Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Layer masks are a Photoshop user's best friend. They allow you to control not only the entire picture but specific areas. You can control color, light, contrast and the likes on a single object and a totally different effect in different areas. This helps create stunning skies without ruining the foreground or brightening something you want to be the focal point of a photo. I have also found them useful when I want to increase blur which allows me to shoot with a larger depth of field to ensure my subject is in focus.

Final Portfolio Continued

f/8, 1/500 sec., ISO 800, 68mm

f/5.6, 1/800 sec., ISO 800, 180mm

f/4.2, 1/320 sec., ISO 3200, 72mm

f/9, 1/400 sec., ISO 200, 160mm

f/7.1, 1/125 sec., ISO 100, 55mm
f/5.6, 1/100 sec., ISO 100, 200mm

f/4.8, 1/1250 sec., ISO 100, 18mm

f/6.3, 1/200 sec., ISO 200, 18mm

Final Portfolio

f/16, 1/320 sec., ISO 400, 55mm

f/5.3, 1.320 sec., ISO 3200, 40mm

f/11, 1/400 sec., ISO 400, 200mm

f/7.1, 1/320 sec., ISO 200, 200mm

f/13, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, 200mm

f/6.3, 1/160 sec., ISO 100, 92mm

f/3.5, 1/40 sec., ISO 100, 18mm

f/13, 1/800 sec., ISO 100, 55mm

f/9, 1/30 sec., ISO 100, 26mm

f/5.3, 1/50 sec., ISO 200, 40mm

f/5.3, 1/100 sec., ISO 100, 175mm

f/11, 1/200 sec., ISO 100, 44mm

f/11, 1/200 sec., ISO 100, 48 mm


f/8, 1/1000 sec., ISO 100, 18 mm

f/4.7, 1/3 sec., ISO 100, 18 mm

f/6.3, 1/60 sec., ISO 200, 18mm
f/10 1/60 sec., ISO 200, 18mm

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Well, this is the part of the course I was dreading. I personally believe that people ruin photos. I like things to be natural in my photos and find portraits to be one of the least interesting types of photography. That being said I am still willing to give it a try (plus I am required to for class). This article was pretty helpful. HOWEVER, since the first portrait I did was a self portrait it kind of sucked because it was almost impossible to set up a shot. I don't have a removable flash, I don't have any fancy reflectors and to be honest I don't really have anything that puts off the sort of light that I wanted. I wasn't happy with how my self-portrait came out. I could definitely use some help on these portraits.
This did help with some ideas however. I looked over guitar pictures and tried to see their poses. But again as I said, I was unable to get the light I wanted by myself.
Nikon D3100
Shutter Priority - 1/40s
ISO 100
Aperture - Lo

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Simple Reflection Photography
Although very short, this article contains brilliant examples of reflection photography. I tried this a few times after getting my camera and couldn't get the pictures to come out exactly how I wanted. I thought that for reflections 2 pictures would have to be taken, and then overlapped on photoshop. I was wrong. It seems that I need to make my focus on the reflection while having a large enough aperture to have the entire scene in focus. The pictures I took were into the sun and on cloudy days. I took one of my dad in a puddle next to the ocean that was way too bright and one of a Great White Egret that was out of focus. With summer around the corner I'm excited to try more.