Digital Camera Fundamentals Class Assignments

Assignment 1

  • Take at least two”well exposed” pictures that demonstrate each of the following:
    • exaggerated motion
    • stopping fast action (hint: moving cars, people or pets can work great for these two motion exercises)
    • shallow depth-of-field
    • deep depth-of-field
  • When you’ve got those eight pictures done (two for each of the four elements), email me a JPEG of your results and I’ll send you my comments.  If you get stuck, remember that you can always send me an email for assistance.
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Assignment 2

For this assignment, I’d like you to try using your camera entirely in manual mode.
  • Produce two well exposed images that demonstrate shallow depth-of-field
  • Produce a well exposed image of a white object in front of a white background
  • Produce two well exposed images demonstrating exaggerated motion
  • Produce two well exposed images demonstrating frozen motion
  • Produce a well exposed image of a back-lit subject
  • Produce a well exposed image of a subject in dark conditions
Please email me unprocessed full-resolution JPEG files (9 images).

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Assignment 3

Here’s the assignments:
  • Use your flash to photograph an object (like a stuffed bear) that is half in light and half in shadow.  Use your flash as fill flash to fill in the shadow areas.  As always, work to create a well exposed image.  Email a before image (no flash) and the after image (with fill flash)
    • For bonus points, photograph your object/bear so that you are focussing on it using one of the focus sensors along the edge of your viewfinder.  In other words, have the object in focus, but NOT in the center of the frame.
  • Use your flash to photograph a shiny object.  Demonstrate the use of flash with full frontal light and then diffused lighting and email the two pictures
  • Use your flash to photograph an object (or something fun like a stuffed bear) in dark conditions where your flash is being used as the primary light source.  Remember we’re going for a well exposed picture that doesn’t look overly “flashed”.  Email the picture.
  • Put your object/bear into a situation where it is back-lit.  Photograph it first without flash and use over exposure to get the object properly exposed (this will over expose the background).  Email that picture.
    • Next, use your flash to create a balanced exposure with the background properly exposed and the subject (your object/bear) properly exposed.
  • Email high resolution JPEG images of the results of the assignment.

If something isn’t clear, please ask questions.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me.