Last Shot At Photography

This semester has wrapped up a lot faster than I pictured it would have. I can’t even explain in words how much I have enjoyed learning about different types of photography throughout my learning project. I have come to enjoy taking pictures so much more than I used to. I have learned that pictures can mean so much more than we might see them as well.  I decided that with my learning from the semester I wanted to take portrait and action shot photos of people in my life I am thankful for.

Throughout my photography learning journey I learned lots on how to properly take certain kinds of photos. Here is what I found about each and tips on how to get the best shots!

January 22nd: Micro Photography: Best for getting great detail from an object. You are able to get the best photo when the canon is left on the close-up setting. The objects will stand out a lot more if you take the photo with a solid background. The bigger the lens you have the better, but it is not mandatory! I took my pictures with an 18-55mm lens and it did the trick!

January 29th: Black & White: This type of photo is open ended to which setting to use. These photos are exactly what they are said to be with the photo edited to be black and white. These photos can be edited with your I phone or any other editing app! They are one of my favorites because I feel sometimes just having no co lour gives the photo more character!

February 5th: Action Photos: I found these photos a lot harder than I would have ever thought! It helps to keep your camera in sports mode. Make sure to have the camera set to continuous shooting mode so it is able to take a lot of photos to catch the object or person in action. This type of photography is great for getting photos of playing sports or doing anything that contains fast motion movements. 

February 12th: Landscape: Best shots were taken when the camera is left in landscape mode. Using a tripod for these photos also helps a lot. If you are able to take these photos during a golden hour, sunset or sunrise they will come out to look beautiful! Sask skies are amazing to capture with the camera! I was able to use the beauty of my own yard to capture most of these photos. You notice with your pictures that things that are so simple can turn out to be the most beautiful pictures. Animal Photography: These photos work best when the camera is in the sports mode if the animal you are taking shots of doesn’t sit still! If your animal is calm the camera is good to stay in its regular AV mode and can make the photo stand out by zooming in

February 26th: Food Photography: These types of photos are made to make your mouth water. These photos turned out best when the camera is left in AV mode. This mode adjusts your shutter speed to give the object it’s taking a picture of the right amount of light. I learned that to get the perfect shots of your food you have to try different angles and the zoom feature is your best friend This type of photography was probably my least favorite because every time I go back and look at it I get hungry.

March 4th: Reflection Photos: I found that these photos were the hardest out of all the different types to take. These photos are all about the angle. I found that editing these types of photos made a huge difference in how clear you could see the reflection. I used the editing options on my iPhone XR and turned the brightness down and turned up the contrast on the photo. These photos would turn out awesome in the summer when you are able to get the reflection off the lake with the sunset!

March 11th: Timer Cam: These work best with a tripod! They are great for getting group photos so no one gets left out. Best left on the AV mode on the canon rebel xsi. I loved how I was able to get into these photos as well. My camera gave me 10 seconds before taking the photos which helped everyone somewhat get ready! Using the timer it seems like you are able to capture funny and realistic photos of how picture taking usually goes! The best part is looking through all the photos afterward!

April 1st: Candid/ Portrait: This type of photography has become one of my favorites to capture! Portrait photos are great for when you’re just trying to focus the shot on one person. Using the portrait mode on the camera will take the best shots. Having good light exposure, solid backgrounds and being able to blur out backgrounds will make these types of photos stand out. Being able to alter the angles you take the photos from will make the photo a lot more fun.

I know that I am nowhere near being a professional at taking photos but the amount of knowledge that I took from this learning project will now be with me forever. I am more than proud of the photos I was able to capture over this semester! I have learned that :

  1. Your only going to get better with practice
  2. You are able to achieve anything if you put your heart and mind to it
  3. Cameras have a lot of different settings to play around with to capture different types of shots
  4. Playing around with different angles and props really help with getting awesome and unique photos
  5. Not every shot is going to turn out how you want but patience is key

For my final learning project, I wanted to come up with something that would mean something to me and show my friends why I am so thankful for them. With the photography skills I have learned over my journey I was able to take shots of my friends that show and capture who they are as a person. You can see why my life is full of smiles because of these beautiful people. 

This is my happiness. These are the people that have been by my side through everything. The ups, the downs and everything in between. They are the people that shaped me to be the human that I am today. They made me believe in myself and push myself to be the best that I could be. Without them, my life would honestly be nothing. 

Bailey – Bailey has always been my day one. There is not a time when Bailey is not smiling. She is a person that can get along with anyone and has the kindest heart. Her smile lights up a room and can make any day better. Bailey is a friend that will always be there no matter what happens in life. Our bond is definitely unbreakable

Madi – Madi is everyone’s best friend. She is the most positive, kindhearted and energetic person there is. Her laugh and smile are so contagious. She is a person always ready for a new adventure and isn’t afraid to go out of her comfort zone. I am so thankful for a girl like Madi in my life. She has allowed me to experience things I would have never thought of doing. Everyone needs a Madi in their life 

Sarah – Sarah is the craziest and most outgoing girl you could ever meet! She is extremely hard working and will accomplish anything she puts her heart and mind to. Sarah is a person that can make anyone laugh with her side comments and overall personality. Sarah is a blast all the time and is always ready for a good time. Sarah is the person you can always count on for making your life an adventure. I love how she lives her life to the fullest and is never embarrassed for the person she is.  I am beyond grateful to have this crazy human in my life. 

Mason – Where do I even start … He is the most genuine guy you would ever meet. He puts everyone before himself and always makes sure everyone is happy! He has the biggest heart and has a way with his words/ actions. Mason gets along with everyone with his positive and welcoming personality! He is so encouraging and pushes me to do whatever I put my mind to. I am so happy to have found a man like Mason. 

Shaelyn- Shaelyn is my sister and my better half. Shaelyn is the most considerate and most patient person you will meet. She has her own way of thinking but is reliable for everything. She is quieter out of us two but once she warms up to people she’s just as outgoing. Shaelyn is always there for a shoulder to cry and for support. She will always be my best friend and I have no clue where I would be if my parents didn’t bless me with a sister like her.

Brooke – Brooke is definitely one of a kind. Brooke is always very upbeat and very talkative. She is able to make friends with anyone and is the type of person that can make someone laugh over anything. She is a person that is full of energy and isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind. Brooke is my adventure partner because she also has the travel bug inside her. I love the person that Brooke is and the bright personality that she has. I will never get tired of having a friend like Brooke around. 

Kaylee- Kaylee is an all-around amazing person. Even though I have only known Kaylee since I was in grade 10 we have been close ever since we met. Kaylee has the biggest heart and always puts others before herself.  You can always find Kaylee with a smile on her face and spreading positivity to those around her.Kaylee is naturally beautiful and has a sparkle in her eye. I am so glad I was blessed to have met a human as kind and compassionate as Kaylee.

Breanne/Kaitlin- Breanne and Kaitlin have been my adopted sisters ever since elementary school. We grew up doing everything together and being inseparable. Kaitlin has a very wild and energetic personality. Breanne has a very laid back personality and is very considerate to everyone around her.  Both these girls’ smiles light up a room. They are two beautiful humans that I have always looked up too. Both of them have always been for me no matter what was going on. So glad to have grown up with these two by my side.

Brooklyn – Brooklyn is a person with such a beautiful soul. She is honestly someone that is always full of good vibes and can always turn a bad day better. She is someone you can always see smiling and making others around her feel the same way. I love how Brooklyn is always so positive and puts everyone before herself. I am so thankful to have a best friend like Brooklyn in my life 

Lexy – Lexy is one of my best friends that has always been a ray of sunshine. Lexy has a personality that is always ready for anything that life throws at her. She looks at the positives for everything and can make any day better. Lexy has a heart full of gold with such a bubbly personality. I am so thankful to be blessed with such a kind-hearted human in my life.

Brandi- Brandi is one of my friends that has such a kind soul. She has always been one to cheer me up when I’ve been down and is always ready to do exciting things. Every time we are together the time is spent full of laughter and new adventures. Brandi is a beautiful human that has cheered me when I am struggling with something in my life. She will do anything she can to see her friends happy. I am blessed to have Brandi in my life. 

Emma- Emma is one of my friends that is so considerate of everyone and everything. She is always worrying about other people and is known as the mom of our friend group. She has a heart of gold and always pushes herself and others to do their best. Emma is someone who puts life into perspective and just makes the best of whatever life throws at her. Everything about Emma is amazing. I am so lucky to have such a determined, beautiful, and energetic friend in my life.  

Kristiaan: Kristiaan is the most determined girl I know. She strives to do her best in everything she does. Kristiaans laugh is so contagious and can make any bad day better. She has such a friendly personality that makes her able to get along with everyone. Her positive outlook on life is something I strive to do in my life as well. This beautiful soul is the perfect role model for anyone. I am so lucky to have met a girl like Kristiaan 

My Entire Family- Both sides of my family are huge so I didn’t have time to capture pictures of everyone. Since I was little they have all had huge impacts on my life. They supported me through every decision I’ve made and were always there when I needed that extra support. I will continue to thank God for the wonderful family he blessed me with. 

My Grandma- My Grandma Helen definitely has a way with words however with being 85 she no longer has a filter! My grandma is always full of new stories and advice for all of her grandchildren. Grandma has a huge heart and would do anything to see her family happy. She has such a bright personality and is a person that is very easy to talk to. With her being my only grandparent left, I am thankful for the time I still get to spend with her.

My parents – I will forever be grateful for the parents I have been given. They have raised me to be the woman I am today. They have always been there to support me through all my goals, push me through my struggles and have always been my rock. They have taught me to love and how to just enjoy the life I have been given. My mom’s big heart has taught me to never take anything for granted and as she says to do everything you dream of. My dad’s determined personality has taught me to work hard for what I want and to never give up on anything. If you give me anything time it’ll come. Their trust and the unconditional love they give me will always be something that I envy.

There is no way that I would ever be able to put everyone that has made a difference in my life in this end project! I have had so many amazing people bless my life over the 20 years I have walked this earth. 

I know that no life is ever going to be perfect, but it’s only going to be as perfect as you make it. I live up to that. 


2 thoughts on “Last Shot At Photography

  1. Hi Reilee,

    You have taken such beautiful photos throughout your learning project! I love your final project, what a great way to wrap up your learning project by taking photos of your loved ones. Do you plan on continuing to learn about photography? If so, I found 2 free online course on that you may be interested in: Photography Basics and Beyond and Seeing Through Photographs. The Seeing Through Photographs course sounds really interesting, you learn how to understand photos from diverse ideas and technologies, it opens up a whole new world of looking at photographs. I too have worked on photography for my learning project and am nowhere near being done learning and plan on taking these 2 courses to keep learning and improving on my photography skills.


  2. What a great attitude to end the semester on, Reilee! Thanks for being such a great mentee and for sharing your project with me along the way! It has inspired me to get back into photography and and to appreciate all the things in my life that I do have.


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