Lighting with Reflectors

This activity was my first time using a reflector. Fortunately, my group-mates were patient with me and were gorgeous models. To show how much difference a reflector makes, I have left all of these photos unedited.


MakaylaEdwardBeforeDiffuserBefore the use of a Diffuser

After applying the Diffuser to the right side

Before the use of a White Reflector

After applying the White Reflector on her left side

Use of a Gold Reflector under her chin

Use of a Silver Reflector on the front of her face


Macro Photography

As usual, I was very discouraged at the start, but then got better. Once I figured out how to use an extension tube for my Nikon, I liked capturing the textures of fruit and flowers. Once at home, I checked-out some lighting equipment and shot photos of my clockwork necklace and dream-catcher feather. The assignment included flowers/fruit/vegetables with water droplets on them and other interesting photos of subjects of our choice.




I love simple, solid, round water droplets!


If you look closely, you can see air bubbles in this water drop.






Perspective of 12

I’ve been taking a lot of floral and nature photos, so I wanted my subject to be harder, textured, and man-made. At first, I wanted to go to the BYU-Idaho Ricks Garden and shoot the stone statues and sculptures. But, deciding that I wanted something more personal, I shot my ukulele instead. I was going to lay out black tarps to get black backgrounds, but when I walked outside, I loved the natural grunge of the pavement and green power box. The dream-catcher is from one of my high school friends, and I think it made the shots much more interesting. As much difficultly as I had making the collage, I was able to practice blending, sharpening, and dodge and burning.











Finally, this is the image that I used to texture the background in my collage.

Tutorial – Adjustment Layers

This tutorial covers the basics of the main adjustment layers in Photoshop. I chose this topic because I already know the basics of adjustment layers and I find them very useful. Adjustment layers can fix a photo with incorrect exposure or brighten colors to make the photo seem more lively. You can also create more artistic edits by controlling the colors, contrast, and even turning your photo greyscale.

This blog post helped a lot:

Here a printable, simplified version of the tutorial
Tutorial print

I really hope these resources help some of you. Enjoy!


I think that this study of narrow and deep depth of field lent itself to nature shots. I think I prefer a more narrow depth of field. I fought a little to get good lighting. Some of these were taken right before a hail storm. I normally go for higher contrast and dark colors, but I tried to make some of the flowers softer. I love the rich colors that nature can provide.


Deep Depth of Field


The Walking Path
May 8, 2016 – Focal Length 18 – f/3.5 – SS 1/250 – Nikon D90
Minor Adjustments: Levels, Vibrance, Brightness/Contrast, Hue/SaturationSpot Healing



Garden Willow
May 8, 2016 – 18 – f/3.5 – 1/800 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, Shadow/Highlights



The Garden Corner
May 8, 2016 – 25 – f/4 – 1/160 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, Shadow/Highlights



Narrow Depth of Field


Focused Blossom
May 7, 2016 – 105 – f/5.6 – 1/640 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Curves, Brightness/Contrast, Black & White



May 7, 2016 – 105 – f/10 – 1/80 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Hue/Saturation, Black & White mask



Naturally Bright
May 7, 2016 – 105 – f/8 – 1/80 – Nikon D90
Minor Adjustments: Levels, Brightness/Contrast



May 8, 2016 – 52 – f/13 – 1/100 – Nikon D90
Minor Adjustments: Level, Curves



May 8, 2016 – 42 – f/9 – 1/30 – Nikon D90
Adjustments: Levels, Curves, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation


I was very discouraged at first, as I have little experience in photography and was feeling overwhelmed. After some help from my teacher and some practice, I felt that this assignment was at least possible. First, I learned that indoor lighting does not have enough light and that a 4 second shutter speed did not work at high-noon. Then, I tried to copy the examples given by our teacher. The flags, moving car, and streaking headlights photos were shot on the road outside my apartment. The garden was shot in the Rick’s garden on the BYU-Idaho campus. Finally, I gathered enough confidence to try other things, which got me the card and “phantom” shot. While not a traditional blur shot, the “phantom photo” uses the idea of having a moving, subject (me) and a long shutter speed in low light (indoors). It was more for fun anyways.


MakaylaEdward - flag

4:18 PM – May 1, 2016 – outside Birch Plaza – Focal length 18 – f/16 – 1/640 – Nikon D90


MakaylaEdward - card

Card Flying
7:29 PM – May 1, 2016 – outside Birch Plaza, construction site – 32 – f/4.2 – 1/1250 – Nikon D90



MakaylaEdward - Garden

Rick’s Garden
9:35 AM – May 2, 2016 – in the Ricks Garden – 45 – f/25 – 1 – Nikon D90


MakaylaEdward - car

Get a Move on
3:45 PM – April 27, 2016 – in front of Hart building crosswalk – 62 – f/36 – 1/4 – Nikon D90


MakaylaEdward - streak

Making it Past the Red Light
8:22 PM – April 29, 2016 – NorthPoint Apartments – 45 – f/20 – 4 – Nikon D90


MakaylaEdward - phantom

Ghost of a Memory
10:29 PM – May 1, 2016 – at apartment – 105 – f/22 – 3 – Nikon D90