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Portrait Read and Write

  • Choose how much background you want
  • Have your picture capture the subject’s emotion
  • Easy to identify visual storytelling
  • Make background either more dominant or the subject more dominant
  • Focus on the face of the person
  • Use effective framing technique
  • Have good lighting
  • Different angles adds uniqueness and good framing
  • Make features the main factor of composition
  • Create a visual narrative
  • Use rule of thirds
  • Crop the image to your liking
  • Focus on what parts of the picture you want to be seen the most and enhance it
  • Edit areas that need it the most
  • Create good contrast by using different colors or sharpening the subject to make it pop.


Lee Miller was a well known and influential surrealist photographer during the time of WW2. She was born in 1907 and died in 1977. Before pursuing photography she was a fashion model in New York but after going to Paris, she became a photographer for fashion and art. She worked for Vogue and covered huge events such as the concentration camps or the London Blitz. She also collaborated with her teacher in photography and modeled for him. On accident she discovered the technique of solarisation which became a significant part of most of their work. With friends who were also fellow surrealists, the group influenced each other in their creations and created random scenarios for each image. For example, one friend insisted on coating Miller with butter to create the illusion of a “classical statue” for his film. She later left the teacher and began a solo exhibition. She began fulfilling her new passion of being a photojournalist during World War II and took historical pictures of Hitler’s bathroom, prisoners, and more. She quickly became an incredibly influential and iconic photographer and continues to leave others in awe with her photos.



This picture was taken below the buildings which creates a low angle. Looking up at the buildings it makes them appear taller and bigger which is cool. This perspective gives the viewer a “worms eye view” of the subjects by looking straight up. The different perspective makes the image unique and catches the viewer’s eye. The positioning of each building makes more of an impact on the image than what the object actually is. The cloudiness sets a somewhat calm mood in the photo which creates good composition. The image not only has good angles but also meaning. The weather along with the angle the picture is taken in makes the buildings look more powerful and dramatic than they might be.




Mode: Manual; Aperture: f/11; Shutter Speed: 1/1300 sec; ISO: 400; Lens mm: 40.00 mm

Mode: Manual; Aperture: f/11; Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec; ISO: 400; Lens mm: 28.00 mm

This picture represents great shadow and contrast using black and white to enhance the subject’s shadows. The subtle shadows adds a lot of depth to the image without being too harsh and dramatic. The quality of light really brings out the subject even more and the technique the photographer used to capture the right angles is an incredibly useful and effective skill. The shadows also set the mood within this picture and creates an almost relaxing and calm image. There are abstract shapes being created as well by the shadows and objects which makes the picture fun to look at. Again, black and white is great for shadow photography since they naturally have more contrast and dynamic range. Sometimes color can distract from the subject or shadow and in this picture you can see how well the black and white colors can amplify the shadow’s contrast and pull the image together. The gist of this image is the abstract shadows/object which I really enjoy looking at. Its simple positioning creates a unique and capturing essence. Overall, this image displays good use of the black and white filter as well as using different objects to display shadows.



Mode: Manual; Aperture: f/22; Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec; ISO: 1600; Lens mm: 36.00 mm

Mode: Manual; Aperture: f/22; Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec; ISO: 800; Lens mm: 30.00 mm

Mode: Manual; Aperture: f/22; Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec; ISO: 400; Lens mm: 30.00 m

This photo represents great texture because it focuses on the object’s detail rather than showing a broad area of it. Since the picture doesn’t have much of a background, it adds more attention and emphasizes the texture of the tree.

Exposure and Camera Modes

• Exposure determines how light or dark an image will appear
• Aperture, ISO and shutter speed together are known as the “exposure triangle.”
• Aperture controls the light that enters your camera
• Shutter speed controls the duration of the exposure
• ISO speed controls the sensitivity of your camera’s sensor to a given amount of light
• Aperture affects depth of field
• Shutter speed affects motion blur
• ISO speed affects image noise
• Depth of field is the range of distance that appears acceptably sharp.
• Image noise is the digital equivalent of film grain
• A camera’s shutter determines when the camera sensor will be open or closed to incoming light from the camera lens.
• How much light that is let into the camera lens is determined by the shutter speed
• Both “shutter speed” and “exposure time” belong to the same concept, where a faster shutter speed means a shorter exposure time
• Shutter speed is the setting that has the widest range of possibilities
• Shutter speed is meant to freeze or exaggerate the appearance of motion
• Increasing shutter speed can help fix a blurry picture
• “Stopping down” and “opening up” lenses refer to increasing and decreasing the f-stop value.
• ISO speed determines how sensitive the camera is to incoming light.
• A lower ISO speed is almost always desirable
• In a camera’s aperture, lower f-stop values correlate with a shallower depth of field

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