Author Archives: Gabriel Morales



This weeks assignment was fun! I focused on self love so having my model being happy and laughing was key. The butterfly lighting also helped make the photo. If it was split or loupe it would have a different mood. This is aimed at people who struggle with mental illness and is showing them options and offering help.

Extra Credit


The exhibit was great. I’ve never been to the Museum of the city of NY before so I was excited to go. I enjoyed the fact that the museum is openly a safe space for the LGBT+ community. In another exhibition, they embraced the strong trans activism NYC is known for by having objects, photos, and signs represented.

Fred W. McDarrah’s collection of pride photos was great. He definitely documented what pride was like when it was getting started. All of his work was b&w which I think is interesting since pride is so colorful, I’m not sure if it was a personal choice or it was all he had.

I personally didn’t love all his photos but it was great seeing how much things have changed and how they’re still similar. He did capture the emotions of pride and the people there in non traditional ways. His portraits look candid and unstaged and he took a lot of photos of peoples backs or actions.


This weeks assignment was fun to do. I enjoyed having to recreate and think about how the photographers use light and color in specific magazine. i-D is usually very colorful but I wanted to change my photo to b&w to mimic some of their covers. I used loupe lighting in my other photos and for this one I used butterfly lighting because I wanted a sort of natural look.



Doing product shots was fun to do. Using highkey lighting is definitely easy to do and makes me realize that a lot of product shots are done in that lighting.  I kept my aperture the same at f32 and 1/200 shutter speed on a tripod. For the lowkey lighting I kept my aperture at f5 and set it the tripod and angled it to my card and even switched to catch the light.



background light

edge light



For this assignment, we used different lighting to light the subject. It was interesting to see the way the number or positioning of lights can impact a photo. It was also hard to find the way the lights would look flattering and then having to manually change your settings on top of that is hard. Having another person to help is good thought. I ended up changing my aperture more than anything so it wouldn’t be overexposed.







For the lighting practice, it was interesting to see how it can influence a photo. I used A fast shutter speed and f4.5- 5.6. I tried to position myself as well as the subject in interesting ways. Changing my own perspective really helped me create different angles. 



Doing motion photography was fun and a good exercise to help with other types of methods. I used high ISO and a low f stop for most of the frozen in motion photos. I used a slower shutter speed for the “ghost” shots.



Photographing a still life was fun because I thought it would all look like stock photos or from an advertisement. The range I got was very diverse and interesting. Using different lighting and color really helped elevate the moods I achieved.



Using the flash was new to me on this assignment but was interesting to learn about and use. At first it was difficult to maneuver both shutter speed after a few tries and  ISO, but I got used to it. I first tried to adjust the ISO then take a test picture and then adjusting the s peed. I mostly tried to use both light and contrast and create visible shadow and depth with the flash and ambient lighting.