Heather’s Lecture in Photography

01/10/15

What is it your trying to get across?

Heather opened with “what is it your trying to get across”, when photographing your work, what is it you want to show, think about the detail or something specific on the piece that you should show off. how do I really describe that piece.

Think about where you want to photograph things, what kind of background should it have to compliment the work. A plain colour, maybe similar in tone, nothing too busy and distracting. Understand the light, and how it effects the object, if its a 3D piece, think about how the light can create shadows and shapes that enhance the photograph. Try to avoid room lights to avoid colour cast. Pay attention to the light balance. When photographing work like paintings, illustrations or exhibition pieces try to photograph before its framed with glass, as the glass will reflect light, and make it almost impossible to get a clear professional photo.

When taking photos for a blog, you should be showing the process more than the finished work. More light hearted, try to engage with the viewer, make room for telling stories, its how you want to be seen, so if you are a quirky person the photos of your work should show that. But make sure the quality is good.

Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO

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Aperture is how that light comes into the lens, and effects your depth of field. A wide aperture will let you focus in on one spot, thus creating a smaller depth of field. Shutter speed controls how much light is let into the lens, if you’re in a darker space you will need to let more light in to capture whats in front of you. But you will need to keep still or use a tripod to do so, otherwise your image be blurred, alternatively you can use this as an effect, for example if you want to capture time passing in one shot. ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of the camera. Its good to check the ISO setting when you turn on your camera to make sure its not on an extreme setting from last time it was used. 200 is a good starting point.

When shooting its good practice to not take too many if you don’t need. If you know what you want when you go in, It gives you less editing after. pick your 2 photos you took and thats it. Rather than going through 200 photos to find a good one.

Its better to shoot raw rather than on JPG, as it’ll give you more options after. Image quality, think about how big your image should be, is it for print? or online? What DPI should it be? You wont really need anything more than a 72dpi JPG for online, whereas for print you’re gonna want it to be a 300dpi TIFF

And most importantly, back up everything you do.

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