America’s Top Photographer

I personally really liked the show because reality shows are personally my favorite to watch. It really caught my attention because it taught me things about photography in which I had never taken into account before such as forming a relationship with your subject. Another reason why I found the show interesting is because it was cool seeing all of the participants different style of photography, yet that is what made the show unfair in a way because since all of the judges have their own style and what they prefer, they make their opinion based off of their own interests. I feel like being a photography can be easy yet challenging since its hard finding a background as well as good lighting and many other things to take into account. It can also be easy because you get to convey your own style and way of taking pictures.


I feel like I have okay composition, it’s not the best but it’s also not so bad, I could have done better. I feel like I edited my photographs pretty good although i’m going to be honest I did not edit them in photopea I edited them on snapseed for the reason that my computer is not working, I felt as it would have been very difficult to edit on photopea on my phone, snapseed was my only option. If i were to shoot these photos again i would have wanted more time to look for items in which i could frame, that was difficult for me to do. To be honest, no, these photographs are not my best work, I do not believe they deserve to be on the blog home page.

Zebras in School

This image by Jerry Uelsmann really caught my attention because first of all it is in black and white. Black and white photography is my absolute favorite to look at since it has great contrast. The eye was the main thing that caught my attention because of how big it is and all the detail it has. This photo seems so surreal how the children are coming out of a hole in the clouds with a ladder and going through a door into what seems like another dimension, another world. This reminds of Peter Pan from Disney, since the children are flying in the sky, and so are the children in this image.

File Formats

JPEG- they are compressed quickly which leads to loss of detail and quality of the image, most commonly used since it doesn’t take up much storage

TIFF- usually uncompressed so they are bigger files, take up more space, but can be easily edited, good image quality

RAW- usually for DSLRs, preferred by professional photographers, all camera settings can be altered after the picture was taken, takes up space

DNG (Digital Negative)- created by adobe, you can store your raw files, takes more time but can use Lightroom and Photoshop

PNG- good image quality due to lossless compression, able to maintain transparency, good for logos, not so good quality

GIF- small file sizes, maintains transparency, not the best for photos but great for animation

BMP- invented by Microsoft, a lossless file format, large file sizes, great for print but not for web, needs lots of storage

PSD- used in Photoshop, able to use in layers, good flexibility, great for editing, once image is saved it can be re-saved as any other format, large size images.


ISO: 25
SS: 1/125
AP: 1.7
ISO: 25
SS: 1/337
AP: 1.7
ISO: 25
SS: 1/156
AP: 1.7

5 tips

  • always have your focus be the eyes
  • shoot in the shade, not in direct sunlight
  • its best to shoot in an overcast day with no direct sunlight
  • follow the rule of thirds
  • have a shadow depth of field to have your subject the main focus

Camera Modes

Automatic Modes

  1. Tells your camera to autofocus and fix all its modes based on the lighting.
  2. It manually fixes all the modes such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

Portrait Mode

  1. Gives you a large aperture which is pretty much a small number as well as makes your background out of focus.
  2. It is great when taking portraits of a subject such as a person or just an object.

Macro Mode

  1. Allows you to move closer to the subject, used for plants or insects.
  2. The depth of field is so small that your subject can go out of focus quickly.

Landscape Mode

  1. Sets up the camera with a small aperture or a large number to cover most of the scene.
  2. It gives you a good depth of field which is used for landscapes.

Sports Mode

  1. Could also be called action mode, designed for moving subjects such as in sports.
  2. It freezes the action while at the same time increasing the shutter speed.

Night Mode

  1. Great for shooting in low light, with a long shutter speed.
  2. Its more ideal to use at nighttime or when good lighting isn’t available.

Movie Mode

  1. Gives the option to take an image while its moving almost like a video.
  2. Records also the sound but it still is a picture not an actual video.

Aperture Priority Mode (A or AV)

  1. A semi-automatic you can choose the aperture and the camera will choose the other settings.
  2. This mode is useful when you want to have control of the depth of field.

Shutter Priority Mode (S or TV)

  1. Gives you the option where you can choose the shutter speed and the camera will choose the other settings.
  2. This mode is useful for when you are shooting moving subjects and you want the shutter speed to be fast.

Program Mode (P)

  1. You can choose what your flash, white balance, as well as ISO is.
  2. It is similar to program mode but gives you control over different features.

Manual Mode

  1. You have control over all of the settings, and can change them to whatever fits your lighting or any situation.
  2. This includes shutter speed, aperture, ISO, whit balance, flash and many more.

Conceptual Self Portrait

ISO: 25
SS: 1/144
AP: 1.7                                                                                                                                                                    The word conceptual means something like having to do with the brain, mentally. It means something to do with your mental concepts or ideas that your brain comes up with. I feel like this photograph conceptually represents who I am because the art of makeup is something I personally admire. I love to do it and try out new looks every time and to see what I come up with. Makeup is the one thing in which I feel relieves my stress after a long week of doing school and what not, it is something I look forward to doing just for a confidence booster and it simply expresses my emotions through the creativity of it.
This photograph of Cindy Sherman really caught my attention first of all because it is in black and white. It also caught my attention because it is a closeup and you could see emotion going through the image. It almost seems as if she is an evil character in said film yet she is trying to seem innocent and shy with the puppy dog eyes. I really enjoy look at her photographs because its something unusual. I have never seen anyone convey photography the way she does, its unique yet it has her own spin to it which is eye catching.

Alternative Camera Angles

ISO: 25
SS: 1/1250
AP: 1.7
I found this image to be eye catching simply because of the way the angle of the image. It is a low angle point of view or bugs eye point of view which is strange because usually you would see pictures of the Eiffel Tower but from a straight point of view. From the many pictures I have seen of the Eiffel Tower this one caught my attention because it was unlike anything I have seen before and plus it was in black and white and had amazing composition which are some of my personal favorite photographs to look at.



  1. Lenses go from fisheye lenses in which give a 180-degree field of view.
  2. Or lenses can also go from telephoto and tilt shift lenses as well.
  3. Different lenses are made for different purposes depending on what you want to or what you are shooting.
  4. Less expensive lenses have multiple apertures such as when you zoom the aperture gets smaller.
  5. More expensive lenses have a fixed aperture that can not be changed.
  6. Wide angle lenses give a wide view of either a landscape or whatever it might be.
  7. Wide angle lenses should be used when there is a desired object wanting to be photographed, or to be the center of focus.
  8. Standard lenses are usually from 35mm to 85mm.
  9. While wide lenses are from 24-35mm.
  10. Telephoto lenses are from 70mm up to 105mm.
  11. Regular lenses are great for anyone they are good for wide angle for landscapes.
  12. Regular lenses are also great for zooming into the telephoto for portraits.
  13. Standard zooms come with SLR kits such as lenses 18-55mm, 18-135mm, 24-105mm, and 25-70mm.
  14. Prime lenses are ones where they just have one focal lens.
  15. Telephoto zooms allow for amazing photography when they are a lot in the background.
  16. Telephoto zooms are also great for portraits.
  17. Telephoto lenses make everything appear closer.
  18. While wide angle lenses make things looks farther away and capture more of the landscape.
  19. Telephoto lenses are mostly used in sports where everything is fast paced, and the shutter speed needs to be fast
  20. A fast lens usually has an aperture of f/4, f/2.8 or larger where as a telephoto zoom such as a 70-22 and n aperture of f/2.8 is amazing.