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.

Lab 6: Histograms

Camera Works 2
Histogram Lab (5%)

Due on your blog by the end of class

The purpose of this lab is to understand dynamic range & how to read dynamic range of an image by analyzing the image histogram.

1.     Photograph a white object in three different scenes:
·      A high-key scene (white on white)
·      A low-key scene (all dark scene other than our white object)
·      A scene with a variety of tones
2.     Open the three images in either Photoshop or Lightroom
3.     Take a screen shot of each of the three images’ histograms
4.     Post all three images, along with their histograms. Be sure to identify each item on your post.
5.     Answer these questions on your blog:
a.     According to the histogram, where do most of the pixels in your high key image fall (left or right on the histogram)
b.     Are there any pixels in the high key image that would not print with detail?
c.     According to the histogram, where do most of the pixels in your low-key image fall (left or right on the histogram)
d.     Are there any pixels in the high key image that would not print with detail?
e.     According to the histogram, where do most of the pixels in your varied tones image fall (left or right on the histogram)
f.      Are there any pixels in the varied tones image that would not print with detail?
g.     Considering the information on the histogram, do you feel your camera is properly exposing the high key and low-key scenes? Explain your answer

h.     Which histogram shows the most dynamic range?