Re: Re: Assignment for Lesson 1

Duncan Rawlinson

First things first.

Thank you for enrolling in the Icon Photography School.

Please ensure that you do one assignment at a time.

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If you need help with a camera recommendation we can help as well.

Now on with the critique.

Here is the EXIF data for this image:
[attachment=0:3uimbvc1]Nutritiously Delicious EXIF.png[/attachment:3uimbvc1]
Date Time Original: 2013:02:26 13:49:54
Exposure Time: 1/50
F Number: f / 5.60
Exposure Program: Normal program
ISO Speed Ratings: 3200
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal Length: 55mm
White Balance: Auto white balance
Make: SONY
Model: NEX-F3
LensInfo: 4
LensModel: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Exif Version:
Flashpix Version:
Color Space: 1
Pixel X Dimension: 4912
Pixel Y Dimension: 3264
CompressedBitsPerPixel: 1
Maker Note: 904
User Comment: 36590
Date Time Digitized: 2013:02:26 13:49:54
Brightness Value: 1.31
Max Aperture Value: 4.97
Light Source: Unknown
File Source: DSC
Scene Type: Directly photographed
Custom Rendered: Normal process
Digital Zoom Ration: 2
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 82mm
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
InteroperabilityIFDPointer: 36718
ExifIFDPointer: 346
YCbCr Positioning: 2
X Resolution: 350
Y Resolution: 350
Resolution Unit: 2
Date Time: 2013:02:26 13:49:54
Image Description:
Software: PhotoScape

Did you crop this image?

One thing I would recommend during the course is that you avoid altering your photographs on your computer (unless the assignment recommends it).

What’s more I see that you are using PhotoScape for your software. I would recommend you look at the software adobe lightroom.

Your instincts are good here but as you can see here the image is a bit out of focus and noisy.

This is probably because it was relatively dark and your camera compensated for that by making your camera’s sensor, more sentive by increasing the ISO.

If you notice the EXIF data the image was shot at ISO 3200 which is very high. High ISO just means your camera’s sensor is very sensitive. It’s kind of like turning up the volume on your stereo.

You will learn more about ISO going forward but I want you to notice that in this photograph your camera had to do this because it was relatively dark.

As you will learn the human eye is absolutely amazing and what may not appear dark to you often is very dark to a camera.

Your instincts of getting close to your subject and filling the frame here are good. With the type of camera you have and in all forms of photography something that is shot this close up is often referred to as macro photography. In fact you may have a ‘macro’ setting on your camera.

Getting close and filling the frame with your subject are the most important things you can do right off the bat to improve your photos.

The next thing is to practice as much as you can.

The technical stuff will come but the fact that you have started to take your photography seriously is a great start!

See you on the next assignment!

Way to go!