and then walks straight into the door. She becomes frustrated so frustrated and stomps away.

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Visual Review – Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams is considered to be the greatest photographer in the world. When taking into account that he lived in a non-digital world, his accurate exposures are well known for their clarity, and he also is known for promoting high aperture shoots which broke the generally accepted aesthetic standards. The photos that he took are mostly landscape photos of the national parks and coastal areas in the west coast. Influenced by his father when he was young, Adams went to many exhibits and bought his first camera the age of 14 on a trip to Yosemite National Park with his parents. Adams started his career from there. As a promoter of taking pictures through a small aperture, he formed a group called f/64 (which is the highest aperture that cameras can reach during his time). His idea of imagining the final print before taking the shoot developed into his  idea of Previsualizatioin and Zone System. This master control concept and technique allows him to control nearly all of the potential variables on the camera, and determine the best exposure and development of time for every given photo.

Since all of his pictures are mostly low aperture, we can say that all of his photos are sharp and has a greater depth of field. Although he took close ups of photos of flowers and plants, he never preferred using high apertures to get a soft image of the object.

Adam’s pictures have lines and curves, especially when it comes to rivers and deserts. For instance, one of his most famous pieces The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) portrays a meandering river across the photo, with the end of the river dividing the whole picture into two unequal portions: the mountain with the sky on top and plain that the snake river runs across.

Besides using low aperture to break the rules in his time, he used red filters to block infrared sunlight to make the sky seem dark. In his first project he shot a picture called The Face of Half Dome by using red filters. This photo became so popular because the red filters to made the sky look dark in contrast with the snow, and also because of the unique perspective of the mountain in the center, making the mountain in half as well as the whole picture.

The only portrait shot project that he ever did is Born Free and Equal: The story of Loyal Japanese-Americans. The reason for doing this is because of his frustration of seeing how unequal the Japanese people was treated after the attack on Pearl Harbor during WWII. Adams wanted to use his camera to record how “how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and dispair [sic] by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment”. One of the most famous pictures in this book have small girls standing on the playground raising their hands up like bird’s wings. The photo was taken at a low angle, relatively low aperture so that we can see other people’s hands held up, paraphrasing the children in the camp wants to be free like a bird.

Ansel Adams’s accuracy of exposure was not only considered as a masterwork back then, but also today as well. The sharp images that he took help us reproduce his pictures that are 50 years old, and the choice of composing the lines and curves are also makes landscapes elegant and gorgeous.