Mid Semester Quiz

1. a machine that uses light to reflect an image that ultimately makes a photo

2. depth of field should be used in environments that have a lot of space & when you would want to have a wide angle shot but not have flat space.

3. framing, rule of thirds, repetition, worm’s view,

4. if your ISO is too high then you won’t have enough light in your photo. ISO should be from 100-200 in a low light environment

5. shutter stop determines how much light is let into your lens. aperture is where light travels through

6. exposure, contrast, shadows, darks, highlights, lights

7. slide saturation down to 0, B&W mix, use a filter

8. street photography are photos of random people. doesn’t have to be candid, but it consists of the photographer pulling people from the public and taking photos of them.


10. fashion photography–> portrait photography

Photobooth Shenanigans

T’was a perfect Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Esteban, Adriana, and I decided to head down to Balboa to harass some innocent victims to help us get an A on our project. Just kidding. It took us awhile to pick the perfect spot and post up, but after scouting a bunch of different trees, we found thee perfect branch to drape Adriana’s white bed sheet. Then that’s when everything went down. With Esteban being an awesome sign holder while Adriana & I tried walking around to find some people, it turned out that more people came up to Esteban when Adriana & I weren’t there with him. We met some awesome, and not so awesome people. We felt like those annoying kiosk people at the mall, begging people to even just glance at us. It was surprising to have some people walk by us without even saying anything when we were obviously talking to them. But that’s okay! We had 15 other kind and polite angels to help us out!! After a long 2 hours, we decided that it was a wrap. Overall it was an interesting yet amusing experience.



Establishing herself in Japan, Rinko Kawauchi had her big break after publishing three photography books, Utatane, Hanabi, and Hanako. She held numerous group and solo exhibitions at home and abroad as well. Kawauchi got her influence from Sally Mann and took a spin of her own version, Untitled. Her photos consist of her immediate family, similar to how Sally Mann would photograph her children. Both Sally Mann and Rinko Kawauchi’s photos are simple and minimal, having the subjects be the main source to bring life and character into the photo. Although Sally Mann’s photos are usually shot in sepia or black and white, Rinko Kawauchi added her own style to her collection while remaining on the same path as Mann. Her photos consist of a distinct color palette, having light pastel and neutral colors painted in her photos. They give off a graceful and peaceful vibe, probably rooting from her Japanese origins. Rinko Kawauchi is successful in creating powerful photos that seem effortless.


After first being interested in sculpture, Vik Muniz soon directed all of his focus on photography. His origins coming from sculpture opened up his creativity to produce pieces out of diamonds, sugar, thread, chocolate syrup, and of course, garbage, hence being featured in the well known documentary, Waste Land. In MOPA’s Aperture remix, Muniz decided to take from Edward Weston’s The White Iris and literally take pages from his art book and shredded them into bits and pieces to remake the photo. Vik Muniz explains that he “put the book in the picture.” Being Vik Muniz, it’s no surprise that he decided to be creative and use Edward Weston’s influence and literally take one of his works to rebirth one of his photos. Vik Muniz’s work is known to be extremely out of the box, sort of forming his own approach to his photography and art pieces. His spin on The White Iris was so unique and different from all the ‘remixes’ displayed at the exhibition. All while looking abstract, it still captures the same vibe and feel of Edward Weston’s perspective as well.

Richard Renaldi & Ian Ruther

Richard Renaldi uses his talent and passion for photography to bring strangers together, pulling people right off busy sidewalks to come together and pose as if they’ve known each other for a lifetime. These photos capture either the awkwardness between the two strangers, or a sudden bond that happened in a split second. His passion is constantly refreshed and renewed by his approach, interacting with all kinds of people every time he’s at work. And that’s when all of a sudden his work isn’t considered work anymore. It’s awesome that he chooses to use his talent to bring people together. Taking pictures of strangers as if they’ve known each other for years is a great reminder that over time, we’re beginning to forget about human interaction. Especially during a time where technology is taking over and even beginning to hinder how people socialize with one another, Richard Renaldi’s work is effective in undoing that.

Ian Ruther decided to take his photography to the next level, building a camera and an entire studio in his truck. With each photo costing him about $500, he makes all of his photos from scratch, going through the entire chemical process to develop every single photo he takes. Having his studio and camera built in his truck, this allows him to travel anywhere he pleases, and capture different scenery over time. Ruther describes his mobile studio a ‘time machine.’ His journey to Yosemite is also a great reminder that not everything will always work out the way you want it to. He gets frustrated when he doesn’t capture any good photos and he begins to question if he’s even meant to be in the photography industry. Ian Ruther also gets upset when he wastes an entire $500 plate when a photo doesn’t come out well. Even with these disappointments, he continues to push through and not feed into the doubt. Being let down is all part of the journey and it’s up to us to stick to it.

Richard Renaldi and Ian Ruther are two photographers that go about their art differently, but have more in common and similarities that aren’t as obvious. What makes these two photographers distinct is their passion to go above and beyond in order to rise above the crowd. They keep their passion for photography alive and fresh every day by encountering their craft in a unique approach. Richard Renaldi and Ian Ruther could easily take pictures of what ever is in front of them and whenever it’s convenient for them. But instead, they go out of their way to go through an entire process just to capture the art. We all go through our daily lives, going through the motions and often forgetting the depth and meaning of what we’re doing. But after watching Richard Renaldi and Ian Ruther at work, they remind me to always try to look at each day with a new, fresh, clean slate and to also try new things to make your work unique. With that perspective, it’ll help us improve and continue to rise above the crowd.