I have made a lot of progress in the last two weeks! I experimented with a shutter-speed technique, went out on a photography trip, and am currently working on a small project which uses post-processing. I hope I can continue this productivity through the next few weeks.

Firstly, at a meeting my mentor taught me a new technique that applies shutter speed called panning. Panning the camera keeps the moving subject in focus while blurring the background, showcasing the subject’s fast movement and creating a more interesting ‘action shot’. You essentially follow the movement of the subject with the camera whilst keeping the subject in the same position in the viewfinder during the exposure. It is actually quite difficult and takes a lot of practice, but I managed to come out with the photo below:

I also incorporated the composition techniques I explained in the last post. I used diagonal lines to greater accent the feeling of movement and drama.

I also went to Harrison Hotsprings over the weekend to walk around and take some photos. I really wanted to go on a special photography ‘trip’ away from home so that I could focus on the pictures and capturing the area. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to process them yet so they will be up as soon as possible.

Finally, at my last meeting with my mentor I explained how I wanted to learn about post-processing beyond basic enhancement. Rather than lecturing me about photo-shop which wouldn’t be very hands-on, my mentor and I came up with a mini project I could do which would require me to learn and utilize new photo-shop tools.

It’s called ‘little planet’ and essentially involves taking a series of photographs and then piecing them together to create a 360 degree image, and then inverting it to create a mini planet.

Below is a cool one of Florence:

And one of the Rocky Mountains which almost looks like an asteroid:

I am currently working on a mini planet of Gleneagle school, which will hopefully be complete by the next blog post.

#8 Ask for an explanation for a certain skill you are learning. Discuss what happened.

The best example of this is when I asked for an explanation of the panning technique. I was really confused about how it worked and what the end product was supposed to look like. My mentor was very understanding and went through the steps of what to do slowly and step-by-step, while demoing them physically. She then gave me the camera and asked me show the motion of panning the camera. She also googled panning images and showed me several examples, also incorporating composition techniques to explain why the photos ‘worked’. I then asked a specific question about what settings I should be in with regards to shutter-speed and aperture. She explained that the shutter speed depends on how fast the object is moving; faster shutter-speed for faster subjects. She also suggested general guidelines for different subjects for me to start out with, such as a car should be approximately 1/60 second.

#5 Discuss any new points of view you developed while in conversation with your mentor. and #6 What were some of the alternative perceptions that are new to you.

When learning about composition techniques, I perceived the rules quite strictly and always stuck to them. My mentor, however, has a more liberal point of view. She has the perspective ‘rules are meant to be broken’ and explained that you don’t have to follow the composition techniques if you have a reason not to.

Looking to the future, I first want to complete my mini-planet and post the Harrison Hotspring photos. Then I want to start delving into the area of photography I am most interested in: macro photography!

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