Picture shot at 1/5000 sec. shutter speed

Shutter speeds exercise

Chapter 3: Photographing Movement, Exercise #5: Shutter speeds.

Instructions:

You need the camera to be fixed in front of something that moves several times or continuously across your view.
Make a series of exposures, from the fastest shutter speed on your camera to a very slow one, such as one second.
Compare the finished images and mark each one with the shutter speed that you used. Find the slowest shutter speed at which the movement is sharply frozen…

Initial thoughts:

This exercise is similar to the previous one. Instead of varying the aperture, I have to change another component of the exposure: shutter speed.

Playing with the shutter speed is a less in my habits than tweaking aperture. And because, I’ve previously failed in my first attempt of the aperture exercise, I was not really confident about this shutter speed exercise.

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Exercise #3: Focus at different apertures

Focus at different apertures exercise – 2nd attempt

Chapter 2: Focus, Exercise #4 Focus at different apertures.

First attempt for this exercise was conducted few days before, but was a failed.

Instructions:

Find a similar subject to the previous exercise. Take the first picture at the widest aperture. Take the second with the lens stopped down to the mid-point. Take the third with the lens at it smallest aperture. Have a print made from each of the photographs; number and compare them. With a pencil or marker, draw on each print what you see as the limits of sharpness.

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Exercise: Focus at different apertures – 1st attempt

Exercise conducted on August 12.

Exercise instructions:

Find a similar subject to the previous exercise. Take the first picture at the widest aperture. Take the second with the lens stopped down to the mid-point. Take the third with the lens at it smallest aperture. Have a print made from each of the photographs; number and compare them. With a pencil or marker, draw on each print what you see as the limits of sharpness.

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Exercise: focus with a set aperture - foreground

Exercise: Focus with a set aperture

Exercise conducted on August 9.

Exercise instructions:
Find a scene which has depth. From the same place take two or three pictures, each focused on something at a different distance (for this to work, the lens aperture must be wide – at its lowest f-stop number). When the photographs are processed, compare them. which version do you prefer?

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Exercise: focal length and angle of view

Exercise: Focal length and angle of view

Exercise conducted on August 4.

Exercise instructions:

Point the camera at any scene, and keep both eyes open – one eye looking through the viewfinder, the other looking directly at the scene. If the lens is approximately standard in focal length you should notice that the objects seen through one eye should appear to be the same size as through the other eye. This is what is meant by standard. Now take a photograph and remember where you stood to take it. Continue reading

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Monitor calibration

In our student handbook, one of the task suggested is to fine tune and calibrate may computer monitor. Continue reading

A fresh start

Wow… I took a so long time far from my OCA studies and this blog. I feel really ashamed to not have been able to stick to my objectives.

All along this break, I was continuously reading about photography, grabbing content, taking notes… but didn’t succeed to really step in the course pathway. Continue reading