Photojournalism Portfolio


Written Reflection

I learned more than I thought I would in this semester of photojournalism. I was taught all the elements of composition, what could made a photo extraordinary. I studied how to manipulate lighting to suit a shoot. I also learned what life would be like if I were to revolve my career around photography. My favorite project was the experimentation with light, and learning how to alter use it to my advantage. After I completed this course, I felt more aware of the complex aspects of photography. I was especially more aware what other photographers might have been thinking when they shot their photos. This semester pushed me to be more creative. Because of that push, I feel I am more creative and independent in thought processes.

Important Events in the History of Photography

Camera Obscura

Latin for "dark room," the camera obscura is a device made up of a box/room with one hole. Light from the outside of the container enters the hole and hits a surface inside, on which it is reproduced and inverted with color and preserved perspective. Afterward, it can be traced for better quality. The camera obscure is the earliest-known device for modern photography, dating back to at least 390 BC.


Nicéphore Niépce was the first man to successfully use the principle of the camera obscura and the observation that some materials or substances can be significantly altered by the exposure to light. Louis Daguerre, Niépce's associate, developed the daguerreotype, which used Niépce's success to function. The daguerreotype was commercially introduced in 1839.

Roll Film

In 1881, Peter Houston invents the first roll film. This changed the ways cameras work, and greatly reduced the time it took for a camera to produce a picture. Because of the invention of roll film, cameras continually improved and reduced the time required to produce a picture to minutes, then seconds. Roll film was used for most of modern photography.

A Few of the NPPA Law & Ethics of Photojournalism

1 - Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of subjects.

2 - Resist being manipulated by staged photo opportunities.

3 - Be complete and provide context when photographing or recording subjects. Avoid stereotyping individuals and groups. Recognize and work to avoid presenting one's own biases in the work.

Camera Operations

SD Card Insertion - to insert an SD card into the camera, open the latch on the bottom, where the batteries are located, and slip the card into the thin slot next to the batteries.

Battery Placement - to place batteries correctly, open the latch on the bottom of the camera, and put one battery in each of four slots, regarding the positive and negative symbols on the sides of the slots.

On/Off - to turn the camera on or off, rotate the switch around the capture button clockwise, then let go.

Macro/Super-Macro - press the button whose symbol is a flower, then select "Macro" or "Super-Macro." If you want neither, do not select either option.

View Gallery - to view the gallery, press the button on the panel of the camera that has the "play" symbol inside of a rectangle.


Photo Gallery - My Best Work

Elements of Composition

Rule of Thirds

Bird's Eye

Worm's Eye



James Nachtwey

War Photographer

James Nachtwey was born in New York. His career started in 1976. He went on to become a war photographer, and later founded VII, the photography company. He is an internationally recognized solo artist who witnessed and documented 9-11. He documents events such as social issues, riots, starving villages, and other sensitive topics.

5 Frame Photo Story


Surprise! Charlie the Horse tries to fit in with the other students. Charlie is a newcomer to the National Horse High School on November 1st, and wants to fit in with the rest. “I hope I get to make cool new friends,” said Charlie.


Uh… Awkward! The other students try to stay away from Charlie in their spare time, even when Charlie tries to interact. The first day at NHHS, Charlie tried his luck near the pond. The other students never liked new horses, so they wanted to interact with only each other. “He’s just not normal,” said Paul the Pegasus (middle).


I pity the fool! Charlie sits all alone in the Commons during lunch. Charlie was indeed depressed that his first day did not go very well. “I felt bad for him,” said Jimothy the Unicorn.


Visual on the target! Charlie spots a fellow loner across from him in the Commons, and the other looks back at Charlie. Charlie was thinking about whether or not to attempt to interact with the individual across from him. “I was really scared to try,” said Charlie the Horse.


Best friends forever! Chachingus the Chameleon and Charlie the Horse hang out in the Commons. Chachingus and Charlie hung out for the rest of the day, and Charlie warmed up to his new school. Charlie also made new friends through Chachingus. “He’s pretty cool,” said Chachingus the Chameleon.