America’s Top Photographer E. 1 & 2

 Everyone has their own style of photography that they like. Some of them had trouble doing some of the pictures because of the area/subject that they were working with since its something that they usually don’t use, which is showing that they have inexperience of some sort. They were all doing the mistake of choosing the first photo that they thought was good when they should just use all the time that they have because you never know the last picture can be the best one. I think when being a photographer you shouldn’t make things awkward with  the people your shooting with, you should get to know them and get comfortable with them. Also  I think that you should have fun with it and not rush things while shooting.

File formats

  1. JPEG: compressed quickly in the camera, and thus result in a loss of detail and quality
  2. TIFF: These file formats are usually uncompressed, and as a result offer the opportunity for extensive post-processing.
  3. RAW: compressed using a process that retains all the information originally captured
  4. DNG: The public archival format for digital camera raw data. Raw file formats are popular in digital photography workflows because they offer greater creative control
  5. PNG: Lossless compression means good image quality, which isn’t compromised when editing
  6. GIF: GIF files are that they can only contain a maximum of 256 colors, and therefore are not the best choice for photos, but rather images with a limited color palette.
  7. BMP: large file sizes as color data is saved in each individual pixel in the image without any compression.
  8. PSD: allows for manipulation on specific individual layers, rather than on the main image itself.


This piece by Salvador Dali caught my attention because he replaces the sails with butterflies and he made it look like the people are trying to catch them with the butterfly nets instead of catching some fish which would be the real thing and this wouldn’t happen in real life which makes it surreal. I also like the colors that are in it, it looks very colorful and vibrant. I think he was showing what butterflies represent, and that is the ideas that self-reflection and self-awareness is the greatest catalyst for change and breakthroughs in our lives.

Camera Modes

  1. Automatic Modes: best judgement to select shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, focus and flash to take the best shot that it can. Let’s you override flash or change it to red eye reduction
  2. Portrait Mode: helps to keep your background out of focus. Best when you’re photographing a single subject so get in close enough to your subject
  3. Macro Mode: lets you move your closer into your subject to take a close-up picture. Great for shooting flowers, insects or other small objects.
  4. Landscape mode: Exact opposite of portrait mode. Slower shutter speed in this mode and you need to use a tripod.
  5. Sports mode: used for photographing any moving objects including people playing sports, pets, cars, wildlife. Attempts to freeze the action by increasing the shutter speed.
  6. Night Mode: shooting in low light situations and sets your camera to use a longer shutter speed to help capture details of the background but it also fires off a flash to illuminate the foreground. Use a tripod or your background will be blurred.
  7. Movie Mode: extends your digital camera from just capturing still images to capturing moving ones. moving images take up significantly more space on your memory storage than still images.
  8. Aperture priority Mode: choose the aperture and where your camera chooses the other settings. Aperture priority mode is useful when you’re looking to control the depth of field in a shot.
  9. Shutter priority mode: you select a shutter speed and the camera then chooses all the other settings. For example, when photographing moving subjects like sports you might want to choose a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion
  10. Program mode: Program mode is like Auto but gives you a little more control over some other features including flash, white balance, ISO. Program mode differs from Automatic in your model.
  11. Manual mode: full control over your camera and need to think about all settings including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, flash etc. it gives you the flexibility to set your shots up

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman is a very interesting photographer. I chose this picture because to me it shows emotion. What I mean by that is they would say clowns put on a face to hide everything . They can be sad, mad, or even confused and you cant tell. I’m thinking that she’s tying to show that they aren’t always okay in a way.

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