Using Reflectors for Portraits

Dannielle so willingly posed for our group as we demonstrated the use of reflectors in our pictures. Despite the VERY windy day, we were able to get a few good shots.


The gold reflector was used in this image, but we bent it to make the reflection of light not be as strong.

After pulling her out of the shadows we were able to use the diffuser to soften the light.

This image was taken with no reflectors or diffusers. It is fairly dark.

Below is an image taken in the same place with the same settings, the only difference is that we used a gold reflector.

The gold reflector  was used completely open, no feathering nor bending.


Up Close & Personal

I had so much fun taking these pictures. Macro photography is definitely my favorite! The goal was to take pictures of vegetation with water drops on it. The first few photos show my water drop work. The rest of the photos are other macro pictures that I wanted to share. My personal favorite is the picture of the P2B sunglasses.

Cupcake Collage


All of these photos were done in a light tent. I baked and decorated each cupcake and then made a display, I then took pictures of the display from different angles. I wish the lighting had been a bit better, my lights were kind of yellow, however I feel satisfied with my results.

Depth of Field


Creepy Squirrel – 05/05/17 – 3pm – Ogden, Utah – Focal Length 113mm – f/5.6 – Shutter Speed 1/60 – Camera: Canon 80D
Soak Up The Sun – 05/03/17 – 10am – BYU-Idaho Campus – Focal Length 78mm – f/6.3 –
Shutter Speed 1/200 – Camera: Canon 80D
The Knot – 05/05/17 – 4pm –
Ogden, UT – Focal Length 67mm – f/5.0 – Shutter Speed 1/250 – Camera: Canon 80D
Red – 05/05/17 – Ogden, Utah –
Focal Length 27mm – f/20 – Shutter Speed 1/60 – Camera: Canon 80D, used photoshop to edit the background above the chair and fill it in with more greenery. 
Long Stretch – 05/09/17 – 1pm Rexburg, ID – Focal Length 24mm – f/10 – Shutter Speed 1/130 – Camera: Canon 80D




Pictures in Motion


The first two photos are demonstrations of Freeze images.

The second two photos show blur motion.

Football Fling

05-01-17; 6 pm; Rexburg, Carriage House; FL: 50mm; f/5.6; 1/300; Canon 80D

Throwing the football from behind


05-01-17; 8 pm; BYU-I Stadium; FL: 24mm; f/4; 1/800; Canon 80D

Going for the goal!

Mikey Biking

04-29-17; 4 pm; Rexburg, Carriage House Appartments; FL: 24mm; f/4; 1/30; Canon 80D

Mikey on a bike ride past the Carriage House apartments.

Spinning Disc

04-29-17; 10 am; Rexburg- LDS Church Building; FL: 18mm; f/10; 1/85; Canon 80D

Frisbee disc game was an exciting work retreat activity.





Photobook Spread

I was able to edit these pictures before doing this assignment. I felt that the green was a nice calming color that could be used in this photobook spread. It us just a draft of the photobook that I will complete at the end of the semester. The three vertical pictures that I had are grouped to the left side of the last page and the other two photos were taken horizontally and fit better as the large pictures.

Past Photos

My photography skills up to this point have mostly been self taught. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of nature and of my family but I never had the expertise to edit them until recently. Last summer I had to edit many photos for my family’s chocolate company and put them on the website. During that time I had to teach myself how to use photoshop by watching YouTube videos. After taking a couple classes I already know a lot more than I did last summer.
Posted are some of the photos that I have taken previously.

I was about 14 when I took the picture of the lily. This was when I realized that I enjoyed photography and began taking more and more pictures. This photo was never edited.

The three images of Christmas Chocolates are from a year ago. I had to get my family’s chocolate website ready for the Christmas season. I had no experience at all in Adobe Photoshop but, with the help of YouTube I was able to watch tutorials that helped me do these edits. The cropping was so hard for me and now that I have taken some classes I now know of easier ways that I could have cropped these images.

Last Christmas I wanted to surprise my mom and take updated pictures of my brothers. I was able to use my dad’s work camera, but the only lens that he had was a macro lens. It was hard to get the photos to work but I managed to get the following two images. I then used photoshop to take some of the red out of their cheeks.

This last image was taken just this past week. I just happened to be walking down the side walk and saw a pretty tulip, then all of a sudden there was this ladybug. I had my camera on me and was able to take a picture. In photoshop all I did was adjust the contrast a bit.


Magazine Mock Up

Created a mock magazine cover and one spread.

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles)
1. The cover photo is a friend of mine. The photo was edited in Adobe Photoshop. The hat was a very bright blue and the red on her hoodie was very bright as well. I didn’t want them to be the focus of the magazine so I changed the levels of the image and used the brush tool to make the change appear only over the hat and hoodie.
2. Blue is a nice color and is appealing to the eyes. I used blue for the entire design and allowed for a lot of white space.
3. The blue border I think added a nice touch and the magazine looked a little plain without it. When I added the blue border I then got the inspiration to have the light blue bullet points bellow the featured articles.
4. The spread was a little harder to accomplish. The pictures were all ones that I took. I liked the look of the selfie at the top of the spread because I felt that it portrayed joy from an average person’s view point. The one on the bottom right is of myself and even though I did not click the button on my own, I was the mastermind behind the camera and the photo. I just had someone else push the button.
5. The blue color and the fonts have were kept consistent throughout the cover and the spread.

I initially had the photo black and white. It really made the magazine look a little drab and was not very appealing. I then was encouraged to do a color image but maybe tone down the levels in the hat and hoodie. After the critique I also found a better font that better connected with the theme of the magazine.

Keep connected. There are many opportunities to keep connected with the world around you. It has more to do with style and popularity. People are encouraged to first find and then express who they are.

Millennial’s and other’s who are wanting to keep up with the times.

Less is more. Colors matter. I felt that I needed to fill every space but leaving whit area really makes it feel clean and readable. Colors matter because at first the picture was black and whit and the really looked like a depressing magazine.

Analogous // Blues

Avenir Next Condensed // San Serif

Bakersville // Serif



Piano Brochure

Brochure project for Ivory Keys piano studios.

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles)
1. The logo for this company was created in InDesign. The goal is that when the brochure is closed it will be the logo. There is also a grey miniature logo on the back of the brochure.
2. The images were taken from Since I am using a black background I looked for piano images with more of a brown color so that the black would not be drowned out in the background of the brochure.
3. The shape of the brochure and the keys on the brochure were created in InDesign.
4. I used a more ivory color, not stark white, for the words and the piano keys. Using the text wrap I mad the paragraphs move around each image to make everything flow and easily fit on the brochure.
5. I exported the brochures design as a JPEG and uploaded it here.

I met with my classmates and they like my design. Their advise was to put the logo on the back in a different color. I also had some ideas for different logos but also like the idea of making the piano shape as the logo. One person suggested having a separate logo but the rest of my group like the idea of making the piano shape the logo.

Calls out to pianists and brings their attention to the sales and repairs available to them. It also calls to the ammeter pianist who is looking to advance their talents with lessons.

Music lovers, especially pianists.

Next time I want to take my own pictures and make it completely my own. Remember to remove the strokes from the shapes so that everything fits evenly and lines up.

Neutral // Black and White

Apple Chancery // Decorative

Helvetica // Sans Serif


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