Assignment for Lesson 1

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    Claudia Samples

    My Work for the first Assignment!

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Did you receive the invoice for the upgrade from bronze to silver?

    Claudia Samples

    Yes i did!
    Got the mail saved in my folder if needed! 🙂

    Duncan Rawlinson

    I thought you had requested to be moved from Bronze to Silver?

    If so you will need to pay the invoice before moving on with the course.

    Thank you!

    Claudia Samples

    Oh wow, that was my bad. i didnt read right.
    i have paid it now though! Sorry about that!

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Thank you.

    Your critique will be posted here in an hour or two.

    Duncan Rawlinson

    First things first.

    Thank you for enrolling in the Icon Photography School.

    Please ensure that you do one assignment at a time.

    Also please follow on twitter and add yourself to the newsletter so you don’t miss any announcements.

    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!


    Claudia Samples

    Thanks for the critique!

    i did not crop the Photo and yes, i did use the Macro Setting on my camera wich doesn’t allow me to customize other settings like ISO or White Balance.
    But i will keep practicing and then move on to the next Assignment. 🙂
    I also have got me the Adobe Photoshop and will get me the Adobe Lightroom that you suggested!

    Thanks again!

    Duncan Rawlinson

    I see. I just though you cropped the photo because the before photo is 4912X3264 pixels and the after photo is 2947X1958 pixels. Maybe your camera reduces resolution on it’s macro setting?

    Whatever the case I’m glad you’ve gotten started here!

    I wasn’t really clear Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom are different tools.

    Photoshop itself is much more powerful but Photoshop Lightroom is geard towards photographers and will even allow you to manage your image library.

    I love it.

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