Ercekj here again with anther update on the Paranormal Documentary work. So still having some problems with going on an actual hunt but that will hopefully be remedied by next week.
In the meantime I will be taking this weekend to shoot some dramatic recreations. So what are “Dramatic Recreations?”
They are scripted scenes that are mean to help tell the story but also are not necessarily true. They are used in a sense to add flavor or drama to the story.
However to ensure that this does not turn into some cheesy, drawn-out, Halloween-style documentary, I will be keeping the scenes to a minimum and very short. Anyways below is a picture of some of the props I will be using. I will see you guys in a week or so.
A reflector is a flexible screen that can be used to give photos a glow or create shadow. For this assignment we took pictures of one another while another student used the reflector to either cast shadows, diffuse the light source, or to cast a gold or silver glow on our photo’s subject. For this one I did a Silver reflection, a Gold reflection, and a Shadow. All photos were taken on a Canon Rebel T5.
Silver Reflection Before.
Silver Reflection After. For this photo I had my fellow classmate take the silver part of the reflector to focus the light on her face. If you look in the previous photo you notice her entire face is completely in shadow. However using the reflector in the second photo not only lit up her face but enhanced the glow on her bangs.
Casting a Shadow, Before.
Casting Shadow, After. Taken on a Canon Rebel T5. For this one I wanted to shadow my subject completely. So I took the disk and using the black part of the diffuser blocked out the light coming from the sun. If you look at the previous photo my subject is partially lit but by using the diffuser I go him completely in shadow and caught him in focus. The previous photo he was partially in the light but it was a bit too bright where his features were partially washed out.
Gold Reflector , Before.
Gold Reflector, After. For this one I had my subject elevated and had another student take the gold reflector and reflecting the light gave my subject a nice golden glow on the subjects face. Looking at the before photo you can see that she is in the shadows a lot. So the glow helps brighten up the left side of her face and gives it a nice golden look.
For this next project we were experimenting with macro lenses and we had to take pictures that showed our subject in great detail.
The first two subjects were without water, and then the other two were done with water on some kind of vegetation. I later took the photos and touched them up in Adobe Lightroom as well as applying a watermark to each photo.
#1 Toy Hunter
I messed around with the hue levels and then added two gradient filters to give it a sense of motion. Like the cheetah was hiding and briefly was in the light. Taken on a Canon T5 Rebel.
For this one I messed around with the luminance and saturation to make the blue color of the toy car pop. I then added a gradient filter bringing lighting up certain areas of the subject. I then messed with the shadows to make them more distinguished. Taken on a Canon T5 Rebel.
#3 Kiwi Drop
Again used an adjustment gradient to shine more light and show the path that the drop took from the top of the kiwi to the pool of water at the bottom and in the dark. I then messed with the saturation and hue to bring out the green in the kiwi and the red in the strawberry. Taken on a Canon T5 Rebel.
#4 Rose Drops
For this one I messed with the saturation but only to make the reds come out and be more prominent. Then using a gradient I brightened the photo to make the droplets more prominent on the right but also to draw attention to the darker part of the flower which had droplets that were not visible before the edits were made. Taken on a Canon T5 Rebel
Hey guys! Ercekj here again.
So I told you guys when I would be posting more about my documentary here is some more for that.
Right now the working title of this project is “Haunted America Destination: East Idaho.” This may be subject to revision but more on that later.
So this past week I met with Adam Anthony a paranormal specialist in Idaho Falls. He specializes in the alleviation of paranormal entities and helping individuals that are afflicted with such.
Below is a short clip from our interview this past week on how to help people afflicted by a paranormal entity. The footage has had some rendering problems causing it to flicker and be longer than it actually is. I will have that fixed and then more content for you guys next week.
For this project we were given the task to take an object and then take 12 different photos of it from interesting and inventive angles or ways and then make a collage with the remaining images. For this project I chose my light saber that I purchased from Ultrasabers.com.
Added a sharpen mask to give it a more detailed look. Taken with a Canon T5. Flash.
This one I added a levels and a screen style adjustment layer. The opacity in the levels was turned down to help brighten the image.
Added a mask and blended the layers.
For this one I first had a black and white filter added and then a levels filter added on top of that.
Vibrance layer with the vibrance turned up and the saturation turned down so that it would be void of brighter colors, and just black and white.
First I added a hue and saturation layer and the a levels layer but I selected the color dodge option which turned the blade of the light saber to a grey-silver color and darkened the image some more. Taken on a Canon T5 with a flash.
For this one it was actually a bit of an accident. I was trying to blend the layer with an image of fire and then removed the fire and set the blending option to multiply making the luminescence of the light-saber stronger.
Collage with remaining images. No edits made. Canon T5 with flash.
Of course later on I really felt like the collage had been messy so I decided to redo it.
I went back and designed a grid in photoshop and resized the images. But for this one I only used eight images.
Hey guys Ercekj here,
So right now I am in the middle of a big project. In the next couple of months I will be working on a documentary film that visits the paranormal. The cool thing is that I will be meeting with people that actually conduct both investigations and the removal of pests of supernatural proportions in Idaho!
So where is this documentary gonna be? When will it be finished? Who am I going to be talking to?
All of that and more will be coming soon right here on Ejournals as well as my You tube channel: John Ercek, and twitter feed @RealJohnErcek.
So stay tuned and I will be sure to upload and keep you guys in the loop for this awesome adventure.
In this activity we were to use what we learned about Aperture to take pictures that showed different depths of field from shallow to deep. Disclaimer: Two of the photos were taken with a DSLR camera I had purchased from a previous owner and the times were off by a lot.
Deep Depth of Field
For this photo I took a picture of the fountain by the Spori building and then in Photoshop I put a black and white layer changing the ranges of Red, Green, and Blue to +300 and Cyans, Yellows, and Magenta’s to -200.
Trickling over troubles. 05-05-16 12:54p.m. Fountain by the Spori BYU-Idaho Campus. Focal length 45mm f/5 Shutter speed: 1/800 Canon Rebel T3i
This next Photo I took and then in Photoshop I added a vibrance layer mask making it much brighter and rich in color. Vibrance: +75/Saturation: +70.
Path to Spring 05-10-16 2:36 A.M. South of the Rick’s Building BYU-Idaho Focal length: 29mm-f/18-Shutter speed: 1/60-Canon Rebel T5
Shallow Depth of Field
After taking this photo I added a Brightness/Contrast layer as well as a Hue and Saturation layer to really emphasize the stems and necks of the bundle of banana’s. The settings were 16 for brightness and -13 for contrast, and the Hue and Saturation levels were put as the following: Hue:-7, Saturation: +13 and Lightness: +8.
Bananas-05-06-16-7:28 A.M-Pines Apartments-Focal Length: 30mm-f/4.5-1/20-Canon Rebel T3i
So for this next photo I added just a vibrance layer mask to help make it brighter, as well as show more detail to the flower. The settings for the layer were: Vibrance: +85 and Saturation: +25
The Survivor-05-10-16-2:49 A.M-Hart Building & Gym BYU-Idaho, Focal Length: 33mm-f/18- Shutter speed: 1/100-Canon Rebel T5