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Summer Stitches

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Summer StitchesDS339: Double your art today. Make a photo of something you’ve created or crafted.

So I haven’t been so good about keeping up with Daily Shoot, but I think my Digital Story takes precedent for now.  Maybe I’ll be able to keep it up after my I’ve finished learning more about photography for my project.

Stink Bug

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

DS328: Make a silhouette today by positioning a darkly lit subject in the foreground against a brightly lit background.

Decisions

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

With some cropping and minor exposure adjustments, I think DS324 turned out nicely.  And while I didn’t actually make anything out of paper, “Yay” for composition!

Glow

Monday, October 4th, 2010

“>Glow

DS323

What I really should have titled this one is “morning assault on my eyes!”  While these lights are too bright, they do have a nice symmetrical composition.

Digital Horizons; Digial Story

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Digital Horizons

DS322: Make a photograph that emphasizes the horizon. It’s your choice whether to place it on the third lines or to center it.

As much as I want to just “jump in” and start taking pictures, I’ve forced myself to take a step back and read up on some of the basics to get me started with my digital story.

To begin, Hedgecoe reminded me to familiarize myself with my camera’s capabilities; so, to recap, here’s what I’ve discovered about my humble little Cyber-shot:

While my camera has several auto modes for specific scenarios (e.g. low-light/night settings or portraits/”soft snaps”), the “Program Auto,” or “P” mode (as I’ve always referred to it) allows the photographer to manually adjust more settings than I was aware of, including:

  • focus distance: auto/center/0.5 m/1.0 m/3.0 m/infinity
  • metering: spot/center/multi
  • white balance: flash/incandescent/fluorescent/cloudy/daylight
  • ISO: 1250/800/400/200/100/80/auto
  • image quality: fine (8.1 mpx)/standard (#? mpx)
  • REC mode (for recording?): multi/multiburst/burst/normal
  • contrast
  • sharpness

Unfortunately, the most important setting that I cannot adjust is exposure (which lets you take amazing pictures like this one.)  Anyway, I can work around this problem once I upload my pictures or gain access to a more versatile camera, so I’m not too worried.

I was also curious as to what the differences are between digital and film cameras.  Schaub outlines a good comparison in his first chapter. Basically, digital cameras are more convenient versions of film cameras; however, I personally disagree with Schaub’s assertion that “your digital camera can do everything a comparable film camera can do, and more.” While I agree digital cameras are more convenient than film cameras (e.g. no film changing, dark rooms, or excessive printing charges–and more), I disagree that the quality of digital images is better than what I’ve seen from film cameras.  There’s something about pixels that can’t quite touch the clarity of film images. Regardless, I don’t think I’ll be enlarging my photos to the point that 8.1 mpx will be an issue, but it was a statement that struck me as somewhat questionable.

I also uncovered some food for thought concerning the creation of “good” photographs.

When discussion digital photography, Schaub points out,

“the essential nature of making a picture has not changed all that much.  The effectiveness of a photograph still relies on the quality of light, the photographer’s point of view, and, of course, the content.”

This statement eased my apprehension about learning digital photography prior to film photography.  I’d initially wanted to work with film, which most of my friends did back in high school (while I was sentenced to taking physics—yes, I’m still bitter), but since the principles of composition and design still apply, pixels or no pixels, it’s just simpler to share digital photos than develop and scan a roll every week.

Lastly, something I noticed that I’d failed at with Daily Shoot and was verified by Comon, who asserts images that “cross language barriers, appeal to people of all age groups, and to individuals of both sexes equally” are what make certain photographers stand out.  I could be wrong, but I don’t think my photographs appeal to both sexes, which I’ll admit (if you haven’t noticed already) are often products of my rather “girly” style.  That being said, I was surprised that an even distribution of guys and girls liked my chaos entry considering it featured ridiculously girly jewelry.

Enough rambling!  The plan (thus far) for the week is to experiment with the fundamentals of photographic composition, which I’ll post the results of next weekend.

More Fun Than Studying

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

More Fun Than StudyingThe title says it all.  Today’s Daily Shoot was a little rushed!

DIday

Friday, October 1st, 2010

DIday/Friday

After a three day hiatus, today I was finally able to try my hand at another Daily Shoot assignment.  Because I’m planning to learn about photography for my semester-long project, I’ll use this opportunity to start blogging about the process that brought me to my photo entry for the day.

I completely drew a blank after reading today’s prompt.  I wasn’t sure how to “remove” things from a photograph without simply photographing an isolated object against a plain background.  As I was thinking about it, I realized a photograph is (among other things) a combination of layers–foreground, background, colour, etc., and decided to take this approach when striving for “simplicity” in my photograph.  When I saw the black and white DI faucet in Jepson (Friday’s are “DIdays” because I work at a lab sink all afternoon), I decided to test out my idea to remove the colour “layer” from my picture.  Photographing an object with  a more nondescript background would’ve simplified the image even more (and probably fulfilled the assignment better), but I kind of like how the white DI label contrasts its black spigot background.

Also, my late (but not forgotten!) entry from Wednesday’s ouch! prompt:

Weapon of Choice, c. 2nd Grade

This image was inspired by many years of running around and stepping on these miserable little things!

Good Switch, Bad Switch

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Good Switch, Bad Switch?
Does anyone remember Louie the Lightning Bug? Today’s Daily Shoot reminded me of him.

Wormley

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Wormley, Guardian of the Lantana

DS316
“Wormley” was a Christmas gift.  He protects our potted plants from death-by-drought!