~ Alexa Stanley's Photography Portfolio ~

Photography One:

Last semester I took the "Photo One" class. During this time we learned the basics of everyday photography that would be taught in all introductory photography classes. This includes Aperture, ISO, Mergers, Rule Of Thirds, & FOV. I personally had a difficult time in this class. I over thought everything. I was super hard on myself, and I never remembered all the steps because I stressed myself out. Looking back on it now though, I honestly feel dumb because it would've been so easy to do this class the right way if I would've calmed down, looked at my notes and took it little by little, instead of trying to rush. Now being in Photo Two, I've realized what I've learned to love, and what I find comes very natural to me.


The aperture is the measure of the diameter of the lens. This opening in the lens determines the amount of light falling into the film or sensor. The bigger the f stop the smaller the hole and the smaller the f stop the bigger the hole, this then creates "Depth Of Field".


Shutter speed:

Shutter speed Is the amount of time the digital camera's shutter remains open when capturing a photograph. The shutter is the piece of the digital camera that opens to allow light to reach the image sensor when the photographer presses the shutter button. In photography and digital photography the slower the shutter speed, the longer the exposure time. The shutter speed and aperture together control the total amount of light reaching the sensor. Shutter speeds are expressed in seconds or fractions of a second. Panning is a big part of this as well, you must always use a tripod to keep the picture as clear as possible.

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Rule Of Thirds:
In the rule of thirds, photos are divided into thirds with two imaginary lines vertically and two lines horizontally, making three columns, three rows, and nine sections in the image. Important elements and or points of interest in your photo are placed on or near the imaginary lines and where the lines intersect. When taking a photograph with the rule of thirds in mind, its always best to compose the photograph in the camera. This is so that you can avoid having to crop your picture to your liking later on, which could also reduce the quality of your photographs. The rule of thirds creates a nice balance, visually in your photo.


Field Of View:

The focal length of a lens is the distance from the optical center of the lens to the sensor (or film) when the lens is focused on an object at infinity. The focal length is fixed for any lens, and doesn't change when the lens is mounted on different camera bodies. The focal length of a lens is one of the key specifications of a lens. You can create a whole new image just by adjusting your FOV through zooming.


Portrait photography produces pictures that capture the personality of a subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or more formal. Frequently, portraits are taken for special occasions, such as weddings or school events. Portraits can serve many purposes, from usage on a personal Web site, to being displayed in a lobby of a business, or your home.


Landscape photography is intended to show different spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes. Landscape photographers often attempt to document the space as well as convey an appreciation of the scenery. I particularly appreciated capturing the sunset during this shoot because it added color to an otherwise drab winter day with flat light.


Photography Two:

Project One:

For project one I did color splash. Color splash is when you take a photo and single out one color to make the picture "pop". Color splash can also be used as a focal point, a focal point is when you look at a picture and your eye is drawn to one one thing, person, object etc.


Project Two:

For project two I wanted to try something different, so I did animal photography. I was surprisingly very successful at it, even though I had some incorrect settings, my pictures themselves turned out honestly pretty amazing. I would 100% have to thank my dogs for being fat and lazy, otherwise my pictures wouldn't have turned out so crazy clear.


Project Three:

For project three I did color splash with my friend Alexis. I went with a fantasy theme. An “Alice in wonderland”/”Snow White” concept. It wasn't entirely successful, but with more time I believe it could have been executed much better.

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Project Four:

For project four I attempted “Black and White Boudoir Photography in film”. Boudoir is a more sensual type of photography. Women often take them to boost their confidence or even give them as a gift to there husbands. I chose my friend Deborah because of her striking features and helpful, creative opinion. Although I can see where I could have expanded on this further it was fun trying something new. Being brave and exploring out of your comfort zone can be fun and challenging.


Photo Shop Tutorials:

Photoshop is a highly used tool I use in my projects, it's really helped me in all my photos by perfecting them,

One: "Selecting Portions Of An Image" This is where you take a portion of an original image, "one part", then merge it with a different photograph and or background by using the wand tool and inter-versing it.


Two: "Blemishes" This is where you take a photo and correct any pimples, scares, makeup smears, etc. This tool will make the photo look as if they were never there, creating a more flawless image.

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Three: "Brightness and Contrast" This is where you improve a photo by brightening it, or contrasting it by "darkening it".


Four: "Water Mark" Your watermark is the "signature" on your photography that makes the photo yours. It's your copyright, and it keeps others from taking credit for your hard work and creativity.

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