tumblr assignment 2

This photo says everything I have wanted to express about the Social Contract and what it takes for it to work - and why it is failing in our United States.

It is about recognizing that having more brings a responsibility to contribute more, simply to “promote the general welfare” of our society as a whole.

And that there is such thing as having (more than) enough.Would you know when you had enough?

American insatiability is what has given us such poor standing in the eyes of so many around the world. 

Assignment 2

Part 1: “Understanding Light & Exposure”
Part 2: “Understanding Focal Length”

Shoot in RAW if possible, Shoot in Manual Mode if possible.

An “exposure” is the same as “taking a picture.”   It is called that because you “expose” the inside of the camera to an amount of light for an amount of time.   If you have read your meter and changed your camera settings to give you a good looking photo which is not too dark or too light, then you have made a proper “correct exposure.”   The needle on the bottom of the meter should theoretically read in the middle, on average. 

For the first part of this assignment, you will take multiple pictures of the same scene.   That scene will have dark and light areas in the photo.    Q:  How exposed are we supposed to make the dark areas? A:  In a real world situation, that is up to you because you would be thinking about the whole photo and what was important to be able to see in it overall, taking into consideration the lights and the darks.  For this assignment, you can point the camera in the darker area and satisfy the meter by putting the needle in the middle of it.  That will be the proper exposure for the dark areas.   In another photo, for the light areas,  point the camera towards the brightest areas in the photo and satisfy the needle of the meter to the middle of the scale.  That will be the correct exposure for the bright areas.   everything else will probably appear too dark in the photo but that’s ok and is correct for this assignment. 

Part 1:

Pay attention to the light meter and the histogram.

Using an area that has a large variance of light, such as a sunny day with shaded areas in view…shoot the following…

3 photos: Expose for the shadows… do not under-expose dark areas.

3 photos: Expose for the highlights…do not over-expose the highlights.

Part 2:
Lens Focal Lengths and Focus Exercise.

Using Multiple Lenses or a Zoom Lens….         

Do the following while maintaining proper exposure by considering the relation of ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed, and by keeping and eye on your camera’s light meter or histogram…

Take photos of 1 object at different lens focal lengths (mm) but try and keep the scale of that object the same in each photo by changing your physical position..  Move closer or farther away from the object in each photograph as you change the lens focal length to compensate for the scale of the object changing.  Try to keep the main object the same size in each photograph.  Things in the background and foreground will change position spatially as you do this.  Shoot some at high aperture settings and some at low aperture settings to see how the focus is also affected.

To compare the results later:

Several Wide Angle Shots at a low Aperture (f 5.6… or preferably lower)
Several Wide Angle Shots at a high Aperture (f16… or above)

Several “Normal” Shots at a low Aperture (f 5.6… or preferably lower)
Several “Normal” Shots at a high Aperture (f16… or above)

Several “Telephoto” Shots at a low Aperture (f 5.6… or preferably lower)
Several “Telephoto” Shots at a high Aperture (f16… or above)


Final Presentation:

• Download photos to your Lightroom catalog and put in a collection.

• Export photos from Lightroom @ 2500px jpgs 2MB

• Upload to Tumblr.  
• Label your Tumblr post: “Assignment 2” 

• & Label each photo with the settings for shutter speed, ƒstop, ISO, focal length (lens mm)


Expose for Shadows, Expose for Highlights:

(Photos by: Bolin Liu 2014)

Focal Lengths:
ISO 100    ƒ5.6   1/640     18mm Lens (APSC Sensor Size)

ISO 100   ƒ5.6    1/800     34mm Lens (APSC Sensor Size)

ISO 100    ƒ5.6    1/1000    49mm Lens (APSC Sensor Size)

(Photos by: Caron 2014)