self portrait


What is conceptual? The definition for conceptual is relating to or based on mental concepts. An example for is something that is a part of you or has a sentimental value to you. For example, my necklace is a concipient to me. The reason why is because my grandma gave it to me, and she is a big part of my life and I am attached to her more than anyone. Its also a conceptual because it says my name and my name is attached to me. Everyone has different conceptual things. They can be jewelry, animals, music Etc.. The reason I decided to take a picture of my necklace with the background of flowers is because the necklace was given to me by my grandma. She always gives me new jewelry but this one was more important because I don’t see her as much and that was the last necklace, she gave me since I have seen her. I choose the background as the flowers because she loves flowers and that is a conceptual of something she loves and is attached to. That is the reason why I choose this necklace as my self portrait picture and why its my conceptual.

this is the picture I choose by Cindy Sherman. the reason why I liked it is because its in black and white. it has a good angle to her and the back view. its not to close but not to far. the background makes the picture stand out a little more. Thats why I like this picture.

lenses 20 facts

  1. The range of a fisheye gives you a 180 view
  2. The first thing you should figure out is what you want to shoot sports, wildlife birds etc.
  3. Less expensive lenses generally have variable apertures.
  4. When buying a lenses there is a lot you need to consider.
  5. The most expensive usually have a good aperture.
  6. Not a lot of photographers use wide angle lenses.
  7. Wide angles give a wide expansive view.
  8. Wide angles should be used when prominent foreground objects are present
  9. One of the most things new photographers do is not being close enough, having no interest in the foreground.
  10. Wide angles have the potential to change your photography.
  11. Standard lenses tend to range from about 35mm up to around 85mm
  12. Prime lenses are lenses that are just one focal length
  13. To compress distance you use photo lenses
  14. This lenses can hep you when you need a picture of the sunset.
  15. A “fast” lens is usually one that has an aperture of f/4, f/2.8 or larger
  16. Using longer lenses can make it challenging to track movement
  17. There is a lenses for every purpose.
  18. A lenses is another tool for the camera
  19. The photographer is the one who makes everything happen
  20. Always stay positive.

depth of field

what is depth of field ? depth of field is the distance between the nearest and the furthest objects that give an image judged to be in focus in a camera. Depth of field has a impact on the technical and aesthetic of a picture. A basic example of this is when you take a picture of a flower you want the main focus to be on the flower not the background. So you blur the background so the main focus will be on the flower. Depending on the camera you use finding the depth of field will be in different places. Some digital cameras come with a Depth of Field Preview button near the lens mount. A common question asked is does a camera effect the depth of field? the answer is no. depending on the  size of the imaging sensor inside the camera is what affects the depth of field. The depth of field is very important when taking a portrait photo. The reason why is because most shots that go big are the ones whos backgrounds are blurred out and also beyond the depth of field. Choosing the right aperture also has a big role in depth of field. The reason why is because you need to make sure you also focus on the persons face.

13 rules

There are 13 camera setting every photographer should know of. The first one is exposure. exposure is very important when taking a photo the reason being it controls the amount of light. making your picture come out good . the second thing you need to focus on is RAW. RAW contains all the information of your picture . when you shoot in RAW you can access all the information and capabilities of your camera. The 3rd is knowing how to change the AF points . This is important because it will improve focusing accuracy. the 4th one is learn all the AF modes . THe AF modes are all the different modes a camera have . All these modes have different purposes. the 5th one is aperture priority. This will vary the the exposure setting. This is a great mode to shot portraits. the 6th one is shutter priority. This kinda works just like aperture priority. fast objects can be shot using this mode . Motion blur is also another important thing to know . You need to practice this a lot to get a good shot. Manual white balance is also important. Every camera has white balance . Everyone recommends to learn how to use it manually then just using the one on your camera . Drive mode is another mode but it is not a major setting . This mode is good for studio shoots . the 11th mode is Auto ISO. This is not usually found in auto modes but it helps you when shooting hand held. The  12th mode is exposure competition. This will tell your camera to increase or decrease exposure . The last mode is manual exposure . You can not call yourself a photographer without knowing how to control all the settings .

shadows and light

this the picture I choose for shadow. In this picture it shows the shadow of the trees this is what I was going for in my pictures. it shows the trees. I think this is a good example because you see the sunset and tree. I don’t know much about shadow but I hope to learn more. I will try and get better at showing shoowdow in further pictures.


I choose this picture because it shows a lot of texture. You can see the plants texture. The background is blurred out so you can focus on the plant. Not to add on you can also see the butterfly as if you were right next to it. overall this picture shows all the texture like if you were to see it in real life. That’s why I choose this picture for texture.

camera simulator

while messing with the camera simulator website I learned many new things. one of the things I learned is the ISO matters a lot. If your ISO is not at the right amount it can ruin the quality of a picture. Another thing I learned is the aperture must also be at the right spot or the exposure is bad. I hope to learn more about this.