Lesson 3 Assignment

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    After playing with the camera settings I felt discouraged with the waves being to light.
    I turned the aperture to the smallest opening of light F20 because if I opened it the entire picture it became a white blank screen. The lower the shutter speed the more it became a blank screen also. I shot this at 12:00pm so the sun was very intense wondering how to work around this for next time so I dont have so much white in the picture.
    Slow shutter speed motion blur pictures:
    [attachment=2:3uy8qhys]DSC_0719.jpg[/attachment:3uy8qhys]
    [attachment=1:3uy8qhys]DSC_0757.jpg[/attachment:3uy8qhys]
    Here I still had a hard time of getting the grass out of the picture in the front and capturing Zoey’s facial expressions. The grass seemed to take away from her and it looked a bit gray/white. I tried cutting it away but it’s grass and she was being very patient. I didn’t want to lose the moment as she was over the idea of being my “model”. Any ideas of the settings i could have done better to enhance this picture? Thanks looking forward for this critique! 😀
    Shallow DOF Picture
    [attachment=0:3uy8qhys]2013 01 31_2019_edited-1.jpg[/attachment:3uy8qhys]

    #21057
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    This will be critiqued by end of day Monday. (assignments are not critiqued on weekends)

    I would highly recommend you wait until you have completed one assignment before moving onto the next one. Often students are asked to re-shoot if it’s not clear that have understood the assignment… The assignments cascade and each builds off the previous.

    Thanks!

    #21058

    Oh Sorry! Gotcha my bad.
    I’m in my 8th month of pregnancy and my poor husband says ive started in my “nesting phase” of pregnancy.
    I think I just realized what he’s talking about. 🙄
    Any assignments I have already submitted I’d be happy to reshoot if requested.
    I just love photography and am really excited about completing this course before baby comes.
    I promise to take a chill pill and focus my nesting elsewhere.
    My poor husband 😕 haha

    #21059
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    No worries. I’d like to ensure you understand each assignment before you move onto the next.

    In this assignment one of the things that is highlighted is that order to show motion you have to be able to control light. You’re faced with a situation where there is too much light. Hmm what to do!

    I’m not going to tell you the exact settings because the exact wrong way to approach learning photography. It’s like that old Chinese proverb:

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

    It’s the same thing here, if I just tell you what fstop to shoot at or what shutter speed you won’t learn anything. I want you to understand what settings to use and to choose them.

    Here is the EXIF data:
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    Date Time Original: 2013:02:01 01:12:02
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    Date Time: 2013:02:01 16:40:16
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    Date Time Original: 2013:02:01 01:20:20
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    Date Time Original: 2013:01:31 22:26:08
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    One thing I would recommend right away is to turn your flash off. It appears as though your flash was triggered in all of these photographs when it wasn’t needed.

    When you got a white blank screen that means there is far too much light and your whole image is completely blown out. Way way way too much light.

    In your photographs of the waves you have shown motion but you’ve noticed this creates a problem. A slow shutter speed and lots of light makes for blown out images. So you have to compensate somehow! You could use neutral density filters, use exposure compensation, shoot at a different time of day with less harsh light etc etc.

    The key here is that you start to understand this relationship and start to play with it. It’s not totally obvious but you just need to work on it.

    Now for your photograph of the dog and your attempt at shallow depth of field. You’ve done well but you need to understand a few things here. First when shooting something that has very shallow depth of field you have a very small area that is in focus by definition. With that in mind I want you to look at your image age. Notice how the dog’s foot is in focus but the dog’s nose is not in focus.

    The lesson being that when you shoot shallow depth of field you want to absolutely nail your focus. And often the little screen on the back of your camera won’t show you unless you zoom right in to check focus.

    Click on these photos and you’ll see what I mean:

    [attachment=4:2k30h1tt]dog shallow depth of field.jpg[/attachment:2k30h1tt]

    [attachment=3:2k30h1tt]dog shallow depth of field 2.jpg[/attachment:2k30h1tt]

    Now if you look at the whole image at about the size you see it on the back of your camera you’d think it was in focus:

    [attachment=2:2k30h1tt]2013 01 31_2019_edited-1 10 percent size.jpg[/attachment:2k30h1tt]

    That said you’ve show an image with shallow depth of field and done well on that component of the lesson. Just be sure to nail your focus!

    Overall I think there is a great deal to be learned here from these images.

    Here are a couple of little cheat sheets for you 😉
    [attachment=0:2k30h1tt]the expsoure triangle.jpg[/attachment:2k30h1tt]
    photo by unleashingmephotography

    [attachment=1:2k30h1tt]advanced exposure triangle.jpg[/attachment:2k30h1tt]
    photo by bangdoll

    Thanks!

    #21060

    Thanks for the helpful critiques and the charts will use them!

    #21061

    I decided to give this another attempt…
    Motion Picture:
    [attachment=0:2mtzsx8n]lesson 3.jpg[/attachment:2mtzsx8n]

    #21062
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    As a really vague/generalized rule of thumb the shutter speed should be something like:

    1 / focal length

    So if you’re shooting at 200 mm you should use a shutter speed of 200 or faster to avoid camera shake.

    In a photograph like this at a very slow shutter speed and handheld it’s almost impossible to hold it steady and avoid camera shake.

    So if you need to shoot a slow shutter speed photograph of something like this use a tripod. That will make everything that isn’t moving nice and sharp and the things that are moving will have that nice motion effect.

    Did you order a tripod yet?

    That said you’ve done well here.

    Keep practicing!

    😉

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