October 2008

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CHRISTMAS CARD DEADLINE LOOMS —- IMAGE DUE NEXT CLASS

 We reviewed the components that are required in making an exposure. From there we went on to discuss in detail the various meters in a camera. Spot, Evaluative, Center Weighted, Evaluative, and Matrix were all discussed and reviewed where each would work best.

For next week students are to experience shooting in low light/ evening situations and record examples of night traffic by creating the following:

-  one completely abstract image of lights blurred eveywhere.

– the second image is to have the background sharp but the only evidence of the cars are to be the headlights and/ or rearlights bled across the picture.

Next week we will be intrducing Panning so please come prepared with you cameras fully charged and dressed for outside.

See you soon!

Class 4/10 – Review practical situations with camera – introduce camera meters – spot/ matrix/ center weighted. — Homework due of capturing a silohuette.

We also had a great time going out and capturing blurred lights and panning effects in Clapham South using our meteres and slow shutter to create the effect.

You have a break next week as it is midterm but that does not mean that I have let you go without the homework!

Due for our return –

1. Photographs which show the background sharp but the moving lights blurred – remember to consider your location!

2. Photographs which show everything blurred in an abstract manner.

3. Photographs which freeze the object while its moving but the background looks blurred – panning.

4. Photographs of an object lit at night.

All these photos are to be taken in low light – dusk or evvening — dusk if you wish to get an indigo looking light source.

Have fun with it!

Lake Geneva.

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We have to go through some admin stuff first — so that means checking all the following boxes:

1. Fire exits and procedure.

2. Toilets

3. Class start times and end times and importance of getting the homework done for your own learning.

4. Introductions

5. Christmas card

Done that — Ok.

Well here we go … learning about these amazingly complexed tools in our hands in the form of the camera.

Before we begin though thought you might like a look ahead to our weeks together.

W1. Introduction/ Exploration/ introduction of vocabulary/ registration to online gallery.

W2. Shutter speed explore/ lab 1.

W3. Shutter speed review/ lab 1 due/ Aperture explore/ lab 2.

W4. Aperture review/ lab 2 due/ Metering/lab 3.

W5. Lab 3 due/ Focal length/ white balance/ image type and file size.

W6. Composition – Line

W7. Review photos of line. Composition – Light, shade and shadow

W8. Light, shade and shadow due. Composition – Expression

W9. Expression assignment due.

W10. Light lab due/Class reviews and comments/Exhibition.
We begin the course by introducing the terminology and concepts behind the following:

* ambient light
* meters
* focal length
* aperture
* depth of field
* shutterspeed
* iso
* white balance

By the end of the class most of you will able to successfully produce your first manual exposure and understand what was technically happening between the subject matter and the available light and the combination of iso, shutterspeed, and aperture you chose and metered for.

Your homework over the next week is to set up a photographic account to view your images in places like Flickr or something similar.

Have a great week!

Howdy gang.

NO CLASS ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 9th!!!!

Well here we go … learning about what these amazingly complexed tools in our hands can do when we have them trained beyond the one command we have known till now — “automatic boy —– that’s it — just be automatic! ” .

We began in this course to introduce the terminology and concepts behind the following:

By the end of the class most of you were able to successfully produce your first manual exposure and understand what was technically happening between the subject matter and the available light and the combination of iso, shutterspeed, and aperture you chose and metered for.

You were given the task for the next class of trying to make your first manual exposure on your camera without guidance. This was a personal headshot.  Please have that image placed in your Flickr account and ready for observation.

Today we will be reviewing shutter speed and then moving on to aperture and depth of field.  We will be reviewing shutter speed and underexposure, normal exposure, overexposure and introducing lens quality and speaking about focal lengths, selective focus, plane of focus, hyperfocal distance and finally looking at aperture and depth of field.

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plane of focus/ selective focus/ shallow depth of field

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plane of focus/ selective focus/ shallow depth of field  (excepth black and white – wide dof)

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plane of focus/ selective focus/ shallow depth of field

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wide depth of field

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wide depth of field with hyperfocal use.

REMEMBER THAT NEXT WEEK THERE IS NO CLASS SO YOU HAVE THE WEEK NEXT WEEK TO PRODUCE THE FOLLOWING ASSIGNMENT. 

DUE DATE Thursday October 16th.

Have the following images ready for observation witing your FLickr account.

1. one shot of an image purposefully underexposed.

2.one shot of the same image normal exposure.

3. one shot of the same image but overexposed.

4.  select a subject which will benefit/ be enhanced by a WIDE focal length and take the picture in an Aperture Priority mode.

5.  select a subject which will benefit/ be enhanced by a NORMAL focal length and take the picture in an Aperture Priority mode.

6.  select a subject which will benefit/ be enhanced by a TELEPHOTO focal length and take the picture in an Shutter Priority mode.

7. select a subject and using selective focus (using the help of a telephoto focal length and a wide aperture) create an image.

8.  select a subject and using selective focus (using the help of a telephoto focal length and a wide aperture) create an image but this time moving the plane of focus onto something else.

Have a great week and we’ll see see each other then.

Ciao.

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