Christmas Shenanigans

So I’ve not done much to this blog in a while, and since I was on the laptop I thought I’d just post a little comment about my day.

So I got woken up nice and early by my (not so little anymore) sister smashing into my room and then proceeding to trample her way down the stairs in excitement at 9 in the morning, with me slowly but surely following.

After this, we all started on the presents under the tree. With my sister throwing everyone else’s to one side burying for her own. I eventually found my main present which I had asked for several weeks earlier. Which was a 50mm lense for my camera.

Opening it up I was stoked and relieved that I had eventually got my hands on my own 50mm lense. I’d borrowed one a month or so earlier from a camera shop to try it out and I bloody loved! And I’ve been waiting since.

So after finishing off opening up the usual presents of shower gels, boxes of chocolates and the odd jumper or t-shirt we’d finished and to be honest, I had done pretty well. I’d gotten everything I had asked for plus more. As well as the lense I’d been dying to get my hands on.

After this I got a shower and got changed into the new clothes I’d recieved and tea was just about ready. I helped put all the dishes and stuff in the dining room on the table and we were ready to go! And I’ve gotta say, my mum never fails to amaze me with the amount of food she makes and how great it tastes! It’s brilliant!

After this we had an hour or so break between the large main course and desert in which I got to (eventually) mess around with my lense. Put it on my camera and was running round the house taking pictures of absolutely everything. So much so I started to feel like a bit of a tourist in my own house.

I got a couple of nice pictures of my very dramatic and photogenic cat, which always strangely seems to appear when I get my camera out in the house. And as well as this, just a couple of test shots using the wide apertures with the dropped out backgrounds.

All in all, I’ve had a great day and I’m in love with my lense. And I would definately advise any camera fanatic to have one for their equipment as they can always come in handy with any type of photography.

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Reflection – List Articles

With this seminar, we began talking about the use and effectiveness of list articles.

Karl was talking about how these types of articles are great for giving a large amount of information or tips in a small space. As well as being very eye catchy for people with short attention spans, they are also easy to format for online and print use.

I personally think that these are a great way to start of working for as they are quick and simple to make, and also they can be easily aimed around a topic/ subject which I am interested in, or which I can write about easily.

He then went on to talk about how they are a god format for photographic journalists as they not only allow you to write an article, but you can also add images along with your points which can be very useful for the reader as it makes it more appealing.
To add to this, he also said that they are very popular online, which is great news for when the internet is becoming a lot more used in this line of field. And also that they are generally commissioned by editiors from freelancers. So if I were ever to attempt to send in one to an editor when I began working in this field, I would have a better chance if I were a freelancer, which will probably happen when I first start working.

After going through this, he then asked us to attempt to make our own list article for our blog of rather one of the choices he had given us, or one of our own.
I decided to create my own around tips on how to shoot sports photography in the key areas of skateboarding and bmxing, as I have more experience in this area of photography and think I have some useful tips for people.

So I planned out my tips and got 9 and then got the images to go along with it and then put it all together and I personally think that the tips and images that went along with it were quite good, so I think for this task I did quite a good job on the work needed as I stuck to something that I had information on.

Workshop – 9 Tips to shoot better images of Skateboarding & Bmx

The tips below will help you learn and understand what can create a professional looking photo.

These 9 helpful tips that I have gained through my years of experience shooting these sports should hopefully get you the images you want and help. Using these tips will help you create a strongly built image that will draw the attention of the viewer to the key areas that you choose.

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1 .Fast shutter Speed – Always make sure to shoot a fast shutter speed to capture the motion in still of what is going on in the image. This will make sure there is no blur around the subject as they will be doing fast motions which, with a slow shutter can ruin a good image.

2 . rule of thirds – The rule of thirds is a special technique used in photography which basically stops the subject from sitting in the centre of the shot creating a poor composition. Have the subject to one side of the image keeping the obstacle or part of the area in shot can emphasise how big the obstacle is for the viewer.

3. Timing – This will probably be one of the most difficult things to do without looking at other images. You will want to look in magazines and online of professional work to see when is the key moment to take an image. The best time to shoot an image is when they are at the peak of their trick or at the moment of capture as it shows off the skills height and trickery.

4. Distance – Far or near? – This can be down to the type of obstacle the subject is on, but also down to what the area is like and what you want out of the image. If you are at a skatepark it’s a little difficult getting up and close as there will be a lot of other people going around and you may get in the way of others which could cause problems. As well as this, if the obstacle is quite large, you’ll need to be further away to include the entirety of it.

5. Sequences – Using sequences can be a great way to capture a selection of tricks the character may do on one obstacle one after the other which you may not be able to get from one single frame. They are also particularly good for if they are doing a very quick trick which might  take more than one frame to see fully.

6. Use off camera flashes – If you are shooting in light that isn’t strong enough for you to use a fast shutter or the lighting is too dull make sure to use off camera flashes. Two are generally best to use as you then have a main and a secondary light as this will not only light up the subject but the area around them. Using off camera flash will also stop you from gaining strong casted shadows around the back of the subject too. You can also use flashes through the day if you want to make the subject stand out better as well as allowing you to use a faster shutter speed.

7. Lense Choice – As there are a vast amount of lenses that are useful for shooting these types of sport, it is important to use the correct one for the right environment. As fisheyes can widen the viewing area and elongate the surroundings they are great for low and up close shots, whereas if you want to be further away from the subject but want to keep them just in focus as a telephoto lense with a wide aperture setting. Using the correct lense can help you create a stronger image than you may have got with a different lense.

8. Creative angle – Don’t always feel you have to stick to the normal angles you may see in the magazines, try finding a place where you can compose your image to have a slightly filling foreground that can be put out of focus or maybe use an angle which can help you show what type of environment the image is being shot in to add a stronger effect to the shot. But try to make sure you don’t have too much filling the shot as this will distract the eye of the viewer and even make it look overfilled.

9. Experiment – Try your best to be as creative and as experimental with your shots. Look around at the environment around you and see if you can add anything to your shot, and don’t be afraid to ask the subjects opinion and what they think about your ideas.

I hope these tips will come to use and help you gain the images you’ve wanted!
And just remember to have fun!

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:
– ISO
– 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.