Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Photo 2 Lesson 8

For our last night of class we took a look assignments #6 and #7

Critique Part 1:
Assignment #6: Flash
  • We broke into small groups. The shooter showed each of their images while explaining the technique that they were attempting for the shot. Did the shooter consider it to be successful? The other students gave feedback on what they thought works and does not work in the image. Discuss how they might change the image if possible.
  • We shared some of the best shots with the whole class.

We asked the class if they have any other questions about flash technique. We discussed purchasing flashes and that the single most important factor is to ensure that you get a flash that both swivels and bounces for the most directional control.

Critique Part 2: Assignment #7: The Leg

We took a look at the shots from the legislative building. We had the students show their images to one another. We had each member from the group pick their favorite image and explain to the photographer why it was their favorite from the series. We then shared the favorite shots with the whole class. There were some great images.

We finish off the critique session by reviewing the 5 steps of creative shooting.
  1. Choose subject (and light and lens)
  2. Compose (and focus)
  3. Decide if scene is shutter or aperture priority.
  4. Make correct exposure (*While maintaining your priority decision)
  5. Click
We discussed the importance of self critiquing and about some of the questions that you should ask when reviewing your own images:
  • What was the subject of the photograph?
  • What was the intent of the photograph and was that intent evident?
  • Look at the technical. Is it sharp? is it well exposed? Was it the best lens choice?

We discussed that the purpose of self critiquing is not only to find the best shots, but to learn from the not so good shots. Each time you repeat or get into a similar situation you will be more prepared than the last time if you self critique.

Technical: Raw Files and Lightroom Workflow

After the break we discussed the reason for post processing is to get the most from our files. The purpose of making a good histogram is to make the most printable image. Sometimes just the file straight from the camera (no matter how well exposed) could be improved in post processing.

We discussed with the students the advantages of Raw over Jpeg:
  • Designed to be post processed and manipulated
  • Has the most colour control because adjustments are applied after capture
  • Has a greater tonal capture range because it is not compressed (particularly in the highlights) like a jpeg
  • Greater exposure latitude gives you more (not too much though) exposure adjustments in post production
  • Most effective file type for making black and white or HDR images

Advantages of shooting in Jpeg
  • Sheer volume
  • Sheer Speed
  • Faster Transfer
  • In camera adjustments (contrast, sharpness, colour,) if you don't like post processing.
We discussed that the best case scenario is to shoot both Raw + Jpeg if you have the space. This gives you the advantage of having the quick Jpeg version. You can also shoot for black and white effects in camera, the effects will stay on the jpeg while you still have raw information to go back to if you choose.

We took a quick look the workflow process of lightroom:
We discussed the advantages of lightroom as a file managing and editing program.
We briefly looked at:
  • How to import an image
  • Where it lives in the library
  • How to select images and put them into a quick collection or collection
  • How to change exposure, contrast, colour, (show slight differences with a raw file vs. jpeg if you have one)
  • How to crop an image
  • How to export an image that may be sent out to print
  • Quickly show the slideshow and webpage (note they can be exported for the purpose of giving slideshows and making web based slide shows)

We discussed that lightroom is an all in one editing program, where you can simultaneously organize your files while you are editing and tweaking them. Lightroom editing happens in real time (if the computer crashes while lightroom is running you may only loose a couple of moments of work). Raw, Jpeg, Tiff, PSD all appear to be the same in the program and you manage them in the same manner.

That was the end of the class.

Good shooting to everyone!

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