Photography Project #1

Camera functions

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Stop-action, blur-action, short-depth-of-field, and deep-depth-of-field.  

Divide your roll of film into four equal parts (example: a role of 24 exposures would divide into four equal sections; 6 shots per section).  Try to achieve the following four types of pictures; using correct exposure and equivalents.  Be sure to leave approximately 12 shots on your roll for in-class work.

    1. Shoot a picture as close as possible to a given subject and use dramatically different F-stops and shutter speeds (exposure) to demonstrate shallow and deep depth of field (take at least three shots).

    2. Again, focus as close as possible to a given subject and then use your judgment to decide the best depth-of- field for the shot.  A good example might be a flower.  By narrowing the depth-of-field, emphasis is created.  Approach a variety of different situations and decide what depth-of-field is appropriate.

    3. By using your knowledge of shutter speed create a series of shots that illustrate stop-action (take at least three shots) and blur-action (take at least three shots).  Remember to use a tripod for blur-action shots!

   D.   Demonstrate maximum depth-of-field.  Be sure to focus 1/3 of the way
          into the picture.  Be sure to use the correct F-stop (F22)!  Try to position
          an object close to  the camera, as well as far away, in order to illustrate
          maximum depth of field (Example: flower bed, telephone pole, hood of a
          car, etc.).

Good luck!  If you get confused, just take 24 pictures of anything using correct exposure.  Be sure to pay attention to your light-meter! 

Possible themes to explore: campus life, fitness,

Assignment: Produce six prints and a contact sheet.


Deep depth-of-field and stop action
F22 @ 1/125

Blur action
F4 @ 1/30

Shallow depth-of-field
F2.8 @ 1/60

Stop action
F4 @ 1/125 (panning tech.)

Stop action and depth-of-field
F22 @ 1/125

Alternative point-of-view
and deep depth-of-field
F22 @ 1/60

Maximum depth-of-field
(focus 1/3 into picture)
F22 @ 1/60

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