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.