Friday, May 15, 2009


I created a series of three podcast's using the program Audacity. I used my voice to narrate the podcasts and then added background music to give them a more friendly, professional feel. The first podcast is a minute and a half long, covering the top three main mishaps that people encounter when shooting photography, that causes them to create a bad picture. The song that was used was from A Starbucks Collection of Unforgettable Piano Jazz album and was the song "Nature Boy" by The Three Sounds. The three points discussed include bad lighting, composition, and camera type. The second podcast is two and a half minutes long and it dicusses the three most important features needed in camera. The accompaning music is called "Smooth Jazz", by artist Wayman Tisdale. The three features include focus, aperture, and shutter speed.
All three files were then exported as an MP3 files. From there, I uploaded the files onto a podcast creating website called and posted them to my blog. They can be listened to on any mp3 compatible program, including Windows Media Player and iTunes. You can listen to my series of podcasts by clicking play on the box above. This box contains all three podcasts and can be alternately listened to. After listening, make sure to explore the rest of my blog! Enjoy!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Vodcast: Capture the Moment

Using iMovie, I created a two minute video that shows a variety of my photographs that have been taken over the past couple of months. Throughout the video, I use transitions, titles, and the Ken Burns effect. The video uses background music from the artist Kate Voegele with the song "Manhattan From the Sky." The video is titled "Capture the Moment". I edited, produced, and directed the movie myself, exported it as a Quicktime file, and then uploaded the video onto YouTube and posted the video onto my blog. You can view the video below:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Indesign Brochure

Photography opens a lot of doors. With a degree or experience in photography, enthusiasts can choose from a long list of careers in which their talents will come to use. Because of this, I created a double-side brochure that contains six different photography careers, with a small paragraph about each. This brochure was created in Adobe's Indesign program. It can be folded into thirds as a brochure and distributed. In addition to the explanation paragraphs, each type of photography has an example photo. After the project was completed, the brochure was exported as a PDF file. Click on the link below to view the PDF brochure that I created! Once on the sight, you download my brochure. After viewing, make sure to press the back button to return to my blog so you can explore the rest of my online portfolio!


Focused on the topic of photography, I created a five page website using Adobe Dreamweaver. This website covers four different topics of photography. It provides pages dedicated to the history of photography, a gallery of famous photographs, careers in photography, and additional resources to explore. Several of the photographs on the site were taken by me, and the ones that were not, are followed by a citation. Once I had finished formatting the project in Dreamweaver, I uploaded it to the class web page using Filezilla. The website contains links to many of my other projects, including my Indesign brochure and this blog. Also, there are several hyper linked links that take the viewer to sites that will further advance their knowledge and curiosity about photography. Take a look at my website by clicking HERE or following the link below! After viewing all pages of the website, there is a link on the "Additional Resources" page that has a green highlighted link that will bring you back to my blog.


One of the first projects of the season was created using Adobe Photoshop. I took a personal photograph and then condensed it in size, and exported it for both Indesign and for the web. Then in addition, I used a filter to give the third photo a more creative and artistic look. The filter that I used was called "Smudge-Stick" and is represented in the bottom photo. The original photograph was taken in 2006 in Kenya, Africa, when I traveled there for a volunteer opportunity. The first photograph in this sequence is the one that was edited for Indesign, the second is for the web, and the third (as mentioned previously) was created using a filter and exported for the web.

Team Wiki

As a course requirement, three of my classmates and I created a Wikipedia page. This project is the only part of my portfolio that is not dedicated to photography. Instead, it discusses President Obama's administration. The page covers the many topics of the Presidential administration, from how people become appointed to the administration to the different members of the administration. It also discusses the plans the Obama has for different parts of our economy and country welfare. Each of the four members of this Wikipedia contributed equally to this project, by doing approximately four posts each. Each post contains a signature at the end that ties the post to a certain member. The following four posts were created by me:
  • The Home Page
  • What IS the Obama Administration?
  • How Members Become Appointed to the Presidential Administration
  • Barack Obama's Plans for Energy and the Environment
Click HERE or follow the link listed below to view the Wikipedia page:
After exploring the wikipedia page, you can either press the back button to continue viewing my blog or simply exit the internet. The Wikipedia page does not have a link to this blog and that is why I saved it for the last posting of my electronic portfolio.

Monday, April 27, 2009


Vignetting is a technique in photography that is used primarily to add depth and creativity to a subject. It requires reducing the brightness and saturation on the outer edges of the photograph instead of in the center. The word vignette originally referred to a decorative border in a book. Vignetting is usually unintended and often undesired, but is sometimes purposely introduced for a creative effect. A photographer can specifically choose a lens in which to produce vignetting. Special filters and post-processing procedures can also create this effect. In addition, in the area of digital photography, some photo editing programs have the availability of a vignetting tool that can be added after the photograph has been taken and imported.

There are four types of vignetting: mechanical, optical, natural, and pixel. The first, mechanical vignetting, occurs when light beams from an object is partially blocked by external objects such as thick or stacked filters. The darkening can either be gradual or abrupt, depending on the aperture.
Optical vignetting is cause by the physical dimensions of multiple element lens. Rear elements are shaded by elements in front of them which reduces the effective lens opening for off axis light. The result is a gradual decrease in the light intensity. This effect is sensitive to aperture.
Natural Vignetting is unlike the two previous types. It is not due to the blocking of light rays. The falloff is approximated the angle at which the light hits the film or sensor. It is affected by the cosine of the angle of the light.
The last kind of vignetting, Pixel, only affect digital cameras and is cause by the angle dependence of the digital sensors. Most digital cameras use built in image processing to compensate for optical this vignetting when converting raw sensor data to standard image formats, such as JPEG or TIFF.
Whether you mean to have vignetting in your photograph or it comes as a mistake, this technique can draw the viewer to the center of the photograph and can add interest to an otherwise dull photograph.