Lesson 3 Assignment

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    Alan Hsieh
    Participant

    I noticed that I was not able to focus the whole book when I try to use the largest depth of field. I could only focus on one or two points on the book. Was I too closer? or should I just reduce the aperture setting to resolve this problem? Thank you.

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    #24298
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    What is the minimum focus distance of the lens you we’re using?

    #24328
    Alan Hsieh
    Participant

    Canon EF24-105 f4
    Close focus distance: 0.45m / 1.67ft

    #24331
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    If you are not able to focus on something very close to you camera often it’s just beyond the minimum focus distance of your camera’s lens.

    That is most likely what’s going on here.

    Now onto the critiques.

    You have absolutely nailed the assignment and thus shown you understand the concepts.

    What’s more, you’ve created a couple of nice images.

    Here is the exif data for: 155.jpg
    http://photographyicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/155.jpg

    Date Time Original: 2014:03:04 17:44:41
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    Make: Canon
    Model: Canon EOS 6D
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    Date Time: 2014:03:04 17:44:41
    Artist: AlanHsieh

    Here is the EXIF data for 99.jpg
    http://photographyicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/099.jpg

    Date Time Original: 2014:03:04 17:12:05
    Exposure Time: 1/15
    F Number: f / 4
    Exposure Program: Shutter priority
    ISO Speed Ratings: 100
    Metering Mode: Pattern
    Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
    Focal Length: 105mm
    White Balance: Auto white balance
    Make: Canon
    Model: Canon EOS 6D
    LensInfo: 4
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    Date Time: 2014:03:04 17:12:05
    Artist: AlanHsieh

    In your image 155 you have certainly manage to denonstate shallow depth of field. You’ve also shown a sense of humour by photographing a book about photography, how meta?!

    As mentioned previously you’ll have trouble with minimum focus if you put your subject very close to your lens. If you must shoot things very very close I would recommend you look into a macro lens!

    The trick with shallow depth of field is that generally speaking you should use it to focus the viewer’s eye on what you want them to look at. That means you’ll want to put the most interesting part of the frame in the area that’s in focus.

    It takes some practice but you will get the hang of it.

    Often people just use it for no reason just because they like the aesthetic but the aesthetic became popular by people using it properly if that makes any sense.

    I’m also glad to see that you’re supplementing your learning here by reading photography books.

    In terms of your image 99.jpg you’ve done an outstanding job using the photography technique known as panning.

    The settings and exposure here are perfect and you’ve even added a nice amount of lead room to your frame.

    I really can’t give you any tips on this because it’s excellent, I mean you’ve even manages to get the logo relatively sharp.

    All I have to say is, great job here!

    See you on the next assignment.

    Keep shooting!

    #24332
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    Also do you have a website?

    I’d like to add you to the student directory.

    Thanks.

    #24337
    Alan Hsieh
    Participant

    I see. Thanks for your advice Duncan. it’s helped me a lot and I’m more confident of my work!

    I have only Flickr and Facebook and thanks for added me.

    #24339
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    Excellent.

    I have added a link to the new student directory. If you’d like to write something like a bio I will add it. You can email me a bio to office@photographyicon.com or add one here.

    If not, no worries.

    Thanks.

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