Top Photographer

I watched numerous styles of photographers photograph a person and the various techniques they use to capture a ideal picture. I watched as some took the time to really make a connection with whoever they photographed, while others were more awkward and didn’t introduce themselves. I also saw some of the participants do extra things, such as moving things around, in order to really achieve a good background. Now that I have seen the hard work it takes to really get a good shot, my thoughts on being a photographer have sort of changed. I have found that often you have to come out of your comfort zone to further captivate someone with your photography, and not only take pictures of your own style, I see some of the participants were not open to take other suggestions and your ended up getting disqualified where as one took a suggestion and he ended up wining a challenge round.

Framing A Subject

  1. I would personally say I had a strong composition.
  2. I feel I edited my photos pretty well, although I still need more practice to get a perfect edited photo.
  3.  If I shot this assignment again I would choose a different place for shooting.
  4. I would not say mine belong on the blog because my photos are not the best, I have seen better but maybe a little further into these assignments with practice I would consider probably being one of the best in the class.









Salvador Dali Surrealism

With this particular photograph, Surrealist artist Salvador Dali influenced me and when it comes to this kind of photography pictures, he showed the artistic ability people have. He was a perfect example of making me spend time to explore every major or little detail the image has, making my unconscious mind process every aspect of the image of surrealism. His artwork is completely incredible and is such fantastic work, he placed things all together and really gave his pictures a magical look, his pictures made everything feel so dreamy. I believe Salvador Dali is trying to convey his viewers to really pay careful attention to details, I feel he did this as a part for us viewers to maybe be able to sit and really articulate ourselves through his artwork.

File Formats

JPEG ~ JPEG files are easily compressed in the camera, resulting in a lack of clarity and quality, certain cameras have choices for various JPEG quality levels for example low , medium, high.

TIFF ~ TIFF files are generally uncompressed and, as a result, offer the possibility of extensive post- processing.

RAW ~ RAW files are usually available on advanced compact cameras and DSLRs and are the best choice if you want to get the absolute best file from your camera.

DNG ~ DNG, a file organizemade by Adobe, is an endeavor to form a standard raw file arrange over all manufacturers and cameras.

PNG ~ PNG was an improvement for GIF file size, PNG files are suitable for use on the internet.

GIF ~ The quality of images is not being sacrificed and they also offer the ability to maintain transparency like PNGs.

BMP ~ BMPs are large file sizes as color data saved in each pixel within the picture without any compression.

PSD ~ PSD files allow manipulation on particular person layers, instead of on the main picture.


5 tips I learned about great portraits

~ The most important part of a good portrait are the eyes, but also the sharpest part of the face and should be kept that way.

~ Direct lighting is harsh, it makes the subject squint, and creates complicated directional shadows and unpredictable conditions of white balance.

~ It is not a good idea to put the sun directly behind your subject.

~ Shooting on a cloudy day is a bonus that can fool the mind in ways you can’t believe, just as the mind corrects the normal white balance all day long.

~ You are doing a harmful action to your portraits when you use the autofocus option that allows the camera to choose focus points.

Camera Modes

Automatic Mode ~ Auto mode tells your camera to select shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, focus and flash to take the best shot it can. Auto mode helps you to bypass the flash or adapt it to red eye reduction.

Portrait Mode ~ Your camera automatically selects a large aperture in portrait mode, which helps keep your surroundings out of focus. When you photograph a single subject, the portrait mode works best to get close enough to your subject.

Macro Mode ~ The macro mode allows you to step closer to the subject to take a close-up picture. When you use macro mode, you will find that focusing is more difficult because the field depth is narrowing at a short distance.

Landscape Mode ~ Landscape is an ideal mode for capturing shots of wide scenes, particularly those at various distances from the camera with points of interest. It sets up a small aperture (bigger number) for the camera to make sure that as much of the scene you photograph is in focus giving you a large field depth.

Sports Mode ~ The sports mode is designed to photograph moving objects. By increasing the shutter speed, the sports mode attempts to freeze the action.

Night Mode ~ Night mode is designed to shoot in low light conditions, adjusting the camera to use a longer shutter speed to better collect background information. This mode can be used to mess around with and take fascinating shots.

Movie Mode ~ The digital camera extends from only taking still photographs to taking moving images. Generally, the output is not up to the expectations of the video camera, but it’s a convenient mode to have when you come across that ideal subject that can not be caught with a still picture.

Aperture Priority Mode ( A or AV) ~ A semi-automatic mode in which you select the aperture and where the settings (shutter speed, white balance, ISO, etc.) are selected by your camera to ensure that your exposure is well balanced. When you’re looking to control the depth of field in a shot, it is most useful.

Shutter Priority Mode ( S or TV) ~ This mode is used when you want to control the shutter speed. With this  mode you pick a shutter speed and the camera then selects all the other settings.

Program Mode (P) ~ Similar to Auto, program mode allows you slightly more power over certain other features, including flash, white balance, and ISO. In addition to auto mode, some digital cameras do have this priority mode.

(Fully) Manual Mode ~ You have full control over the camera, and all settings, including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, and flash.  It gives the option to set up your shots though you want to get an idea of what you’re doing in manual mode.

Conceptual Self Portrait

Conceptual photography is a type of photography that demonstrates an idea. For my conceptual portrait, I choose to use some makeup products, as it is something I really enjoy doing. It is something that always encouraged me to focus and be creative. It is one way I can express myself to others through my art. I’ve always benefited from doing makeup, because it’s something I can do to relax and stop myself from overthinking situations. One of the many things I enjoy doing is makeup. As well as others, I like to do my own. I’ve been practicing making very artistic looks. I’m always really happy when I do my makeup because it helps boosts up my confidence as well as other people I’ve done makeup on. I would like to be more talented and creative with looks eventually and have people creating my looks with their own. I hope to be able to do classes one day, as well as teaching others my way of doing makeup. That they will demonstrate my different types of strategies to others and expect to spread the love and makeup I do. My ultimate goal is to help inspire other girls to build confidence and to do the same when their goal is achieved. Spreading it with others all around so that everyone is confident and not afraid to wear what they want. It is also helpful for others to escape from reality in a positive way and relieve any tension they may have while sitting down and doing their makeup.