Midterm – Night Photography


Midterm Due3/23/2010 (the Tuesday after Spring Break)

Photography in Low Light

(Plan on this taking more time than you thougth!)

Plan ahead and you will save time and disappointment.  You can even set up lights at home or in the neighborhood to get better control.  Try a variety of light sources for different color effects.

Be careful with your metering remember what happens when you meter the light source instead of the object.

Bracket your shots: Bracketing means shooting a picture at the recommended exposure then taking the same shot at the next highest and next lowest exposure in the hopes that one of the three will work well.  It’s a technique that is especially useful when there is too little or too much light available.

Most digital cameras have a bracketing mode that automatically adjusts the exposure level so you can take 3 to 5 shots in a row to bracket a picture.

If your camera has a remote control, use it in conjunction with your tripod to further eliminate camera shake.

White balance for your main light source or for effect.

Shot in both RAW and JPG mode.  You will turn in the jpg’s but we will adjust the white balance of the RAW files in class.

Always bring a tripod or steady support.  Your camera’s autofocus may not work properly in low-light conditions.

Bring a flashlight, use it to see your camera’s controls and also use it to point it at your object, get the object in focus, turn the flashlight off, take the photograph.

Be smart, go with a friend.  Bring a cell phone.  Tell someone where you are going.

Other fun light sources, glow sticks, LED’s, fire (please be careful with these and do this safely)

Due:  You will create a contact sheet of at least 32 images you shot.  Select 10 and only 10 from all of the images you shot.  You will present and be graded on the 10 images you selected.

DUE:  Tuesday March 23, the Tuesday we get back from SPRING BREAK.

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