B. Burgess

What are we doing?

  • Learning how to control shutter speed and aperture on your manual cameras
  • Demonstrating that you can use those controls to affect the depth of field and the depiction of motion in a photograph


What do we have to turn in?

  • a contact sheet of your entire roll
  • 4 printed 4x5 photographs
  • 2 photo research sheets (pick 2 of the effects below)

Of those 4 photos include 1 of each of the following effects:

•  A photo that shows SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD
•  A photo that shows GREATER DEPTH OF FIELD
•  A photo that shows STOPPED ACTION (crisp/frozen)
•  A photo that shows MOVING ACTION (blurred)


What should I make sure to do?

  • Remember, something must be moving in order to show its motion as blurred or frozen.
  • Make sure to write down the settings as you are taking the pictures in your notebook. You MUST do this as you will have to provide this information when you turn in your 4 prints.
  • Make sure to meter every photograph properly for the correct exposure. Use a gray card if you need to. DON'T even bother taking the photo if your light meter says there isn't the correct combination of shutter speed and aperture.


What should I think about?

  • Think about every single object you are including in the frame. Are you sure you want it to be there?
  • Think about what you are trying to say with the photograph. Is it just “pretty”, or are you trying to tell the view something?
  • Think about the camera angle…is it boring? Does it help to say something about the subject?
  • Think about what focal length you want. Wide angle or zoom. Try framing the shot in different focal lengths before taking a picture. Which is the best composition?
  • Look HERE for more ideas about angles and zoom
  • Think about where you point you camera to meter a scene. Is it a really dark place or a really light place? Try to meter in a neutral place, not too light or too dark.


What should I do if I need help? ………………………Ask me!









































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