For this assignment, we were asked to use different reflectors to change the lighting in our photos. There are 5 different reflectors we can choose from, depending on the lighting. It was difficult today because the sun was harsh, and it was incredibly windy outside. But we were able to capture some decent photos using the diffuser, black, and silver lighting options.

I took a before and after photo of India using a diffuser. The first is without the diffuser, and the second is with.

This next photo was taken with the silver reflector. It added extra light to her face that wasn’t really necessary because of how bright it was outside already.

This last photo was used with the black reflector. I think this one was my favorite.

Close Up and Personal-Macro Photography

For this week’s assignment, I used macro tubes on my Canon 30D to take very detailed, up close photos. Most of these I took in my apartment, because one of my roommates has lots of plants. My favorite photo is the one of my friend’s eye. I like how her eyelashes are most in focus that her eyeball. I edited these photos using Lightroom.


Perspective of 12

For this assignment, we were asked to take 9-12 photos of the same subject, and create a collage with them. I chose to photograph one of my baseball caps. I placed them on a white sheet on my bedroom floor, and used a lamp to correct the lighting.



Depth- Deep and Shallow

In this activity, we practiced using different apertures to adjust the depth of field of the photographs. These are some of the my favorite photos that I took this week.

May 3rd, 2017. Rexburg, ID 35mm, 1/2000, f/2.0, ISO 100
May 3, 2017 Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/5000 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100
May 3, 2017 Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/1600 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100
May 3, 2017 Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/4000 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100
May 7, 2017 Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100
May 8, 2017 Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100
May 3, 2017 Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/6500 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100
May 6 2017, Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/100 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100
May 3, 2017 Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/8000 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100


Motion- Freeze and Blure

For this assignment, we practiced changing the shutter speed and aperture to capture moving objects in different ways.

Taken: May 1st, 2017. Rexburg, ID 35 mm, f/22, 1/15, ISO 100 Canon 30D
May 1, 2017. Rexburg, ID 35 mm, f/22, 1/15 sec, ISO 100 Canon 30D
May 1, 2017, Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/200 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100 Canon 30D
May 1, 2017, Rexburg, ID 35 mm, 1/200 sec, f/ 5.6, ISO 100 Canon 30D

Past Photos

My name is LeeAnn Shaffer and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a Junior at Brigham Young University-Idaho and I’m studying Communications with an emphasis in Organizational Communications and Advocacy. I am also taking classes in Visual communications, to better develop skills in photography and graphic design.


The first four of these photos was taken in my Canon 30D, with a 55 mm lens. I don’t have a specific subject that I am interested in photographing currently, but I do like photos of people doing things. The first two photos, which were taken on the school campus, caught my attention because of the light. I plan on going back and trying to get a better photo.


Magazine and Spread Design

magazine cover design

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Assignment: To create a magazine cover and a two page spread.


  1. The first thing I did was create the layout in InDesign. I made a cover as well as a two page spread.
  2.  I then found a photo that I liked and wanted to use for the background of the cover. I also chose four photos that I liked.
  3. I downloaded fonts from Google to use and tried multiple fonts on the cover before I found the one that I like.
  4. To create the article spread, I found a devotional that I liked, and then I created columns to place the text.
  5. I added five images which were required, that I took myself.

Thumbnails of Photos Used:

Brochure Project

DESCRIPTION: Design a brochure for the company of your choice.

PROCESS (Program, Tools, Skills, FOCUS Principals):

  1. I found the idea for the design of this brochure on Pinterest, and I used InDesign to create my desired layout.
  2. I then cut the photo of the mountain with the reflection in the water in half, placing the top portion and the bottom portion on opposite ends of my brochure.
  3. Using Illustrator, I created a color gradient with the slate blue color found in the sky of the mountain photo. I then positioned these color gradients so that they blended with the photos in the top and bottom of the brochure.
  4. I then placed the photos and added in the necessary text.
  5. I then exported the document as JPEGs so I would be able to upload it.


When I brought my rough draft to class, I hadn’t finished all of it. It was more difficult for the students in my group to give me help. They did like the idea that I had created, and encouraged me to continue in the direction I had taken.

MESSAGE: To spread awareness about the charity run.

AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in running.

TOP THING LEARNED: I think I learned how to effectively use the three Adobe programs together to create one thing.

COLOR SCHEME AND COLOR NAME: Complementary//Slate Blue and Light Brown

TITLE FONT NAME AND CATEGORY: American Typewriter Bold//Slab Serif

COPY FONT NAME AND CATEGORY: Minion Pro Regular//Old Style