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29 July 2012

Weekly Picture Share

The images I share on this blog are 4 to 5 of the best images that I have shot in a given week. I typically shoot about 150 images just to get a few that I feel are presentable. Practice makes perfect!

For this week's assignment, we were to practice "panning". To "pan", you follow a moving object with the camera. The desired effect is that the subject is in focus while the background is blurred. This was hard! I took heaps of photos of cars and got plenty of mean looks from drivers as I stood alongside of the road. Why does everyone get suspicious of the photographer? It's so weird!

Without further ado, here are three shots from my first attempt at panning:



Tram!


In spite of my difficulties with this technique, I really like the effect that it gives. It gives a very impressionistic effect to the background. I will be practicing this one on a regular basis going forward.

Here is a depth-of-field practice shot:

These pretty lights are part of a battery backup in the garage in my apartment building.

Still life with beads on the bed
I'm happy about these photos because they are different than my first few shoots in the park. Tons still to learn and practicing to be done...stay tuned for next week's project!

Until next time,
Laurie

22 July 2012

Photo Assignment II

The second assignment for the photo course centered around aperture. Using a wide aperture creates a blurred background when the focus is on an object in the foreground, and a more closed aperture keeps everything in the frame in focus.

Here are some examples:

Wide aperture (f/4):

Small aperture (f/22):

Notice the difference in the clarity of the backgrounds between the two images above? Using a wide aperture is a great way to bring attention to the subject of your photo, especially if the background is not adding to the intended meaning of the photo.

Another example:

Wide aperture (f/4):

Small aperture (f/22):
Queen Victoria was apparently a pretty stern looking lady!
Here are a few more shots just for giggles:

Playing around with a slow shutter speed (1/4 second) to capture the motion of the water:

And this one just 'cause I like this duck and the look of the water!


All these photos were taken in Alexandra Gardens which is very close to our apartment building in Southbank. These gardens are so lovely and well-tended - I need to make a point to get out to other parts of the city and take more varied shots.

I'm really loving the course so far. I get pretty nervous when we have our weekly image reviews in class and I can't help but feel that my stuff isn't up to the level of the class. But, I do really enjoy branching out and learning the camera. My eyes are being opened to so many possibilities as I learn to use the camera.

What will I learn this week?

Until next time,
Laurie

14 July 2012

Photo School Assignment 1

I'm about to start Week 3 of my photo course. It has taken some time to learn some basic functionality of a DSLR camera, how to save and file the digital photos and then do some clean up in Photoshop.

Here are a few of the presentable shots from last week's project:




We shoot all our photos in "raw" format which makes the photos lose some of their "punch" compared to a JPG file. But, the raw photos contain more data and therefore are preferable to the JPG's - there's much more freedom as far as the final output.

Hopefully, my photos will evolve over the course of the next four months all while showing some Melbourne Beauty!

Until next time,
Laurie