I thought it would be a good idea to introduce this blog by setting my prior knowledge of photography, and what I will be using this blog for.
I have worked a lot with film cameras and so have a good understanding of shutter speeds, ISO, aperture etc. and the effect of these on how a film looks, however I have not studied their effect on a still frame in as much detail. I have shot photos on my phone up to this point, mainly for my own desires, never being paid.
The main reason I wanted to take this course was because I have always had an interest in the editing of photos, more of this can be seen on my personal photography blog: https://pugsphotos.wordpress.com/ I have for a while wanted to take better photos for the purpose of making more complex edits in Adobe’s Photoshop and other editing softwares.
I also wanted to have a better knowledge of cameras for the making of films. I have mainly learnt through trial and error up to this point and don’t want to have holes in my knowledge of cameras for filming. If I can make my photos better I will have the ability to make better-looking footage.
Finally, I am a Film Studies student and thusly all of my other modules are theory based, I wanted to make my hobby my elective and so I chose Photography.
This blog will cover the following;
as well as be a reflection of the readings each week, how they influenced my photography knowledge, any updates to my ability to take photos and any concerns or issues I face in this module.
Practical knowledge that I will cover:
- Camera handling – How to hold, and adjust controls, on the move
- Using camera in M mode
- Changing shutter speed
- What shutter speed to select and why. Minimum recommendations
- Changing aperture
- What aperture to select and why
- Manually focusing
- The impact of shutter speed: motion blur, avoiding shake, jumpology
- Controlling exposure using shutter speed and aperture
- Lens angle
- The effect on Depth of Field of aperture, lens angle, point of focus
- Depth of field blurring and how to control it
- Why to change ISO
- Changing ISO
- The impact of ISO
- A mode
- S mode
- RAW: why to use it and how
- RAW editing dialogue
- The significance of resolution. What is DPI?
- Photoshop basics
- Creating a contact sheet in Photoshop
- Histograms and their uses
- Data bending
- Flash basics
- 3 point lighting basics
- Search / advanced search / reverse image search
- Composition principles, rules of three
- Lighting principles
- Other design principles
I will also be showing my photographic progression in photo posts, as well as any techniques I will be trying out.