Haley Swinyer Photography Blog


December 2015

Mental Health Awareness PSA

For the PSA, I decided to do a topic that I can relate to. I chose mental health awareness, because it is something that has affected my family greatly.

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For the first movie poster I did, I based it off of the poster above.2I took photos of Kylee, using the studio lights. I wanted to do something simple, but with a quote that meant something. Many people struggling with mental illness who seek help are told that it’s “just a phase”, which is completely false. I also wanted to put a logo for the website I used, to make it seem more professional.

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For the second one, I based it off the photo above.


This was my first idea for the PSA. This is also something that is being told to people dealing with mental illness. People don’t understand that a mental illness is a chemical imbalance in the brain and isn’t always caused by a dramatic event. I wanted to list some common things that run through your head when struggling with anxiety and depression.


Final Peter Hurley Head Shots

I googled¬†peter hurley head shots, so I could show Gabi what kinds of poses to do and how to do the famous “squinch”. We mainly based her photos off of these photos.Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 10.09.20 PM.pngScreen Shot 2015-12-02 at 10.10.59 PM.pngScreen Shot 2015-12-02 at 10.10.26 PM.png

I set the ISO at 640, the aperture at f/4, and shutter speed at 1/200. I had to use a plain white sheet as the backdrop, which I ironed out as much as I could. Because I was doing this at home, I also only had one studio light. To get more light, I had my dad hold this huge, bright light close to her face, with two flashlights to even attempt to match the flash of the studio light.IMG_5280The photo above is with no editing and before my dad and I got the extra lights. The shadow was pretty bad on the other side of her face.034The photo above is the original image without any editing done.034The photo above, is the final image. I retouched the background to get rid of the wrinkles. Second, I set the white balance to whitest part of the background. Then I adjusted the levels and color. 038

The photo above was edited at home using the “Edit” option in Photos on my Mac, because I don’t have Photoshop. While the bottom 2 photos were done in class on Photoshop.

12These 3 photos above are my favorites, because the background is mainly white. I opened the image in Camera Raw and used the white balance tool and set the background white.1cropThen I decided to crop it down, because after looking through Hurley’s head shots, I noticed he crops off the head a little bit.


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