Class Evaluation

I thought this class was a high quality class. It was mostly open ended as in there were no boundaries as to what we had to shoot. Yes, there were themes we had to follow, but even so, we were still able to choose whatever we wanted to fit that theme. Although I did find it hard to take photos because of the situation, I did try to find things around me that could help. I had given up on a lot, but you, Professor diBenedetto, always had kind things to say and always encouraged us to strive for better and assured us that it was okay to give up sometimes.

The lessons we had were also very good. I had fun doing them and some were even new experiences for me and probably for a lot of other people as well. I personally am definitely not an artistic person in anyway so these assignments were very beginner level and easy to follow. I felt embarrassed at times to share photos, but I think that is what pushed me to try harder. I did not want to share low quality products so I made sure to try my best. The comments and critiques also helped a lot. People pointed out things that you would never notice. One of the things I learned in this class is that it is always good to have a different perspective in everything.

Thank you for this amazing class and sparking my interest in photography again. I know I do not have the best skills, but I hope to get better over time as I continue to take photos as a hobby.

Thank You!




2 Likes and a Dislike

The two projects I enjoyed the most were the Walnut Park assignment and the portrait lighting assignment.

Walnut Park was fun because I was able to take my friend with me and I felt a lot more comfortable as well as being outdoors in that area was a new experience for me. I’ve always wanted to photograph in a like that, especially during a gloomy day and I think I can say that I achieve half of that wish.

The portrait lighting was also a fun, but frustrating assignment. It was very hard to find lighting that could portray each different kinds since some needed to have a bit of a harsher lighting than other, but it was still fun.

The one assignment I did not like was the night photography only because I feel regretful that I did not go out and explore more. I would have done a much better job in many different aspects, but I was holding myself back, which was a shame.


Final Book

This is my final book project. It is a collection of random photos that I took that shows my creatives juices dehydrating over the years.


Outdoor Photography


(Self) Portraits

All of the photos are of me since I unfortunately did not have anyone to take photos of. I sincerely apologize in advance.

This is the last photo I took before calling it good. This is one of the best photos out of everything I took, which is very tragic. I was trying to make a broad lighting portrait, but I am not sure how well it turned out. I also did the lighting by covering my phone flashlight with paper to make it less harsh. It was a frustrating time to say the least.
This is one of the first pictures I took and is also an attempt at broad lighting. It was very awkward because I was trying to position my face in a way that would not show too much of the shadowed side, but at the same time still face the camera so I can show both sides of my face. I used the camera’s built-in flash, which I covered with coffee filters.
This was an attempt at the Rembrandt lighting. I did the best I could, but the triangle is scalene and not equal or isosceles in any way. It was really hard to position the light, which was a very large factor as to why this did not work. However, I still wanted to put this on here to show that I tried the impossible.
This was an attempt at the side lighting. It was really hard for me to get the shadow side to be completely dark so I had to heavily edit it to gradually but quickly darken. This is my least favourite photo because of how awkward it looks.
This was my second to last photo and is the short lighting attempt. I think this is my most favourite because it just came out so perfectly and the lighting is quite soft. This was the photo where I discovered my phone flashlight and paper technic.

These photos were all taken in my room and took too long to take. I am actually quite proud of how the photos came out. I had a very frustrating time since I had to take these photos myself. I had to take so many different photos and experimented with many different lights until I finally decided that my phone was just perfect.



This photo was taken at home since I was too scared to go out since it was really late at night. It is a photo of those dry purple flowers that grow everywhere and I thought they looked very pretty.
This was also taken at home. It is a photo of a really dusty fan and I thought the lines and colour of the fan were cool.
This is the dish washer, which is really not very interesting, but I liked how the flash made it look.
This is just a shadow that cast on the wall in front of the front door. It is a bit blurry since I could not really see, but I think it came out okay.
This is a tree in my front yard! I wanted to try taking this one with the help of a light meter app, which gave me an ISO of 3200. The photo looks pretty grainy, but I was surprised as to how bright the photo came out.

I think I found this assignment very challenging since I could not really go out. I wanted to be creative and go out and take photos of ambient street lights and what not, but I was really held back, which is really my fault. I feel that I could have done better, but things happen.


Midterm Exam

  1. A camera is essentially a small box with a hole that allows light in to capture a particular image on a mirror.
  2. Manual is essentially moving the settings yourself instead of automatically changing. The aperture consists of the ISO and aperture, which controls the shutter speed. The shutter is essentially the same as aperture, but controls the aperture rather than shutter speed (opposite).
  3. Leading lines, depth of field, rule of thirds, patterns, point of view, contrasting and harmonious colours, spot colour, balance, texture, framing, silhouette, and negative space.
  4. Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
  5. Crop tool, spot removal, red eye, gradient filter, radial filter, and brush tool.
  6. The histogram essentially shows the shadows and highlights of the current photo as well as the amount of contrast.
  7. There is an option to rename the file on the right hand side of the importing photos page.
  8. Street photography shows the general “street” life. These are taken in public places.
  9. Establishing shot, medium shot, close up shot, and extreme close up shot.
  10. Artificial light is light that can be manipulated, while natural light is provided by nature, thus cannot be manipulated and is out of one’s control.


I took these photos on Monday, the day we took these photos for practice. I honestly did not have much time after that day, since I had to go to work almost everyday since so many people had quit. I had no choice but to post these very mediocre photos, so I apologize for that.

I took these photos in such a way to depict my one day where I did nothing, which was Monday, March 23, 2020. I had just gotten sick from work that week, hence the bed and medicine. I stayed in bed all day because I felt horrible and very down, so I tried to edit the photos a darker way.

Side note: I still tried to incorporate my clean rituals, which explains the cleansing foam. I may have been depressed and sick, but I still want to keep myself somewhat put together. That is also another reason why I could not show my entire bed. It was a complete mess and I felt too embarrassed to show it.


“Letters to a Young Artist” & TED

The letter that really stuck to me was very succinct. It was from John Baldessari, who talked about being a photographer during his younger days, but later choosing to give that life up and “participate” in having two children and being a teacher. He said that if one is not willing to be a serious artist and not willing to deal with the consequences of being an artist, then do not walk that path.

A lot of the letters were about having to be passionate about art rather than doing it for the money. Art is one of the most difficult professions to earn money, so one cannot possible go into it to get cash. People go into art because they have such a strong love and talent for it. If their love for art transcends their need for money, then they can proceed to go on. Art is always to go out of your way to do what you love. I never thought of it that way, but after seeing multiple videos of many different artists, they do not have life as easy as the movies show. Mental health and life needs get in the way of their inspiration.

The TED video was about encouraging children to grow their imagination rather than suppressing them. Art comes from a vast imagination; a creative mind. Parents should not discourage their kids to be less creative, but allow them to be as creative as they want. Creativity has no limit.