Shutter Speed Weekend

6:50 am: Woke up

7:00 am: Got ready

7:47 am: Got in the car

7:52 am: Officially left house after getting my two baby cousins strapped into the car and made sure we had everything.

8:11 am: Got my Tall, Caramel Frappe at Starbucks.

8:39 am: Reached Midtown Tunnel. Ugh so much traffic!

9:30 am: Class Time

I know in my previous post I had said that I was taking Jewelry Design; but sadly, a few weeks ago I got a call saying that my class was canceled. So I took another Precollege Workshop that I wanted to take, JSX 006 Basic Photography: Portraits.

I was really excited because I had previously had this teacher for JSX 007 Environmental Photography class last summer. My teacher, Ms. McCabe is extremely funny.

This class was awesome!

I already knew some things about taking photos from my Basic Photography. Things like ISO and shutter speed. Shutter Speed is the time that is taken to take a picture. One example is, when someone is running. You would want a faster shutter speed to get the action, but if someone is standing still, you would want a slower shutter speed.

ISO is how much light gets taken in. The lower the number of your ISO is, the lower your response to light is.

To learn this, my teacher made three students sit on the floor and make shapes with their iPhone flashes. Everyone turned their shutter speed to 5″ (five seconds).
After the camera took the photo you could  see what shape the phone flashes had made.

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We decided to write FIT with our camera flashes because if it wasn’t for us attending FIT we would not have learned this cool shutter speed trick.

Try doing this with your iPhone or Android cellphone.  IMG_7502Comment how your photos come out.  Here is a quick one I just did with my iPhone, I had to download the free app LongExpo Slow Shutter Speed.

Look for my future posts to learn more about me and FIT.

-Livia

 

A Photography Student’s Point of View on VSCO Cam

Hey guys!

VSCO cam–one of the most popular photo editing apps of our teenage generation…but not for a reason that I am very proud of. We are the generation of photo editing, Instagram and an overwhelming overflow of social media. I fully support the convenience of being able to take and edit photos on a whim, however, I am not the biggest fan of people thinking that a bad photo can be fixed with a nice filter. Obviously this app is not the reason for this plague of poor quality editing, but I have noticed that the popularity of filtering photos has skyrocketed since the app became more popular about two years ago. I follow my fair share of friends/family, celebrities, photographers, and companies on Instagram, and other than photographers and companies, pretty much everyone else is guilty of this. Even looking back on my old photos, I cringe seeing the amount of times I used the P5 filter on VSCO to edit a photo. Now, I focus on using the lowest concentration of a filter on a photo for the gram, and I use filters that accentuate the best parts of the photo. In fact, taking a photography course at FIT has made me focus more on certain aspects of a photo that cannot be fixed with a simple filter. In the studio I have learned how to control the lighting, and shadows, and angles present in my shot, and using the darkroom for printing has exposed me to the rawest form of editing, because I can only control the exposure and contrast when printing film in black and white. I have even had conversations with other Precollege students, both in and out of the photography department, agreeing that cell phone photo editing can almost be annoying because of how everyone suddenly thinks they are a professional photographer by slapping a pretty filter on a poorly constructed photo. I have a lot of respect for people that don’t even edit their photos (#nofilter), and most of my peers at FIT follow that trend. A trend that has been dying out is having an attractive Instagram “theme”–having the same filter and color scheme throughout their photos. I feel that along with the trend of unedited models and people with more ‘realistic’ body types being showcased in the media has had an effect on this. While people’s Instagram feeds may not be as aesthetically pleasing, each individual photo is now a lot more quality and just overall gives off better vibes because you are looking at what actually happened. In my opinion, I would rather look at a raw and maybe not 100% perfect photo, rather than an over edited and unnaturally posed picture. Abusing filters and being able to skew people’s perception of you and your life via social media is something that I am very against and I honestly just lose some respect for someone when they are too in over their head about themselves and their feed. Another quick complaint I have about VSCO is how people use this platform to showcase the parts of their life that they want people to know about, but don’t want to completely publicize. This totally differs depending on where you live. I’ve noticed that people that I follow from NYC, and more specifically FIT,  have tasteful and artistic photos posted up to their VSCO page–perfect! And then there’s people in my town. Selfies, parties, vaping, vandalism, selfies, screenshots of text messages with their significant others (what filter are you even going to put on a text message???), oh, and more selfies. I personally rarely update my VSCO profile, but when I do it’s usually pictures from shoots with my friends or vacation pics taken on my camera. Again, I feel very strongly about this due to my involvement with photography and the arts, especially now that I have some experience in a more professional photography environment thanks to the Precollege program. Below I’ll post some screenshots of Instagram profiles to showcase examples of what I have been ranting about this entire time. 

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An aesthetically pleasing Instagram theme that highlights golds and pale accents

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Filter options on this popular editing app–VSCO

My good friend and also a pre college student that has adapted the 'no filter' theme for his Instagram profile

My good friend and also a pre college student that has adapted the ‘no filter’ theme for his Instagram profile

 

Do any of you guys have social media pet peeves? How do you feel about modern photo editing? 

Until next week,

-Francesca

Stuff to Do After Class

Status

This past Saturday was week number eight at FIT and I cannot believe how fast these Saturdays are coming. I never want it to end! I remember how nervous I was going to my first class – my family and friends kept on telling me to explore Manhattan while I was there by myself and I didn’t really know what to do exactly. Shopping and walking around aimlessly are my number one talents and that’s precisely what I did by myself the first time I decided to take a later train home. The walk up to Times Square wasn’t that long at all. All of my favorite stores were there, so it was a home run for me! If you like Express and American Eagle I suggest heading to Times Square because the stores are huge and have almost everything you’d see at the online stores.

But then – last Saturday – the most amazing thing happened to me. Chipotle. Now, I know what you’re thinking… What does this have to do with FIT? WELL EVERYTHING! It’s life. Chipotle = life. AND IT’S RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE COLLEGE OHMYGOD. I went with my friend Sarah and then we went back to FIT to enjoy my first Chipotle burrito. Yes, yes. I know what you’re thinking. How have you never had Chipotle? I’m sorry my fellow Chipotle fanatics, I’m very sorry. The closest one is twenty minutes away and I never was part of the Chipotle craze!

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Outside the Feldman Center with Sarah

So, what do you know? Signing up for a precollege class brings learning and opportunity – for your future and taste buds!

But seriously, if you’re looking for something to do, somewhere to eat, go down 8th Ave. There’s everything imaginable. Me and Sarah went for paraffin mani pedis at QQ Nail Spa on 8th and 23rd. There was a Starbucks right next door and countless food places across the street. Also, if you are into photography or want to take photos while you’re in the city, it’s the place to be! It’s busy, there’s lots of action, traffic, trees, and it’s just wonderful.

Looking up 8th Avenue

Looking up 8th Avenue

If you are like me and are stubborn to leave your comfort zone at first but eventually will break the barrier – break it sooner than later! I’ve only got three classes left and three more opportunities to hang out with my friends after class to explore the city. It goes fast, but then again, so does everything you enjoy!

(Last weekend’s plan to go to the Whitney Museum was canceled – hopefully we are going this weekend. Updates to follow!)
Until next week,
Joey Criscione

First Days and #Blessed

A wise philosopher once remarked, “first is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest/treasure chest.” Not only is this spotty logic (first is definitively the best, what are they even talking about?), but it’s not always true, because I had a great first day at FIT! I managed to dodge the morning LIRR ride thanks to the fact that my friend takes a course a few blocks away and was not down with lugging her architectural model through Penn (which I respect). After only minimal confusion, I was able to ride the escalator five flights up to my class. I take HSX 133 Fashion Journalism, and our instructor, Christina Burgoyne, is a senior editor at InStyle Magazine. It’s so cool to learn from someone working in the field, with a job similar to one you hope to one day have. Our class discussed the different types of articles you can find in any fashion magazine- service, news, and profile- along with beginning to plan the ones that we’ll write ourselves. My group chose to write our articles about the late (but really freakin’ great) Prince, and I’m so excited to work on it next week. Besides that, we discussed who our favorite people to follow are (in a non-stalker way) and why we choose to. In the age of social networking, in a sea of food pictures and #blessed, it still becomes evident who has the best personality- and these are the people who become the most successful. It explains why Man Repeller is so popular- every media outlet will tell the same fashion story, but I want to hear how Man Repeller will tell it, because I know it will be amazing. I had time to ponder this all on my train ride home, as I listened to Florence and the Machine and half-heartedly flicked through my copy of Les Misérables on the train (it was a long day and it’s 1300 pages of words to take in, don’t judge me). I can’t say this was an exciting read, but thanks for taking time to gaze at it anyways!

Hannah Zwick

a rare shot of flowers in NYC trees and not in Coachella hair!

A rare shot of flowers in NYC trees and not in Coachella hair

There’s a first time for everything, right?

Hi all,
A few days ago, we lost one of the most incredible musicians ever alive (in my opinion). His name was Prince Rogers Nelson, and he was my idol in so many ways. I’d like to dedicate this blog post to him. Rest in peace “Prince of all music”- and may you be in heaven where the rain is purple.

Anyway, on a happier note, I recently had my first FIT class!!! My class is located in the Pomerantz building.

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Here’s what was on the supply list to bring for my first day of the “Life Drawing for Middle School” class:

  • Newsprint or Sketching pad
  • Pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B)
  • Charcoal (vine or compressed)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Regular eraser (vinyl or pink)
  • Pencil Sharpener

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So, there I was, outside of FIT and nervous as heck. My advice to new FIT Precollege students who are as anxious as I was is, DON’T BE!! My worried state soon started to dissolve as I met all of the compassionate people who were there to help me succeed. My instructor, Demetrio Belenky, was always making sure we were all okay, and soon I didn’t even understand why I was worried in the first place!

After I’d met my teacher, we all made our way to our room, where I was met with a very pleasant surprise. I’m telling you, that was probably the BEST art classroom I’ve ever been in. Paint was all over the place, I think I even saw some on the ceiling! I felt right at home there.

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Demetrio made us sign a bunch of contracts – and here I was thinking that signing things was only for adults! Then class began and we had to draw picture after picture of a model; in total I drew 16 sketches in one day… We focused on 2-5 minute quick sketches of a model. Below are some pictures of my work:        sketches

Below is one that didn’t turn out so well. (The legs are too thick and aren’t shaped correctly.) I think it’s very important to learn from your mistakes, that’s why I’ve included it for you to see.         oops-legs

When I left for the day, I was so ecstatic that I was finally getting some great instruction. Stay tuned for more as I tackle my homework next…

-Miranda