Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Assignment 1: Creative use of shutter and aperture

Worth 15%
Due on your blog on Feb 15th (before the beginning of class)

Shoot all subjects away from Dawson.
Do not use flash for this assignment.


1. Shoot a sport. ex: hockey, skiing, tobogganing, skating
    • Freeze the action. Pre-visualize and anticipate the action. Catch a surprising moment. The closer you can get to the action the better. If you are indoors you will need to compensate for the low light and choose a high ISO and a large aperture opening. 

2. Pan a moving object.
    • Using a slow shutter speed pivot and follow the motion in order to create a panning image. In a panning image the subject followed is sharp and the background is blurry. 

3. Shoot a night scene.
    • Using a very slow shutter have ghosted elements or trailing lights in your night scene. In night photography you can choose to star lights (with a small aperture opening) or not (wide aperture opening). You can use a low ISO and a small aperture opening and just compensate with using slower shutter speeds. Shoot many exposures of each scene (change only the shutter speed when doing so). This is called bracketing and you can automatically set up bracketing in your camera menu. 

4. Shoot a portrait with a shallow DOF. If the DOF is very shallow make sure that the eyes are sharp.

5. Shoot a landscape/cityscape with a deep DOF. You may need to use a tripod. As everything is in focus make sure that all elements in the image add and do not detract from the image.

Write about your experiences and your preferences for each image (what I asked you to do vs. how you may have wanted to shoot the subject).

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
 
Get it done well before the end of the period as if I don't find it to be 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) 
    • You will mostly likely need to use a tripod in order to accommodate these different apertures
    • 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 is the most effective of your images?

  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?

  1. Shoot an architecture image:
     
    • Simply 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.


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.
Check with me that I have received it before you leave

Borrow a tripod

  1. Shoot in a busy area of Dawson
  • Use a very slow shutter speed (as slow as you can go through use of a low ISO and a small aperture opening [large f#])
  • The purpose is to have a lot of ghosting of moving elements. So much so that some people may disappear
  • On your blog submit one of these images, where there is some ghosting. Include your aperture, shutter and ISO choices on your blog.

  1. Shoot hand held with slow shutter speeds
    • Steady yourself using walls, your pose, pressing gently on the shutter release, etc.
    • Start at 1/200 or go incrementally slower (by one stop each time)
    • See which image does not have camera shake
    • On your blog submit your slowest shutter image where there is no handshake. Also include a screen shot of this image zoomed in at 100%.  Include what this shutter speed is. Describe how you steadied yourself.

  1. Shoot motion frozen and motion blurred
  • You can model for each other (jumping, running, tossing a ball in the air, etc.)
  • Shoot the same motion frozen and blurred
  • On your blog submit one of each image. Give camera settings for each image and describe how you had to adjust your aperture and/or ISO in order to get the desired shutter speeds. Also describe how these different interpretations of motion make the images feel.


Do more than simply fulfill a technical exercise. Try to make interesting images. Be creative, think about light and composition, etc. A total of 5 images (including the screen shot) should be on your blog, with the descriptions requested.