Dodge and Burn
Photograph whatever you like, but really think about all we’ve discussed – composition, light, processing, etc. – and try to create some and expressive images.
For your homework, experiment with wide angle and telephoto shots. Try a wide angle with a major foreground element. See if you can produce examples of expansion and compression.
Shoot whatever you want, but keep in mind everything we’ve discussed regarding composition and expressiveness.
Bring 10-15 images.
Check out this example of using compression for effect from the film Tinker tailor Soldier Spy:
Dramatic Filmmaking with a 2000mm Lens from Vashi Nedomansky on Vimeo.
Composition & the Elements of Design
Create a series of abstract images (you decide how to define “abstract”) using the elements of design as a way to organize your image. Experiment with lines, focal point, textures, etc. Some subjects to try might include peeling paint on an old building, pebbles, close-up of a cabbage or other fruit/vegetable, a pile of leaves or grass. Try super slow shutter speed, shallow depth of field…whatever. Just have fun shooting strange things.
Create still lifes. Try some high key and low key images. Think about composition, elements of design, etc.
1. Shoot whatever you like, but experiment with spot metering and evaluative/matrix metering.
Spot metering is best for:
– Backlit subjects when you want to see detail on subject
- When subject is against dark or light background
2. Practice working with depth of field. Here’s a link to an article with more information about hyperfocal distance and a chart for quick calculations – http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/technique/camera_skills/mastering-hyperfocal-distance-56978.
3. Try to create images transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Try close-ups, focusing on details, and/or light, shadows and reflections.
Bring to 10-12 pictures to class on a flash drive.
Finally, here’s a short video that illustrates how our preconceptions can affect the images we make.
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