Top Stock Photos

Here are my top stock photos!

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My Photo Book

Below is my photo book. I had a really fun time putting it together and I feel that it really shows my photography style and what I like to take pictures of. I loved designing it and I was able to be challenged which is always great because that means I was able to learn more. I really like the simplicity of the design of my book because it allows the pictures to stand out more.

I chose to do it black and white so that the pictures were where the color came from. I felt that this helped display my pictures better and allowed them to stand out. I wanted the focus to be on the pictures because I did work hard to get them great so I didn’t want the design to take away from them. I did incorporate the design element of a stripe that was on every page that went along well with the title of each page. I like how clean and simple it looked and it also tied in well with my pictures.


Ashley Olsen’s Photobook

Contest Online Entry – 3 Photos



I chose to enter this picture in the Rule of Thirds Extravaganza photo contest on the Viewbug website. I chose to submit this picture because it it fits the category perfectly and it is my favorite picture that I have taken. I love how the flower petal ended up on the rule of thirds and the way it stands out from the background. The colors in the petal contrast well with the darker and blurred background. I didn’t have to edit my picture to fit the contest.

The reason I chose this contest is mostly because I had this picture on my mind and I wanted to submit it in a contest so I really looked for the perfect contest to submit it too. I looked on the Viewbug website for the right contest and the rule of thirds contest caught my eye. After reading about the rules I knew that this picture would fit best in this contest and hopefully stand out.

Entered November 30, 2016.



I chose to enter this image into the All Things Black And White contest on the Viewbug website because this is one of my favorite pictures and I really wanted to submit it in a contest. I love how the contrast in the necklace stands out in the jewelry box. I also really love the picture because of the emotional attachment that I have to it so I definitely wanted to include it in a contest. I didn’t have to edit the picture at all for the contest so that was good!

I chose the All Things Black and White contest because I am a fan of black and white pictures but don’t have a ton of them so I thought it would fun to include one. It also is a little different then the two other pictures that I entered.

Entered November 30, 2016.



I entered this picture in the Right In The Center contest on the Viewbug website because it fit the category and it is one of my favorite pictures that I have taken. I also felt that this picture fit into the category well and I felt that it could definitely stand out in the contest because it’s an up close and personal portrait that is “right in the center” so it fit in well. I didn’t have to edit the picture any differently for the contest.

I chose the contest by actually be invited to it after I submitted my petal picture. It was a hidden contest that came up and I decided to go for it! I did take some time deciding on what picture to use because I wanted it to stand out. This contest also sounded fun and a little secretive (since it was hidden) so I wanted to take the chance on it.

Entered November 30, 2016.

Depth of Field Tutorial

What is depth of field?

Depth of field is a way to take pictures. It has to do with the distance of the nearest and furthest objects in the picture. For my tutorial I focused on deep depth of field and shallow depth of field. This is very relevant because it is helpful to know when you take pictures. It also helps you understand your camera settings better and understand how the ISO, aperture and shutter speed works.

Deep depth of field is where all of the subjects in the picture are in focus. If you look at the examples below, you will notice that each object in the picture is is focus.


Taken on October 4 at Nature Park


Taken on October 2 at University Gateway Apartments


Taken November 29 at Porter Park


Shallow depth of field is where only one subject is in focus and the background is blurry. The pictures below are an example of this.


Taken September 28 outside the Spori Building


Taken on October 4 at Nature Park


Taken on November 29 at Porter Park

My inspiration came from our class assignment that we did at the beginning of the semester. I loved learning about depth of field but I did struggle with completely understanding how to work my camera settings so I wanted to work with it more and learn more about it.

I also used SLR Lounge ( and Exposure Guide ( for more inspiration and information.



Fine Art Print

Here is my fine art print picture. I love how it turned out!





I took this picture in class during our macro week. I chose this image because it is my favorite one that I took this semester. I love the contrast between the flower and the background and well as the water drops being in focus. I was excited that it ended up on the rule of thirds because it makes it more appealing. When it came time to edit, I first adjusted the brightness and contrast to make it brighter. This allowed the flower petal to stand out more and allowed there to be more contrast. I then used the healing brush tool to get right of bright dots that were in the background and on the petal. This really helped my image because it helped get rid of the brightest spots that took away from the image. The last edit I did was sharpen the whole image. This allowed it to be sharpen (obviously) as well as more clear and stunning. I then sized it to 24 x 16 and took it to get printed.

Bannack Extras

As I put together my photo book, I realized there are a lot more pictures that I wanted to include on my blog so that they matched up. It was fun going through the Bannack pictures again and here are some of my favorites and the ones I included in my photo book.




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Top 5

Here are my top 5 pictures from this semester.

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I have posted two pictures of the necklace in the jewelry box because it’s one of my favorite pictures and I think printing it black and white would make it more timeless but I can’t decided if I like it better in color or black & white.

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