P3 Activity: Photography

By Tiffany Contreras

Light 1: Outside
Light 1: Outside
Light 2: Inside
Light 2: Inside
Focus 1: Foreground
Focus 1: Foreground
Focus 2: Background
Focus 2: Background
Composition 1: Thirds
Composition 1: Thirds
Composition 2: Lead Room
Composition 2: Lead Room

This project allowed me to know how to operate a DSLR camera and take quality photos. I learned more about focusing and metering. I had never heard of metering or lead lines before this project, so that really helped me to know how to better use the camera. The first photo gave me a challenge when I captured the sky, but it worked out in the end. I stood on one of the stairs of my apartment staircase and angled the camera so that I could get a good view of the sky and of the store. I went down to the ground, but the angle at the top of the staircase was better and had a nicer view. After I held the capture button, the sky had better contrast. The photo inside wasn’t as difficult because it was light out and I had the window open. I stood a few feet away and captured multiple photos.

The image that I had the hardest time taking was the foreground with the background in focus. It was hard to focus in on the car and have it appear that way in the photo. It took about 20 tries until I took it correctly. It was also difficult because I had to set it up on a stand to be able to capture the image. Through this process, this image is the one that I learned the most on with the camera. The other photo that took some time was the ‘lead room’ photo. I had never heard of that kind of photo. I had seen them all the time but didn’t know what they were called. It took a few shots before I took this photo correctly. This one was my favorite because I learned what this photo means and how to set it up. It’s fun to leave the audience in question about where my eyes are leading, just as it is in any other leading picture.

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