Night Photography

We had a chance to experiment with Night Photography techniques where we focused on how to control aperture, ISO, and shutter speed to create different night photography effects. I was very surprised with this topic and became a lot more interested in night photography than I initially thought I would. I love to shoot with natural light and have a somewhat high-key lighting style, so when the topic of night photography was brought up I knew I would have a lot to learn and experiment with.

In the beginning of our shooting session I was shooting in Manual mode with a high ISO within the 400-800 range, a medium shutter speed, and a wide aperture of 2.8. I was also using a fisheye lens that I was able to get my hands on through the schools check-out services. Altogether these made for some interest photos but they still weren’t looking like the examples we went over in class, so I slowed down my shutter and magic happened!

Overall I’m pleased with how the photos turned out although I wish I got to play a little more with blurred lighting . The techniques I learned here with the help and advice of the guest Navy photographers will also help me to shoot in low-light situations in the future.



Flashy Lights – In Studio


Above are five selected photos from our studio session during class last week. We had a chance to take our cameras in studio and photograph our fellow classmates and their guests. Before this assignment I hadn’t really been a big fan of in-studio shooting. I had an impression that it was a little too “one-dimensional” and my composition skills were not enough to make things interesting.

After practicing studio lighting and seeing the different effects we could get it really ignited my interest in studio creativity. I realized that it could be completely different from on location settings, and that’s a totally good thing! Adjusting the lighting by turning one off or turning it away from the subject gave the photo depth and mood and it was all at our control. As far as pursuing photography as a career, having studio photography skills is something that is very important. More specifically in fashion photography it will be a strength I can offer once I develop my skills with studio lighting and setups.


Environmental Portraits

The photos above are my take on environmental portraits that I captured during class time and outside of class for the assignment. These types of portraits are very interesting to me and I realized that a lot of thought and planning before hand goes into these kind of moments. I needed to make sure I could capture the subject in a setting that was able to show the viewer a genuine perception of what they do or who the subject is.

For the first photo with my classmate Cameron, I chose to capture him on campus being that he is a first year student attending CSU San Marcos and it would be a classic memory to document. We chatted before hand and Cameron mentioned he is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and that they were hosting events on campus throughout the week. When I got to the setting I felt a little nervous since it was during U-hour and a lot of students were on campus, feeling a little hesitant with the crowd I feel like it affected my ability to compose the photo as strongly as I had hoped. All in all I am still happy with the way the photos turned out and this photo assignment gave me a lot to learn and work with.

The following photo was one I was able to capture during our session in class. The subject is an employee at the USU Marketplace who was eager and happy to take a photo. I was initially attracted to the fridge that held organized drinks as the background. With the small isles it took a few tries to position the subject in a way that didn’t show distracting pieces in the background. I felt it showed enough story to the photo and still allowed me to capture my simple style.