Photo Journalism

Fall Break

Here’s what I did during fall break:

Isabel’s roommates, Kylie Anderson, Rose Balogun, and Rachel Scott, holding boba tea Tuesday night in Dallas. (Isabel Arcellana/SMU)

Snacks and a computer with Grey’s Anatomy. The feet of Kylie Anderson in Dallas, Texas on Sunday night. (Isabel Arcellana/SMU)
Isabel’s dog, Pogi, at her parents’ home in Frisco, Monday afternoon. (Isabel Arcellana/SMU)

Environmental Portrait

Shutter Speed:1/15

Aperture: F4.5

ISO: 800

First of all, I need to get better at making sure my pictures are clear. I should’ve adjusted my ISO so I could make my shutter speed faster.


This is Margaret. She hosts a brunch at her house every other week. It’s what she’s known for in our church.

This is William. He’s a regular at the brunch. He comes for the coffee. Not really.


Rule of Thirds

Shutter Speed: 1/15

Aperture: F4.0


A ukelele in Isabel Arcellana’s music room in her apartment in Dallas, Texas. Sunday, 10:30pm, Sept. 23. (Isabel Arcellana/SMU)
I positioned my roommate’s ukulele in the plainest background I could find, the side of our couch in the music room. Yes, we have a music room. It’s technically a sunroom, but I put all my instruments in it.

I figured out how to focus the camera on the right spot, not on the center of the frame. I also experimented with aperture until I was able to get a pretty clear image.