Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lab 9: Time Lapse 2

Camera Works 2
Time-lapse lab 2 (lab 9)
Use a wide angle lens and a normal (50mm) or telephoto lens.
Use a tripod.
Use a remote trigger if you have one. 

Before you start make sure your camera battery is charged and you have enough space on your memory card.
Shoot two stop motions, each with 200 or more images
1. Shoot a wide angle shot of an area where there is a good flow of people. Frame carefully, make sure the information is pertinent from edge to edge of your frame. Use a fast shutter speed so that motion is frozen (this may lead you to use a high ISO, and therefore noise reduction). 
2.  Shoot a shot with your normal or longer lens again in an area where there is a good flow of people. Again frame carefully, make sure the information is pertinent from edge to edge of your frame. Use a slow shutter speed in order to get blurred motion. 

Shoot areas that will relate to your daily life and can be used in your final project (ex: Dawson, the Metro, de Maisonneuve street, etc.)
For both of these stop motions:
Make sure to choose your specific WB, and make sure that your focus is fixed (put it on Manual Mode). You can have a shallow or deep DOF, that is up to you. Make sure to shoot in the same JPG resolution as you did for your last stop motion.

Put together each of these stop motions in iMovie, use a duration of 0.1 per image. Follow directions from the last lab if you've forgotten how to put together a stop motion in iMovie.
Put your two mp4 movie in my KHutchinson dropbox before the end of class time.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lab 8: Time lapse lab 1

Camera Works 2
Time-lapse lab 1 (lab 8)

To be shot in the photo studio or in the computer lab/printing area if there is not enough room in the studio.

Choose your angle and lens wisely. Talk to those that are using the space and try to understand what space they will occupy so that you can cover as much interesting movement as possible.

Use a tripod, and a remote trigger if you have one.

Before you start:
-Meter carefully. Be in full Manual Mode. Shoot a few exposures. Check your histogram to see if you are exposing properly.
-Choose the WB that relates to the scene you are in. Evaluate the light and correct for the strongest light in the scene (again you should take a few test shots). Create a custom WB for your setting (as we saw earlier on in the semester) if you so not seem able to correct the colour of light with your presets.
-Use Manual Focus. Place your focus with auto if you want and then switch your lens to Manual Focus.
-If using a high ISO use the appropriate noise reduction (as learned during a previous lab).
-Shoot in small or medium sized JPG Resolution
- Shoot your hand in front of the lens as your last image before the stop motion, this will be a marker as to where your stop motion starts.

For the stop motion:
-Shoot approx. 200 images of the scene
-Import into iMovie:
·      Theater – New Movie – Click on Import Media and bring your images in
·      iMovie – Preferences – Photo Placement (choose Fit), Photo Duration (choose 0.1)
·      Then drag all your images into the timeline at the bottom of the screen
·      You can change the duration for one or more images by clicking on the i
·      You can add music in the Audio section. This will find sound from iTunes and you can drag the song you want in to your timeline. You do not need to add music to this time-lapse (but you do need to for the final)
·      Once your movie looks good go to File – Share – File – Medium quality – 1080p. This may take 30 minutes or more. To see progress click on top right hand circle in your iMovie screen.

This will be used as one of your day in the life clips in your final assignment (so do not loose the images or movie made!)

Put your mp4 movie in my KHutchinson dropbox before the end of class time.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Assignment 4: Time Lapse

Dawson Professional Photography
Camera Works 2
Final Assignment: Time Lapse Movie (20%)

The purpose of this assessment is to satisfy competency #0492: Photograph on location and in studio, and to execute the following course objective:

·       Synthesize all of the objectives listed on the course outline in the creation of digital photographs.

Students will create a time-lapse film with the following criteria:
1.    The film should represent the theme given in class (A day in your life).
2.    Final Film length (not including opening titles and final credits) should be 30-45 seconds long.
3.    Final film should include at least 5 individual time-lapse clips (but preferably more).
4.    Include clips shot both in studio and out of studio.
5.    Include a change in light and time of day in at least one of your time-lapse clips.
6.    Include clips with and without moving objects in the frame.
7.    Include clips shot with a wide-angle lens, and clips shot with a telephoto lens.
8.    All editing must be done using the software and method demonstrated in class.
9.    Include an opening title, and closing credits.
10. Include music in your film.

What to submit
Place the finished exported film in my electronic dropbox before the beginning of class, week 15 (May 10th).

Students will be evaluated on the following:
1.    Composition.
2.    Creativity
3.    Ability to analyze the shooting assignment and demonstrate mastery of:

A.    Exposure control
·       Suitable aperture
·       Suitable shutter speed (both for exposure and subject)
·       Suitable ISO
·       Suitable in-camera metering
B.    Image quality
·       Image resolution
·       Dynamic range
·       Noise
C.    Color balance
·       Ability to use color balance accurately
·       Ability to use color balance creatively
D.   Lens management
·       Suitable choice of lens
·       Accurate focus
E.    Camera management
·       Control of camera shake

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lab 7: Save the pixels

Save the Pixels Lab (5%)

Take portraits of each other outside, using a white foam core as background, creating the Richard Avedon “American West” look. Fill your frame with the white so that we don’t see any of the outdoors. Try with and without a reflector in order to fill in the shadows in the eyes. If it is sunny shoot completely in the shadow of a building (no sun in the image). You will need to photograph three people. Try to capture interesting expressions as well as fulfilling the technical assignment.

**For one subject shoot at ISO 400, shoot three images:
1.     Expose according to your camera meter.
2.     Add one stop of exposure (+1)
3.     Reduce one stop of exposure (-1)

Submit the three images. Which gives the best exposure? Why do you think that is?

**For a second subject shoot at ISO 1600. Shoot two images:
1.     At the right exposure (according to what you learned above)
2.     One that is underexposed by one stop

Submit the whole well expose image. Also submit a screen caps of each image at 100%. In which image is the noise worse?

**For a third subject. Shoot two images:
1.     One in RAW
2.     One in JPG

Submit one of the images whole. Also submit screen caps of each image at 100%. What is the difference between the JPG and the RAW image screen caps?

The lab must be up on your blog before the end of the class period.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Assignment 2: Light Painting

Camera Works 2
Assignment 3 - Photograph your Room at Night/Light Painting

Worth 10%
Due (on your blog) 8am Wed March 29th

Photograph the same scene (your room at night) in three ways:

1.    Photograph your room (or part of it: a detail) while painting it with a constant light. Wear black and move through the space painting it. Try not to be between the camera and the light, try not to point the light at the camera (making a small snoot for the light can help). Use a very long exposure (30 sec or longer). Use WB tungsten/incandescent if this is the type of light you are using (basically choose the appropriate WB). Use a low ISO in order to avoid noise. You will need to do a few tests to see how long you need to paint an area with the light in order to have it be well exposed.

2.    Photograph your whole room while painting it with a flash. Again wear black and don’t be between the camera and the flash, and don’t point the flash towards the camera when setting it off (again a small snoot can help). Set the flash off three or more times, move through your room so that the light is coming from different directions with each flash. Gels can be used if you want. Set your WB to flash. Use a low ISO and a long exposure. It is best to meter your flash with a hand held light meter as demoed in class.

3.    Now point your constant light towards the camera and write/draw with the light to create interesting trailing lights in your room. Use a long exposure, low ISO and appropriate WB.

·      Shoot in JPG format (large file size)
·      Use a deep DOF (ex: f/22 or other small aperture openings)
·      Use whichever noise reduction setting works best for you, as you always get more noise in low light situations.
·      Use a self-timer in order to avoid camera shake and also so that you have time to get ready to paint (also use a tripod throughout).
·      Evaluate your histograms in order to see if you have the right exposure.

·      Make sure all lights are off in your room before you start.