Be an Example and a Light




I’m excited to show the final version of my magazine spread. My knowledge in the Adobe program InDesign is improving bit by bit. This is a three page, one spread style being used with a two column layout. I chose this article from titled “Being an Example and a Light” written by President Thomas S. Monson. This article made an impact on me on what it means to have a belief in Christ. It has increased my faith with the realization that God has given me a body and that I need to take care of it and be my best self.


Photo by: Colton McEwen
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Photo by: Colton McEwen
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Photo by: Colton McEwen


The photos use in this magazine spread were taken by my smartphone. I thought these photos would enhance the message given. There is light in the believers of Christ, our goal is to have high standards and to not be of the world, and that the path to salvation is lighted by our Savior Jesus Christ.


I attempted to use two different types of fonts, Helvetica Neue and Athelas. One is serif and the other is san-serif. I chose these two because I believe it shows a pretty good contrast and hopefully pleasing to the eyes of the readers who may be reading this.


I used a color scheme of green, orange, and purple. As you may have guessed, it reflects the first image on the first page of the flowers. I thought that it would be effective if I used it throughout the magazine spread.


My goal for this project was to target LDS youth between the ages of 14-18 in areas of the world where Mormonism isn’t as prominent. I thought it might give them confidence as they live in a place where they have to stick with what they know to be true and hopefully become a good example and a light to others.


As you can see, the shape I used are circles with an ellipse for a pull quote. I apply this to all the pages to give it a nice repetition and balance. This helps it show that all pages are relatable and that they belong with each other.


Overall, the relationship with these principles of design make things a lot more attractive and pleasing to the eye so that readers may want to actually read it. I hope you enjoy this project and I’d love it if you could leave comments in the comment box below for any feedback.


Essential Photography Skills


In this post I am going to demonstrate what I believe are extremely useful skills to use as a photographer. I will show three today which are known as the rule of thirds, depth of field, and leading lines. I will be showing professional pictures as well as pictures that I took on my smartphone to show how well pictures are able to turn out while shooting away to your hearts content.


Photo by: Ken Cheung


Photo by: Colton McEwen

Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a classic skill that many photographers use. There’s no doubt this artist knew what he was doing. The lonesome tree in the water towards the bottom left catches the eye successfully. Otherwise, if it was center, it wouldn’t be that interesting.

I guess you could say I was lucky enough to take a trip to Yellowstone National Park. I don’t have a fancy DLSR camera so I used my iPhone 7 instead. Not too bad I must say. I attempted to apply the rule of thirds here like the image above. I used to have a picture which had the little geyser in the center of the photo and it honestly looked unappealing. Again, I think the rule of thirds make this photo much more interesting.


Photo by: Alex Iby



Photo by: Colton McEwen

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I love depth of field. I can’t think of any better way to clearly demonstrate this skill than this photo above of a light bulb in focus with the blurred lights and buildings in the background. This is a great way to point the viewer to the object you want to show.

Even though depth of field is awesome, it’s a little tricky to get just the right shot. After several attempts with different objects and backgrounds, I thought this one of the pine tree would do justice. Again, this was taken on my smartphone. One thing I’ve noticed about depth of field is how the camera is able to capture great detail on the subject you are trying to focus on. Then the blurry background just gives it a nice touch.


Photo by: Matthew Henry



Photo by: Colton McEwen

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Leading lines are unique and I think I have grown to like them but I don’t think they should be applied to every photo. This picture is a prime example in the leading lines category as the edges of the buildings seem to all point to the same location. It sure gives a towering perspective!

I’m so glad I grabbed the moment of opportunity to capture this image on the road, again it was from my iPhone with a little bit of editing in regards to color and lighting. The road gives a great example of leading lines as well as the snow banks. It kind of gives a feel for how far I am away from the mountains and trees.


Overall I’m really pleased with how the pictures turned out. The rule of thirds, depth of field, and leading lines are very useful skills in the photography world. Pictures, even on a smartphone, can look a million times better if you know a little bit about what you are doing. Not to mention a lot more fun!