Exposure: HDR

For my series of photos in varying exposures, I chose to photograph one of the exhibition spaces at the museum. This served as the perfect location to test exposure ranges because one wall of the space is entirely windows, so I could practice exposing for dark interiors and bright exteriors all in the same spot. I used the Ricoh Theta camera to capture the space in 360 degrees.

Shot 1: Expose for the room

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Shot 2: Expose for the window

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Shot 3: HDR

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The series of all of the images I captured to create the HDR can be viewed below. Click through to see the changes in exposure.

Materials: One Color

The purpose of these photos is to examine a number of different items all in the same color with varying materials. I was able to gather up a lot of items (it certainly helps that my favorite color is purple!). I arranged them all together so that I could take a number of shots, both of group and of the items' details. 

Materials: Shader Reference

Today in class, my team and I took images of various materials to use as shader reference for the objects in our scene. We constructed a studio lighting set-up and used a polarizing filter to refine the specular highlights. The results of our session can be seen below.

Composition: Storytelling

These photos use composition to tell a story without the use of people/human subjects. Instead, these photos show evidence of interaction without revealing a person's direct influence. Potential stories could include an empty bench often used by a suburban couple, and an adpotable kitten looking up at a potential owner, but it really is up to the interpretation of the viewer.

Series: Time Lapse

The video below shows a compilation of images, taken at 120 second intervals over the span of 4.5 hours. I chose to photograph this location and time of day because the light streams into my window very dramatically as the sun sets. I also lowered my blinds so that the striped shadows would cast onto the wall. I thought this experiment would be very helpful research for my project, since it involves such high-contrast lighting streaming through the blinds. I would recommend watching it at 1080p and half of the original speed (adjustable in the settings below).

Blog Introduction

As part of my photorealistic rendering class in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, my classmates and I have been asked to keep a photoblog containing a collection of images showcasing our understanding of a number of photography concepts. Through creating these images, we will gain a more comprehensive knowledge of how real-world cameras and lenses work, so we can translate that knowledge to our computer-generated scenes. I will be posting my images on this blog. Stay tuned for updates!