Photography video 2

This episode was to capture a fashion photo for an ad campaign using a different model and dress for each photographer. The photographers in this video were Jimaya, Roxy, Scott, and Chris. Jimaya won the competition with the photo of his model with a green dress on the window. The lighting was great and it showed of the green dress beautifully. Emily Soto was the professional photographer that watched closely with everyone’s preparations. Pamella Roland was the guest judge which was the designer for most of the dresses. Chris ended up losing. He was the least experienced and knew little to nothing about fashion. He was disqualified because his photo was too sexy for the judges, it wasn’t selling the dress and showing off the model in it. The designer judge said that it wouldn’t be something would chose because it looked so enticing.

Photography video 1

This video was all about studio photography with Miles Chamely Watson a professional fencer that is over eight foot and an Olympic Gold Medalist. The purpose of the photo was to capture the essence of the sport and capture an action photo. Roxy ended up winning this competition with her photo of Miles mid-air with the background containing much more than the backdrop and really capturing Miles in the action of his sport. They had pro photographer David Bergham as a second judge. He also watched closely in the photography room and critiqued harshly but fairly amongst the photographers. Andrew was eliminated because of his inexperience with sports shooting. The photographers in this episode were Roxy, Jimaya, Scott, Andrew, and Chris.

Framing a subject

1. I believe I do have a strong composition when I was framing the little Chavo head because I made it stand out against the all black chair and although the entire photo is in focus which I couldn’t fix he still stands out and is eye catching. When I showed my mother the photo she smiled because I made the little character stand out much like how he did in his show. She recognized the symbolism in that he is a bright light of funny things and hope amongst the dark reality of the children show. Also it can show he still makes people smile despite his actor now being deceased. On the little blue camera photo I also think the composition was good because the blue against the light green background made the subject stand out and the natural frame complimented the subject because they’re both light colors of different contrast.

2. I believe I edited the photos to the best of my ability because I’m a noob at Photopea but I did what I could with the filters and contrast to better attune the photo. I also used an app to help with taking photos which really helped in the blue camera photo. For the second photo I cropped out some distracting background which really helped make the photo that is the little head against the black background. I wasn’t able to edit much about the photo because the only thing that would really change is the subject and I wanted the subject to stay nice and bright/colorful because I really didn’t want to make it black and white because I wanted to keep the symbolism I stated earlier. I believe I edited the Blue photo well because before it was obnoxiously blue and a lot of the left side was still in focus but thanks to photopea I was able to change that.

3. I would go outside to take more photos if I was to do this assignment again.

4. I think at least one of my photos should make it to the page on Edublog’s but I’m not one to put my work above others I’d rather other people do the judging.


File formats

  • JPEG – This is the file format most digital cameras use to quickly store photos that are compressed into a smaller size so the camera can fit more photos inside of the storage.
  • TIFF – This file format does not compress the photo at all and doesn’t sacrifice any pixels or any image quality because this file format keeps the image as large as it needs to be. This format gives the most quality and is the most commonly used in the industry
  • RAW – This format is the choice of professional photographers because the image isn’t changed at all automatically and retains all the features from the original photo. It is however a huge file size so going through many hard-drives is expected when using this.
  • DNG (Digital Negative) – DNG was created by Adobe to create a new RAW standard because there was just too many for the softwares to process and after a while not every software is able to process all the different RAW types. DNG is also used to convert old unaccessible RAW photos into the standard.
  • PNG – This format was created in the 90’s for internet use which is perfect because although it is compressed it saves in small sizes and loads quickly on online forums.
  • GIF – These files are ideal for online use, use 256 colors, and allow for animations to take place. Similar to the PNG but with a limited color palette.
  • BMP – BMP was created by Microsoft for use on the Windows platform but is now used by other systems like Mac. It’s purpose was to have a large file size and save color per pixel without compression creating high quality digital images without compression. This is great for print but not for digital use.
  • PSD – A large file format that is used to edit individual layers in the photo. This is used for extensive use of editing on the photo but once the photo compresses all the layers together it cannot be un-done.

Outdoor natural light portraits – 5 tips

  1. Only select one focus point for the portrait, no more.
  2. Focus on the eyes of the subject.
  3. Never shoot a portrait less than 50mm, always stay above 70mm because the image will come out distorted.
  4. Shoot in the shade, avoid taking portraits in direct sunlight because it creates unpredictable white balance and makes the subject appear squinting.
  5. Get rid of any background distractions like brightly colored objects, signs, and power lines so the subject is the only thing in focus.


Automatic modes

– Automatic modes are when cameras automatically adjust the ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, focus, and flash. Most digital cameras like those on your cellphone have this.

Portrait mode 

– When using portrait mode the camera will select a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field in order to keep the background out of focus and keep the focus on the subject being photographed. You may need to get up close to capture the right photo. After all, your only taking focus on one thing.

Macro Mode

– Macro modes are great for capturing flowers, bugs, and anything small that requires a very close up shot. Tripods are more often required because even just moving the camera a couple millimeters will cause it to go out of focus. Macro modes are very delicate when it comes to getting the right things in focus.

Landscape Mode

– A small aperture is used to capture as much as possible in the photo, the opposite of a portrait. This mode often also chooses a slow shutter speed to compensate for the small aperture so a tripod may be necessary at times.

Sports Mode 

 – Sports mode or “Action mode” is used when photographing fast moving objects like wildlife or sports. A higher shutter speed is used to make the image looked like it’s frozen in the middle of the action. Higher mm lenses are also used because the image being captured will have to be taken from a distance away like on the sidelines at sports games.

Night Mode

– When using Night Mode, A slow shutter speed, higher ISO, and a flash is used to capture an image in lowlight settings. When taking more “serious” photography in Night Mode, a tripod might be necessary because the shutter speed is so slow.

Aperture priority mode

– This mode allows you to control the aperture but the camera controls all the other aspects. This mode is most useful when your trying to control the depth of field in a shot.

Shutter priority mode 

– This is like the aperture priority mode except you control the shutter speed and the camera controls everything else. This is most useful when capturing fast moving objects or when you want to capture something like a waterfall.

Program mode

– This is basically Full Auto mode but with some more control. Here, you’re able to control the ISO, flash, white balance, and anything that isn’t the shutter speed or aperture.

Fully Manual Mode

– In this mode, you can control all aspects of the camera. Absolutely Everything! You become a real photographer when this becomes your main mode for photography because you know exactly what you need and when.

Online Photo Critique

I believe this to be a successful photograph because it captures an angle most people don’t see. Most shots of the Eiffel Tower are from away but never below it looking upon it. I also believe this is a compositional success because it has a main focus dead center with a background that illuminates the tower because it’s so dark. I also like absence of rich colors which makes the photo even more successful.