Photography Lesson 1

The focus of today’s lesson was photography. We each had half an hour to go around the collage campus and try our best at finding something interesting to take a picture of.

Here are just a few of the ones I took:

Here I was using depth of field to focus on only the subject, blurring out the background. To do this, I find it works best to set your aperture at around 4.5 on the setting A or AV on your camera mode dial.

Depth of field works both ways, whether it be blurring out the foreground or the background. Here I blurred the foreground

Photoshop-Replacing the Queen

In today’s lesson we where using photoshop to add a celebrity of our choice onto money, replacing the Queen. This helped us to improve our photoshop skills.

First of all we got a large image of money, placed it into our desktop and then dragged it into photoshop. Next, on a separate layer, we got an image of our celebrity of choice; mine being Danny Devito and also dragged it into photoshop. After that, I lowered the opacity of the Danny Devito image to line it up with the Queen and to erase out the background. This was done by clicking the ‘eraser tool’. Although, if the image was a PNG file, you would not have to erase out the background. Then the image was set back to 100% opacity. Finally, we colourised the image, to match the colour of the money.

Photoshop-Creating a movie poster

Finished product of ‘Into the unknown’

Today we made a poster of our imaginary movie of which we where given three actors to use. Emma Watson, Morgan Freeman and Ryan Reynolds. We where also given the option of either horror or rom-com, I chose horror.

First of all, I imported an original photo. I did this so that the quality was not lost from the image. As most images from the internet have lost quality so that people don’t take them. I then clicked ‘file-new’ to create a new page on photoshop for me to then drag my image into.

Next, I chose a suitable title for my movie to go with my image and the horror theme. Eventually I chose the title ‘Into the unknown’ making it sound rather ominous, as my now background image represents.

Original image used for the background

I then used the ‘shape tool’ to add some depth to my title and created a large rectangle across the page. I then lowered the opacity and selected a colour. Next, I used the text box to write my title and size it appropriately, also choosing a suitable font for the poster.

Next, I gathered some images of the actors of which we had been given. Once I had selected the images that I thaught would suit, I dragged them into my desktop and from there into photoshop. Making sure they where all on different layers, I then placed the images where I thaught would be suitable, also lowering the opacity so they aren’t as prominent. After that I erased out the backgrounds using the ‘eraser tool’, leaving just the actors behind. Finally, I colourised the images allowing them to all match each other. This was done by selecting ‘Image-Adjustments-Hue/Saturation’, then tick the box ‘Colourise’ and choose your colour.

Finally, I then added a PNG image of a 15 rating and a 5 star rating. I chose a PNG file as you do not have to go through the process of erasing the background from the image. I placed them in a appropriate place and then, using a textbox, wrote ‘Starring Morgan Freeman, Emma Watson and Ryan Reynolds.’ Which was then placed in the corner of the poster, beside the 5 star rating.

Above is my second attempt of crating a poster for ‘into the unknown’. But for this poster, I did not use an origonal image.

Camera Settings: A vs S

A and S are the two common settings found on your camera mode dial. However, on a Canon camera; these two settings are AV and TV.

A(AV) stands for aperture or aperture value. On this setting you can adjust your aperture and the camera will set everything else to the appropriate setting. This used when the subject is still. E.g. landscapes.

S(TV) stands for shutter speed or time value. With this setting, you can adjust your shutter speed. The shutter on you camera is what physically controls the time of an exposure. This is the mechanical sound your camera makes, the shutter opening and closing (If it makes a sound at all.) This setting is used when your subject is moving. E.g. Sports, Animals etc.

Camera Settings: aperture

There are many complicated settings and confusing buttons on a camera that may take a while for you to learn so that you are able to use the camera to its fullest potential. First of all there’s aperture; this is a reference seen in zoom lenses and are commonly referred to as f-stops. F-stops and have a specific numerical sequence, such as F5.6, F7.1, F8, F11 and so forth. It corresponds to the largest aperture ratio possible at the smallest and largest focal values of the lense.

I find that if I am capturing something and want to separate the subject from the background; it works well to set the aperture at what we call a ‘shallow DOF.’ This is usually about F4.5-F5.6 and is good for portraits. But if I want the whole image to be in focus, I usually go for an aperture of about F7.1 (great DOF). This is good for landscapes.

Lesson 1

Today I started my first blog.

The lesson started out, learning about social media and that people can become addicted. Its like a drug, people become obsessed with likes, followers etc. This happens because the brain releases dopamine; a chemical which makes us feel good when we get lots of likes or followers.

Later in the lesson, we learnt how to make our own blog. A place where we can put all of our ideas and what we have learnt.