Top Photographer Synopsis

In the first episode, 5 photographers faced off to try and capture the best picture they could of Miles Chamley Watson, a US Olympic fencer. They focused on action photography.  The whole point of the project was to capture the essence of his athleticism and his personality in only 30 minutes. They photographers had 2 2different cameras to shoot from, the Canon EOS IDX Mark II and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV . Out of all the photographers, my favorite was Roxy because she introduced herself to Miles unlike the other photographers that came in before her and she stayed on track on what she needed to capture. I also liked her picture the most out of all the others and her picture ended up being chosen as the best one. At the end they had to send 1 photographer home so only 4 remained. In the second episode, they focus on fashion photography. The photographers had to shoot a Pamella Roland advertisement campaign. They got to choose from the Canon EOS 5DS, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and they got a choice from prime lens’s from Canon’s L series. They got to chose a model and a dress to photograph. They also got to tell the hairdressers and makeup artists how they wanted their hair and makeup to be done so Roxy had an advantage because the boys didn’t know too much about makeup and how they wanted it. This time I liked Jamiya’s, Scott’s, and Roxy’s, but Roxy’s background was a little too distracting from the dress. Jamiya ended up winning the contest this round and even though Roxy had a distracting background she didn’t get sent home. I think photographers have a tough job and I respect them for being able to take such amazing pictures that capture emotions, personality, and so much more in just one photo.

File Formats

JPEG – JPEG files are compressed quickly in the camera and They are set up to store as many images on the memory card as possible. These files tend to be small.

TIFF – These file formats are usually uncompressed, and offer the opportunity for extensive post-processing. Since this file format is uncompressed, the size of the file will be much larger and there for meaning that they will take up more space.

RAW – Raw files are compressed using a process that retains all of the information originally captured. This option is preferred by professional photographers.

DNG (Digital Negative) –  This file format is an attempt to create a standard raw file format across all manufacturers and cameras. This gives you the ability to use image processing software such as Lightroom and Photoshop.

PNG – PNGs are compressed in a lossless format, and so retain all the digital detail. PNGs give you the ability to maintain transparency, which is ideal for things like overlays or logos.

GIF – Like PNGs they also offer the ability to maintain transparency.  GIF files can only contain a maximum of 256 colors, and therefore are not the best choice for photos, but rather images with a limited color palette.

BMP –  BMPs are large file sizes as color data is saved in each individual pixel in the image without any compression. As a result this provides a high quality digital file, which is great for use in print, but not ideal for web usage.

PSD – PSD files are that it allows for manipulation on specific individual layers, rather than on the main image itself. PSD gives you the ability to manipulate the image extensively on separate layers.

Framing A Subject

  1. I have some pretty strong composition in my photos.
  2. I think I did a good job editing my photos. I really like the vintage tint I put on them because I feel like that’s my cats vibe. Its anything vintage or spooky.
  3. Something I would do differently if I shot this assignment again would be to use my other cat as my subject because this cat right here was giving me a hard time and she did not want to stay still for one second and as you can see, she looks mad. I also would use some different objects to frame my subject to make it look cooler.
  4. I think the photo on the right belongs on the blog and should be considered the best out of all photo classes because I framed my subject really well and because my cat looks funny!

Surrealism Critique

This is lot #129 by Salvador Dali and I chose it because out of all the art pieces, this one was my favorite. In the painting I see an eyeball at the center of the painting. There is a tear coming out of the eyeball and it forms what looks like a hot spring. Inside of the hot spring, there is a swan and outside of the hot spring, there is a swan’s egg laying on the floor. The setting throughout the artwork looks almost desert like. Behind the eyeball there is a cloud background and in the clouds, there are two elephants lightly painted. I think that they are trying convey to the viewer a metaphor that sometimes when we cry, our tears would be able to fill up a hot spring. I think that the elephants in the clouds represent deceased people or animals that are the reason why the eye is crying.


Camera Modes

Automatic modes- Auto mode tells your camera to use it’s best judgement to select shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, focus and flash to take the best photo possible. This mode may give you nice results but, you’re not telling your camera anything about the type of shot you’re taking so it will be guessing at what you want. 

Portrait mode- Portrait mode will automatically select a large aperture which helps to keep your background out of focus. Portrait mode works best for taking pictures of a single subject.  

Macro Mode- Macro mode lets you move your closer into your subject to take aup-close picture. Macro mode is great for photographing small objects.  

Landscape mode- Landscape mode is almost the exact opposite of portrait mode in that it sets the camera up with a small aperture to make sure as much of the scene you’re photographing will be in focus as possible. Its goof for photographing wide scenes.  

Sports mode- Sports mode tries to freeze the action in the photo by increasing the shutter speed. It is a good mode for photographing any moving objects including people playing sports, pets, cars, wildlife, and so on.  

Night mode- Night mode is for shooting in low light situations and sets your camera to use a longer shutter speed to help capture details of the background, but it also fires off a flash to illuminate the foreground. This mode also blurs your background. 

Movie mode- Movie mode extends your digital camera from just capturing still images to capturing moving ones. 

Semi-automatic modes 

Aperture Priority Mode (A or AV)- In Aperture priority you choose the aperture and where your camera chooses the other settings, to ensure you have a well-balanced exposure. Aperture priority mode is useful when you’re looking to control the depth of field in a shot. 

Shutter Priority Mode (S or TV)- In shutter priority mode you select a shutter speed and the camera then chooses all of the other settings. Use this mode where you want to control over shutter speed. 

Program Mode- Program mode gives you a little more control over some other features including flash, white balance, ISO. Check your digital camera’s manual for how the Program mode differs from Automatic in your model. 

Fully Manual Mode 

Manual Mode- In manual mode manual you have full control over your camera. Although you have full control, you need to think about all settings including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, flash, etc. 

5 Tips for Portraits

  1. When taking portraits, never select all the focus points.
  2. Always try to focus on the eyes of the person your photographing because they act as windows to the soul.  
  3. Create a shallow depth of field to help eliminate distracting backgrounds.
  4. Provide direction with the position your subject is in.
  5. Break the rules, don’t follow a traditional rule, step outside of the box. 

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman’s work has a wide range. She can go from serious model type photos to photos of people dressed as clowns. I like her work because she doesn’t stick to one style of photos, she has a variety of them. I couldn’t choose between those two photos she took because I liked them a lot so I just put both of them! What I like about them is how powerful the women in the photos look. They are what I like to call, baddies.