Haley Swinyer Photography Blog


January 2016

Relationship Final

I chose Relationship for my theme, because I wanted to show the people I’m close with. My goal for this project was to take documentary pictures of the people I spend the most time with doing what we normally do when we’re together, to show our relationship. This website inspired me to do documentary pictures for this theme, it helped me understand what the steps are to documentary photography.


The first photo of Leila is my portrait image and she’s making an ugly face which is common for us, because it’s always her reaction to some of the stupid things I say. The aperture is at f/2.8, the shutter speed is 1/60, and the ISO is at 125. Our friendship is communicating through weird noises and ugly faces, so this photo is one of my favorites. The only thing I wish I could fix is around her left eye it’s kind of dark and I can’t brighten it anymore without overexposing the photo.

The second photo is my depth of field image. The settings are the same as the photo above, the aperture is f/2.8, shutter speed is 1/60, and ISO is at 125. Leila and I both like photography, so we usually just drive or walk around until we find a place we want to take some photos. I’m actually really happy with the way this photo turned out. I love how sharp her hair looks.

On both photos of Leila, I applied an Unsharp Mask just to bring out some details like her hair. I also used the burn tool to lighten up her hair and eyes. I also used the workbook and follow the steps to retouch her face. Lastly, I adjusted the levels and colors.


When Rachael and I hang out, our nights usually consist of staying up late, listening to loud music, and doing our art projects. We tend to get distracted from our projects, which is why she’s on her phone in the first photo. The second photo shows her actually working on her project.

In both of the photos of Rachael the aperture is f/2.8, the shutter speed is 1/60, and the ISO is at 400. Once again, I applied an Unsharp Mask and lightened her hair. In the second photo, I lightened her watercolor palette, just to bring out the colors. I also adjusted the levels and color balance.

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In the first photo of Gabi, the aperture is f/4.0, the shutter speed is 1/60, and the ISO is at 400 and because it was so dark in her room I had my flash on. I also retouched her face, using the workbook. Gabi and I are always on our phones, so this was a perfect photo to show what we do in our free time.

The second photo’s aperture is f/6.3, the shutter speed is 1/200, and the ISO is at 100. Kylee and I drove to Corbin Park in Post Falls to take some photos for our final and Gabi tagged along, so I could get some photos of her too. This photo is also a perfect example of our friendship, because it has been two years full of her and I doing stupid things together. For example, in this photo she’s attempting to walk along the rocks and not fall in the lake. Although she didn’t fall in the lake, she did step right into the water, which is why she’s making that face. I’m so proud of myself for catching a photo of her reaction to almost falling in.

In both photos, I applied an Unsharp Mask and adjusted the levels and color balance. I also cropped the photos in more, so the main focus was obvious and there wasn’t wasted space around the subject.

Also Gabi looked like a turtle, so yeah.


In the first photo, the aperture is at f/4.0, the shutter speed is 1/160, and the ISO is at 100. I applied an Unsharp Mask and cropped the photo in to focus on her. While the photo is a little blurry in some parts, this is still one of my favorites. I got this photo while she was jumping onto a rock, hoping she didn’t fall in. Kylee and I do a lot of stupid things together, like jumping onto rocks in the lake or walking on frozen lakes while trying to break holes into the ice.

The second photo is my slow shutter speed image. The aperture is f/16.0, the shutter speed is 1/30, and the ISO is 400. I took this photo as she was running to jump on the rocks in the lake. I just wish the photo wasn’t as bright as it is, but I also kind of like the sunlight.


Free Choice

Once again, I drove around Hayden lake for this assignment. I love driving around the lake for nature pictures, because of all the trees. All the photos originally turned out really blue, which I tried to fix in photoshop. These photos remind me of the Leading Lines assignment we did in Photography 1.

1IMG_5396The photo above was originally really blue, I kind of like it with the pink/red undertone it has now. I really like how dark the trees are, because it creates a good contrast with the snow.2IMG_5378I love the fog towards the tops of trees, it makes the picture better in my opinion. The photo was originally really dark, which I tried to fix in photoshop. I like how green the trees are, but the snow is a little too bright in my opinion. I also sharpened the image, to get more detail in the trees.3IMG_5385This photo is my favorite out of these three. I love all the trees and the contrast between the trees and snow. I also love how the road just curves off. Although the snow is still a little too bright.


My friend and I drove around Hayden lake during sunset, because I wanted to see how the pictures would turn out during this time of day.

For all the photos, I had my aperture at f/2.8 and ISO at 400. I used this website to learn some tips for HDR photography. hdr1I really like how vibrant the colors are in the photo above. I’m happy you can actually see the green in the trees, instead of them being black like the typical sunset photos. hdr2My favorite out of the two photos above is the first one, because of the red in the sky and the trees. The second one also has some weird white/highlighted spots around the trees, which is kind of weird. hdr3I like the photo above, but i don’t like how there is a random highlighted spot in the middle of the snow.

After reading about how to retouch photos in the Photoshop World workbook, I decided to try it out. The photo below is the original, without any retouching done. IMG_48251

IMG_4825This was my first time doing this and it actually turned out pretty good in my opinion.


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