Project 2

Photographing Motion: Blur part of a picture for emphais
Due Date: In Class Tuesday Feb 23rd
A photograph is a slice of time. Just as you select the section that you want to photograph out of a larger scene, you can also choose the section of time you want to record. You can think of a photograph as a carving through time, taking a wide slice at a slow shutter speed or a narrow slice at a fast shutter speed. In that slice of time, things are moving, and, depending on the shutter speed, direction of the motion, you can show objects frozen in mid-movement, blurred until they are almost unrecognizable, or blurred to any extent in between.

If the subject moves a little during the exposure (or if by panning, you keep the subject still and move the background) you create visual interest with the comparison. Use a tripod, or your cameras timer, to keep the background very sharp while your subject moves. Or conversely, have your subject remain still while you pan the camera. Or if you have access to a merry-go-round (you can usually find one at a park) climb on board and focus on something on the merry-go-round (a model if you have a friend who can model for you) and explore how the shutter speed affects the background.

Make a series of photographs that depict motion in different ways.  Below are a few starting points:

Select a scene that will let you photograph the same action several times. Create a photograph that makes the viewer feel the subject is moving. Try showing the subject sharp vs blurred. Pan the camera with the subject so that the subject appears sharp against a blurred background or hold the camera still while the subject moves.

In Project 1 you used depth of field to draw attention to what you wanted the main focus of you photograph to be. Likewise, by controlling your shutter speed you can draw attention to certain areas of your photograph.


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Keep in mind that it is rarely a good idea to have your entire photograph out of focus and blurred. However, if composition, color and repetition of shapes is taken into account, it can lead to a succesful abstract composition.***

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