Heather Leiphart, photojournalist

May 7, 2010

Monk’s Coffee Shop

Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 7:49 am


May 7, 2009

Photo class final exam

Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 10:53 am

Final Assignment- photograph one of the many art displays on campus and submit two photos. They will be graded by composition, variety, creativity (vision), technical quality (exposure) and post processing accuracy (tone, contrast, sharpness, etc). We started at 10 a.m. and the photos were due for submission at 11:45 a.m.



Personal assignment- photograph Michael in weird poses and laugh. (His photos).


High Dynamic Range photo

Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 8:47 am

I created this photo for class using two different exposures. I wanted a lighter background to show the running water and detail in the marble, and I wanted a dark figure in the foreground to illustrate the meaning of the piece.


April 2, 2009

Tilt-shift photography

Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 11:48 am
UP apartments

University Park Apartments

Downtown Dallas

Downtown Dallas

March 26, 2009

Depth of Field Assignment

Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 11:01 am
Deep depth of field

shallow depth of field, f4

deep depth of field, f29

deep depth of field, f29

March 22, 2009

Lens buying assignment

Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 11:58 pm

Assignment: Use $5,000 (fake money!) to buy 3 lenses and explain how you would use them.

1- Telephoto lens: $1,749. This is the lens I would use for sports photography and events where the subjects are at a distance, such as concerts or speeches. The 2.8 aperture allows this lens to work for indoor sports and events as well as outdoor, and the wide range of the zoom, in addition, makes this a versatile lens.

2- Macro/Portrait lens: $490. This is a great lens for indoor and outdoor portraits, which probably will be required in any photography career. In addition, one of my favorite areas of photography is macro, so I would enjoy this lens for myself as well in that regard, because this lens is capable of 1:1. The lens is a fixed focal length, so the images will be sharper and brighter than a zoom lens, for the price. Again, two jobs in one.

3- Wide-angle zoom lens: $1,449. This lens is perfect for a photojournalist. It zooms to eliminate the hassle of moving around to get the perfect shot, because time cannot be wasted in news photography. It also has a 2.8 aperture to let in lots of light and focuses as close as 11 inches. This lens makes me drool.

Okay, I still have $1,312 left… which is surprising. I probably saved a lot buying the lenses from Amazon and Newegg as opposed to buying them directly from Canon. We only are supposed to buy 3 lenses, but I perhaps would use the extra money to buy a good macro lens separate from my portrait lens. Another option would be to buy a standard zoom lens that overlaps the gap between the end range of my zoom lens (35 mm) and the beginning range of my telephoto lens (70 mm) but that probably won’t be necessary.
If this were real money and I already had three amazing lenses, I would spend the rest on filters, a nice camera bag/backpack, flashes, converters, lens cleaning kits and all that fun stuff. But since these are not supposed to be included in the cost… I will buy a lensbaby!

The Control Freak!: I would use this for fun. Here are beautiful examples of what makes a lens a lensbaby.

Wow, so lensbabies are less than $300, and I am at a loss as to where to put this extra money. Maybe I did something wrong; the lenses I chose seem to be top-quality though. I am left with $1,000…

Special thanks to this great website. Hopefully I will find time to read all of it.

March 8, 2009


Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 10:02 pm

Assignment: take outdoor portraits using two lightboards.
This was a challenge because it was windy! We had fun though.


Thanks to Dan, Chase and Ginny.

Blur Photos

Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 8:55 pm

Assignment: practice controlled motion blur in photos.
Obviously I could use more practice.


February 10, 2009

Autophotobio! graphy!

Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 12:56 pm

Our latest assignment is to upload ten or more photos “about me.”
When I first got this assignment, I was excited because I love taking photos anyway, and when they are required it is a bonus. Then I started thinking… I just moved to Texas less than 6 months ago with only two suitcases full of clothes. What could I possibly take a picture of here at ACU that characterizes me and only me?
I looked through all of my photos from the last week and picked some that I thought were alright. Editing photos on a 9 inch screen where the photos are slightly bigger than postage stamps was a bit difficult.

Well. Here are my attempts. Enjoy, and click for larger sizes.

Photographer Spotlight

Filed under: Photo class assignments — hleiphart @ 3:42 am

Assignment 2- Create a brief powerpoint presentation advertising showcasing a photographer that you admire.

Ryan Estes is a photographer located in Elverson, 15 minutes from my hometown of Morgantown, Pennsylvania. His work is primarily weddings, but he kills the boring stereotype and replaces it with breathtakingly incredible images. You have never seen anything like it.

Here is a link to my powerpoint.

Please check out more of his stuff at his Web site, blog, or online portfolio.

Blog at WordPress.com.