Amelia – Understanding the basics

I feel the most important thing before I plan to do my final shoot is to know that I really have a good understanding of the basics of my camera so on the day, I don’t have to be overly concerned with whether I’m utilising the camera properly to get the most out of the shot, but rather I can concentrate on what shots will be the most captivating. I’d like to try and get near the point were adjusting the settings on my camera become like second nature so to ensure the shoot is as stress-free as possible.

Before I took these test shots I revisited the powerpoints that Karl and Ruth provided to familiarise myself with ISO, aperture and shutter-speed.

The selection of photographs below, although all very similar, were taken with the intention of exploring the exact effects of ISO, aperture and shutter-speed to see and further understand the different creative outcomes. With every picture being arranged the same, it allows to me to really easily compare and see the differences in light, clarity and depth of field.

You can see where I have allowed too much light in on pictures 1 and 3; in comparison to picture 4, they have more ‘noise’ which comes from having a high ISO. Picture 4 is a much crisper image. Picture 2, however, needs a lot more light – I could’ve achieved this by either lowering the F-stop or increasing the ISO.

I thought pictures 8 and 9 were good examples of a shallow depth of field. They contrast picture 10 which has a higher aperture meaning more of the photo is in focus.

The test shots above are further examples of my exploration with aperture. Pictures 18 and 19 are really clear examples of the difference that a high or low F-stop can have.