Top 10 Photos

These are just some top 10 photos that I have mostly taken in VSAR 302, but I have also taken some at the Photo archive project at the U-hour screening of Short Shorts by Jason Eberwein. I really think these are some of the top 10 best photos I have taken and it was not easy choosing them, and I hope you would enjoy them.


Welcome Back

A new semester, a new photography class! This will be the official blog for my adventures in VSAR440 with Deborah Small at CSUSM! I will mainly be focusing on Digital photography along with emphasis in field work! I hope you can all grab a seat and enjoy the ride.

My Adventures in Downtown SD


Here is my book, and I had a lot of fun making it. I am still new at making nice books, but I hope to use Blurb more in the future to make even better books. Making this book was a lot of fun, as I could take some photos and turn them into black and white to make them even more powerful and add some basic text. I try to describe each photo with a basic description and I think I did a great job. I found the Blurb interface in Id (Indesign CC 2017) to be very easy and I am glad that they supported the 2017 version (latest version) on my laptop so I did not have to worry about compatibility. I do eventually want to publish even more books and maybe use even better paper. I really ought to thank Nancy my professor for letting me be creative and making this wonderful book, as without her, I could not have made it.

What I liked about it is the ease of making a book, and that I have used Id before so it is not an issue for me. Blurb has so many options in regards to size and even paper, but I chose the cheapest option so I could save some money, but next time I want to use even better paper and push myself some more.

I did not have any real dislikes in this project, other than getting all the photos in design to work right, but I got around it. Some of my photos could have been taken better, but I should have probably spent more time and not forgotten my memory card the first time I started to make my project.

I got out a lot of this project in making this book. I got to learn more about blurb and how to make books. I feel satisfied and confident that I can make books going forward to maybe even make money and possibly sell them on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Perhaps, I have found my niche (though that is for me to find out and debate about it). In the end I had fun in this book.

Touching Strangers Blog Post

I found Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi to be very fascinating in how we can take pictures of others and how we interact with each other. Here is a guy who takes portraits of others, but pair with people that you would never think would work, but somehow it does. I liked how Renaldi can take the streets and can transform photos like it. I would consider him a good street photographer, as he can take pictures in the urban environment, but also he takes the time to also setup his own make shift studio in the basketball court. I thought the old woman was very inspiring as she was able to be photographed along with the guy who had not had his picture taken in years. I thought that was special. I contribute Renaldi’s energy paramount in this project. I do wonder if he just likes working with people first, and a photographer second.

This video kind of inspires me to do my photobooth and potentially do it with strangers as opposed to just random people, having people you would never expect to be in a photograph. I still have to find a good location to do it!

I did not dislike much if any of this video. I did think it was weird to pair others at first, but it is one of those things that has to grow on you, and watching the video made it so I could grow to it. I am not sure if this could only work in areas other than the street, or in a studio.

In the end, I really enjoyed Touching strangers!


Lighting in the CSUSM Studio

Did a bunch of photos in the CSUSM studio in the Kellogg Library and decided to take some good photographs of the students. I really enjoyed this assignment, though I did think there were too many people making it hard to get a good view. I think this is inspiring me to go into a studio and take some good photos of other people. I want to this assignment again which is rather shocking considering that nobody wants to do something like that more than once. The people there were nice, and the lighting did however make it harder to get a good shot due to the ISO and aperture causing a low shutter speed that made for blurry shots even with IS.

I tried to get shots with rembrandt lighting, frontal lighting, butterfly lighting and a side view. This is what my professor Nancy diBenedetto asked us to do. While I mightnot have been able to get a good shots because of this, I worked hard and did my best of what I was able to do.

Power of Photography

cappuccino-005In this piece, I got out that power is an important theme of photography as it was emphasized so many times. When you combine the black and white images of the photographers being filmed with the color images, it emphasizes the work, more than the photographer itself. This is more apparent when National Geographic uses an exotic angles and multiple cameras to really give the illusion of a tryptic. One quote I heard from my graphic design class is that good graphic design allows someone to not have to read. Photography is the ultimate form of Graphic communication as everybody can view and appreciate it. I loved the sense of detail, and the effort put into it, as if you put good effort into something, people will appreciate it better. The themes were something that were well thought out showcasing emotion, life, death, wildlife. Each image had its own perspective and that is also another theme.

Photography itself is all about illusions, as it showcases a window into someones life as well as the person who is taking the photo, their interests and what not. It begs the question, why did they take the image? Perhaps, they liked National Geographic and why did they choose to go into a career field that requires them to travel to remote areas. This is a field that people will risk their lives into taking that perfect shot. I saw a few different genres of photographs in this piece such as documentary, surrealism, wildlife, landscape, portraits, family photography. Photography is a form of documentation as you can see how other people live their lives, and I agree with the saying “there is no right or wrong way to live” as photography also has no right or wrong way. Photography can be someones livelyhood, hobby, or a fun thing to do with the advent of blogging, tumblr, and social media (selfie’s). The perspective in the images was very unique and beautiful. Perspective as how I interpret is what goes on in front and behind the camera lens. Life is very beautiful, but it can get really ugly as you can never take it for granted.

What I did not like about the piece is that photography, like art is very subjective and critics have their own biases that can influence an outcome. I felt that some of the photos looked out of place like the ones where they had a casket of a dead child, and the landscape photograph was a little out of place. I really do think that each photo had a purpose though. Some people just cannot understand art, or can find it to be political. Also, we are in a world where everybody thinks they can take good photos whether it is a DSLR or even a smartphone like my Galaxy S5 or iPhone. Social Media is allowing for interesting photos and I am not sure why Instagram is popular, but it is what is an outlet that lets anybody post an image of their lives. I also find the filters on Instagram and Snapchat to be very tacky.

In the end this piece had good ideas in regards to photography.