Meatballs impress the camera

I’ve always been in love with my mother’s meatball recipe. For this assignment we were asked to create a video slideshow that demonstrates a process.

Since I was a child, I have watched my mother cook the Italian classic on Sunday afternoons. In this video, I attempt to demonstrate how my mother makes the delicious meal.

While I was documenting my mother cook I was sure to shoot from a variety of angles. In the video, there are photos up close to the food and some that are a bit further away. This makes the video much more entertaining. I used my iPhone 6s, which takes impressive quality photographs.

Another thing I did was be sure to shoot behind the light so the photos were not overexposed.

When it was time to edit the photos in Photoshop, my favorite tool was the crop tool. I wanted to get rid of all the unnecessary action in the background so the viewer could only see the food. I think this added emphasis.

I darkened some of the photos of the raw meat in order to make it look a bit more appetizing. I realized during my editing process that food can sometimes look squeamish if it is not photographed well.

How to make meatballs from Maria Castellucci on Vimeo.

 

 

Travel, Chicago style

For our midterm project, I was inspired to recreate the travel site, Choose Chicago. I liked that by recreating the site I had the potential to use a variety of different photos and subjects.

I replicated the color scheme from Choose Chicago, which uses a black, white and gray palette.

I also looked at a variety of other tourism sites to get ideas for my layout. I establish order and hierarchy in my current design. The viewer understands that the dominate story on the page is the lead story with the headline, “Van Gogh exhibit at Art Institute.” I established this focal point with the large box and photo. The layout employs order because all of the stories on the page have the same design and all of the items are aligned.

Although the page doesn’t have white space, I was sure not to overwhelm the page with too much information. All of the items have their own distinguishable space.

I took the photos I used for this assignment on a cloudy, rainy day using my iPhone. To lighten up my photos, I edited them in Photoshop. I think this gave the photos a similar hue.

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Restore the beauty

This aged photo was full of holes and stains. Per our assignment instructions, I used Photoshop tools to not only get rid of them but I also toned the photo to add brightness and contrast.

I got rid of the stains and holes by using the eyedropper tool. This tool allows you to replicate a color and place it somewhere else on the photo.

I noticed that the young woman was also faded from age. Her face lacked clarity and appeal. Therefore, I used the dodge tool to lighten under her eyes. I also added some light pink blush to her cheekbones to brighten her complexion. I think overall the photo looks much better.

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The dancers get a trim

I was asked to edit a photo of two dancers by using Photoshop’s crop and toning¬†features.

The crop tool in Photoshop can really change a photo. I gave two dancers a crop in an effort to improve the photo.

Before the crop, the photo did not have a very clear focal point. Therefore, I used the crop tool to place the dancing couple on one of the third corners of the screen by using the rule of thirds.

The dancers were also overexposed by the sun. I toned their faces to decrease the overwhelming brightness. I warmed their faces by using the burn tool on Photoshop. I had to make sure not to make their faces too dark however so it didn’t look unnatural.

I warmed up other areas of the photo as well like the pavement behind the dancers exposed by the sun and the soles of the shoes of the male dancer.

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After:

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