Photography is an art that enables us to frame moments and use them to tell stories and messages. I always admired talented and professional photographers who are able, with a digital camera and a click of a button, to produce magical and powerful pieces. It is always said that a photo is worth a thousands words.
Despite my love for photography, I never learned the proper techniques for using a DSLR manual settings. Most of the photos I produced were the results of my intuition and the use of camera auto settings. Thus, I was excited about the DEI 613 – design principle and practice I- class assignment, which covers proper techniques for using a DSLR camera to produce beautiful photos. We were asked to experiment with the camera, focusing on exposure and its three components: aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I prepared my backpack and photography kit and went on an exploration journey to test the new concepts I learned.
Wide and Narrow Aperture:
Aperture is the hole within the lens. Like our eyes, it controls how much light comes into the camera. When the hole is wide, more light comes into the camera; oppositely, narrow hole restricts the amount of light that comes in. Thus, controlling what can be emphasized on in an image. To understand the concept I photographed my lunch using a wide and narrow aperture. The difference between the two aperture is apparent when looking at these two images. Wide aperture creates focus on one element in the image while blurring the others (shallow depth of field). Narrow aperture on the other hand, creates sharper image (wide depth of field).
It refers to how fast the camera shutter moves The movement controls the amount of light that passes through the camera which allows the capture of different motions. Fast shutter speed freezes the moment while slow shutter speed creates blurred or soft motion.
To create images that demonstrate this concept, I used a candle and a sparkler. Normally I don’t take photos at night because of I find it is hard to capture motion in dark light. After several trials and errors I was able to get good shots. Note how the candle light and the sparkles are frozen and focused in the fast shutter image, while in the slow shutter photo the candle light creates a soft or smooth motion. To obtain such results I experiment with taking the photo in different light setting and finally created in the dark using flash light.
It is a technique used in photography to capture moving elements with a special effect by increasing the light that goes into the camera. In fact, Using such a technique makes the photo more dynamic and interesting. I decided to experiment with this technique and shoot a photo during the night in downtown Waterloo to capture the moving lights. Below are the results that I obtained.
This is another long exposure light trail photo that was taken at the University of Waterloo.
To obtain such images I just played with the shutter speed and used a slow one (10 sec). This made me reflect on how However, I find myself quit enjoyed it
I can truly say that understanding these concepts helped me in capture these interesting images. the assignment not only helped me improve but also made me reflect on the challenges and hard work that photographers face to produce such pieces. For me it was an adventure which had few ups and downs. Despite the challenges that I faced to create my photos (waiting for cars to pass during the freezing cold night and being chased by geese), I am motivated to take the camera and take more photos.
these are few of the interesting images that I took during my little adventure (playing with exposure, aperture and flash light) that I would like to share with everyone.