Top Photographer

The show is about photographers battling against each other to see who will win. The first episode was about photographing miles in action. Roxy won that round. Andrew was eliminated. The second episode was about shooting fashion. Jamiya won that round. Chris was eliminated.

File Formats


They are essentially set up to store as many images on the memory card as possible.


This is the most commonly used industry-standard file format, and is generally what print or publishers ask for. These file formats are usually uncompressed, and as a result offer the opportunity for extensive post-processing.


The best option if you want to get the absolute best file from your camera.


Enter the DNG. This file format, created by Adobe, is an attempt to create a standard raw file format across all manufacturers and cameras.


PNG files are ideal for use on the internet. The strength of PNGs are that they are compressed in a lossless format, and so retain all the digital detail.


 GIF files are ideal for use on the internet. Lossless compression means image quality is not sacrificed, and like PNGs they also offer the ability to maintain transparency and also allow for animation.


BMPs are large file sizes as color data is saved in each individual pixel in the image without any compression. 


The big advantage of PSD files are that it allows for manipulation on specific individual layers, rather than on the main image itself. 

Skating on Top of the World

Andre Breton-

Andre was the father of surrealism. This inspires me to make surreal art. I think this art is crazy and I don’t really know what’s going on but it looks cool. I like how a bunch of things make up his face. Maybe the things he used to make this piece mean something to him. I think that Andre is trying to convey that the things you love help make who you are. I like how the face is transparent so you can see the background behind it.

Outdoor Natural Light Portraits

Pick one focus point

Never shoot a portrait at less than 50mm

Avoid direct sunlight

Focus on the eyes

Shoot based on what depth of field you want

Jorge & Peanut

AP: 1.7
ISO: 20
S: 1/340
AP: 1.7
ISO: 20
S: 1/489
AP: 1.7
ISO: 20
S: 1/1066

Camera Modes

Automatic Mode

Auto 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 mode will give you nice results in many shooting conditions.

Portrait Mode

When you switch to portrait mode your camera will automatically select a large aperture. When you switch to portrait mode your camera will automatically select a large aperture.

Macro Mode

Macro mode lets you move your closer into your subject to take a close up picture. It’s great for shooting flowers, insects or other small objects.

Landscape Mode

This mode is almost the exact opposite of portrait mode in that it sets the camera up with a small aperture. Its ideal for capturing shots of wide scenes.

Sports Mode

Photographing moving objects is what sports mode is designed for. It is ideal for photographing any moving objects including people playing sports, pets, cars, wildlife etc. 

Night Mode

Night mode is for shooting in low light situations. It sets your camera to use a longer shutter speed to help capture details of the background but it also fires off a flash to illuminate the foreground.

Movie Mode

This mode extends your digital camera from just capturing still images to capturing moving ones. The quality is generally not up to video camera standards but it’s a handy mode to have when you come across that perfect subject that just can’t be captured with a still image. 

Aperture Priority Mode (A or AV)

This mode is really a semi-automatic mode where you choose the aperture. Aperture priority mode is useful when you’re looking to control the depth of field in a shot

Shutter Priority Mode (S or TV)

Shutter priority is very similar to aperture priority mode but is the mode where you select a shutter speed. You would use this mode where you want to control over shutter speed.

Program Mode (P)

Some digital cameras have this priority mode in addition to auto mode. Program mode IS full auto mode that gives you a little more control over some other features including flash, white balance, ISO etc.

Manual Mode

In this mode you have full control over your camera and need to think about all settings including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, flash etc. It gives you the flexibility to set your shots up as you wish. 

20 facts about lenses

  1. All DSLR systems offer a dizzying selection of lenses for their cameras.
  2. These range from fisheyes that give a 180° field of view
  3. , to telephoto lenses up to 800mm or more.
  4. You’ve got zooms, primes, macro, super telephoto, and of course, tilt-shift lenses as well.
  5. What lens you get depends on what you want to shoot.
  6. Less expensive lenses will generally have variable apertures
  7. More expensive lenses have a fixed aperture
  8. Wide angles are good for landscapes
  9. Long lenses are good for sports
  10.  Standard zoom lenses are great “walk around” lenses they are versatile
  11. Most popular standard lens is a 50mm
  12. Telephoto zooms allow one to stand back a little when the subject isn’t quite as approachable
  13. Telephoto lenses compress distance, making everything appear closer
  14. Telephoto can be useful for landscapes when you want the sun or moon to appear large in comparison to other objects.
  15. Telephoto lenses are also excellent for sports, nature, and wildlife
  16. To be able to stop action without blurring, you need to use a fast shutter speed
  17. Faster telephoto lenses are required. Faster telephoto lenses have larger maximum apertures
  18. A “fast” lens is usually one that has an aperture of f/4, f/2.8 or larger
  19. Typically, AT LEAST 1/500 to 1/1000 shutter speed is the minimum
  20. There is a lens for every purpose

Cindy Sherman

I think her work is interesting. Her style is different. It’s cool that she got famous for self portrait photography because she is very interesting. Some of the series are weird but they’re cool at the same time. I chose the picture above as my favorite picture because it’s classic.

Conceptual Self-Portrait

AP: 1.7
ISO: 25
S: 1/40

This is my conceptual self-portrait. The skateboard is there because skateboarding is something I love to do. It’s also a symbol of me being active and doing things outdoors like soccer. Which leads into why the medals are there. They are a reminder of me growing up and growing through life while playing my favorite sport. The control is there because it’s a symbol of friendship for me. I talk to my friends on games and I’ve created a stronger bond with them on there. The headset stands for listening and speaking because doing both is important to me.