Today in Photography we watched two episodes of Americas Top Photographer. There was several contestants competing, there was four men and one woman. They all took shots of a man in action in the first episode and they only had thirty minutes to do so. One person gets sent home every episode, depending on who the judges pick. There was several things the judges noticed that got you kicked out or that were bad. Some of those things being, not talking to the person you’re photographing, making the person you’re photographing feel uncomfortable, having bad crops on your pictures, positioning the person being interviewed badly, having too many distractions in your pictures, being awkward, etc. One of the men ”Andrew” got kicked off in the first episode for being awkward, not talking enough, etc. The winner of the first contest was the lady, she talked to the man being photographed in order to build relationship and make him feel comfortable, she got to know him beforehand which every judge liked. They liked her pictures the best so she won the first round. In the second round/ episode they photographed woman in dresses. They were fancier pictures. The man that got kicked off got kicked off for the reasons I listed earlier. Overall I really enjoyed the show and the two episodes shown. I think I learned more about the do’s and don’ts in photography. I saw the viewpoints from professional photographers which was a big help.
- All DSLR systems offer a dizzying selection of lenses for their cameras
- The lenses range from fisheyes to telephoto lenses
- The easiest way to figure out what lens to get is to figure out what you’re going to shoot first
- Less expensive lenses will generally have variable apertures
- More expensive lenses have a fixed aperture
- All major camera and lens manufactures offer a variety of focal lengths to satisfy most budgets
- Standard lenses tend range from about 35mm up to 85mm
- Lenses in the standard zoom range will cover moderate wide angles typically 24mm to 35mm
- Standard zooms are generally included in many SLR kits that come with lenses
- Prime lenses are lenses that are just one focal length
- Telephoto zooms allow one to stand back a little when the subject isn’t quite as approachable
- Telephoto lens are excellent for sports, nature and wildlife
- Faster telephoto lenses have larger maximum apertures
- A fast lens is usually one that has an aperture of f/4, f/2.8 or larger
- If you want to shoot like the pros you’ll want a 300mm f/4 or 300 mm f/2.8 or 400mm f/2.8
- Beyond the usual types of lenses there are a variety of specialty lenses available
- There is a lens for every purpose
- Too slow a shutter speed will result in motion blur
- Typically at least 1/500 to 1/1000 shutter speed is the minimum
- There is a lens for every purpose, its just a matter of putting it to good use
Depth of field in photography is how much focus you put onto what you’re photographing. Its how much of a viewers attention you can gravitate towards a specific subject or place in your photo. A normal camera lens can only focus on a single point, however there is an area that can stretch both in front and behind this focus point. This area or ”zone” is what we call ”Depth of field”, this area or zone can change in size it can be either shallow or deep. Depth of field plays a huge role in photography, it affects your photos both aesthetically and it affects the technical quality.
To control Depth of field or change it you would start by going to your camera settings. Depth of field is controlled by changing the aperture setting on your camera. In the camera lens there is a hole that can open or close to let in more or less light, you also control the size of this hole by changing the aperture. There are several key rules you need to know in order to understand aperture and Depth of field. You must know that the smaller the aperture, the deeper the Depth of field will be and the larger the aperture, the shallower the Depth of field. Your actual aperture setting is denoted or determined by a number, its important to remember ”the smaller the number, the larger the aperture”. To actually change your aperture you must have a camera with aperture priority or manual mode, you choose the aperture you’d like to use and the camera will pick a corresponding shutter speed for you.