What did you enjoy about the experience?
I liked how we were able to pursue anything we wanted. At school, usually you aren’t able to choose what you want to learn more about or pursue, but with this project, we get to learn about something that we want to know. I liked how the project didn’t have specific guidelines on how you should approach the project/what you should get out of the project. The project was up to you and you got to decided what you wanted to get out of the project.
What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?
The most challenging aspect was staying dedicated and exploring new things with photography. When going into the project, I set all these goals about wanting to learn how shutter speed, aperture, manual, etc. affected a photo and what they did, but a lot of times I found myself just slacking off and quickly taking pictures just so I could upload them to the blog. When I did try out new things with my camera, I got frustrated quickly because the photos weren’t turning out the way I wanted them too and I was confused on how to adjust all little aspects of the photo.
What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?
I learned that I am easily discouraged when the outcome is not what I pictured it to be. For example, after playing with my new camera, I wanted to start experimenting with manual, or adjusting the light, shutter speed, and focus. However, when I first started using this, I got frustrated really quickly and just switched back to auto because I had no idea what to do. I wish I would’ve stuck with it and learned more about how these aspects affect a photo and how to adjust according to the setting. I really want to work more with it because I know that if I play around with it more I will get the hang of it and see how each aspect affects the outcome of the photograph.
What are you most proud of? Why?
I am most proud of the pictures I took of people. I am really interested in capturing facial expressions and moments where someone is showing emotion. I realized halfway through the year that people are my favorite thing to photograph. I think I took a lot of good pictures of all different kinds of people. Here are some examples of the pictures I am proud of taking.
What lessons did you learn from your successes?
I learned a lot from my successes. I learned that not all your photos are going to be great, but learn from the mistakes that you made. I learned that angles play a big factor in the outcome of a photo and finding that right angle can drastically change a photograph. I learned that experimenting with different buttons on my camera is a way to take a photo and see the difference it made and learn and apply that new button to other photos. My successes also showed me what worked and what didn’t. For example, when using manual, I took tons of pictures that looked awful and out of focus, but eventually, I got a really good photo. I got this photo by drastically changing the numbers the shutter speed and aperture were set to and realized that it worked really really well.
What lessons did you learn from your failures?
I had many failures throughout this project, however, they were good failures. By this I mean, I learned a lot by taking tons of pictures at once and seeing what I did on the photos that looked badly and comparing that to the photos that turned out how I wanted them to. When I started adjusting things on my own on my camera, I just randomly changed the shutter speed numbers to really high or really low and then took pictures of the same thing, just with different settings. With this, I evaluated what worked and what didn’t. The bad photos showed me what not to set the speed too and how that speed affected the quality of the photo.
What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?
The fact that it got me into the habit of dedicating 20-30 minutes every week of taking pictures inside or outside. I will remember this because now this has gotten me into a routine of trying to take photos at least once a week. It has really helped me get better with using my camera and experimenting with times of day/lighting/angles. I think I will remember going outside wherever I was and just being free to take pictures of anything, even if it didn’t look cool, it was just really helpful to be free to photograph whatever I wanted.
What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?
I was rushing to put together my end of the year presentation and wished I could have had a little more time to work on preparing. I was freaking out about it the night before and wished I would have had more time to practice my speech. Other than that, I thought this was such a fun project and next year would not change anything. I really enjoyed being able to pursue anything that I wanted and having no set guidelines.