Assignment 1 is graded primarily on the technical skills, namely to take photos of Deep Depth of Field, Shallow Depth of Field, Motion Blur and Motion Freeze.
Definitely, as what I expected, it was really easy to fulfill the technical requirements but I really had a difficult time taking photos that I felt confident with. Even up till the tutorial, I was still not happy with the photos I had for the critique sessions. :(
I struggled in composing a satisfactory shot for motion freeze and deep depth of field.
But… I will not stop shooting! I am very sure that I will get the “perfect” photos to be included in my portfolio (and my personal portfolio) at the end of this semester :)
Here are some of my photos for assignment 1… :)
Motion blur: I spun a “disco ball” made of lightsticks and took this picture using my compact camera. I am pretty satisfied with effects, especially with the colours and the fact that the general shape of the “disco ball” is retained in the photo.
Motion Blur: A spinning umbrella. My tutorial mates thought that this photo was rather interesting and commented that it is nicer to have something in contrast with the subject that is blurred. In this case, the rod is sharp while the canopy of the umbrella is blur.
The first idea that struck me is taking pictures of fountains and moving vehicles (which many did) but I really wanted something that required more conceptualisation.
I was inspired by yowayowa’s “effortless jump shots” to compose deliberate shots of motion freeze. I made some attempts to make various objects levitate and had my friend to model for me :)
Winnie is flying! (but kind of obvious that my friend threw it) I hope I can make the levitations more natural.
Winnie taking off in the air!
Looks like magic (card levitation) right?
After experimenting with couple of object levitation I would likely work on a storyboard that involves object levitation for my final submission.
Shallow depth of field: It was easy to fulfill the requirements for shallow depth of field. Personally, I like to use shallow depth of field for narratives as it gives a sense of isolation to a picture where the subject is sharp while everything else is unfocused.
Deep depth of field: The key points to look at for pictures with deep depth of field is the sharpness of the background, middle ground (optional) and background. I shall keep in mind what Jing mentioned - that the sky should not be considered as background.
Going through the photos I experimented (took) for the tutorial critiques, I felt that there is room for tremendous improvements! I will work on the meaning/story behind and in short, keep shooting! :)