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.