Re: Re: Lesson 1 Assignment

#21293
Duncan Rawlinson
Keymaster

Hi there,

The assignment asks for a mundane object… This isn’t really a mundane object! You are cheating 馃槈 I’m just kidding it’s ok. There are no strict rules around here. Nor are there any strict rules in photography.

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Ok so let’s do this.

Here is the EXIF data for these images:
[attachment=1:340b10sy]Take1 EXIF.png[/attachment:340b10sy]
Date Time Original: 2013:09:16 18:59:17
Exposure Time: 1/50
F Number: f / 1.80
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire
Focal Length: 35mm
White Balance: Auto white balance
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D5100
Pixel X Dimension: 4928
Pixel Y Dimension: 3264
User Comment:
Date Time Digitized: 2013:09:16 18:59:17
Subsec Time: 70
Subsec Time Original: 70
Subsec Time Digitized: 70
Exposure Bias: -0.33
Max Aperture Value: 1.60
Light Source: Unknown
Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor
File Source: DSC
Custom Rendered: Normal process
Digital Zoom Ration: 1
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 52mm
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Gain Control: Low gain up
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Subject Distance Range: Unknown
ExifIFDPointer: 210
PhotometricInterpretation: 32803
Orientation: 1
X Resolution: 72
Y Resolution: 72
Resolution Unit: 2
Date Time: 2013:09:16 18:59:17
Software: Ver.1.01

[attachment=0:340b10sy]Take2 EXIF.png[/attachment:340b10sy]
Date Time Original: 2013:09:16 19:02:32
Exposure Time: 1/50
F Number: f / 1.80
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire
Focal Length: 35mm
White Balance: Auto white balance
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D5100
Pixel X Dimension: 4928
Pixel Y Dimension: 3264
User Comment:
Date Time Digitized: 2013:09:16 19:02:32
Subsec Time: 00
Subsec Time Original: 00
Subsec Time Digitized: 00
Exposure Bias: -0.33
Max Aperture Value: 1.60
Light Source: Unknown
Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor
File Source: DSC
Custom Rendered: Normal process
Digital Zoom Ration: 1
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 52mm
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Gain Control: Low gain up
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Subject Distance Range: Unknown
ExifIFDPointer: 210
PhotometricInterpretation: 32803
Orientation: 1
X Resolution: 72
Y Resolution: 72
Resolution Unit: 2
Date Time: 2013:09:16 19:02:32
Software: Ver.1.01

Aside from the not-so-boring nature of this object you’ve done well here. There are a few things to like. You’ve started with one of the simplest ways to improve almost any photograph. That is to get close. Now you might notice something going on here as well. When you get too close for certain lenses you’ll notice it just can’t focus. Every lens has a minimum focus distance.

If you are using the kit lens on that camera (NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR) I think it’s minimum focus is 0.28m. In other words that lens won’t be able to focus on anything that is lens than 28 centimeters away. If you look at the image of the closer version (take 2) you’ll see only part of the sculpture is in focus. This is either because you manually focused incorrectly, the auto focus is wrong, or most likely it’s beyond the minimum focus distance of that lens. In other words the object was too close.

Whatever the case being too close is a good thing.

What’s more you’ve intentionally added a reflection to your image. Reflections in photography are another one of those lovely little touches that can take a photo to the next level in terms of viewer interest.

Be aware that using aperture priority is great as long as you trust your metering. In this case the close image is a bit underexposed.

But no worries, with time you will learn to nail your focus and your exposure.

I would encourage you to challenge yourself with this one and shoot this again. You don’t have to do this but really try to find something mundane and go for it.

Thanks for posting your assignment i’ll see you on the next assignment!