Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Photo 2 Lesson 2

In our second class together we looked at the following:
  • how your camera performs at different ISOs.
  • looked at the change in detail as well as the amount of digital noise that appeared at each ISO.
Then we did an in class experiment...
  • We experimented with our lenses to see how the background changes relative to the subject with different focal lengths.
Then we went back into the class and discussed...
  • Focal lengths and their angle of view
  • Normal, wide and telephoto
  • Lens perspective
  • Fixed vs. Zoom lenses
  • Digital Crop Factors
  • Filters and Hoods
After that we took a look at the students assignment from last week on subject. We had a quick discussion on composition where we:
  • Defined Composition: Placement of Subject in a frame.
    • Discussed Visual Elements with a supporting slideshow which included:
      • Line
      • Shape
      • Texture
      • Depiction of Motion
      • Depth of Field
      • Rule of Thirds
      • Filling the Frame
      • Natural Framing
      • Light (note that light always exists in our photos but it can be used as a composition element and we will discuss this further in the next class)
      • Perspective
Multiple elements can be used in one frame; however, it is typical that one element is the dominate element and the image may not be successful without this element; other elements are secondary to this dominate element and may not be vital to the success of the image.

Students were given Assignment #2:
Part 1: Technical

The purpose of this assignment is to get you thinking more about the lenses that you use and how to use them more effectively.

Part A: Pick a subject that is pretty well standing on it's own (don't have the background too close and don't make the subject more than 2x larger than a person or 2x smaller than a person). Pick a position to start shooting from and take a series of photos from that same position but change the focal length at least 4 times (divide you focal lengths equally 4 times) make the best compositions that you can from that one position.

Part B: Take the same subject. Choose the same focal lengths that you did in Part A, but this time, move yourself into the best position for the focal length that you are using. You can change distance, angle or whatever you like to suit the lens and subject.

Choose your favorite and least favorite shot from Part A. And choose your favorite and least favorite shot from part B. Make 4x6 prints of these images.

Part 2: Creative

Listed below are 6 subjects (3 people, 3 non-people). Dedicate at least 5 frames to at least 4 of the subjects (you choose which ones). Take them anyway that you like. Make them your own. The only criteria is that they should be related to the given topic. Bring in your top 15 images from each subject that you choose as a 4x6 print.

Lens extremes, Props, A portrait with no Face
Lens Extremes, Urban Abstracts, Water

Interesting links and related material: a great place for photos and tutorials
Luminous Landscape: A digital technical find all site and more photos. A little of everything...forums...photoshop
Digital Sensor Cleaning: Check out this site for a fairly unbiased opinion about keeping your sensor clean, including DIY methods or taking it to a shop.

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