America’s Top Photographer

in the first episode of Top photographer with Nigel Barker, 5 contestants arrive to New York to determine who the best photographer. Their first challenge was a sports action themed and used a special Guest, Miles Chamley-Watson as their model. The  5 contestants had to use their creative mind and skills to try to outshine their competition and once they all had their perfect picture, a special guest would judge them from worst to best. in the first challenge A girl name, Roxy won because her photo showed playfulness and it speakers to the read to go join him and have fun however the loser had to go home. In the second episode  of Top photographer with Nigel Barker, the challenge is fashion photography. the contestants have to create the perfect image for an advertisement campaign with the fall fashion line of high end designer Pamella Roland. the winner of this challenge was Jamiya for the contrast in colors, the natural lighting and the posing. From these episodes i learned that the photographer must interact with the subject to make them comfortable.


  1. i think i have composition but not very strong
  2. i did pretty good but i still need more practice
  3. have stronger composition and get better angles
  4. i believe only the color one should maybe be on the home page

File Formats

  1. JEPG: this format can easily compress in the camera, which takes away the details and quality in the images however it also allows more memory space and small images can be easily transfer.
  2. TIFF: this file format is one of the most common print and publishes ask for. its used for much bigger files which offers the opportunity for extensive post- processing , although it causes to take more space and long transfers
  3. RAW: this file is main common one between professional photographer since they can alter an image after its transferred to an editing software. the BEST  quality image file captured and image manipulation but again take up more storage and NEED to be edited.
  4. DNG: this format offers  an alternative to the manufacturer’s native raw format. offers safer long term, to guard against inability to open or access files in future but needs extra time needed to convert camera raw files to DNG.
  5. PNG: this format is similar to the GIF file but just a better and improved version. A benefit of this file is  the lossless compression means good image quality, which isn’t compromised when editing but a con is  the quality will not be good enough for printing at any size.
  6. GIF: GIF files are ideal for use on the internet, they can also contain amination and small file are ideal for the internet, however, limited colors means it is not the best choice for photos.
  7. BMP: initially for use on the Windows platform, BMP are large file that save with color. one bad thing  is large file sizes means a lot of storage is required.
  8. PSD: this filed is many used as a default to save data, the big advantage of PSD files are that it allows for manipulation on  specific individual layers. but a disadvantage is layered files can be incredibly large in size due all of the additional data stored



ISO: 50 SS: f/ 2.4 Aperture: 1/191


5 tips for portraits:

  1. always select one point to focus
  2. focus on the eyes
  3. shoot in RAW to capture all the details
  4. shoot in  a wide aperture for great natural light
  5. shoot in shade


Camera Modes

  • Automatic Mode: automatic mode automictically sets up the camera modes: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, flash and focus for you. This mode gives you nice results in any shooting condition, however it guesses how you want your photos to come out.
  • Portrait Mode: portrait mode selects a large aperture, which helps with keeping the background out of focus and ensure the main subject is in focus.  This mode works best when you get close enough to your subject by zooming in or walking closer.
  • Marco Mode: Marco mode allows for the photographer to move closer to the subject or take a close up picture. this mode works best when working with flowers, insects, or smaller objects.
  • Landscape Mode: landscape mode is the exact opposite of portrait Mode, it allows the whole scene to be in focus. this mode is ideal for capturing wide scenes and might also select a slower shutter speed.
  • sports mode : sports mode is used to shoot moving objects such as playing sports, pets, cars, wildlife etc. this mode attempts to freeze the action by increasing the shutter speed.
  • Night Mode: night mode is used when shooting in low light situations and helps capture all details of the background. this mode creates colorful interesting shots which look great for parties and dance floor colored lights.
  • Movie night : this mode extends your digital camera from capturing still images to moving images which creates a story or movie. this is a handy mode to have when you want to capture moment but you cant with a still image.
  • Aperture priority Mode (A or AV): most people use aperture mode when they want to choose the aperture and want the rest of the settings to automatically set. this mode is helpful when trying to control the depth of field in a shot.
  • Shutter priority Mode (S or TV): this mode allows you to select the shutter speed and the camera chooses other settings. you can use this mode for shooting moving subjects and you change the shutter speed depending how you want the image
  • Program Mode: program mode is similar to auto mode, however program mode gives you more control over the settings. somethings you can control are flash, white balance, ISO etc.
  • Manual Mode: this mode gives you complete control over all the settings on the camera. it helps to make you understand how to use each setting and what they do.

conceptual self portrait

Conceptual photography is all about ideas, symbols, and themes. each image captures a powerful message capable of transmitting highly abstract concepts to our thoughts. For my conceptual portrait i decided to use my books to represent me because you can tell a lot about someone who reads and its something i really enjoy. whenever I’m bored or need a escape from reality i can always count on my books. Reading a book creates calmness and peace of mind, it also allows me to expand my imagination  and knowledge with fun and interesting stories. i like to think my life it exactly like a book, it has boring parts, exciting parts , stressful parts, and has many turning points. Reading also allows me to experience multiply realities and  challenges my perspectives. i get to experience a different place, different friends and be a completely different person, when experiencing life through difference eyes, i can encounter diverse angles on life common situations. Books has helped me get a deeper understanding of people and see all angles of an issue. It has caused me to be more empathic and open-minded. i see myself as a that book in the picture because it has a mysterious front and back cover, the only inside that you get is a simple title and cover picture but even with those hints you wouldn’t have never guessed who i am and how i act. the only way to fully understand me is staying and reading the whole book because it will take me awhile to be fully open and be my true self around you.

read and write: lenses

  1. what i learned about lenses is a fisheyes give a 180 degree field view, to a telephoto lenses up to 800mm or more
  2.  different types of lenses: zooms, primes, Macro, super telephoto and tilt-shift
  3. less expensive lenses have variable apertures, when you zoom in the aperture gets smaller
  4. more expensive lenses have a fixed aperture
  5. all major cameras and manufactures offer a variety if focal lengths to satisfy most budgets.
  6. wide angle lenses are mostly used when shooting landscapes
  7. wide angles are also used when prominent foreground objects are present.
  8. standard lenses range from 35mm up to 85mm.
  9. standard zooms are generally included in many SLR kits that come with lenses
  10. prime lenses are just one focal length
  11. telephoto zooms are extremely useful for portraiture
  12. telephoto lenses compress distances, they make everything appear closer or bigger
  13. a fast lens has an aperture of  f/4, f/2.8 or larger
  14. telephoto zooms allow the photographer to get lazy
  15. to be able to stop action without blurring, you need to use a faster shutter speed
  16. too slow a shutter speed will result in motion blur.
  17. shooting little things use macro
  18. shooting architecture use a tilt- shift lens
  19. lens is another tool  in your camera
  20. there is a lens for every purpose.


i choose this photo to critique because it caught my attention right way. what i found interesting about the photo is the angle and the lighting. the camera is positioned on the ground which creates a low angle and makes the subjects in the photo appear bigger. the lighting coming from on top and from the back of the car gives an alternative effect, most of the light is hitting from the side making the subject brighter, which creates a more distinctive and dramatic photo. another thing that caught my attention was the shallow depth of field, the photographer blurred out the ground which made the car and man to pop out and be in focus.

Alternative Camera Angles