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Tropical World Photoshoot Plans

As the aim of this photoshoot is to work around shutter speed this leaves me to experiment around with what my images can look like.

As there is a lot of  wildlife that is in and around tropical world so it would be nice to present a good collection of all the varieties.
There’s fish, birds, butterflies, reptiles, lots of tropical greenery and even an artificial waterfall. With all these subjects to shoot I will have a wide selection of images in which I can range from fast and slow shutter speeds.

Some of my main ideas are to:
– Get some images of the strong bold colours of the butterflies wings contrasting agains the light greens and browns of the leaves and trees in the butterfly area.

– Try get a family group shot of the meerkats all stood up on their hind legs whilst ontop of their home.

– Long shutter of the flowing of the waterfall.

– Portrait of some of the more photogenic retiles, such as the snakes of the crocodiles.

I think for me to gain faster shutter speeds I will have to use quite a wide open aperture due to the mix of artificial and natural lighting in tropical world.

And to do a slow enough exposure to capture a smooth flow of the waterfall I will rather have to use a tripod or a wall, but I would much prefer to use a tripod as I can then use it for other shots I may want to try.

Sports PhotoShoot Plans

For this photoshoot I will be aiming my photography around two extreme sports which are skateboarding and bmx.

I will stick to these two as not only do I enjoy doing these sports in my spare time, I also have a lot of friends who are at high levels in both sports so this allows me to get better pictures which look more impressive and are more aesthetically pleasing.

As this photo shoot is on the use of different lense types, this will mean I will have to experiment with the lense I have and ones I can try to get hold of. As well as this, I will have to be experimental with each type to show the different qualities between the lenses.

For this I will firstly write down the lenses I am going to use, what they are good for, and how I can put this into my work.
50mm – Portraiture/macro
I could shoot portraits of each stereotype of skater or could do macro photography of objects that relate to skateboarding.

Telephoto Lense – Long distance photography
This will allow me to be further away from the subject I am shooting, but will also mean I can use a wider aperture and drop-out the background to add more focus to the subject that I would like.
As well as this, It also means I can experiment with the composition of my shots and add objects into the foreground which can add more character to the image.

Fisheye Lense
As the main purpose of a fisheye is to increase the degree of vision in the image within a short distance, this means  I can apply this to my imagery so that I can emphasize the height of the object which the character is doing a trick on or across.
Also, I can use low angles to get the base of the object as well so that it fills the foreground of the image and creates a nice composition.

Tilt Shift
 As tilt shift is not particularly used for action shots, but more for artistic shots, I’d like to try to use it to shoot street photographs but blurring out all the distractions around the subject to try add a calm feel to the busyness of the streets in a city centre.

These lenses are more of creative style lenses rather than just using the standard lense. Hopefully using these collection of lenses I can create a wide variation in my sports photographs

Reflection – Shutter Speed

So during today’s seminar, we went through the use and techniques of shutter speed.
We firstly went through the measuring of shutter speed and what the fractions means and calculate to so we had a better understanding of what they meant before we began going through how it can manipulate an image.

So after this, went through the use of slow shutter speeds in an image. This is great for flowing objects such as streams or rivers, as well as cars on motorways as well.
These can then add a smooth flow to the shots and to also add a creative look to the image.
Using a slow shutter speed increases the movement in an image so this means that a tripod should generally be used to keep it into position. As well as this, the use of a longer shutter speed means that there is a chance of over exposing the image so to get around this you can rather use a smaller aperture or a N.D filter.

We then shortly went through the use of fast shutter speed an how it can capture action in a shot and how it can work well in things like sporting events so it keeps the subject sharp and in focus.
After doing this we went through the use of panning and zooming and how this can add a artistic effect to the shots and also emphasise the moment or action in the shot.

Finally, after going through all the different uses and techniques we then went around the campus to practise these new techniques we had being taught about. We were asked to try use the panning and zooming techniques more as they are more difficult to get used to so it would help us gain some experience on how to use it properly.
As I already knew how to use these techniques I tried to help my friends work on theirs more than do it myself but I think I did help them out how to use it creatively and they ended up coming out with some nice pictures.

Halloween Photoshoot plans

So with this photoshoot I think it’s important to emphasise not only the fun of the day, with the use of dress-up and the trick-or-treating. But I also want to include the fact that this day is a celebration of the beginning of winter.

The equipment that I will need is:
– Camera
– Portrait Lense (50mm)
– Standard kit Lense
– Telephoto Lense
– Flash Gun
– Reflector/diffuser
– Tripod

To do this I will have to organise a few models to dress up in costumes and to try make them look nice, this will let me work on my portrait techniques with not only singular models but group shots with using a flash gun and the lighting provided.
As well as this I will also use a tripod to take long exposed shots to use the natural lighting and to also add movement in my images and an eerie feel in my shots.

I think the most important thing I will need to do in this photoshoot is to use a variation of techniques to add special effects to the lighting I use so that my images will all be very creative and interesting.

I am looking forward to experimenting with what I can do with my lighting techniques and hopefully I will get some good pictures out of it.

Intro to exposure

So for this lecture we were going through the explanation of exposure.
This included the three major factors which are:
– Shutter Speed
– Aperture
We then went through these in slight description to understand how they work and how they can affect their image in their separate ways.
As ISO is the sensitivity of the film/sensor in the camera, this means that when you use a higher ISO it will be much more sensitive meaning that it is easier to shoot in darker lighting.
The shutter speed decides how long the shutter stays open, which means that depending if it’s bright the photographer can use a fast shutter speed to gain the correct exposure, or they can use a longer exposure if it’s dark so that it’s not too under exposed.
The aperture then controls the size of diaphragm which controls the amount of light which falls onto the shutter. So the wider the aperture the faster the image is going to be exposed. But then the wider the aperture is the lower the depth of field will be in the image.

Reflection – Aperture

So during our photography seminar today we spoke about the effects on an image that aperture can produce.
As aperture is the key to the depth of field in a photograph, it can be creatively used in several ways in a shot, so it is very important to understand it properly.
Depth of field is the distance in front and around the point of focus which is kept sharp and depending on the theme of the image can be very key in building a strong photo.
With learning that a wide aperture produces a larger depth of field in the image, this is mainly used for if you want to keep one major part of shot in focus as to draw the attention of the viewer.
This is the opposite to a narrow aperture, as this gives less depth of field, but in return keeps a higher amount of the image in sharp focus so you can then see the surroundings of the image which then tells more of a story in the image.
After then going through the f.stops on the camera controls we were then set the task to go out and practise the use of aperture on the campus and use the subject of “Signs” to shoot.
This was a good test as we had to look around the campus for things that could work well in giving us a nice composition and empasise either the shallow or long depth of field in our photos.
I think that I personally did quite well as I tried to work on  my composition at the same time to make sure I didn’t throw the subject straight into the centre of the shot. And as well as this, I also tried to include an interesting background for the images in which I used a longer f.stop.

Reflection – Artificial Lighting

So during our seminar with Tony, we were talking about the use of artificial lighting in photography.
With this we were talking about when it is needed and when it can be used to increase the quality of the image.
As well as this, we were also talking about the several types of artificial lighting available to use which includes things such as flash guns, profesional lighting and things such as street lamps and what effects they can have on the image.
After this we went into a little more depth about the types of studio lighting that can be used, and their pro’s and con’s when they’re being used.
After this, we then went off in pairs around the campus to practise the use of artificial lighting in an image and how it can be used correctly. So for this, me and my friend went off into the small wooded area at the side of the campus as this would allow us to take some images of the greenery and use the flash to fill in any overcast shadows from the bright light.
This worked out better than I thought it would and I collected some very nice images from this practise challenge and this gave me a better understanding of the new flash gun that I have recently purchased. Which will come in useful for the first part of our unit when I have to use lighting creatively in my halloween photoshoot.

Overview & Natural Lighting

So during this seminar we firstly went through the overview of our first unit of the course after finishing our foundation project.
We have been given 5 different topics/themes to shoot which have all got a separate techniques we need to specify in each.
The 5 themes/topics are:

  1. Halloween – Use of Light
  2. Markets – Apeture
  3. Sporting Event – Lens Types
  4. Tropical World – Shutter Speed
  5. Urban Landscapes – Special Techniques

After going through these we then started on going through natural lighting. Tony, our tutor for this part of our course began going through the different types of natural lighting and what effects we can gain from not only the times of days, but also the angle and direction in which the lighting is coming from.
From this seminar I learnt a lot about different techniques when it comes to shooting in natural lighting and it gave me a lot to practise. So in the last part of our seminar, we were given the time to go out around the campus to shoot some images and try and get at least one image from each type of lighting. But unfortunately, due to living in England in the middle of autumn, it seemed that the sun decided it didn’t want to come out from behind the clouds, so it was difficult for us to capture some strong lighting effects outside.
So to get around this, we used went to the edge of the campus where there are a group of trees and used the shade to emphasise the light cast onto the leaves and the trees which worked out much better than expected.