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) 

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