Week #10 — Holiday

•July 7, 2009 • 1 Comment

FlagFireworks 1Fireworks 2Fireworks 3

The assignment this week was to put up holiday pictures, which was conveniently assigned right before the 4th of July. The pictures above were taken in Idaho Falls while we were saving a space for family to come and take pictures, and then the subsequent fireworks show. It was interesting to take pictures of the fireworks with a digital camera… but I really liked some of the light paint effects you could create. I didn’t have a tripod but I tried using different objects to steady the camera, but I liked the pictures that weren’t steady more than the others. I hope you like them! Let me know what you think!

1. Flag: July 4, 2009 3:42 p.m. Idaho Falls, ID, f/4.3, SS 1/1000, Samsung Digimax L70

2. Fireworks 1: July 4, 2009 10:29 p.m. Idaho Falls, ID, f/5.2, SS 4.0 seconds, Samsung Digimax L70

3. Fireworks 2: July 4, 2009 10:27 p.m. Idaho Falls, ID, f/8.3, SS 4.0 seconds , Samsung Digimax L70

4. Fireworks 3: July 4, 2009 10:27 p.m. Idaho Falls, ID, f/5.2, SS 4.0 seconds, Samsung Digimax L70


Week #10 Photo Edit — Crop and Twist

•July 7, 2009 • 2 Comments

Crop and Twist

We had the opportunity to choose what edit we wanted to do this week, so I chose to do a crop and twist effect. This effect was fun to play around with and I found one that I really loved and wanted to share.  By using the rectangular marquee tool you select the part of the image that you want to be the focal point. You then copy and paste the selection on a new layer and twist it. I chose to do two copies of the image and add a stroke and drop shadow to them as well. I reduced the opacity of the original image and placed a white layer behind it so you could see the change better. I also changed the sizes of the copied images to give it a different effect. Hope you like it! The picture was taken on our Bannack Montana trip.

Week #9 — Water

•June 24, 2009 • 4 Comments

Umbrella 1Umbrella 2Up CloseBig FallsSmall FallsClose Up Small Falls

This weeks photo assignment was with water. I took all these images in the BYU-Idaho gardens. It was a lot of fun to work with the blurring and stopping of the fountains. It was also perfect weather because part of the time it was overcast and the other part was bright and sunny, so it was easy to take both shots. I was very grateful for the overcast which allowed me to take some awesome blurred shots!

1. Umbrella 1: June 11, 2009 12:51 p.m., f/6.4, Sony DSC-H7

2. Umbrella 2: June 11, 2009 12:50 p.m., f/7.1, Sony DSC-H7

3. Up Close: June 11, 2009 12:50 p.m., f/4.5, Sony DSC-H7

4. Big Falls: June 11, 2009 1:19 p.m., f/4.0, Sony DSC-H7

5. Small Falls: June 11, 2009 1:00 p.m., f/8.0, Sony DSC-H7

6. Close-up Small Falls: June 11, 2009 1:00 p.m., f/8.0, Sony DSC-H7

Week #9 Photo Edit — Motion Effects

•June 24, 2009 • 2 Comments

Daisy InverseWhite Sphere

This weeks edits were to work with motion effects. I decided to work with an effect I had never used before, the fisheye lens effect. I have used a fisheye lens before, but it was interesting to try it in Photoshop. You can find this effect under Choose Filter-Distort-Spherize. It was a lot of fun to work with, and I got a little carried away on some pictures, but these two are the ones I liked the most. I took both of these shots in the BYU-Idaho gardens. The first one I used the inverse effect, by making the slider on the spherize box a negative number.  The second shot is just a regular fisheye.

Week #8 — Panoramic Photomerge

•June 18, 2009 • 3 Comments

Hike PanoramicCloud Panoramic

This weeks assignment was to take multiple shots and merge them together to make a panoramic image. I chose to put up two that I had taken. The first was taken on a hike in Heise, Idaho. We were standing near the top and looking out onto the valley and I wanted to be able to see the whole view. I took a total of 16 pictures for this shot and then used the Photomerge option in Photoshop to make it panoramic. The second was an amazing cloud that was by my house. I tried taking single image pictures of it but they would not capture the whole cloud. So I took 17 total pictures and merged them in Photoshop. As you can see… I should have taken more images of the top left… But I still loved the clouds so I wanted to put the image anyway.

Week #7 — Daily Photo Journal

•June 11, 2009 • 1 Comment


This week, we were to take pictures every day and choose our best one for a week of photo journaling. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the sky because the clouds have been amazing the past few days. We will have clear skies and then a huge storm and the clouds are just miraculous! Saturday and tuesday have intersting pictures because of what I do all day. On saturday I am constantly on my computer doing homework, so I took a picture of my “study area” … my bed :D. On Tuesdays I do not go to school, I stay at home and do homework and clean. I was cleaning the bathroom this last Tuesday and loved the macro view of the Q-tips! Most of the other pictures were taken at random places around Rexburg because that is where I spend most of my days.

1. Thursday June 4th: 7:17 pm Rexburg, ID; f/4.6; Nikon COOLPIX S210

2. Friday June 5th: 4:53 pm Rexburg, ID; f/4.6; Nikon

3. Saturday June 6th: 11:56 am Ucon, ID; f/4.6; Nikon

4. Sunday June 7th: 8:42 pm Rexburg, ID; f/3.1; Nikon

5. Monday June 8th: 8:59 pm Ucon, ID; f/4.6; Nikon

6. Tuesday June 9th: 4:27 pm Ucon, ID; f/4.6; Sony Cybershot

7. Wednesday June 10th: 3:23 pm Rexburg, ID; f/5.9; Nikon

Week #7 — Photo Edit

•June 11, 2009 • 3 Comments

Weekly Spread

This week we were to make a spread for our photography photobooks using our “weekly photo journal” pictures. I always have way too much fun coming up with different layouts for photobooks… but I could not pick one that I really liked. Let me know what you think about this spread!