What is bokeh? This is the soft, fuzzy effect on the background when shooting. Two variables I have experimented with were getting as close to my subject as possible and leaving as much space as possible between my subject and the background. This photograph was a reshoot from one I had taken using bright, sunny daylight(which I haven't seen in weeks!). I tried getting my scene as bright as possible for a nice high key effect, but ended up using some reflectors to warm up the skin tones in a darkened room instead. By shooting into a mirror, I wanted to trick my camera into thinking there was actually more space between the hands and the subject's reflection in the background. Since the lighting was so dark, The subject was posed with more of a sinister look on the half of the face that is exposed, while the camera is actually the other mechanical half of the face. The camera was used to take up a large portion of negative space as were the subject's hands.
|ISO 500 f2.4 1/15s|
While trying to take some night motion photography, I encountered a problem – an unwanted subject was blocking my view. Since it was night time, I kept getting her reflection and I decided to shoot her instead. What resulted was candid shots of the young woman's reflection with a hint of motion in the background. These photos would have been better if I had had the chance to change the young woman's pose. Although I like her expression, I would have had her turn her head slightly so we could see both eyes. I would have also had her sit more to the edge of her seat to make her left leg appear smaller than it looks in the photograph.
|ISO 800 f2.4 1/15s|
Rule of Thirds
This photo was taken while experimenting with the auto focus lock on the camera. I was trying to shoot the most boring thing I could find on the way home, which were the lamps, to prove that a photograph could still be considered interesting if the eye is led to the right spot using the rule of thirds. I framed my photograph so that the lamps go off into the distance from right to left. The main focus is on the large lamp on the right hand side of the photograph because it was framed to fall on the right vertical gridline of the photo. The eye then goes to the next lamp, which was placed on the left vertical and lower horizontal gridlines.
|ISO 800 f2.4 1/15s|
High Key Photography
This high key photograph was taken during a fun walk in the park. Normally this effect is used to give the subject a happier, lighter feeling. Since I saw this tree, which I normally associate with icy, cold weather, on an unexpectedly warm day, I decided to get a closer look and some photos of it. I was shooting up into the sky on such a bright, overcast day, so the background is blurred and a bit washed out.
|ISO 50 f2.4 1/40s|
Low Key Photography
After learning about high key photography, low key photography seemed like the next natural progression. This was shot was created by experimenting with new backdrops, reflectors and a lamp. I love photographing the nude as I find the form of the human body fascinating, so I decided to use what I learned about posing models for portraits with the information I had gathered from research for the 'In Camera Flash' assignment.
As I said at the beginning of this blog, I took on the challenge of a digital photography class with a point and shoot camera. I had no idea about what to look for or what I wanted in my future camera. However, I am now happy to announce that I have figured out what I want in a camera and a lens. I would like to find a Canon 50D with a 50mm lens. I feel this camera is a good start for someone like me since I want a strong but simple camera I can use in the studio with flash or out in nature when I'm on the go. It is 15 megapixels, so I can print very large work if I want to, has an ISO range of 100 - 3200, a shutter speed range from 30s - 1/8000s which can also be used manually, and a few kinds of remotes for shutter release and flash. If any of you know of a good camera you recommend, just leave a comment for me. I'd like as many recommendations as I can get!