Monthly Archives: October 2016

This week we learned some techniques for taking and editing portraits. For most of the photos, my girlfriend and I walked through the Ricks Gardens looking for cool photo locations. These are some of the shots I was able to get:

1. Individual – Side Composition

2. Individual – Head

3. Individual – Full Body

4. Group Activity
Watching Netflix

5. Group Posed
Two of my roommates just chillin

6. Individual Environmental
A man raking leaves off of the path in the Ricks Gardens


  1. Portrait Enhancement
    I call this one: “FIRE”
    I added edits such as skin smoothing, sharpening, along with levels for contrast.


  1. Color Match
    Here I used the color of another image to enhance this one:
    I used the color from the “FIRE” image to warm up this photo.
  2. Color Replacement
    The parrot was originally green. I used the color replacement tool in Photoshop to contrast it with the background.


Experimenting with Reflectors

This week our class learned how to use reflectors to direct light onto a subject. Each of these four photographs is taken straight from the camera, with no Photoshop edits in order to just showcase the effect of the different techniques used.


These two photos showcase sort of a before-and-after effect with and without a gold reflector. The top image is with the reflector placed below the subject’s face and to the left of the camera, while the bottom image was taken without any reflector.




This photo was taken with a diffuser slightly above the subject.



This last photograph was taken using a white reflector in front of the subject.

Close Up & Personal – Adventures with a Macro Lens

This week in class we learned how to take macro photos. I chose to add macro tubes onto a zoom lens and it was fascinating to see all of the detail that the camera was able to capture! I added some basic edits in Photoshop like levels, sharpening and vignetting to improve the focus and visual flow of the images.

Close up of some purple flowers in our classroom with water drops placed on them with an eyedropper.

I took this photo aiming into the lens of a camera identical to mine. My classmate, Alex, is actually behind me waving at my camera’s reflection in the lens of the other camera.



Close up of the back of my phone case. I thought it was interesting to be able to see all of the small details like the scraped edges and tiny specs of dirt, as well as the texture on what I thought was smooth plastic.



Another image of water drops on some flower petals I thought was pretty cool.


Perspective of 12


For my perspective of 12 project, I took twelve different photos of my favorite, trusty NERF blaster. I took all of the images in my apartment and did some basic edits in Photoshop. In class this week we learned how to use blending modes and layer masking to adjust exposure, add contrast, and overlay textures. I tried out a lot of the techniques and I’m very happy with how some of them turned out. My favorite picture to take was the through-the-scope mirror selfie.



This NERF blaster is my custom hodge-podge of the shells/parts from a few other blasters that I chopped up and epoxied together.
This is a close up of a piece from another blaster shell that I cut out, painted and glued on the side

Close-up of the magazine

Took this photo through the “scope” on top of the NERF blaster pointing at myself in a mirror

Trigger guard to which I added a texture overlay of a pile of foam darts

The texture I overlayed via layer masking on the image above

Deep & Shallow Depth of Field
"Double-Dog Dare"; Wednesday‎, ‎September‎ ‎28‎, ‎2016 ‎10‎:‎38‎ ‎AM; 135mm; f/5.6; 1/1600sec; Canon T3i

“Double-Dog Dare”; Wednesday‎, ‎September‎ ‎28‎, ‎2016 ‎10‎:‎38‎ ‎AM; 135mm; f/5.6; 1/1600sec; Canon T3i

"Centre Square"; Tuesday‎, ‎October 4th‎, ‎2016 ‎6:30PM; 4.3mm; f/3; 1/250sec; Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS

“Centre Square”; Tuesday‎, ‎October 4th‎, ‎2016 ‎6:30PM; 4.3mm; f/3; 1/250sec; Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS

"Hawaii in Idaho"; Wednesday‎, ‎September‎ ‎28‎, ‎2016 ‎10‎:‎43‎ ‎AM; 135mm; f/5.6; 1/160sec; Canon T3i

“Hawaii in Idaho”; Wednesday‎, ‎September‎ ‎28‎, ‎2016 ‎10‎:‎43‎ ‎AM; 135mm; f/5.6; 1/160sec; Canon T3i

"Paths"; Tuesday‎, ‎October 4th‎, ‎2016 ‎6:38PM; 4.3mm; f/9; 1/15sec; Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS

“Paths”; Tuesday‎, ‎October 4th‎, ‎2016 ‎6:38PM; 4.3mm; f/9; 1/15sec; Canon Powershot ELPH 150 IS

This week we learned how to adjust camera settings to capture images with deep and shallow depth of field. If you can’t immediately tell, shallow depth of field is my favorite. I love getting really close and putting all the focus on the little details of a subject. The first picture, “Double-Dog Dare” is of a metal pole just outside the Spori building (10 points to Gryffindor if you can guess the rather festive movie reference…) Even though there’s no snow outside, I manipulated the light to make the image more “winter-y.” The two images with deep depth of field had to be taken with my crummy point-and-shoot camera because I wasn’t able to reserve one of the T3i’s, but since the reason I think it’s crummy is because it can’t do shallow depth of field, it seemed to work well for the job. All 4 pictures got basic Photoshop edits: Levels, Vibrance, and Brightness/Contrast, as well as my watermark.