13th October

Double Exposure

So, this week I used photoshop for the first time. This was for double exposure, where you combine two images together to create one photo. Because I have never used photoshop before, I found it challenging. The two videos that is on moodle I believe didn’t help as much as I found them confusing (they didn’t really point out where each tool was). I kept restarting as I kept going wrong, resulting in me being frustrated at my limited knowledge of photoshop.

Because of this, I had to ask a fellow classmate for help as they already finished their double exposure image. I found this more helpful as they clearly shown me how to use it.

This is the first image that I had help on.


You can see that the two images are of my friend and of a tree, edited together to make it look like that she has a tree growing out of her head. It still not perfect as the image of the tree still has the white background between the leaves as well as around the shoulders, where I hadn’t edited out.


This photo I did mostly on my own, still getting help from my friend when I needed it. It didn’t go as I wanted it to. It may be because of the gap in the tree that I placed over the eye, as that detracts from the double exposure. Compared to the first image, the double exposure isn’t as noticeable. Next time when I make double exposure images, I’ll choose portrait photos that isn’t face on and instead have a side profile of the person’s head. As that was easier to do.


Creative blurring

We had also done Creative blurring, where the shutter speed is low and you have to move the camera in either a diagonal or horizontal line. This create an effect where the object is blurred into a straight line. Mostly used for car lights on the motorway to  create a busy road.


This is one of the first attempts of creating creative blurring. I found it difficult as I couldn’t create it, and only shooting perfect photos. With this photo, you can tell there is some blurring, but not enough. I feel that I either need to turn my camera faster or to lower the f. stop if it is too high.



In the darkroom, we learned how to change a negative image into a positive one. This is done by placing a negative image (which is either from the light sensitive paper or a inverted printed photo) onto a clean sheet of light sensitive paper and putting light on to it. By doing this, the light hits an area of the paper that is not black and vice versa, resulting in creating a positive image. I experimented on how long it had to be under the light and the best results were around 3-4 seconds. I also experimented on a double sided inverted paper, where there was an image on either side that was inverted. The result was that the image that was face down showed up more then the image facing up, which just about showed up. This may because the image face down was darker, cancelling out the other image as it was light. So if I do this again, I might used images that have the same amount of light in each image.

I did something like this a few weeks ago with my pin hole images



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