Social Media and Photography


When it comes to social media interaction, sharing photographs is at the top of the list.  People love to show off their new outfits, beautiful locations, etc. through photos.  What do you see when you click on someone’s Facebook?  A giant picture of their choice, as well as a smaller picture of their choice.  I promise if Facebook asked it’s users what aspect of facebook should be removed, picture sharing would be the absolute last.  Not only are Facebook profiles overflowing with photos, there are specific social media photography platforms such as Pinterest and Flickr.  Photography has established its viability and dominance in being society’s primary interest.  Social media and photography have voraciously fed off each other’s potential for the past few years, and their power is only growing. 

Do I still feel social media is ruining our traditional values? Yes.  However, I will admit to some picture sharing having positive qualities that stray from superficiality and materialism.  There is extreme potential with photographs and social interaction, and the majority of it has yet to be discovered.

Until next time…!

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Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


Underwater Photography


Underwater photography can result in a horrible turnout if approached incorrectly.  There are a few simple, but vital rules that must be followed when taking underwater photos.  Obviously, cameras need to be contained in a sealed housing for protection against water and pressure.  The second rule is the most overlooked for amateur photographers.  Because light has much more difficulty traveling through water, especially at depths, it is extremely important to add while taking photographs.  Strobes (underwater flashes) attach to most housings to provide an intense amount of light.  The third rule involves understanding the color spectrum underwater.  The following graph shows which colors are lost at certain depths.


At 4 meters, red is the first color to disappear.  At 20 meters, violet, yellow, orange, and red all look like a dull grey.  Hence, red filters fit over the camera to preserve color at greater depths.  Since a majority of the beauty and detail of underwater life is very tiny, macro lenses are pretty standard.  Refer back to the #macrophotography post for a basic understanding of macro lenses.  If you can follow these four concepts, your pictures will look like they jumped out of a biology textbook!


(Photo Courtesy of Dive Photo Guide)

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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


Time-lapse Photography – Like!

Jonathan Amato                                                                                                                                                  I absolutely love depicting time through a series of photos; it can’t get any better than that!                                 Like – Comment – 47 minutes ago via mobile

Time-lapse photography is the combination of photography and filmmaking.  A series of photographs are taken on a fixed interval of a fixed location.  The photos are lined up and projected to create a video.  Think of it as a digital flipbook.  The sky is the limit for time-lapse.  Some clips have been known to be a compilation of photos taken over the period of years, showing the growth of the bed of a jungle through different seasons. 

Jonathan Amato                                                                                                                                             The following link is an incredible montage of gorgeous time-lapses; check it out!     

The key to time-lapse photography is having an intervalometer and a tripod.  An intervalometer is simply a remote that lets you input an interval, and it will take pictures for you every X minutes, hours, or days.  Finally, you will need a place you want to see change over a period of time.  Popular sights are night skies, clouds, or sun movements.

The potential for time-lapse is limitless, all you need is your imagination and creativity!

Stay tuned for next time!





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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Uncategorized



Macrophotography is a wonderful style of shooting that many aspiring photographers can have fun with.

Picture yourself an ant crawling across a pile of change, and you look over at the giant penny below you.


I took this photo with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens.

Basically, macro lenses allow you to focus at something really close to the lens, while being zoomed in at a relatively far distance.

Macrophotography does what our eyes can’t do when trying to focus on something extremely close to our face.

One thing to be careful of is letting proper light reach your subject.  Since you are so close, you have to be wary of your own shadow.

For macro lenses, the closer, 60mm lens is a little easier to use since it has quicker focusing, but the 100mm will deliver a larger object.

Other than that, macrophotography makes itself shine by finding beauty in small details that our eyes can’t pick up, so shoot away!

Stay tuned for the upcoming post that will discuss time-lapse photography!

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


Analysis of “Strobist”

This week, I wanted to discuss a dominant and successful photography blog regarding lighting setups. The author of “Strobist,” David Hobby, centers on an artistic genre, more specifically, photography lighting.  This informational blog excels because of its detailed descriptions, demonstrations, and examples for particular methods on how to light a scene.  David’s calming, yet developed wisdom is exemplary. 

Unless learning how to light a photograph shoot captivates you, this blog isn’t really for you.  It does have a few entertaining stories, but for instructional purposes, you should have an interest in lighting.  Lighting a scene isn’t even a huge aspect of photography, for many photographers have a run-and-gun style. 


“Q&A: Lighting Multiple People with Glasses,” “Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite and ST-E3-RT Transmitter: Yep, It’s Radios,” and “How to Avoid Dealing With the Police When Shooting in Public” are a few examples of posts mentioned in “Strobist” (Hobby 1). 


In addition to be an excellent source of instruction, the blog does not forget to entertain or simply mention something interesting.  In amidst a number of lighting posts, David stops to discuss his encounter with a police officer after someone made an emergency call on him for suspicious activity.  David humorously recounts his sarcastic nature to the cop, responding to her inquiries, “‘Well, I am either a photographer taking an innocuous photo of a maple tree,’ [he] said, ‘or I’m al Qaida, casing our critical deciduous infrastructure’” (Hobby 1).  This appeal to pathos is apparent by alleviating the somewhat daunting analysis of lighting setups by a break for simple humor.

The style of the posts depicts a sophisticated and expecting manner. The author expects them to know what he is talking about regarding light setups and equipment.  Aside from camera terminology, the diction isn’t anything fancy or out of the ordinary.  David does throw in a few shorthands such as imo (in my opinion.)  However, he firmly asserts himself by keeping a consistent, intellectual form of language, allowing him to fall victim to this playful idiosyncrasy.

Because of David’s simplicity and kindness, the wisdom in his literary voice makes him sound like a humble, retired photographer passing on his knowledge.  His critical frame as a veteran photographer is almost identical to most of the traffic flowing through this blog.  Yes, there are many photograph amateurs looking for help, but David’s way of explaining gives them an easy way to understand.  This allows them to still feel experienced and view the blog the way David intends it to be viewed: with humility and determination.  For each post, David has a title, picture, and a brief introductory section.  This enables the readers to find what captivates them the most, and to act accordingly by choosing whether or not to read further.  There are also links at the top of the blog to David’s portfolio, Google Plus page, personal blog, and “Lighting 101” collection of starter posts regarding lighting.


I like how the author provides diagrams and example photographs with what he is describing.  This is very appealing to the ethos aspect of rhetoric.  Ethos is the establishment of credibility though the demonstration of knowledge (The Rhetorical Triangle).  David is precise and detailed when describing a certain light setup or process, increasing his credibility.  The diagrams provide detailed analysis and justifications behind certain choices or methods.  After viewing the setup and reading David’s explanation, it makes so much sense to be done that way.  David’s process is very effective in teaching the information, as well as proving his trustworthiness.  Another aspect of rhetoric is pathos; this incorporates use of figurative language to appeal to emotion (The Rhetorical Triangle).  As mentioned earlier, the entertaining posts evoke an emotional release of excitement in the audience, but not to stray from the purpose of the blog. “Strobist” mainly induces calming moments of epiphany.  After the effective ethos, pathos flows smoothly in.


“Strobist” ultimately follows the traditional format of a blog: title, a form of media, and short intro, followed by the rest of the post.  The author establishes his own voice and credibility through his use of detailed descriptions and diagrams of lighting angles, equipment, and so on.   Despite his apparent reliability, David does well bypassing the seemingly complex nature of lighting by distracting readers with entertaining and fascinating posts.  He is tremendously effective in establishing a calm, knowledgeable voice when describing a certain setup or explaining how not to get arrested with a camera with diagrams and drawings.  The author’s role is that of a grandfather teaching his matured grandson the skills set of lighting, and I feel this approach is perfectly welcoming people into the world of lighting. 

Next week we will be discussing Macrophotography!

Works Cited 

Hobby, David. “Strobist®.” Strobist. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <;. 

The Rhetorical Triangle. PDF. 

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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


Different Approaches of Analysis


Being able to bring out different qualities in a subject by viewing it through different critical lenses is key in establishing a shot. I call this photo “Grandfather and Grandson;” I captured this on the Sequoia Trail near Yosemite National Park. This week, I will be analyzing a photo from an artistic, emotional, and technical perspective in deepening the meaning and title of the photograph.


The artistic perspective focuses on the aesthetics and beauty of a photo. In this shot, we would compare the contrasting colors of vibrant and lively green, to rustic and aged brown of the two trees. These two colors portray the picture’s title in relation to lineage. The bright green, pine-looking extensions show extraordinary detail signifying youth and complexity. The withered bark of the Grandfather tree shows an eventful and long life.


The Grandfather tree is gigantic compared to the Grandson tree, and their simple contrast in size is endearing. The percentage of the two subjects that is visible in the photograph parallels real life the way we usually focus on the cute little kids, rather than the old grandparents. This has always been a part of lineage and descent: turning attention to the youth, aimed at shaping them to reach their full potential as people. This photo provides a sense of everlasting descent, but also a sense of sadness because of the inescapable act of aging.


The Grandfather and Grandson are both intersecting the one-third lines on the left side of the frame, symbolizing their unity as a family. The Grandson is in the foreground, while the Grandfather is in the background (slightly out of focus.) This depth also pertains to the shift in focus from older members of the family to the youth.

Next time we will be analyzing another photography blog!


Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized


Simple Rules

There are two things that will make your composition of shots go from novice to near-professional looking. The Rule of Thirds and Depth.

The Rule of Thirds.

You want to ask yourself, “What is the subject of the photo. What is going to attract the most attention?” The subject, of course there are always exceptions, should generally intersect the one-third lines on either side of the photo. The right or the left doesn’t really matter. Keep in mind if the subject is a face looking to the right, you want to position the face on the left side of the photo for comfortable viewing space. The pinecone in the example intersects the lines on the left side of the photo. This provides balance and interest to a photo that would otherwise be boring with a pinecone sitting in the center of the photo.




Depth is commonly overlooked and rarely thought of. Depending if you use a point and shoot Coolpix or a digital camera where you can change lenses, depth can generally be adjusted quite easily. With interchangeable lenses, you can buy a different lens that will defocus background elements, giving the photo more dynamic space and appeal. With a less sophisticated point and shoot camera, you can provide that depth and dynamic space by your position to the subject and zoom. Photos are mostly taken too far away from the subject, especially portraits.

So move forward, zoom in a little, and remember the rule of thirds to make your photos looking better than ever!

Next week we will be discussing different perspectives in analyzing a photograph!/p>

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized