Call Me Ansel Adams

My first tip is accredited to the article by Maria Popova. I was inspired by the story she told and how close the world was to not receiving this iconic photo at all. One of the best points I took out of this article is that photography can be used to help others, especially those in less fortunate positions. Applied to today’s world, photography helping others brings to mind pictures taken at rallies and protests, trying to show different points of view and attempting to bring people closer together. I did not have a chance this week to take a photo that could help someone else, but this is a picture I immediately thought of when writing this post. I feel that one day this will be an iconic picture of our time, embodying the essence of today; our society’s flaws, triumphs, and diversity.

Jonathan Bachman/Reuters


While watching the video on visual literacy, I realized that we are not taught enough about it, because I had never even heard of that phrase. I had heard of literacy in general, digital literacy (through intro to digital studies), and math literacy (through my job as a math tutor). The visual elements portion of the video really stood out to me. By using the painting as an example and showing each individual element helped me to understand the concepts better, and they really stuck. Every image shown after that I could see the visual elements, especially line, shape, and color.


While going on my photo safari I focused a lot on the lines of things, which I had never noticed before watching the video and learning about the visual elements. Being able to clearly see lines and shapes made my pictures better composed. One of my favorite photos this week was during my photo safari. I like the color of it and the lines are very interesting to me.

Unusual Angle


The third tip I tried was from the handbook, and I used “pay attention to the moment”. This also helped me capture my favorite photo (above). During my photo safari I was trying to go quickly to capture as many pictures as possible, but when I was attempting to take this picture from an unusual angle I took several quick shots and almost left. I looked back at the photos I had taken and thought “these will do” but I didn’t want my photos to be just fine, I wanted them to be good. So I took the handbook’s advice: I slowed down and waited for the perfect moment of wind to blow the flag just like this. I’m glad I waited.

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