Photo Samples

Digital Photography: Assignment Nine (Photo Essay)


This photo story captures Jason Tidd, Collegian editor-in-chief, working on a story in his office in the newsroom of Kedzie Hall. The story starts by capturing the setting of his office. Jason then comes in and completes a phone interview while taking notes. In the third photo, Jason is listening to the recording of his interview, transcribing and typing his story. Next, Jason is frustrated going through the editing process and not being able to find what he needs in the AP stylebook. In photo five, Jason has a template of his story and he works on editing with his red pen. And lastly, Jason sees his story in the print edition.

Digital Photography: Assignment Eight (The Seven Deadly Sins)


For this assignment I had to capture the seven deadly sins in seven different photos while using the same subject. I had a lot of fun working with Jason while using different props to capture the seven different sins.

From right to left, top to bottom: Wrath, envy, sloth, pride, greed, lust and gluttony.

Digital Photography: Assignment Seven (Capturing Light)


“Painting light” in my apartment. Shot with a Canon EOS 5D and 24-105mm legs at f/7.1 4.0 sec. with ISO of 100. Flash did not fire.

In this assignment we worked with long exposures, so I chose to “paint light.” To do so, I set up a tripod and set a low shutter speed, ISO and aperture on my camera. Then, I used the flash light of my phone to draw the heart. I thought this was a fun assignment that I actually end up loving learning, which is why I chose to draw a heart with light. I am excited to have the knowledge to use this skill when working with fireworks/sparklers, Christmas lights and flashlights while camping.

Digital Photography: Assignment Six (Manipulating Motion)

Part 1 – Background in focus, subject blurred


My hands typing a story for the K-State Collegian. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55mm lens at f/5.6 0.3 sec. with ISO of 100. Flash did not fire.

For the first part of this assignment the goal was to capture motion of the subject through motion blur. I was stumped on this assignment, but then while working on a story in the newsroom it clicked that my hands were in motion and could make a great subject.

To make this work without a person who was willing to be my “hand model,” I tested my settings while taking many, many photos with a tripod and a friend who could press the shutter button for me. Once I got my settings just right, I had my friend press the shutter button one last time.

I originally was not a fan of this assignment because I love crisp photos where the subject is in focus, but I now understand why a photographer would want to use motion blur. This photo tells the story of hands working to tell a story. If my hands were in focus, that story may not have been told to its greatest potential.

Part 2 – Background blurred, subject in focus


Ricardo, the Collegian chihuahua, spins in circles in the newsroom. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55mm lens at f/5.0 1/5 sec. with ISO of 100. Flash did not fire.

In the second half of this assignment we did the exact opposite; kept the subject in focus while blurring the background with motion. To do this, I held Ricardo out about arms length and spun in a circle while keeping my camera on my shoulder.

It took several tries to keep Ricardo the chihuahua in focus, mostly because it was hard to keep my camera still while panning.

While it still did not turn out as crisp as I would have liked, I love that the viewers eyes are drawn into Ricardo’s eyes.

Digital Photography: Assignment Five (The Color of Light)


Anderson Hall on a cloudy afternoon. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55mm lens. Varying settings described below.

In this assignment we experimented with the different white balance settings on our camera. After setting the appropriate shutter speed, aperture setting and composition techniques, we set the camera on a tripod and only changed the white balance. I enjoyed seeing how one small change can make a large difference in the colors we see in the picture.

Below are the settings for each picture (from left to right, top to bottom)

Photo 1- Ambience priority; ISO 250; f/5.0.

Photo 2- Daylight (approx. 5200K); ISO 200; f/5.0

Photo 3- Shade (approx. 7000K); ISO 200; f/5.0

Photo 4- Cloudy (approx. 6000K); ISO 200; f/5.0

Photo 5- Tungsten light (approx. 3200K); ISO 200; f/5.0

Photo 6- White fluorescent light (approx. 4000K); ISO 200; f/5.0

Photo 7- Flash; ISO 200; f/5.0

Photo 8- Custom; ISO 200; f/5.0

Digital Photography: Assignment Four (Image Capture)

Part 1 – Deep depth of field


Fresh fruit on the kitchen table. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55mm lens at f/13 sec. with ISO of 3200. Flash did not fire.

For this assignment we experimented with depth of field. I decided to use the same subject for both so that I could compare the difference of a shallow and deep depth of field simply by a change in aperture.

My roommate had just bought some fresh fruit and the strawberries smelt delicious and were juicy red, so it caught my attention as a subject and focal point. In this picture, the fruit bowl in the background and the strawberry in the foreground are in focus, showing a deep depth of field.

Part 2 – Shallow depth of field


Fresh fruit on the kitchen table. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55mm lens at f/4.5 sec. with ISO of 3200. Flash did not fire.

In the second part of this assignment I created a shallow depth of field using an aperture of f/4.5. This blurred the fruit bowl in the background, and the strawberry focal point and subject remained in focus.

Of the two photos, this one with a shallow depth of field is my favorite. I love that the viewer’s eyes go straight to the strawberry and don’t have the fruit in the background competing for attention. This one makes me crave the strawberry a little more than the first photo.

Digital Photography: Assignment Three (Visual Foundations)

Part 1 – Leading Lines

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Rocks lie on a circle of bricks in front of All Faiths Chapel on the K-State Campus. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55mm lens at f/8.0 sec. with ISO of 100. Flash did not fire.

Just in front of All Faiths Chapel on the Kansas State University campus is this circle of bricks that lead into a small circle. My friend actually pointed out how neat the bricks looked to me, and right away I thought, “It’s because of the leading lines, which lead your eyes straight to the center.”

I decided to add a few rocks to add to the circle and I loved the way the lines work in bringing the viewer’s eyes to that focal point. At first, I had really struggled with this first part of the assignment, but it really trained me to think about how lines lead our eyes to the subject.

Part 2 – Shapes, Texture, Pattern


A container of Valentine’s Day cookies sitting in the Collegian newsroom. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55mm lens at f/4.5 sec. with ISO of 320. Flash did not fire.

We received a box of cookies for Valentine’s Day in the Collegian newsroom and the color of the sprinkles caught my eye as it enhanced the crunchy, slightly rough texture of the cookies.

Looking at this picture, I can feel the pink sprinkles on the cookie that is in focus and I can imagine what it would feel like to grab a cookie from the container.

I also really enjoyed the shapes of the cookies: “X’s and O’s” for Valentine’s Day. The “O” is in focus, but you can see the texture of some of the “X’s” in the background.

Part 3 – Point of View


Jason Tidd, editor-in-chief of the Collegian, sits in his office in the newsroom. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55mm lens at f/4.5 sec. with ISO 0f 800. Flash did not fire.

We have a ladder in the newsroom that senior staff members use to sign the ceiling before they graduate. This gave me an elevated point of view, which gave me a unique way of viewing the desk of Jason Tidd, our editor-in-chief.

My favorite part about this picture is that by looking at his desk from a higher angle instead of eye-level, the viewer gets to see the stack of newspapers behind him, the hard drives and papers on the desk, the snacks on top of the air vent and a book Jason is reading. I also loved the way the framing of the door could be used to frame Jason and his surroundings.

And with Jason as the focus, you get to see him working in 116A, which is his office, even in his “organized chaos.”

Digital Photography: Assignment Two (The Golden Mean)


A broken clock rests upon newspapers in the Collegian newsroom where time seems to fly and a deadline is always looming. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55mm lens at f/4.5 sec. with ISO of 800. Flash did fire.

When I found out we had to take a picture of some type of trash or debris for this assignment while still using the rule of thirds, I was incredibly confused. Thankfully though, the broken clock in the newsroom that none of us had yet to throw away caught my attention (probably because it was driving me crazy among the mess of papers we need to clean up that is was leaning on).

The red center of the minute hand immediately became my point of focus. I moved the minute hand toward the newspapers, which then brings the viewer’s eyes to the edge of the clock and back around.

Digital Photography: Assignment One (Subject or Design)


A pencil lies on a pothole on Vattier Street on the Kansas State University campus. Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and 55m lens at f/8.0 sec. with ISO of 100. Flash did not fire.

Just outside of Kedzie Hall on Kansas State University’s campus, which is home to the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism, a pencil lies on the road. When I saw the pencil, I could not help but wonder who lost their pencil. Was it a journalism student? Was it their only one? Were they rushing to class to meet a deadline?

Based off the two photographic categories we discussed, subject or design, I thought this photo was more about design. Between the texture of the road, the golden leading lines which match the color of the wooden pencil and the placement of the pencil, my favorite part of this photo was the design because it made me question how the pencil ended up on a street of campus.