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CAMERA CONTROLS
and
APERTURE AND SHUTTER SPEED
ASSIGNMENT


B. Burgess

What are we doing?

  • Learning how to control shutter speed, aperture, iso,
    white balance, and exposure on your digital 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?

  • 4 photos showing the effects below to the best
    of your camera's ability



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.
  • If you have A/Av and S/TV on your camera, use those settings.
  • If you do not, use the portrait, landscape, night photography, and sports settings
  • Make sure to shoot this assignment someplace where
    there is plenty of light.
  • Make changes to your iso, white balance, and exposure as needed
  • If you really can not achieve shallow depth of field, use
    the MACRO setting on your camera and take a close-up photo

 

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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