Lesson 3 from Sevcat

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    Sevcat
    Participant

    The first photograph should be captured using a slow shutter speed on a moving subject which will create the illusion of motion within a two dimensional space.[attachment=1:354db0y4]Lesson 3 motion.jpg[/attachment:354db0y4]
    I’m trying to shoot with manual settings on a canon T3i. For this assignment I took 327 pictures but only a fraction were keepers! This shot I used… 1/40 second shutter speed, f4.625, ISO 100, and AI Servo. I wish there was more lead room (Right?) but this shot kept the bike in focus the best… I think. Do you use a tripod for all of your pictures? Camera mount or lens mount tripod?

    The second photograph should be a shot of a shallow depth of field. The objects in your foreground should be in focus while your background should be slightly blurred.
    [attachment=0:354db0y4]Lesson 3 dof.jpg[/attachment:354db0y4]
    This shot I used… 1/80 second shutter speed, f5, ISO 800. Think I still had it on AI Servo. I’m sorry, I didn’t see that the background was supposed to be “slightly” out of focus.
    Looking forward to your advice, thank you! 馃榾
    Sevcat

    #20726
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    Hey sevcat,

    When shooting panning images I do not use a tripod. It’s too restrictive. If I we’re to use one in this scenario it would be lens mounted because i’d be using a relatively large telephoto lens…

    I’ve found this video illustrates the technique probably better than any other I have seen:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXzNtp1shXU

    You have done an outstanding job of nailing this assignment.

    The panning is is excellent. As you mentioned it could use a little more lead room. Also it’s a bit crooked. The photograph is tilted slightly down and to the right… In future you can use a bit of a higher ISO in this situation. It will allow you to get sharper images…

    Other than that it perfectly illustrates motion and even speed! Well done!!

    This technique takes practice!!!

    Now on your second image you’ve also aced it. You’ve shot a nice shallow depth of field image.

    My only recommendation here would have been to get a little tighter on the animal. Like this:

    [attachment=0:3a5kr7rq]Lesson 3 dof cropped.jpg[/attachment:3a5kr7rq]

    Also notice how there is almost a catchlight int he animal’s eye here.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_light

    Try to use that to your advantage when shooting portraits of people as well.

    Overall you’ve done very well here!

    I hope are enjoying the course.

    Thanks!

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