Photobook Comm 300

Learning how to capture and edit images has brought me extremely useful skills that will carry me far in my communication career. In order to showcase some of the skills that I have gained over the semester, I designed and printed out a photobook. This way, I can show my work off to potential employers as a representation of what I can do.

I designed this photobook using primarily Adobe Indesign (I also used Adobe Photoshop). I used the sans serif font Lato as the font for the whole book, but with differing weights to add variability and contrast. I used MyPublisher’s software and services to get the book printed, and I quite pleased with the results.


This is a link to my photo book.


Portraits & Enhancements

Learning how to model people and get nice portraits is a really good skillset to have as a photographer. Working with people from a variety of backgrounds (age, gender, past experience, etc) makes for an interesting job. But the practice was good. I had three separate photoshoots that I did for this assignment. I did one of two high school buddies of mine, one of my nieces, and one of my nephew. Getting even more familiar with the editing process and getting the workflow down helped a lot too.

Side Composition 


Individual – Head and Shoulders


Individual – Full Body


Group – Candid


Group – Posed 


Individual – In Their Natural Environment


Portrait Touch Up


Portrait – Color Match (Original and Source Image) 


jacobhayes-matchcolor           jacobhayes-portraitfix

Portrait – Color Replace



Practice with Reflectors

White Reflector – The clouds were acting like a natural light diffuser at this point in the day and we used a white reflector on the right side of the model’s face to bring greater contrast and visual interest to the image. jacobhayes-white

Diffuser – The sun decided to come out and play its harsh games with shadows. We had someone stand about 6 feet away from the model and hold the diffuser above their head to cover up the model’s face to get rid of all of the harsh shadows that had formed to soften everything off.


No Reflector – Pretty self explanatory. No reflectors were used in the capturing of this image.


Gold Reflector – For the second image we used the gold reflector to bring some warmth. The sun was directly behind the model, so the majority of light on her face came from the reflector. jacobhayes-gold


Close Up & Personal

Being able to take a photos of things up really close opened up a whole new world to my eyes. It was fun challenge to get some of the images for this project. I found myself looking at everything to see if it would be a good candidate for a macro shot, from toilet paper to the nasty backside of a carrot. I had to really try to get shots that were enjoyable to look at, which forced me to be more creative in my composure.

Macro Photography 

A Current Engagement: This was my favorite shot to capture. I got an engagement ring for a certain someone in my life, and figured it would be a great subject to capture images of. I set the ing inside the case it came in and tuned on a desk lamp to get the sparkles off the side like I wanted. I actually merged two photos together: I took one underexposed on purpose to get some sharp shadows and one on a normal exposure and masked the two together.


The Queen of Sass: This was one of many shots of currency that I captured, but this one was my favorite because it looks like the queen is looking at me with slight disdain, and I find that humorous. I chose to only focus on one of the eyes to let your brain fill in the gaps as to what exactly the other one looks like.


Wet Carrot Backside: I had a very limited supply of “vegetation” due to the amount of time that has elapsed since I last bought groceries. I had carrots, peppers, and spinach, and I figured that carrots would be the best subject for a photo out of the options available. I thought that the back of the carrot was the most visually compelling to take pictures of, albeit the nastiest.


Pepper Me Timbers: While carrots are probably more visually interesting, I also chose to moisten up a pepper stem to see if I could get a nice, sharp area of focus on a water droplet. You can ever so slightly see the reflection of a bottle of medicating powder in the water drop, as well as the blue tint of the bottle in the background. You probably would’ve found the image a little more interesting without knowing that fact, but there it is.


Perspective of 12


I decided to take some photos of a respirator mask from the 50s because it was, quite honestly, the most visually interesting thing I could get my hands on. To get the mask isolated from its surroundings, I laid down a black sheet on top of a footstool. I then draped the sheet upwards and hung it up a couple of chairs. The lighting for all for all of these photos came from a single overhead light used in the frontroom (not ideal I realize, but I think they turned out alright). I wanted to go for some really dramatic photos so I made sure the background stayed dark and the mask was the only thing breaking that darkness.


Images not used in collage:

Texture Edited Image: 


To make this image I first took the final edited version of the original image into Photoshop and dropped the texture file onto a new layer. I set the blending mode of the texture layer to Overlay and dropped the opacity down to 70%. I then added a Color Balance adjustment layer to the texture layer itself and made the image more dramatic and blue. texturescom_grungemaps0087_m

Depth of Field – Deep and Shallow

Being able to take a photo that has a nice depth of field can take a photo from being moderately tolerable to look at to something quite visually compelling. It was fun challenge to get some of the images for this project. I found myself trying harder to get shots that were enjoyable to look at, which forced me to be more creative in my composure. Overall, it was a good experience in getting to know aperture sizes better.

Deep Depth of Field

Spori From a Distance – 10/4/16, 12:15 pm, NorthPoint Apartments, FL 75mm, f/22, 1/20 sec, Camera: Canon Rebel EOS T6i, Natural Lighting


For this shot I went out onto the top floor of my apartment complex’s parking garage in the blisteringly cold winds of Rexburg. I knew I would most likely have to use a tripod, but I wasn’t anticipating holding the tripod down to make sure that the wind didn’t make the images blurry. The day was quite dreary and overcast, so some editing was utilized in making the image appear warmer and more vibrant than the actual scene which was really grey and bland. Welcome to winter in Idaho.

Don’t Go Outside – 10/4/16, 12:30 pm, NorthPoint Apartments, FL 31mm, f/29, 1/6 sec, Camera: Canon Rebel EOS T6i, Natural Lighting through the window


I promise that I wasn’t going for anything too dark or creepy when I was setting up for this image. I composed the shot the way that I wanted, set the camera to a 10 second timer, and then walked over to the window and posed in a different way to try and get something visually appealing. It took about 20 different shots (and of course the one I was happiest with was the one I took last), but turned out alright I think. I added some grain and a little adjustment to the color to match the overall mood and feel of the photo.

Shallow Depth of Field

Superior Support for the Hair – 10/1/16, 7:00 pm, NorthPoint Apartments, FL 33mm, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, Camera: Canon Rebel EOS T6i, Indoor Lighting


This is quite simply an image of my roommate’s hair product, which smells like a chemical production factory. I had to wait to get this shot until there wasn’t anybody in the hallway (to avoid awkward looks), and wanted to try to get a nice image using only the indoor lighting. The overall composing wasn’t too difficult, but after I took the images I realized there was some unidentified bathroom product on the counter, so that had to be edited out.

Flowers Can Be Manly Too – 9/28/16, 12:35 pm,Outside the Spori, FL 41mm, f/5.0, 1/320 sec, Camera: Canon Rebel EOS T6i, Natural Lighting


Thankfully, there was an entire class outside taking pictures so I didn’t have to worry too much about taking pictures of a flower from about 8 inches away. I took about 5 different images of this one flower, but I found that being really close up and letting the background lend all of its interest to the subject of the image seemed like the best route to go. Minimal editing was done on the image. I did cut out some of the more dramatic contrasting colors in the background.

Dew From the Heavens – 9/28/16, 12:45 pm, Outside the Spori, FL 55mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec, Camera: Canon Rebel EOS T6i, Natural Lighting


To capture this image I had to practically crawl into a bush and hope I wouldn’t get too wet. I took about 30 different images inside of these bushes (which were not particularly soft to the touch), but I liked the way that you can see the bokeh and the little spiderwebs in the background in this image. I upped the contrast and vibrance a little to bring out the deeper greens and reds of the bush.

Light – Motion: Freeze & Blur

Doing this project really made me sit and think about not only composing a shot that would be pleasing to look at, but also what shutter speed would be optimal for the shot that I wanted. After learning about shutter speed and aperture, I thought I really understood. It took me actually getting out there and taking photos to realize that there is a lot that comes with practice. I took way more pictures than are going to be posted, but that just goes to show that it takes time.


Creep Shot:  9/21/16, 1:00 pm, Outside the Spori Building, FL 55mm, f/20, 1/30 sec, Camera: Canon Rebel EOS T6i, Natural Lighting


This shot didn’t take too much effort, beyond tracking random passers by on the street and taking multiple pictures of them. This picture was taken while following the subject with the camera with a slower shutter speed to make the motion blur in the background apparent.

Vibrating Easy:  9/26/16, 7:00 pm, NorthPoint Apartments, FL 55mm, f/32, 2.6 sec, Camera: Canon Rebel EOS T6i, Desk Lamp / Indoor Lighting


In order to capture this image it did take a little bit of creative setup. I had a roommate hold a desk lamp about three feet away from the guitar to get the shadows where I wanted them, and I had the camera set  up on a tripod looking directly over the sound hole. I set the camera to have a 2 second timer, and as the picture was being taken I held the guitar with one hand so it would stay in focus, and plucked a singular E string.

Frozen Motion

Not a Care:  9/27/16, 11:30 am, Outside the Spori Building, FL 43mm, f/6.3, 1/500 sec, Camera: Canon Rebel EOS T6i, Natural Lighting


This photo drew heavily upon the creativity of others before me. The only trick to this one was finding a photo that had the right amount of exposure. I set the shutter speed to 1/500th of a second, but in hindsight I probably should’ve gone a little higher so the photo wasn’t quite as washed out (pre-editing).

Fall is in the Air:  9/27/16, 11:15 am, Outside the Spori Building, FL 55mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, Camera: Canon Rebel EOS T6i, Natural Lighting


This image was fairly straightforward to capture, but boy was it annoying picking up the leaves after every shot. Problems that I didn’t forsee included things like: shadows from the leaves on the model’s face, picking up a dozen leaves for each image captured, and the looks of judgment on the faces of those who happened to pass by as I took the pictures.