Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lab 3: Noise reduction and WB

Noise Reduction: 


Purpose: to test your in-camera noise reduction settings.

Canon may have low, standard and strong noise reduction settings, while Nikon may have noise reduction for low light and for longer exposure.

For these images make sure that you have a good exposure (and the same exposure throughout) and make sure that you are not shooting a backlit scene.


1. Find a low light scene, lit by daylight, that includes color, details, and various textures.
2. Set your camera to shoot JPG
3. Put your camera on a tripod (some of your exposures will need to have a longer shutter speed; when dealing with long exposures it is best to use the self-timer so that you are not causing handshake)
4. Set your camera to 100 ISO (or your lowest available ISO) and take a shot at each of your noise reduction settings. Be sure to take note of your shutter speed and aperture for each shot.
5. Set your camera to 800 ISO and take a shot at each of your noise reduction settings. Be sure to take note of your shutter speed and aperture for each shot.
6. Set your camera to 3200 or higher and take a shot at each of your noise reduction settings. Be sure to take note of your shutter speed and aperture for each shot.
7. Open your images in Lightroom and view the images at 100%
8. Take a screen shot of a part of each image viewed at 100%(choose an area with a variety of brightnesses and textures and colours if possible, and select the same area in each image)
9. Post each screen shot to your blog, including your camera settings (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and noise reduction setting chosen) Total of 9 images (depending on how many noise reduction settings you have.
10. Write a description of how your camera did with the in-camera noise reduction. Did it loose detail? Would you use your camera noise reduction as a method of decreasing noise? If you have multiple noise reduction settings, which one gave the best results without loosing sharpness?




White Balance: 


1. Shoot in an area where there are two different colours of light


     · ex: near a window where you are getting shade light and fluorescent light. Shoot the scene with AWB, shade preset, and fluorescent preset. Submit: these three images. Describe how the colour changes in each image (even if the changes are subtle)

2. In a second situation purposefully shoot with the wrong WB preset in order to introduce an overall colour cast to your image. Describe how this changes the feel of the image/scene for the
better and for the worse.


These 13 images are due on your blog before the end of the day.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Assignment 1: Creative use of shutter and aperture

Assignment 1: Creative use of shutter and aperture 

Worth 10% 
Due on your blog on Feb 27th (before the beginning of class) 
Do not use flash for this assignment. 

Shutter: 
*3 images with frozen motion: 
  • Make the motion exciting and the images engaging (nothing boring like cars frozen in motion). All can be on one theme (for ex: sports) but there must be variety between the images, they can’t be repetitive.  
*3 images with blurred motion: 
  • Show movement through blur. This can be through a static camera and have the subject be blurred, or the camera can move and the background will be blurry (panning). All can be on one theme (for ex: blurred people running) but there must be variety between the images, they can’t be repetitive. A tripod may be necessary.  

Aperture/DOF: 
*3 images with shallow DOF 
  • Make us look at just one element in the image by using a shallow DOF. Don’t forget that there are three elements that control DOF: aperture, distance from the subject, and focal length of the lens. There must be layers in the image (foreground, middleground and background) so that we can see the shallow DOF effect. Again all can be on one theme (for ex: portraiture) but there must be variety between the images, they can’t be repetitive. 
*3 images with deep DOF 
  • Show sharpness throughout the image by using a deep DOF. Don’t forget that there are three elements that control DOF: aperture, distance from the subject, and focal length of the lens. There must be layers in the image (foreground, middleground and background) so that we can see the deep DOF effect. Again all can be on one theme (for ex: street photography) but there must be variety between the images, they can’t be repetitive. 

The idea behind these 4 groups, each made up of three images is that you can have little mini portfolios. Are you interested in food photograph? Great shoot 3 food photos for the shallow DOF images. Do you like the blur of trees when it’s windy? Great shoot three trees for the blur images. So try to make 4 little sets of images, each exploring the possibilities of each technical (which is also an aesthetic) theme. 

*Images must be shot for the purpose of this assignment (you cannot submit old images) 

Lab 2: Aperture

Worth 5%, Due on your blog by the end of the period.
Check with me that I have received it before you leave
Try to get the lab done well before the end of the period as if it isn't complete I will send you out again to reshoot.

Borrow a tripod

  1. Shoot a still life scene:
    • Make sure your object is close to your camera
    • Focus on the object and shoot at 5 of these different apertures f/2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22 (going from your smallest number to your largest - which means that you will leave some middle apertures out) 
    • You will mostly likely need to use a tripod in order to accommodate these different apertures (as some of these choices will give you a shutter speed that is too slow to hand hold at)
    • Submit three images: shallow DOF, medium DOF and deep DOF. List the camera settings used. Describe the three images and how the sharpness or softness of the background obscures information or gives us information. How does the feeling and reading of the image change with changes in DOF? Which do you feel is the most effective of your images? 
    • (Three images to submit)

  1. Shoot a portrait:
    • In one image make the background blurry. In the other make the background sharp. List the camera settings used in each image. How does this change the image and also how does it change the reading of the portrait? 
    • (Two images to submit)

  1. Shoot an architecture image:
    • Shoot the image with a deep DOF. List the camera settings used. Use a tripod and compose carefully and come back with a strong architecture image. 
    • (One image to submit)


Do more than simply fulfill a technical exercise. Try to make interesting images. Be creative, think about light and composition, etc. A total of 6 images should be on your blog, with the descriptions requested.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lab 1: Shutter

Camera Works 2


Lab 1: Shutter Speed

Worth 5%, Due on your blog by the end of the period.

All or nothing (you get 5% or 0%). If you have done the lab but have not done it properly I will send you out to do it again.

Check with me that I have received your lab before you leave

Borrow or bring a tripod

This assignment is to creatively use very slow shutter speeds in order to mimic Frank Machalowski’s blurred crowds.



In order to do this we will need to use:

·      A tripod

·      A remote trigger or a self timer

·      Your lowest ISO

·      Your smallest aperture opening

·      To understand why you needed to make these two choices think about the exposure triangle (which we will go over in class)

·      If the shutter speed resulting from the above two choices is not slow enough then use a neutral density filter in front of your lens (I will show you these in class)

·      Also shooting in an area that is not too bright will allow you to access very slow shutter speeds

·      Images must be well exposed (not overexposed or underexposed) so pay attention to your light meter

·      Images must be shot in Raw, then converted to JPG (2000px on the long side) before being uploaded to your blog



Shoot in three different busy locations in Dawson.
Unless it is a very dark and cloudy day you will probably need to be shooting indoors.
Submit three images of blurred crowds, each from a different location, or at least the same location from a different point of view.