Elizabeth - yellow.rose.of.canada
Marie - DrakePlusOne
Amanda - Muddee
Jill - Jillie Bean
Jess - Omrithekat
Lynsey - RedCherry
As you noticed in the little manual exercise from last week, there are many different combinations of settings that you can have that will create a properly exposed image. What you need to do now is decide which setting will be the most important to you in the image that you want to create.
So for your first assignment, I want to take a look at your Aperture and Depth of Field. The main role of your AP is your depth of field (DOF). A high number means you will have more in focus. A low number means that less will be in focus. Portrait and Macro photographers will typically use an open AP (lower number) to make their subject stand out from the background. Landscape photographers will typically use a closed AP (higher number) to have the entire landscape/scene in focus.
1. I want you to take your subject (living or still life...it's your choice) into an area that is shady. Place your subject with something obvious off to the side in the background about 6 feet behind them (a tree, swingset, etc.. no need to actually place a prop unless necessary).
2. Set your AP to f/2.8 (if your lens doesn't open this wide, then skip this step and the next - if needed), adjust the other settings accordingly, and take the picture.
3. Keeping you and your subject in the same spot and using the exact same focal length (don't zoom in or out - VERY important!), close up your AP to f/4, adjust the other settings, and take the picture.
4. Continue the steps with an AP of f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, and f/22, remembering to change your ISO and SS according to the reading on the light meter.
5. Share your results!