The Tips and Tricks of the PhotoTrade…..Plus some creepy buildings!!!!!!!

Assignment: Thinking about Photos

     I have taken a lot of pictures over time mostly with my phone, and I usually just shoot to capture the moment, not to be a full on photographer.  After reading some of the tips, I learned that I could better my pictures with a few easy things I never have used.  A technique that  I want to start incorporating into my pictures is the use of creating depth.  I feel this makes the subject or thing in the picture pop.  Most of the pictures I take are of my kids, capturing there moments from babies until now.  Using the creating depth tip I can make the pictures of my kids stand out more since they are the ones I’m worried about capturing.  Another tip I want to start incorporating into my pictures is perspective.  I learned that if you give a picture a different perspective or view point that it can tell a story or enhance the story you are already trying to convey.  Looking into the light is a tip I have not really used, if anything I have always tried to stay away from it due to I think it being to bright and messing u my pictures, but if done right you can make an amazing looking picture.  I will definitely try to incorporate a sunset or two into my pictures in the near future, using these shadows and colors to paint a beautiful picture.

When looking at tips I also looked at the website at the bottom of the tips and tricks page.   The one I choose is the tips for I-Phone photography even though I currently have a Samsung S8. I have not converted to the dark side yet. I inserted the website to help other who may have an I-phone or a phone that is comparable.  The tip I took away to start with from this website is to keep compositions simple, well at first.  By keeping a pattern or positioning things within your picture with simplicity you can set a mood or tone to convey to your viewer.  By keeping it simple you are bringing your viewers eyes to the composition you want them to focus on not get confused by what they are looking at.  I have not done this my pictures, my pictures are usually a hot mess with no simplicity.  My pictures are random and do not quite show the story I’m trying to get across.  This is a good starting point for me to help tell my future stories through my Samsung S8′


 Abandoned America

Upon looking at the gallery “new additions” on Abandoned America I got the feeling or errieness and desolation.  The tip I see used quite frequently in this gallery is the use of contrast.  In most of the pictures I see the front object, or the object the photographer is trying to highlight in a brighter color by making the background information look more dull.  Through each of these photos you see huge industrial machines and buildings that were once bustling and booming.  To look at pictures prior to abondoment you would of seen people, movement, camaraderie, a sense of well-being.  The pictures now show that something happened gears and levers are stopped frozen in time.  I think it’s kind of sad to think what led to the demise or shut down of these buildings and structures.

Using contrast on industrial                 equipment to signal its importance

When I think of zombies and the apocalypse I think of buildings like these.  Most movies we see about the apocalypse paint a picture similiar to the ones we see in this gallery, trying to show that there is little to no movement from people. That mother nature is taking these structures back.  I feel that during the apocalypse these locations would be ideal to hold, as they are big and good for hiding and storing rations.  I feel that you can use these locations as strong holds, and could use materials to make weapons or tools that could be used to trade or barter with later.

Possible place to use a strong hold



I started my photoblitz at 4:20 pm and ended well within time at 4:33.  I new that this assignment would take some time to do as you need to be quick and creative with your pictures.  I waited until I got home as I knew that I would have more material to work with, compared to being on campus at UMW.  By being at home I was able to meet the time hack and could quickly set up my props as need.  My photos for this assignment are located at my instragram attached to the link.

The list of items I chose for this assignment due to the items that were accessible within my house. I also used this picture to convey what time I started this assignment.


I took a picture of my hand multiple times and this is the best I could, I tried to take up the whole picture to show detail with the hands, trying to capture each line, each callus.
After looking for a top or something that spins amongst all my childrens toys and coming up empty handed. I came across a ball in the corner of their toy room and decided to try and capture the lines of movement while spinning the ball. To my amazement I was able to capture the movement of this ball showing the different movements the lines on the ball were making.
I chose the number 2 as my favorite number. The number 2 signifys the two wonderful children that we have that I greatly adore. And of course it was on a Destiny 2 case of all places.
I will say this is by far my most valued tool. This was the first tool I was given. This hammer was given to me by my late grandpa before he had past.
I pondered on what I could create to show veritical lines, I felt that with the setting of the sun and how the trees looked. It only felt right to convey the vertical lines by using perspective a tip we had learned.
I chose this rock as my picture to show detail in an ordinary item. I was most proud of this picture due to showing the fine details of the rock, but also the use of contrast and perspective two tips I had learned this week to incorporate into my picture.
Door knobs have character and so does this one. This door handle was the VERY first thing I replaced in our new home. Upon getting the keys to the house we changed out the locks. It was a proud moment for us in buying a house, and for me in that the door handle actually works. Plus its the fanciest door handle in our house so why not.
This picture doesn’t really tell a story, but I wanted to signify the time I ended at 4:33 p.m. plus I wanted to try and show perspective, but I feel I still need a lot of work on this newly learned tip.


Reflection of this assignment

Overall I liked this assignment PhotoBlitz.  The hardest thing to do for it though was to devote a block of time and make sure you had mostly everything you needed to complete the assignment.  In regards to the Abandon America, and tips for better picture taking.  I think looking at these pictures and tips will only help us get a better grasp of how to make our picture assignments better in the future and also in our daily lives.

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