Captive Photography

Photography is fascinating! Everyone knows when a photograph captivates them. It is not usually that simple a matter to pin-point what makes it great. This blog is devoted to figuring out just what makes a picture stand out.

Leading Lines

This picture is found in the public domain and can be located at:

This breathtaking view of a group of trees uses leading lines to draw the eyes to the sky above the tree line. Although the trees take up the bulk of the space of the photograph, the true subject becomes the sky above as the eyes are drawn along the trunks of the trees up towards the clouds.
The photo also manages to capture depth as the ever-thinning trunks of the tree affords a contrast between the foreground and the gradually distant tops of the trees.

This photograph has several leading lines pointing to and drawing the eye toward the scenery beyond the brick window. Everything around it becomes something of a frame and the eye is repeatedly directed to the focus of the photo.

Depth of Field

This photograph was taken by Katinka Zuchowicz of White River in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It can be found at the following link:

The photograph is of a river in the midst of a community. It is an attempt to capture the many layers of a simple community.
There are many layers to this picture. In the foreground is the beautiful and stark branches of a tree in the river. Immediately behind it in the middle ground is a boat which can be seen in through the branches of the tree. The boat is also seen to be smaller than the looming tree branches. Still behind the boat in the background is what appears to be a shack of some sort. Above all this activity is the bridge with a passing vehicle. Even with all these different elements, the branches in the tranquil river in the foreground captures the attention and maintains the tranquil nature of the scene.

This image of a lizard in the sun shows the depth of the pile of wood the lizard is perched on through the overlapping pieces of wood. The depth is created through the overlap.

Rule of Thirds

This image is of a New York City officer on duty in the midst of a protest. The officer at the focus of the picture is perfectly positioned along the line of the left third of the picture. By thus aligning her so strongly, there is no disputing that she is the focus of the scene.
It also illustrates depth of field by focusing on the officer. In the background, there is the distorted image of other officers corralling protesters but by focusing on the officer there is provided an image of strength and power.

The photo of the man in blue brings him into strong focus by positioning him along the right vertical line of thirds. Even his arm is right along the horizontal third line and thus allows him to be the dominant element in the picture.


Photography is fascinating! There are so many other elements in each picture that could be analysed with regards to the impact that they give to the photograph. The skilled photographer is aware of all these composition elements. More than anything else, the skilled photographer has an eye for what works!

Moving Typography Analyzed

I’ve chosen for my reverse engineer typography assignment a meme from the Mormon Channel.

It is the clever use of typography that causes the message of the meme to jump off the page at you.
The original design can be found at:×540/MCDQ-5.5.jpg
It is based on a quotation from Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I chose this design because the typography immediately grabs the eye and is a wonderful study in contrast of text, color, form, and structure.


Draw-Over of Design Image

The first typeface used is sans serif. It is easily identified by the absence of serifs and the absence of thick/thin transitions.
The second typeface is a script, easily identified by the similarity to handwritten cursive.
Script is a typeface that contrasts with almost all other typefaces. The curves and fanciful nature of the script contrasts well with the narrow Roman structure of the sans serif.
The contrast between the two typefaces is further highlighted by the changes made to the letters “L” and “R” to have a script-like effect.

As I have already indicated, I think the text is the crux of this design. The statement being made gives emphasis to the two elements that require movement. Those are highlighted by use of the bold red which immediately brings focus. The use of the script typeface ties the ideas of moving the world and moving self together. This is further emphasized by bringing elements of the script into the words that the statement alludes to having movement (repetition).
In all it is a really clever design that makes heavy use of contrast in typography.

13A Final Portfolio


Creating a slide show of all the projects I have slaved over this past semester has been a bitter-sweet experience. As I went over the projects, I realized how much I have learned and that I even enjoyed much of the learning process.
The message of this portfolio is really a showcasing of the skills and talents I have acquired in Visual Communication. My audience is potential employers or anyone that would would need to become familiar with my abilities.
Coming up with the basic slide design was just a matter of deciding on a color scheme and a layout. I designed the introductory and closing slides, then matched the showcasing slides to them.
Almost every project required extensive tweaking. For my Benefit Flier project, I created more contrast for some of the text boxes. For the Slide Design project I spent my efforts on reworking the coloring and text of the slides used. Most of my time and effort went to the Photography Study project where I reworked my grid and color scheme. For the Web Design and Social Media Projects my efforts were expended in completing those projects as they had not been completed previously. In total, I spent between four to six hours making changes and updates to the varied projects before adding them to my slide show.

I posted my portfolio to the class Facebook Page for critique.
Shelley Tiffany comments were:“Your spacing is not consistent on slide #4. The lower left laps over the top left image, but it’s the only one. Consider changing the spacing around the images.” In response to her critique I adjusted the image layout on slide #4.
Cheryl Meinen reminded me to include all eight projects in my portfolio. The draft she critiqued had only five. I added the remaining three.
Addyson Hujtyn said: “The only thing is that on your first page the line seems to cut the slide in half. I don’t know if there’s a way to use it differently, since it is incorporated in all of the slides.” I decided to keep the line she spoke of because I thought it worked to keep the whole project cohesive.

12B Magazine Spread Project

The magazine spread project is to write and design a two-page magazine spread for the Ensign or New Era (magazines of the LDS Church). I chose to write for the Ensign and decided to write of an experience I had that taught me about how the Lord answers our prayers and guides our lives through His omniscience. My audience is youth and young adults who are entering the major decision-making portion of their lives.

Once the story was written, I made a couple of sketches that I felt best complemented the message that I was trying to convey. I then selected pictures that suited the layout of my favorite sketch and then I made a frame map that would prepare me to create the magazine spread in InDesign.

7A Sketch layout

Woman in prayer


Once the wire-frame was done, I was able to create my magazine spread!

Critique Report
I received critiques from my instructor Kristen Larson as well as from several of my classmates, Nancy Wells, Lisa Hauck Wilkinson, Steph Dee, and Jessica Noelle Brewer. Sister Larson advised me to drop my drop shadow and to watch for hyphens, widows and orphans. Both she and Nancy Wells suggested that I make sure my images were not touching the text and that I add a byline. Lisa Hauck Wilkinson advised that I move the center picture to prevent it being chopped off. Jessica Noelle Brewer advised that I fix my margins between columns so that they were at least an inch in the center. I changed the drop shadow to an innershadow because I thought the text still needed some enhancement. I added the byline and reworked the layout to adjust the margins and the appearance of widows and orphans. I did not move the picture because I liked it best in that position.

This was the final result!

Color Scheme
Split Complementatry (Teal, Red, Orange)

Title: Lucida Handwriting/Script
Title: Arial/Sans Serif
Body: Times New Roman/Oldstyle

Praying woman



Magazine Spread Draft Critique

My magazine spread design began with my sketches and shape map. I chose my favorite sketch which was also the favourite of one of my critiquers and made the shape map from it with very little deviation.

This is what it looks like thus far!:



7A Sketch layout



Font/Category: Arial

Image Sources:
Praying woman



10 Movie Poster – EMERGENCE


This assignment was to introduce myself to new coworkers by creating a movie poster starring me. The idea was to have me emerging from water by blending two photos in photoshop. The basic colour scheme was monochromatic. The idea of emergence was to play on the fact that I am always trying to “find” ne aspects of myself. The idea is that it will take a while to know me.

I had two critiques from Dee Wightman and Shelley Tiffany. Both reminded me of the need to include the movie details. Shelley suggested that I change the font color of some of my text. I took all their advice and ended up at the Fedex office three times befoe I had a satisfactory poster.

Fonts – SF Movie Font Regular

The image of the Rio Grande was taken by me and my brother-in-law took the image of me.

7A Magazine Spread Content

The magazine spread project is to write and design a two-page magazine spread for the Ensign or New Era (magazines of the LDS Church). I chose to write for the Ensign and decided to write of an experience I had that taught me about how the Lord answers our prayers and guides our lives through His omniscience.

Story: Lost Then Found

It was in Mandeville, Jamaica, almost sixty miles of winding, climbing difficult road from home for our annual Church Educational System in-service island wide training.  Split in different workshops, someone had left the door to my training room open and I could hear the whispers as searchers passed up and down the halls. “Have you seen Sandra’s keys?”  “Where did she last have them?” “Could they be locked in the car?”

Two thoughts, distinct and deliberate, came into my mind.  You need to pray to find her keys.  You need to pray in a private place. Since I was in the middle of delivering a presentation I put the thought to the back of my mind and continued with the business of the day.  An hour passed, maybe even two.  We broke for lunch and by this time the queries were louder and I could see that Sandra was becoming visibly upset. Gone was her usual poise and grace.  Even her wardrobe seemed to be suffering from the frenzy of the day.  Her heels were gone and she padded about bare-footed, looking here and there. I attempted to talk to her about the lost keys.  I even tried to suggest praying but she gazed past me, questioning everyone that went by to know if they had seen the elusive keys.  I doubt she heard, much less heeded my advice.  Again the impression: you need to pray to find her keys.  You need to pray in a private place.

So I focused my efforts on finding a place to pray.  The Mandeville meetinghouse was a perfect replica of my home branch.  I felt comfortable peering into different classrooms, trying to find a private room.  It seemed everywhere I thought of was occupied or unavailable somehow.  Still, the feeling of urgency weighed heavily on my mind and heart.  I needed to find somewhere that would afford privacy.  I didn’t understand why I had to pray or why I could not simply mentally make a request of the Lord.  Every time I attempted to do that my thoughts would flee and the words would not come. Finally, I retreated to a place that I often resort to for solitude, the restroom.  I was glad to find it empty and I walked to the final stall, entered and closed the door.  I felt I needed to kneel and proceeded to do so.  Before my knees hit the ground, my mind went back to a matching place.

Perhaps a year or two before in my home branch, my keys were missing.  It was a Saturday with few people about.  We had been cleaning and now, weary and late for my next appointment I needed my keys.  I recalled cleaning the bathroom and so I retreated there, searching and hoping that I would find them.  They were nowhere in sight.  Distressed, I went to that identical last stall.  I closed the cubicle door, collapsed to my knees, and entreated the Lord to show me my keys.  I was desperate.  Into my mind came a picture of me entering the stall earlier and having nowhere to place my keys putting them on top of the stall partition.  There they were!

And so, at this later date, before the words had even come, I knew the location of the lost keys and needed only to whisper thanks before jumping up to retrieve Sandra’s lost keys.

Of all the people in that chapel that day I was the one the Lord spoke to because I had the memory that could solve the mystery.  Being God, He knows things like this. He is able to maneuver people and places and times and things to perfectly orchestrate the sorting out of our needs and the answering of our prayers. I needed to remember this later as I prayed and hunted for a job that would suit my talents and my needs. It was important that I realize then that God knew my talents and skills and would know where best they would fit and be beneficial to my employer.  I needed to know this when I grew frustrated in seeking an eternal companion.  I needed to trust that God was already aware of the person that would best complete me in the eternities and could and would get us together eventually.  I needed to trust in this through many and varied circumstances where the answers seemed long in coming. I needed to learn that revelation comes to each of us as our omniscient Father chooses to share it. He uses people and places and things that have been prepared in ways far beyond our capacity to comprehend. Because He is God, He can do that.



7A Sketch layout



Woman in prayer Restroom Keys

Image Sources:


6A Slide Design Project


Speakers Outline

A friend of mine decided to convince his wife to buy a new truck

  • Once she was convinced, he decided to prove the trucks worth
  • Went to cut wood in the mountains and found himself stuck in the snow
  • He decided to cut wood and load truck
  • Trying again, he found that the truck moved

It was the load

  • The load provided the traction
  • The load allowed him to move forward

Each person carries a load

  • Our loads come in many forms
  • Both positive and negative
  • We should ask ourselves if our loads are producing the spiritual traction to:
    • Take us along the straight and narrow path
    • Take us to Heavenly Father in the eternities

Yokes are designed to share loads

  • The Saviour invites each of us to take His yoke upon us (Matt 11:28)
  • We are yoked with Christ by covenant
  • We are strengthened by His yoke
  • The Saviour succours and thus lifts us

The load is necessary

  • It helps us rely on Jesus Christ
  • As we rely on Him we come to learn that:
    • His yoke is easy
    • His load is light


I started off by looking for a talk. Several appealed to me but most were not usable. When I thought of and listened to this talk, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” by Elder David A. Bednar given at the April 2014 General Conference, I could visualize the imagery in my mind and was determined to make it work.  The message is that through the Saviour’s Atonement we can use the burdens of this life to take us safely to the next life with Our Heavenly Father.   Thee audience is the general adult membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is pertinent to all people. Once I created the story line the salient points of the talk were even more clear and I created my storyboard based on those ideas.

6A Storyboard Slide Project

Critique Report

I uploaded my slide project to and then shared it on Facebook for critique by my classmates. Both Lori Lee Hamblin and Margery  Sabolsky suggested that I needed to find more images rather than repeat as I had done.  Rebecca Jones and Steph Dee both commented that some of my lighter colours were difficult to read.  Taking their advice into account, I found a few new images to use for some slides.  I also changed to a single font colour throughout the slide project and I changed the background of a few key words to increase visibility.  I then saved the changes and re-uploaded the file to

Link to talk:

Fonts/Category: Calibri(bold and regular)/Sans-serif

Colour Scheme: Complementary

Links to images:

Burden carrying man link

Truck with load


Christ the Shepherd

Truck stuck in snow

Yoked Oxen link

People with loads link

Christ baptism



Benefit Flier Project


This is the flier as created in Microsoft Word.

5ALacey-AnnDennis Screenshot

My message was an appeal to support a benefit concert in aid of a children’s hospital in Jamaica. My target audience was middle to upper class Jamaicans. I searched for an image that would represent typical Jamaican children. Initially, I sought for images of thoughtful children but then decided that a happy child would be more inviting to the target audience. When I found the image of this happy little girl, I was thrilled. I chose a blue-orange color scheme because I thought the bold colors go well with the black and white image. I positioned the title so that it appeared that the little girl was laughing because she was looking at the name of the proposed event.

My critiques came from class members on Facebook and my instructor Kristen Larson. Paul Duhacek suggested that I move the body copy to the area so that the girl’s eyes were directed toward it. Connie Chatelain suggested that I use only one colour for all the text inn my date and time area to prevent a “jumpy” feel. Nancy Wells and Steph Dee both commented that the white font of my body copy was difficult to read. Sister Larson suggested that I use only blue as a monochromatic colour scheme. She also suggested that I align the date time and place with the body copy.
I attempted to flip the picture to have the girl’s eyes focused on the body copy but that did not work as the flipped image did not have sufficient room to accomodate the body copy. I decided to embrace her looking at the title. I added lines above and below the title for a repeating element. I aligned the date time and place with the body copy. I also moved my website address from the original lower right corner to above the date. I also changed the color of the text in my body copy and changed the color scheme to blue.

Link to image source

Font Name/Category
Title – Cambria/Oldstyle
Copy – Arial Black/Sans-serif


Here it is as designed in Word:

4ALacey-AnnDennis Screenshot Typography Project

PROCESS: First I decided on the quote, which I loved. Then, I searched for and found an image that I felt reflected the message well. I was initially just looking for a light shining in the darkness, then realized that a lighthouse image would also capture the idea of being a beacon to others. From there, I chose my fonts. The font color was important for the message also so I pulled the colour of the fonts from the light in the picture. I then saved it as PDF, converted it to JPEG and posted it for critiques on Facebook.

CRITIQUE: In my critiques I was advised to move the lighthouse from the central position of the picture to achieve greater balance. I was also advised to get rid of some orphans in my copy. Also, I was advised to adjust the line between the title and body copy. I cropped the right side of the picture and added the diamond element to the line.

Links to image:

FONT NAME/CATEGORY: Title – Castellar,Oldstyle : Copy – Century Gothic, San Serif

Tasteful Typopography Project