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Seeing Photographically

Project Summary

The aim of this project was to take 3 pictures, each with a different setting, f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO. In order to do this, we had to learn about what each function controls in the camera and practice using an online simulator. Once we had practiced, we took pictures over the span of a few days which met the 3 requirements.

First Picture

Camera Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/2.5
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400

To demonstrate shallow depth of field, I wanted to capture how things were more out of focus the further away they were. I focused on the hippo’s head, which caused my classmate’s face to be only slightly blurry, and the wall behind her to be very out of focus. I had to adjust the shutter speed to be faster and set the ISO at 400 because we were indoors and there was limited lighting.

Second Picture

Camera Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture f/7.1
Focal Length 18 mm
ISO Speed 400

For this picture, I had to have my shutter speed set at 1/60 to show blurred motion. I had one classmate stand still to incorporate a still element while my other classmate walked quickly behind them. My f-stop was adjusted to be higher. Again, I had to have my ISO at 400 because the lighting indoors was limited.

Third Picture

Camera Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Exposure 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 30 mm
ISO Speed 200

To take a close-up of an object while my ISO had to be set at 200, I had to lower the f-stop and drastically lower the shutter speed to 1/25. Because of this, I had to be very careful not to move when taking the photo so that it wouldn’t blur. I took a picture of the pattern on a lunch table because I thought it would be interesting and hard to recognize.

What I Learned

This project taught me that aperture/f-stop controls how wide the lens opening is, exposure controls the speed of the camera shutter, and ISO controls how sensitive the camera is to light. I also learned how they affect each other; for example, a higher ISO will produce a lower quality image but with less light required, making it ideal for photos in dark settings. Going out and taking pictures gave me hands-on experience with adjusting these camera settings manually and incorporating these elements into different kinds of pictures. Overall, I can say that now I am much more confident with manipulating the settings on the camera because I understand how to use them and how they relate to each other.

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Editing Project

For this project, I mainly wanted a blend between the random clips from the internet and the clips of LeDuc, so that the clips from the internet would show what Mr. LeDuc was explaining.

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