WEEK SEVEN – Homework Review & Night Photography

Hi Class!

I hope I didn’t bore you or confuse you too much with all the technical talk this past Wednesday. I know you can’t control all of those camera functions in VSCO cam (shutter speed, ISO), but want you to have an understanding of how photography works. We haven’t played with a lot of technical aspects yet (besides the app and DIY photo setup), so I know it might feel a little overwhelming. I think when we actually make some pictures next week, the technical information will start to make sense 🙂

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW:

– LIGHT makes your picture possible!  You must FIND light for your picture.

Shutter Speed: How long the shutter stays open to record your picture. Remember I showed you with my DSLR how it clicks when I press the button?

FAST shutter speed is necessary to get “frozen” action shots (sports, theater, etc) – I always use 1/250 shutter speed or faster when I shoot stage performances.

SLOW shutter speed is necessary to get pictures properly exposed in low light – you need a tripod usually.

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ISO: How sensitive the camera sensor is to LIGHT . ISO pumps up the light in your pictures so you can get action shots in lower light, or not have to use a tripod for a low light picture — BUT at the expense of GRAININESS — that specked/almost pixelated texture we saw in examples. I use a higher ISO speed when I shoot stage performances and indoors — I need to make sure I get enough LIGHT — then I fix the graininess in Photoshop.

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NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY SUBJECT EXAMPLES:

– Illuminated buildings (schools, churches, city hall, libraries, your house)

– Sports venues (like the high school bleachers I showed you in class)

– Windows (yes, its kind of creepy – but pictures of lamps in windows, neon signs, etc. look really cool)

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– Use a flashlight to illuminate your subject — from an angle, or you can backlight your subject like the pictures below.

[PHOTO CRED: MILTON CAMPBELL]

– City lights

[Scroll down for more examples]

TIPS: 

– You must be very still — so use a tripod or lean your camera against a still object (use front-facing camera).

– Take multiple shots to get a good one.

– Play with your exposure bubble to get a good balance of light and darkness. The lighter you try to make your picture, the more GRAIN will be in your picture (remember we talked about ISO and graininess).

SLOW SHUTTER CAM APP

I will demonstrate how to use this app on Wednesday.


HOMEWORK:

– Take lots of pictures at NIGHT

EMAIL me 3-6 of your best photos

BRING flashlights, glowsticks, etc. for class on Wednesday.

– Download Slow Shutter Cam app if you want to. You can use it on Wednesday.

See you then! 🙂


HOMEWORK PICTURES YOU SENT ME 🙂

Siobahn

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Micah

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Mia

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Anastasia

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Aidan

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NIGHT / LOW LIGHT EXAMPLES:

LIGHT DRAWING/WRITING

[PICASSO]

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LIGHT WRITING [Photos by me 🙂 ]

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CAMPFIRE SPARK TRAILS

Photo May 28, 12 51 15 AM

GLOW STICKS

Photo Jun 15, 10 46 00 PM Photo Jun 15, 10 39 44 PM

TRAFFIC LIGHT TRAILS

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ILLUMINATED BUILDINGS

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BACKLIGHTING

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FALLING SNOW

Photo Feb 02, 4 31 39 AM Photo Feb 02, 4 20 23 AM (2) Photo Feb 02, 4 19 32 AM

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