PERSONAL PROJECT

5

 Macro-Antiques

Taking macro photography of old antiques 

For this project, I plan on taking pictures of old antique things using a macro photography lense that I will rent out from Mr. Lawrence. I want to use bright vivid colors and clear images in order to show older antiques in a new light and in modern day. By using vivid colors and light in my macro lense I will show how any object can be reimagined. 
 
Below are my three images of inspiration for what I am really going to try and capture when I create these images.

I chose this picture because of the 

use of the aperture in order to get a clear middle ground yet a blurry background. I also like the color combinations and that even though it is a dark tan and brown combination, it shows a clear message of age, yet the golden light shines to show modernity. Overall I want to combine the age and modernity of this image in one of my four images .

I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of the angle of the photo and the intensity of marco that is it. Rather than just a close up shot of an object, this photo goes directly into the detail of the tea set and explores the detail behind it. However old this antique may be, the photo keeps it timeless and I want to be able to shoot one of images this close up.

I chose this picture because even though it relates to the first one, I want to have some of my photos relate to each other color wise and be able to showcase different objects in the same light while keeping them together using the color combinations. I also really like the shadows of this antique and the way the photograph is vertical compared to the normal horizontal.

For my next steps, I plan on using my Nikon D3400 while using a macro lense rented from Mr. Laurence, in order to capture my images. I want to take them in a studio setting, and use on of the softboxes in an almost product photography way to shoot the photos. I don't need a model and will use Mr. Laurence's old cameras and antiques he has. I will shoot the photos from different angles and depths in order to have a diverse group of photos. I also want to play with the softbox and the way the light hits the antiques in order to have an even greater diverse group of photos. Overall I want to have four different antiques while keeping the same color scheme for all of them, to keep them in theme. I plan on shooting the antiques the week of November 11th in order to have enough time to edit all of my pictures. I will need four different antiques, one softbox, a macro lense, and hopefully some luck! I really want to tell the stories of these pieces right!

Think Tank 1: 

  •   Kea-Roy: Great Idea, something that you should really want to capture is the texture/weariness of the antique. Maybe make them look older through editing to really bring out that antique feel.

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  • Sofia: I really like your images, you can use a more yellow tint or warm tones to give a more antique feeling to your images and the objects in them, try to use the high pass sharpening filter to make your images more detailed.

Digital Contact Print​​
I chose the four yellow highlighted pictures to edit because of their composition and lighting that would work very well in creating and adding color to these antique images. These 25 images show the range out of the 250 pictures I took during my studio shoot with the antiques 
 
I chose the first yellow highlighted picture because of the detail and texture the background and foreground bring to the picture. I also really like the light that it coming through the holes of the material. The depth of the picture allows for a transformation of the the picture in post edit through color. 
 
I chose the second highlighted picture because local and pointed light that adds to the vintage piece and gives this older thing new life. I used mirrors in order to have the light from my softbox I was using  to reflect onto the actual antique. I really like the depth and the full surrounding reflections that allow me to use for color and manipulation. The composition and the feeling of personification of the antique adds to the overall emotion of the photo.
 
I chose the third yellow highlighted photo because it is close up and adds a spooky yet personal aspect of the photo that is different from any other photo I have taken. The reflection from mirrors on the left side of the photo allow for manipulation and added personal aspects of the photo to the final photo. Color can also be easily added into the photo through the colors on the mask's face.
 
I chose the final picture because of huge difference and feel is has compared to the other three photos. I really like how this picture feels like a complete different setting with the black depth compared the light, but still has the light shining through it fabric that will add a consistency to other pictures in my collection. Overall I think this is my favorite photo because of it difference and the ability to become a whole new photo as well.

Think Tank 2: 

  •   Kea-Roy:  I agree with your choices for your final photos. I suggest you edit them in a similar way so that they are more connected. Make third photo more simplistic.

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  • Sofia: I would try to edit the photos in a way that links the series of images together beyond the macro aspect. Maybe use a warmer tint, especially in the silver metal head image. 

Here is the original image.
Editing Technique for One of My Final Photos 
1. For my first step, I duplicated my background layer so I didn't corrupt it from the original image and then used the brightness and contrast tab in photoshop in order to get a more contrasted and deeper black picture. The eyes really pop more and overall the pictures looks more sharp and less blurry . 
2. For my second step, I used the magnetic lasso tool in the background of the photo and then used the brush tool in order to paint the reflection of the mask and then changed the color of the brush using the HSL slider in order to get a red reflection. I really like how the colors make the viewer take a double look at the picture and wonder if the picture is actually the reflection or another mask.

3. For my third step, I decided to use the magnetic lasso tool again around the background of the picture which is out of focus, the eyebrows, and the eyes in order to get a green turquoise look that makes the eyes pop along with the brows. This idea of using the brush tool to achieve what the theme is. To the right you can see I used the hard round pressure size brush with the colors PANTONE 299c and PANTONE 326 C

Here is the final photo.
Here are my other 3 final pictures.
"Red Light Black Light"
I decided to edit my photo this way with the only color being where the light seeped through the mask because it is very abstract and allows for the viewer to ponder what this is. This is actually a mask that was sewn together and after I was able to adjust the aperture in order to get a better and more clear depth and range, I showed a light through the mask and got this really pretty light picture. However I thought black and white fit this picture and chose to follow theme through the red color instead.
"The Ole' Green Purple "
I decided to edit my photo this way with the distinct colors of purple and green because I wanted to follow the theme even more than I had done. Isolating the colors out of the antique balls and creating a monochromatic look greated a macro but also abstract image that leaves viewers wondering how I did it. I also showed a light through the ball on the left foreground in order to get a better light shine. I also used a black background in order to get a more isolated look and really have a good contrast between the green and the black.
"The Golden Light" 
I decided to edit my photo this way with the golden tint to it because of the theme and the want to make a photo very monochromatic. I isolated all other colors and really wanted the background to be yellow, however I really wanted it to look like the light around the statue was yellow as well, so I used the brush tool in Photoshop in order to make the highlights of the statue yellow instead of white. Overall this is ma
Overall this project was very successful for me because I was able to try something I usually don't do...macro-photography! I really enjoyed doing this project technically because of all of the different equipment I used like a tri-pod, lights, mirrors, and other things that I usually never use. Also I really had set up my photos a lot more than I usually do and I really had to make sure the composition was correct and everything I wanted in the photo was in the photo. One thing I did challenge with was the use of focus in macro-photography. Using the macro lense is very difficult and can be proved useless without help. However I was able to get more help from my peers and I was able to use it fully to make these awesome images. Overall one of my favorite projects!
Successes and Challenges
Final Print Document
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