Americas Top Photographer

So far I think that being a photographer is a lot of pressure. When you’re getting paid to take pictures of a certain thing you have to know exactly what you’re taking a picture of. You have to capture the moment as it is or at least show the story behind the image. I think that the photographers in the show were amazing with the different approaches they had with the dress and with the fencing. I find this show interesting and fun to watch to see the competition in photography. I love to see the different approaches every photographer has with a certain subject and how they can stand out from the others. I think that’s the main idea of this all is to show how you can stand out in front of other photographers and their photography. Even if some things were unfair for others because they never shot things like fashion before it was a learning curve for them.


File Formats

  • Jpeg-  JPEG files are compressed quickly in the camera, and thus result in a loss of detail and quality. They are essentially set up to store as many images on the memory card as possible.
  • TIFF-commonly used industry-standard file format, and is generally what print or publishers ask for. They are also much bigger files, so will take much more space both on your memory cards and also for storage on your computer.
  • RAW-Raw files are compressed using a process that retains all of the information originally captured. This means that adjustments such as white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness can all be altered in an image editing software, after the image has been taken.
  • DNG-It converts different camera raw format files into the Digital Negative (DNG) standard. It also supports lossless data compression when converting.
  • PNG-PNGs are that they are compressed in a lossless format, and so retain all the digital detail.
  • GIF-Lossless compression means image quality is not sacrificed, and like PNGs they also offer the ability to maintain transparency (but can’t support partial transparency) and also allow for animation.
  • BMP-BMPs are large file sizes as color data is saved in each individual pixel in the image without any compression.
  • PSD- The big advantage of PSD files are that it allows for manipulation on specific individual layers rather than on the main image itself.


I really like this piece specifically from Rene Magritte. I think what hes trying to say or put out is how we see the world through our eyes. Through this eye you see the clear blue sky but in others maybe you see something else. The point of this is that everyone sees the world differently through their own eyes. It could also mean that people have clear minds like this clear blue sky with only a bit of clouds. Maybe someone’s mind is clouded up by other things which leads to the clouds in this art being those thoughts.

File formats

  • 1. Never select all of the focus points for portraits. When you pick the autofocus option that allows the camera to select focus points, you are doing your portraits a terrible disservice
  • 2. Always focus on the eyes. The eyes are the windows to the soul and should be the focal point of any good portrait.
  • 3. Shoot wide open for shallow depth of field.
  • 4. Always shoot in raw. These words have bellowed from my mouth a thousand times, and they will surely come out a million more.
  • 5. Shooting carefully on an overcast day.  Nature’s softbox is a giant blanket of clouds. A good heavy blanket of cloud cover can help you enrich your colors, and make some very smooth and pleasing shadows.

Camera Modes

Here are facts about all these camera modes from the link. First is automatic mode. Automatic mode tells your camera to use it’s best judgement to select shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, focus and flash to take the best shot that it can. This results in the camera guessing what kind of pictures you want to take.  Portrait mode automatically sets to a larger aperture. This will help your background stay out of focus. Next is Macro mode. Macro mode lets you move your closer into your subject to take a close up picture. Its great for flowers and smaller objects like insects. Next up is landscape mode. This mode is almost the exact opposite of portrait mode in that it sets the camera up with a small aperture. It will help everything stay in focus. This will give you a large depth of field. Sports mode is used for moving objects. Sports mode attempts to freeze the action by increasing the shutter speed. Night mode is used for shooting in low light situations when photographing . This will also help in shooting during the night. Next one is movie mode, this mode extends your digital camera from just capturing still images to capturing moving ones. These moving images also take up a lot of space in the camera. Aperture priority  mode is really a semi-automatic (or semi-manual) mode where you choose the aperture and where your camera chooses the other settings. Shutter priority mode is where you select a shutter speed and the camera then chooses all of the other settings. You would use this mode for speed. Program mode is similar to Auto but gives you a little more control over some other features including flash. Manual mode mode you have full control over your camera and need to think about all settings including shutter speed, aperture and ISO. It gives you the flexibility to set your shots up the way you want.


I think this has an interesting camera angle because how its at his feet. To show more of the figure they angle it at his feet to show his face. I think the blur in the background also really adds to the picture as well. Making the image black and white was an amazing choice for the photographer as well. The artist of these figures is Kaws.
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