The Alphabet



mid semester quiz

1. A camera is a device that allows the user to capture a moment in time with the use of light, lens, and at times film.

2. Depth of field is the distance between the subject and the lens. When using depth of field the photos could come out with a very natural effect such as a blurry background with a frame of focus. You could have a long depth of field with everything in focus, or a short depth of focus were only the subject is in focus.


4. If in a low light situation the ISO should be between 800- 1600. However if the ISO goes too high then the photo could be over exposed.

5. Shutter speed is based on how quick the photo is being captured. The higher the speed the more clear the photo will appear, lower the speed and the photo will come out more blurry such as car lights.

6. Exposure, contrast, shadow, highlights, blacks, whites.

7. Reduce the saturation. Click on black and white mode,

8. Street photography is when the photographer goes out and captures photos of people in public locations. An example would be with the man who had strangers take family like photos with each other.

9. The camera that he used required the subject to remain still for a few seconds and when ready to develop he would use chemicals on the metal sheets and spread them all over. It was then later that he would go in the dark room of his truck.

10. Richard did portraits of people and towards the end of his career and then did abstract arts.


This assignment was quiet a challenge for me, but only because of my personality. I am a very shy, awkward, and anti-social person. On top of that I am not very good at talking to people let alone strangers, so starting conversations with people was very difficult. What made the assignment even more difficult was that I decided to take it on alone, since I live very out of town and knew that meeting with someone would be a challenge. I knew I was going to face all of these challenges once the project was assigned.

On the night the assignment was addressed, I immediately thought of places that were close to where I live that would work. The only places I could think of were parks, and I knew setting up a back drop would be almost impossible without the proper equipment. Since the town I live in is very small with absolutely nothing to do, I figured I think of places in San Diego. I quickly thought of many different places that reminded me of my childhood. Only, my nerves got the best of me and made me wonder if I would even be allowed to set up a backdrop. It then dawned on me that my cousin was dating the son of a small convenient store in the Jamul area called a trading post. Right away I contacted her and asked if she could give me the owners contacts in order to as permission.

Once I was given permission I thought that the rest of the project would go smoothly, but once again my anxiety and shyness got the best of me. I was dreading the day that we agreed for me to go take the pictures. I would tell my family that I did not want to go especially not alone. But on top of all the anti-social traits that I had, I was also stubborn, and decided not to ask for help and take on the project head on. I originally had a sheet with me to set up, but once I got there I fell in love with the wooden walls on the outside of the store. I figured since they looked really nice I could use that for the backdrop instead.

It was a slow day since there was a Charger game going on, but they did get a good amount of customers. I got a good amount of people and even some of the employees agreed to have their picture taken. I stayed for a few hours before I decided to head back home, only to come back a week later in time for their Halloween event. I head to relocate unfortunately for my second visit, but I still enjoyed the area. The only issue I had was the lighting, there was very poor lighting which required me to mess with the white balance of the photos while editing.

In the end I got the project done and was very relieved when I did. It was not very pleasant for me, if anything it was stressful. I know that it’s not because the assignment was difficult or silly, it was just not one for me. I don’t see myself doing this again nor would I really want to, or at least not without some good friends with me. If there is a next time, I for sure would want to drag my friend along with me, like I always do with my in class assignments

Ansel Adams

When I first saw Adams’ work at MOPA, I was very intrigued by his work and could easily see why so many other photographers were inspired by him. So to watch the documentary was a nice treat because it gave me the opportunity to see exactly how and why he decided to become a photographer. I was not disappointed with what the documentary shared. ┬áThe fact that Ansel Adams’ father supported him as a child truly made me happy. Most parents now a days would worry about their child for not behaving at school or holding much interest in either math or science. Adams’ father however, embraced his sons want and need to practice the arts whether is was the piano or photography. I even honestly found it heart warming to see that when the family was having financial difficulties, the father still made he sacrifice to purchase a camera for Adams and even hire piano instructors for him.

Even though later on he did let himself get too absorbed into his work, to a point that he would hurt the people around him, its interesting to see just how passionate he was for his work, especially in Yosemite. Learning a bit more about the man made me really happy to know that I had the chance to see an exhibit inspired by him and his work. I look forward to see even more photos of his that I have not yet seen.

Studio Photoshoot

It’s always very nice to see artist go the extra mile in their work to really do something that has not been done before. Some of the greatest works of art are simply just results of what happens when people think outside the box. Richard Renaldi and Ian Ruther are both very motivated photographers that challenged the basics of photography.

Richard took a very bold approach in asking random people to pose in very intimate and close positions. What I really admired is that he did it as if it was nothing, because to him it really should not be an issue to take a photo with a stranger. I have much respect for the guy since I know that I myself would struggle with such a project since I am very shy, so it’s nice to see how he was able to bring in people who are shy at first and then bring them to light at how close people could really become. His work has motivated others to do similar projects as well, which really just opens so many new doors not just in the Arts but also in all sorts of departments.

Ian Ruther took a risk when he decided to make a camera out of his truck. The idea of traveling around the country with a camera and taking pictures of people has all been done before, but its the whole idea of going back to the old fashion days were you had to develop the photo using chemicals that really made his work stand out. What I really liked it that he honestly got the idea sitting at home one day and decided to just drop everything and leave with this ambition of doing something much greater of what was asked from him. His photographs look amazing on the metal plates and it looks like it takes much skill and patience to actually get the photo to come out just right. What I also really liked about the video is that we got to see him fail a few times when his photos were simply not being developed the way he wanted to. It really gives us an idea of just how hard it is to go chase something that you are passionate about without really even knowing what the results will be. In the end risks are just meant to be taken especially in the Arts.