Photo 101: Week 1 Assignment

(For anyone who doesn't know that I'm taking a photo course, and not teaching one, read this.)

My photo class is taught on Monday nights, and Week 1 was this week. It's essentially a "first year university photography course", says the accomplished instructor (whose website won't load from work on account of all the "nudes", but I'll probably link to it eventually because I think the guy does great work -- naked ladies posing for him notwithstanding).

Week 1's class went through camera history, camera types, light, motion, camera controls, preprogrammed settings for the camera, and tripods (and their use). While we did not go into discussions of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, depth of field, etc, it's clear that we will be doing this in the next couple of weeks. By Week 4, we're to have a proposal for a final project, that is, a theme for which we will present as many pictures as we see fit, in whatever manner we choose.

Assignment: Print twenty-four pictures and choose three to present to the class, for discussion and critique. The rules for this week:

- Use only the preprogrammed settings: portrait, landscape, sports, macro.
- Use NO flash whatsoever.
- All images shall be unedited and not adjusted by the developer / printer. Apparently all images, digital or film, are adjusted for colour by the developer.

Complications, as I see it:

1) It's raining. When it's not raining, it's dense fog. Yes, I know, you can take pictures in the rain.
2) I'm feeling a little uninspired at the moment, and even in a good week, I probably don't take 24 pictures worth printing.
3) Will it ever stop raining?
4) Everything in the city is grey. I could probably pretend I took black & whites, yes?

Short of taking a bunch of indoor pictures sans flash, or going on long sojourns during my workday (not a bad idea, eh?), I'm not sure how I'm going to handle this. Saturday may be my best bet for getting a few quality shots, but we'll see. I'll probably just have to get my ass outside and start exploring.

I'll post the three pictures I selected here and on flickr. And as usual, you should feel free to comment on them. While we will undoubtely get inspiration from our classmates, I have a feeling I'll also get it from my readers (Yes, I pluralized that.).

Posted bythemikestand at 4:06 PM  

6 stepped up to the mike:

bethany actually said... 10:03 PM, January 09, 2008  

Sometimes cloudy/foggy photos are really the best. Good luck! I look forward to seeing the shots.

Anonymous said... 10:34 AM, January 10, 2008  

Quick! Go. Outside. Right now. I see sun.

Good luck.

Jessica said... 1:11 PM, January 10, 2008  

Woo hoo...can't wait!

corgimom said... 4:45 PM, January 10, 2008  

Cloudy is better for flower/bright color pix, but I'm guessin' not much is blooming there right now.
When I took a similar course years ago, the instructor almost literally drooled over one student's photos of candle flames. The instructor was not impressed with my portraits of my overweight Rottweiler.

richgold said... 11:39 PM, January 13, 2008  

Are you more into landscapes? What about pictures of your workspace? What you see out your window? Take a twist on what a portrait looks like? Maybe do a detailed study of the inside of your car? Your lunch?

I would so LOVE to take a photography course. I'm so jealous.

Most of my pictures ( are taken without flash and not manipulated by PhotoShop/The Gimp. If there's color correction, I wasn't aware of it.

Please keep posting your assignments so that I may live vicariously!

canadian sadie said... 11:58 AM, January 14, 2008  

Saw you at Pete's on Saturday evening...but you were studying and seemed busy with your pal and your camera so I didn't stop to say hi. :)

You're getting to be so Hali-famous!

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